Hard to keep up with your edits, but I wanted to address this little beauty. Characters and story are important to me also - I don't think you're strange for valuing them at all so I hope I haven't given that impression. But I try not to let their absence ruin a good game, whereas it seems that sadly this is the case for you. And that seems like a real shame.
The Deus Ex article on the front page is really worth reading - if you haven't. As are a large number of the comments. Highlights how important a story and characters are to many gamers. Not just me.