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12-08-2009 @ 7:06PM
Yeah, I don't know. I was kind of impressed by the look of the video but bored by the direction the story is taking. They're basically insinuating that Arthas is up against the wall and is going to be defeated. Well, maybe not insinuating. It seems more like with a title "Fall of the Lich King" they're outright proclaiming that Arthas will lose. Where's the uncertainty in that?I suppose it's fine that they're portraying Arthas as a tragic hero but it still fails to deliver any sense of impending danger or sense of failure to the player character. Arguably, this whole expansion has just felt like one big effort of pushing Arthas against into a corner, complete with us feeling so secure that we set up a tournament on his front lawn. Where's the sense of dread, the feeling of despair, and the feeling of being up against impossible odds that made fighting Arthas such a compelling villain in Warcraft III? I'd much rather see something go down like in the final segments of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, or heck, even Harry Potter. In the final chapters of those series, all hope seemed lost and it was truly the protagonists' darkest hour. It made the action more intense, the trials more meaningful, and the stakes higher. This just feels like the final act of Macbeth. Sure our tragic king is experiencing some emotional depth within those walls, but the rest of us, in our massive and successful army right outside the front gates, just want to kill the mad man already.
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