It certainly adds a lot more to a smaller scale story with lots of character development that makes the characters feel more like actual characters than a larger scale one with none of those qualities whatsoever.
Aesop's "The Fox and the Grapes" is an incredibly simple story that makes you think about cognitive dissonance. There is no character development. But it's not needed, because that's not the point of the story. Every author has a different purpose for what they are writing. Each author determines what they want to focus on.
You like character-centric stories. That's fine, there's nothing wrong with that. I however, take issue with your notion that stories that aren't character-centric aren't told well.
The stretch goal for Vita being lowered to $1 million makes me really
happy. I was originally just observing how the Kickstarter performed, but that number is much more realistic. Definitely donating now.