If I had to describe Hob in a simple title it would be "Darksiders Jr." The title from Runic developers, whose prior games are the Torchlight series, were nervous about delivering a game that is so far from their comfort zone.
After all these years, and growing up with Windows 3.1, I have seen an entire evolution of computers and software. Touch screens and large resolutions were a pipe dream just 15 years ago. Now it's the norm. Going from a Packard Bell (yes, before HP) that couldn't run 3D Ultra Mini...
First off let me just say this...play the console versions. The PC controls just don't work as well as the analog sticks. The PC controls can really drag the experience down because PoP requires full 360 degree turning and that's kind of hard with four keys. With that aside PoP 1 was 2003's GotY for a good reason. With one of the best stories in gaming history and gameplay that set the standard for future action/adventure games PoP 1 will amaze you. Of course with now-a-days games its not as impressive as it used to be and the flaws really stick out like a sore thumb, but it is still a great classic you annoy can really play. Being extremely short (you can beat it in less then 10 hours) its good for a quick weekend rental or something to pick up in the bargain bin. If you love this game then by all means play the second and third because they just get better and better.