The box illustrations kept me from playing EQ for a year and a half before my kids showed me the gameplay. I really like the 1st person viewpoint. It helps me feel like I'm really there even if I'm jealous of my character's appearance.
Ubisoft only swore off StarForce, not DRM. Proof: they use Denuvo.
I guess you're going to just have to.. get over it.
Oh, and Ultima Underworld 1 and 2! Those are some of my favorite games of all time.