Within act 1, the entire point of Tyrael losing his wings (something we don't know until the very end, which you fail to mention. You do not comment on events as they appear to you) was that he, as the Archangel of Justice, would not stand to be one of the High Heavens if they would let such injustice go unpunished.
Him falling and raising the dead is not a bad explaination. The fallen star, the stranger, was a good way to start the story off by giving us a reason for the dead rising. So what if his fall had unexpected result. Are you faulting the story for that? That actions have unforseen consequences?
As for the sword pieces, we give them to the Stranger in an attempt to jog his memory. Which works, as this allows us to find the last sword piece in Wortham. It seems like you weren't really paying attention to the story as it was happening.
As for your idea about Leah killing Cain. I'm sorry, but you're a literature student? And you're complaining about this story? Cain being killed by Leah would've first made Cain look stupid for ignoring all the signs he KNEW about Leah (the reason why they killed him so early) and would've been a cliche as hell device.
As for Act 2, you have valid points. The lack of 'epic' drive though, as a literary student should not be a problem for you. There are luls in a story. There are events that take a slower, more relaxed state. Act 2 was Diablo 3's, the small breath before the evenst of Act 3 and 4.
I find it odd that you left out Zoltun Kulle's arc during your review. Because, frankly, the Kulle arc was good. You were given moral ambiguity with the character. You were given some intrigue. You were given some foreshadowing (too much IMO). Are you just going to ignore anything decent just to pan the game?
Your entire breakdown of Act 3, which goes beyond sparse, (again, trying to ignore any good points in the story?) and instead tries to argue that all the events are happening because of us. They aren't. Belial's been in Caldeum for ages, corrupting the entire city. Azmodan had a fully fledged army that was waiting to be unleashed on Sanctuary.
You argue that because we have the Soulstone, we are responsible. You're wrong. Us having the soulstone hastens the events. Tyrael even says that Azmodan and Belial are on the move. It wouldn't have been much longer before that army pushed through Arreat.
As for Leah holding back the demons, why is it dumb? If you talk to her, it gives her a story arc. It gives her some depth. It has her lose faith, give up on her dreams, fail to see an end in sight. Events occuring specifically to flesh out a character happen all the time in literature... and you're questioning this?
06/03/2012 04:49 AMThe cinematic was cool as well.
Posted by Draegoe
The Cinematic was pointless and would've been better showing off the actual betrayal, not a fight between Imperius and Diablo.