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Nah. They're really hard at first though until you work out the combat system, and even then the early parts of both games are a total mare. Your skill levels are so low that you'll be lucky to land hits 50% of the time, and it can be somewhat confusing with regards to where to go if you're more comfortable with modern RPGs pointing the way. Fallout 2's early game is particularly frustrating, as in the first village the only real weapons available are spears and tribal shit like that. Great if you're starting off as a melee build, shit if you're doing anything else.
Also echoing that other person's recommendation of Arcanum. One of those games where it genuinely feels like a different experience depending on choices you make. Like if you're an elf, half-ogre or half-orc, you'll be met with a lot of racism. If you're more focused on magic, you'll be shunned by technological societies and have to ride on a special coach at the back of the trains so you don't disrupt the machines. Also there are ~30 party members you can recruit, but depending on your charisma, your intelligence, your reputation, your alignment, your technological/magical bias, they might shun you or join you. Makes for a different experience every time. Only issue is combat being silly. You can switch between real time clicking and Fallout-style turn based, so magic is quite overpowered as you can switch to real time and spam your spells before enemies even have a chance to get close to you.
If you've got a PS2 or a PS3 with a US account, I'd recommend the Shin Megami Tensei games that were on PS2. Quite punishing JRPGs, interesting settings in all of them instead of generic Tolkienesque worlds, brilliant writing, and a Pokemon-like catch 'em all aspect but instead of cute critters you're summoning various demons/mythological figures/Biblical characters. Nocturne (Lucifer's Call in EU) is set in Tokyo after the end of the world, and where demons now rule, it's probably the best traditional style JRPG. Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army is set in pre-WW2 Tokyo, and you play as a private investigator who is also a demon summoner, and you're investigating some mysterious happenings. My favourites, and probably the most well known games in the series, are Persona 3 and 4: mixtures of dating sim, RPG, and visual novel set in Japanese high schools. Sounds incredibly gay, but they're really fun and surprisingly well written. All of them are available on US PSN. Get them. They're great.