Story was allright compared to Wings of Liberty. I just thought it was poorly executed... and rushed. You have to understand that Chris Metzen's influence and favors a paticular theme. Hense why he admits the whole "One trick pony." If you're expecting anything from him, then prepare to see:
Villians who want to destroy the universe for !@#$s and giggles
- Drunken and sloppy Main characters (Jim Raynor)
- inspiration from other works like Starship troopers, batman, and transformers.
- Something to do with Heavy metal.
- hot women
- Cowboy stuff
- Cute girls (That sometimes you want to beat with a corroded lead pipe. I'm talking about Dr. Hanson (sc) and Leah (the brat from D3) ).
Its typical, but hey, sometimes its fun. I can't blame the guy really. I too like some aspects of it. Its just that sometimes he, god willing, has to take risk to try something new.
Nah, Diablo 2's story isn't that original or unpredictable. It was pretty obvious to me the moment I beat Act 4 and watched Diablo die that Baal was still unaccounted for, so I expected to see him in the end and did.
Where Diablo 2 shines over Diablo 3 is not the overall story, but the execution and character portrayals. Diablo 3 is over-written. Way too much cheesy talking that wrecked the mystery, awe, creepiness and eerieness of the Lords of Hell. Diablo 2 had a less is more approach. I don't know if this was intentional -- maybe Blizzard's writers back then wanted to write lengthy crap dialogue but just couldn't squeeze it all onto the CD-ROM technology of the year 2000. But the very brief pithy comments from the player characters ("the sanctity of this place has been fouled") and the enemies ("not even death can save you from me") made for a nice touch that didn't feel over-done. Now we have to put up with Disney-esque villains that utter 1001 variations of "You'll never defeat me now, mwahaha!"
Anyway, with possibly two expansions in the works, I really hope Blizz takes this criticism to heart. It's not too late to redeem the Diablo franchise by making the villains more terrifying and cutting out cliche and cheese.
Also, for all the Metzen bashing going on, I'd like to just add that Metzen isn't completely terrible. I really enjoyed some of his older stuff. I think Of Blood and Honor was a good book. I do really dislike SC2's story though, even worse than D3's in my view.
I literally can not stop laughing at this post. Hexxus must be a family member of Bill Roper or something. Have people honestly already forgotten about the biggest failure of a game ever made in Hellgate: London?
That is due to rushing the game rather testing it, obviously. But what does that game have to do with Bill Roper in general?
Keep in mind that the original staff no longers work in Blizzard / Blizzard North. Now you have a superficial cooperate company that makes overhyped games. I was optimistic with Diablo III, but it was after a week of waiting that I realize how poorly recieved it was. Forget the Metacritic, are so biased with fanbois that they give autmatic game of the year scores to such a superficial game. Hell, Sacred looks like a better diablo than this one.
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