Ok. I think I see where our heads are butting here. Y'see, I DON'T see the "regular Fighter" as sub-par or 'bad'. Quite the opposite, actually. You see adding of Feats as adding "spice" to your Fighter. We see Feats as adding "spice" to the fighter, but your only real choices of spice is black pepper, salt, or oregano. In other words...all Feats do is add an almost forced, pre-determined "ability" to a generic 'build' of Fighter. Want to be good with a bow? You have no choice...you MUST take Sharpshooting or you will simply be far worse than every other Fighter (Archer) you come across that does have Sharpshooting. So...what did you actually gain by taking that Feat? What 'uniqueness' did you get from taking SS when every other Archer is ALSO going to have SS? You aren't special an more. You are typical. Average. Bland. Expected. You want to be unique? DON'T take SS. You'll suck compared to the SS guys, but at least you'll be different!
As for numbers...I don't know if you were referring to me. I have no problem with big numbers or doing "amazingly cool, super-human tasks of daring-do!" (...proof...I GM a two or three 5-hour sessions of Synnibarr every year, year and a half! [it usually takes that long for my SAN score to replenish]
). Even in D&D land, high numbers isn't bad. Personally, I prefer to see the numbers lower, but that's just preference.
Paul L. Ming