Do you really think that the 100 or so people that post on these forums are an accurate sample size?
Do you not think Blizzard has the ability to find out what people think, aside from the forum?
I didn't like the main story (esp. the presentation), since you think that everyone who doesn't post here is happy with the BS I should post I guess ;).
As for Blizzard - yeah they found people who liked it, according to their interviews. Where
is the question, did they just hunt down mice who reallly like cheese?
Re. Diablo 2 linearity; I think we could run up to cathedral without doing Den of Fallen. Oh, and there wasn't any character who alternately doesn't believe in Uncle Cain's stories
and remembers the time they ran from skeletons
I enjoyed the follower interactions, random occurrences & side quests (still have to hunt down Lord of Goats!) etc. Haven't looked up the credits, but I am sure that the people responsible for these were a different group to those who wrote the main storyline, and I wish they were also given responsibility for that POS instead.
Azmodan having the failings of 'Pride' is well & good; but the bad part is everyone in Sanctuary thinks of him as a great commander. If someone could zerg me from safety, I still wouldn't think to call him a 'great' commander when all he does is taunt, and hasn't used any strategies of note.
As for Butcher, it was a letdown in D2 to find that he's just one of many. After that they bring back the confined room similar to how he was encountered in D1, which actually works - but he's listening to Maghda?! When did Butcher join in Belial's cadre when his forte is brute force and Belial is (supposedly) finesse.