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Things Wiz8 did notably well: Party building (both statistics and personality wise), strategic/difficult combat, exploration (esp searching for items), NPC interaction (minimal Bethesda cookie-cutter NPCs, best implementation of a text parser I've seen)... And the Unreal Tournament graphics are even appealing to me somehow.
I've played a bit of Wizardry 6/7, but I can't get into them because they're TOO archaic. They don't explain what any items/skills do, or whether a lot of status effects are even currently active, there's not really any audio to speak of, the UI is actively annoying, and the WHOLE game is pretty much a dungeon. It was a dry experience.
The PS2 Wizardry was very good, but lacking in depth.
Please don't recommend Legend of Grimrock. Just... don't.