I agree. I have done VIP route about 12 times. Since front row seats are on the side, you don't have a straight-on view of Paul. I prefer Hot Sound, and try for center section. You are never, ever going to meet Paul just from buying a VIP ticket, so you can't go into it thinking that or you will be sorely disappointed. That said, the VIP experience is great (or else I would not have done it 12 times!) but I'll warn you - once you do it, it's hard to go back to the "cheap seats."
The Soundcheck experience varies from venue to venue but basically it is what was said above - large group, escorted to room to wait, then escorted to Soundcheck where you are a whole section removed from Paul and the band, but it's a fun experience. Then you go back to have a meal. Sometimes you have free drinks, sometimes you have drink tickets, and sometimes you have a cash bar. They may give you the time and access to one of the vendors before the crowd gets there so that you can buy some merchandise. They will also give you your VIP gift - which has been in the past a backpack, a tote bag, or a duffel type bag, and generally includes some kind of water bottle and concert program. I highly recommend the experience!