Thanks for the responses. Yeah, the DRM issue is pretty crappy but I installed it forever ago before I even knew about it so I'm SOL with that.
As for the gamma, I'll turn it up but when I talk about it being dark, it's more along the lines of the black being VERY black and the lights being very light. There isn't a lot of gradient for lighting, it's just DARK/BRIGHT in every room. It almost gives me a headache.
The journals seem interesting and I've read other forums about people really liking that aspect of the game. I just didn't want to play an entire game in order to find journals. I think Fallout 3 + mods spoiled me so to speak.
I'll give it a shot though, you guys made a good argument. If I still think it sucks at the very end I'm coming back in here angry though!