I agree in part. The CRT monitor thing is just brutal now. But I think the fact that they were limited in WC3 helped rather then hindered the game; they didn't attempt too much and that is probably for the best.The main thing that kills it for me in WC4 is the rounded CRT-based monitors. But overall, the production values were great - remember this was a game, games didn't spend big budgets on film sets and haven't since. The main issue with WC3's rendered sets was the lack of camera movement, they were severely limited as a result of that even though that approach saved a lot of money.
Yeah, the Hobbes thing never made sense. But, like you, it is so long ago that I go with it. Tolwyn becoming Hitler? Sorry, just don't buy it. Especially not the way they wrote him after the reveal. I just played one of the last missions where he contacts Blair from the Vesuvius and he is like making wisecracks. It is really out of character.
But the scene where Blair lets him go and Tolwyn hesitates, then turns to salute him for the last time, is very, very good. Notice that this scene had no dialogue.
It is like they couldn't decide if Tolwyn should be portrayed as a sympathetic/reluctant villain, or crazy, or more campy, so they bounced back and forth. Makes for a very strange experience.
Also - the scene with Hobbes "No one...ever...will truly understand what I did" is quite good. This is the real Ralgha opening up to Blair, but we don't know it yet.