You must really like Jagged Alliance.
Of course I don't agree with some of the sentiments here but I'm glad you even talk about some of these games. Even the fans of these games don't talk as much about games they love as much as you do the same ones you hate. I'm not sure how complete your survey of old RPGs is, but you're doing pretty good at sounding more cantankerous than I ever do, and I actually could have experienced a lot of those when they first came out!
I like the concept of Deus Ex, but if the new one holds to the old one's flexibility I'd rather just play that, since the first one's in that uncomfortably gross 3D place for me.
Ishar suffers from some pretty bad choices, so I'm not sure it makes sense to lump it in with the era. Purchase a save game? Get out of the garage, you wankers.
I'm totally with you on The Dark Spire. I picked it up on sale for $5 New! I was strangely addicted to it for a few days and then gave up because it is BRUTAL. I don't know about it getting better the further you get in, seems to me like it would just get harder. Playing it has strangely made me want to try out the Etrian Odyssey games. I'm guessing it would be basically the same except colors and some actual graphics haha.
I can feel your pain for some of these specifically, as well as having too many impulse buys in general. A lot of times for me, though, it's more a case of "I know this'll probably suck because it's so cheap, but maybe it'll be worth what little I'm paying?" (Answer: Usually not).
Also, I'm with you on Freedom Force. I neglected to find out if it was turn-based or not. I can only imagine how much better it would've been if that were the case, and also had a hero creation system with any complexity to it. It's a little discouraging that the new DCU Online thing seems to have borrowed that underdeveloped system wholesale.
There are probably some other games I've forgotten, probably a few on XBLA (although, other than maybe Braid because it's not my type of game, none come to mind.), and probably a few from my younger years. Basically, all these purchases were made in the last 2 years.