Thanks, guys, for the nice comments! I am also a big fan of the Gold Box games--first games I ever truly loved. One of these days I'm going to try making my own game in that style. I played them all on my beloved Commodore 64.
I also played Mass Effect and loved it as well. Just can't get enough of excellent writing and realistic characters. Guess that's why the Japanese games just didn't grab me the same way.
I also have Jade Empire for the Xbox, and it appears to be working. I played it only for a few minutes, but it looks like there is a lot more fighting content.