There is a fine line between homage and derivative. Every medium suffers from copycats, rip-offs and shameful remakes, and gaming is no different. While the basis of most titles is the evolution of a story, the mechanics for delivering that story are painfully limited. For the most part, swinging your sword becomes synonymous with turning a page, and the resulting carnage marks your spot as clearly as a dog-eared page. Finding new ways to tell that story becomes more and more difficult, leading to the aforementioned trend.