I've not seen it done before in a crpg, but I can see why it might be done that way and I'm not prepared to knee-jerk condemn it out of hand.I'm with you on this one! People keep defending it like it's normal, but I've played a lot of CRPGs and I've never encountered this narration style before. I also find it weird and off-putting. I know they probably won't, but I hope they change it.
Game developers need to be encouraged to try different things, not trot out the same old same old.