Ugh. No. Just no.
C'mon, Drew. You're just being harsh about it. It really isn't that bad.
I don't think Howard is a "mouthpiece" per se, just that he knows a lot from being around for a while.
Yes, for pretty much over a hundred years now. And he tends to deliver important plot items to characters of Downpour and BoM. And he has a shop in the Otherworld and seems to be pretty knowledgeable.
Heck, for all we know he could be Valtiel in human form
Valtiel in human form? That'd be awesome!
I'm watching the video as I type this post, actually. And things are really interesting so far. The voice acting is good and the soundtrack too.
The gameplay now reminds me not of popular dungeon crawlers like Diablo or Baldur's Gate but of the earlier Harry Potter games for the PS1 for some reason. Which isn't a bad thing I might add.
Tomm, Adam (and others from the team): Give Sony the middle finger and release the game on every platform available! C'mon... You want money and the name of the series (and yours, without a doubt) to reach the Heavens don't you? Just do it.