Here, here. Or is that- Hear, hear.
BG2 is just way better than Arcanum, Fable. Actually, I was not expecting it to be like BG2, but more like Fallout 2, since it had the same developer. It sort of lacked the surprising cool NPC's and settings that Fallout had (plus Fallout has to rate at the very top of my list for coolest opening movie and atmosphere)--and there are no romances, nor interesting dialogues between the NPC's you pick up (as in BG2). On the pro side--Arcanum is non-linear--and there's a lot to be said for that, since so few games outside of BG are. Arcanum has some great gadgets and other weird stuff you can put together. What I am looking forward to is Arcanum 2--I think that like Fallout and BG, this game will greatly improve on the second outing. There is a lot of potential to develop more of a clash between magic and technology--I felt that you should definitely have to pick one or the other--this would create the same kind of tension that alignment creates in BG.
[font="Comic Sans MS"]“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” - Edgar Allen Poe