Hello, my name is Sven :) I am a student in film and theatre, and also music in my small time. Main specialties involve script-writing and some experience in film editing.
Well, there is SOME depth to story. It's just cos I replayed through the games so much I actually started paying more attention to NETRICSA's feedback. I think either game is worth owning. Plot aside, First Encounter is good to start off with if you love Egyptian settings plus sometimes the enemy horde in Second Encounter is so large it can get frustrating for beginners. FE/SE both games for the win!
Thanks a lot for this guide, helped me a little bit. And just so you know, I like the story. I'm still making attempts to piece things together, but that is something I enjoy. I love storylines that attempt symbolism, so don't listen to anybody who dislikes the story just because they were too lazy to think :)