I'm currently playing through the original campaign for Neverwinter Nights 2, and I'm diggin' it fairly well. The devs actually give you a lot of opprotunities to use a wide variety of skills and abilities to really great benifit as opposed to the "Oh, you're not maxing out Diplomacy? FUCK YOU." style that was far more prevelent in the original, the characters (a few of 'em, anyway) are interesting buggers to run around with, and just a bunch of other things that've generally tickled me.
Except that, outside of certain things that're tied into the OC like characters and whatnot, the OC is boring me to tears.
It's just so goddamn cheesy
some of the shit they're throwing out there.
Ooooh, I'm the chosenone that everybody wants dead! Ooooh, here comee the ancient rituals and prophicies I have to fulfill! Ooooh, here comes the enigmatic enlightened outsider chick! Ooooh, here comes the forced character companion and the story sequence that tries to makeme give a shit about her annoying ass! BARF.
Epic storylines can be nice and all, but the thing is that a lot of developers (and modders, for that matter) seem to equate epic storylines with epic characters (granted, this is fuckin' D&D for example, but even Fred Every-Fighter can rise to glory without seers shittin' out one prophicy and bullshit cryptic message after another). Point a finger to a game or a mod, and there's even money the writer's going to throw in some special bullshit mumbo-jumbo about the main character (or a female NPC that they'll try to make a love interest with all of the grace of a fat drunken frat boy dressed as Cupid), and I'm fucking sick of it.
So let's talk about Messiah-ism and "chosen ones" in games. Let's talk about shitty deployments of the trope and those related to said trope, let's talk about aversions, and let's talk about devs who did use the Messiah thing but actually used it in a really interesting manner. Let's talk about the evil wizard getting his ass kicked not because he was overwhelmed by the ethereal screams of ten thousand ascended forefathers channelling through the flatulence of the farmboy whose great-great-grandmother looked particularly enticing to a horny celestial who'd popped into the material plane for a quick fuck, but because the mercenaries who strolled into town the other day had the sense to bullrush and curbstomp him before he could get any shit off. Let's talk about the dudes who get thrust into extrordinary situations and have to do their damndest to avoid getting killed, and manage to do so just because they HAD to. And let's talk about the people who kick ass not because they've got mystical power flowing out of every wanked orifice of their body, but just because they are that badass.
Given how broad this shit can get, when I say "Messiah-ism" and "chosen ones", I'm generally talking any of the following.
*Dudes who suddenly discover the have mystical bullshit powers because they are the latest and greatest of the once-mighty-but-now-extinct civilization/race of people
*Dudes who have unique powers that are central to the game's plot and existance that occur by no event actually involving the character in a reasonable timeframe of the game, and I mean unique as in "divinely-demonically-ethereally-bullshittily bestowed to the PC and no other" as opposed to "OH JESUS WHAT IS THIS VIRUS DOING TO ME-oh hey cool".
*In ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM has some kind of seer character who talks about seeing and feeling the universe around them and how what they see and feel about the main character is abnormal. Seriously, fuck her.
*Anyone who's supposed to lead people to a glorious new age for reasons OTHER than knocking off the retarded dictator that's holding progress back (Though said knock-offs can be part of the bullshit reason).