Incidentally, I think that DOS 1 in particular was at its worst when it attempted to be serious and at its best when it introduced the "silly" content like talking animals, the Wishing Well Brothers, etc.
I doubt anyone ever actually gave a fuck about Braccus Rex, for instance.
Oh yeah, DOS1 had a pretty trash story. That's why I never finished it. I just didn't care about anything that was happening. Too much spectacle, not enough substance.