Not sure how dramatic structure applies to video game stories, though -- they aren't very focused.
I disagree. Many video games follow the conventions of dramatic structure, building with the rising action, climaxing, and then entertaining some sort of resolution. Some games do it better than others, of course, and some don't have it at all, using, as you said, a thin premise as an excuse for stuff to happen.
I've only played maybe a few hours of Resonance of Fate, though, so I can't comment on that game in particular. I should get back to it soon enough.
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Hmmm, not PS3, but the Xenosaga Series should be right up your alley if you liked gears and blade. Iirc, they were even made by some of the same team as gears was. I'll also recommend Shadow Hearts and Shadow Hearts Covenant on the mature side. All the listed games are for PS2.
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Persona 3 FES Disgaea 4 (The art style is anime-ish so I'm not sure how you'll feel about that but the story involves crude and mature humor so that's the plus Shin Megami Tensei Devil Saga Star Ocean The Last Hope International