The God guess you didn't know it, but The God is a writer too,
and if you care to hear opinion, the story sucks through and through
Two Faces of Blizzard
- a short review of storytelling in Blizzard games -
as dr.jackyl and mr.hyde, there are two - lets call them 'mortals', highly unlikely as it may be that they are only two persons. one of them is rather good, though prone to borrowing from other sources, while the other is - well, a fan fiction copycat
from the beggining:
diablo I - as now revealed, 'pretty much what art department threw at us' - but nevertheless, excellent dark fantasy theme, good storytelling, ending in anticlimax
diablo I exp - well, not by Blizzard, but fan-fiction at it worst - battling diablo's sidekick. fun-tastic!
diablo II - perhaps even better one, The God thinks art department should just make what they like, and then someone literate should write a story around it
diablo II exp - full nonsense - and The God doesn't mind ANY 'explanation; given in some trilogies about how that was 'normal'. Last prime evil comes (by the way, so wonderfully sinister in original, now an effeminate freak) and lays a siege around some stupid mountain, where some barbarians guard something so very important that is never mentioned before. The God thought three prime evils came to wage war for mortal realm, but no - it's capture the flag on mount arreat - after which the world changes??? not to mention chicks kidnapped by necromancers and other cliches
sc I - nice sci-fi, copying from here and there, but doing it successfully - especially from terran point
sc I exp - as an exception, the good storytelling continues throughout expansion
warcraft III (to be honest, The God played first two also, but doesn't remember story so well) - again, a very very good fantasy, again archetype-based (hero falls into darkness)
warcraft III exp - stupidity at its best. suddenly, there are naga! why? how EXACTLY this contributed the story? and rest is full of nonsenses such as 'my dear brother illidan, true that i imprisoned for ten thousand years and you tried to destroy the world afterwards - but you save my broad so roam freely and do whatever you like - you're absolutely no threat now'.
ahhhh, the icing on a cake - DIABLO III
firstly, blatantly ignore previous lore for no reason at all - the stranger, protagonist in first game is suddenly king leoric third son! not being recognized by anyone in the fallen court, including lazarus, his father, whole population in fact, his FIRST impulse, after selflessly sacrificing himself to contain diablo is - WHY NOT HAVING A KID? WITH THE WITCH? AND LEAVE IT TO OLD MAN CAIN? WHO, OF COURSE, DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING AGAINST THIS BRILLIANT PLAN, DESPITE BEING WISE AND ALL! SURELY, HAVING A PRIME EVIL CHILD IS IN NO WAY SUSPICIOUS... 'aidan' (sic!) and old man cain are reduced to idiots...
secondly, in a first game, we battled The Prime Evil, one of three. in second, all of The Three (plus IV and V, though we had no idea at a time). here, opponents are SIXTH AND SEVENTH greatest evil! SCARY!!! whatif they joined forces with diablo sidekicks second cousin (twice removed) from sierra expansion. world would be doomed!
character are flat (leah, adria - in every mean of that word) and two dimensional, they act without motivation or irrational (leah at cain death, blacksmith 'we just killed my wife - oh, if you see my apprentice'), predictable (belial, ah, if there just were more HINTS), uninteresting and irritating (templar and thief, oh and of course leah)
thirdly, diabolus ex machina - diablo is put in just for sake of franchise - totally artificial. he got himself defeated by horadrim before first game, then again with BOTH brothers in sequel - ON THAT MATTER, MEPHISTO AND DIABLO GOT THEIR SOULSTONES CRUSHED, DIDN'T THEY? ONLY POSSIBLY ALIVE PRIME EVIL IS BAAL, BUT LESSER EVILS IV AND V COULD BE IN EXISTANCE TOO - and it was just a part of masterplan to get some stone he couldn't possibly know that exist, and trap his fellow evils souls inside (despite all the crushing), even ones that didn't had any soulstones crushed. wow. what a plan. what a story!
fourthly, all the demons are drooling morons, voice acting is the worst in blizzard game ever (demons just have effects on voices, unlike wc II and III, which has excellent voice acting) - asmodan is irritating 'yes, you destroyed this-and-that, but that only makes me stronger, hello obi wan'. some mindless demonic idiots appears randomly without or with ridiculous storylines (possibly VIII and IX and X greatest evil? SCARY!), magda - no words needed - worst ach-rival EVER (with worst name ever, it's a name for a grandma')
The light side:
exactly the opposite, enchantress/prophet backstory is excellent! vizjarei background also. jewelcrafter, my fellow God - the great success! also, zultan kulle. those are richest and best developed characters incidentally with best voice acting, too...
The God is not hating, over lifetime spanning through millenniums, he read many, many bad books, he played game for gameplay sake, ignoring the bad or not developed character and story parts. ultimately, it's not that important...
The God agrees with OP, slow-moving gramma is... no one. thief is no one. spider queen - if not an (unsuccessful) attempt to breath some life into comatose templar (arachnofobia, sic!) is.. no one. khazra is... no one
what is tragic is that they had so much potential! all of them! all of side characters! well, in act I, that is, in act II there are only zulltan/enchantress/God. act III and IV have no potential for character development at all
if the good storytelling win, zulltan/enchantress/God will be a backbone of GOOD STORYLINE expansion along with prophet/vizjarei. no angels, they are ALL supposed to be dead, right? no diablos-son-in-law and lesser evils XXIII and XLI.
the BAD STORYLINE expansion will probably follow leah/adria/diablos-even-better-plan-how-to-kill-himself, and give much needed details about templar and thief (The God doesn't fancy criminals, he executes them), some angels will appear not killed by angel killing device, etc. stupidity is limitless...
oh, The God would gladly write a GOOD storyline (or at least advice if it's crap or not), wrote first book with XV, great historian, yesyes, only not in english, but extremely literate nevertheless
Edited by Clavdivs, 20 November 2012 - 10:17 PM.