Quote fromThe one thing blizzard is not lacking is artistic talent. Blizzard's cinematics are second to none in the world. You cannot find game trailers with as much detail as Blizzard puts in, you can hardly find movie trailers with as much detail.
"Gothic" style as you put it seems to pretty much mean dark, no saturation and flat. Thats not what I want a game to look like in this day and age. Dungeons should be dark but the outside should not be. The evils have been gone for 20 years, the world is rebuilding itself. So far we know nothing of the rest of the story and the rest of the areas. The world at this point has no reason to be dark.
"Cartoony" does not have a set definition, just like cartoons have no set art style. You can call anything cartoony for whatever reason.
I do agree that the games palette needs to be a bit less saturated and a bit darker, but thats not a game breaking issue since graphics do not affect the gameplay and I enjoyed the graphics in the gameplay trailer enough that I can live with them if it was to be like that during live.
Epic post. I'll eat some more cake in your honor.