Yep just they are bland and not well thought out... something at least you don't get in RPGs... generic or not. They always are focused on the stories and characters and the battles in them. I mean with having bought Darksiders, Bayonetta, and a back catalogue of some other titles, I really think I might go and play Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World for a 3rd playthrough just because I think i'll get more out of the experience. I actually just played through Crystal Bearers two times through. Game isn't a great game by any standard, not an RPG, but it has a pretty good story and a unique way of playing and I enjoyed that.
I guess one of the main things that really made me realize how bland gaming is starting to get was when I bought New Super Mario Bros Wii and played through that game. There was no intense cut scenes or brutal action or blood and gore or anything like that. You run across a side scrolled level, jump on enemies heads, while listening to calm yet atmospheric music. It's pure fun and difficult at the same time. I mean out of all the games I played in 2009, that one was probably the most fun I had. It just got me thinking, all these other things we add in games are nice, but if you add them without them contributing to the fun, you just saturate the game as a whole. Maybe developers will start to realize that we want more features but we want them to be fun as well because that is what gamign is about... enjoying the experience.
Is your PS2 collection complete or not? If it is you really need to try out Persona 4, KH2, DQ VIII, Tales of Abyss, etc. Ignore all the newer games and play older ones if the newer ones aren't doing it for you.
Actually even if the newer ones are doing it for you I'd still try out older ones. Way cheaper too.