Not really but for me the main story is better in ME1. The music in 1 is also better, but it's great in both.
The problem with 1 is there are a lot of generic driving around parts to the game. You land on a world that looks mostly the same as 50 other in the game and find a hideout that's set up almost exactly the same as 50 other in the game.
However all of that usually involves side quests that you can avoid if you wish. The main levels are all unique. I like the galaxy map better in me1
If you like sci-fi soundtracks you'll love these games
gamestop had dq VIII for 10 so i picked that up. pretty fun actually. i dig the visuals but having played V for the DS first i'm kind of miffed they used some of the music and character styles from viii.