Originally Posted by Netharias
Bottom line, unless you've got some kind of warped inferiority fetish I believe every player wants to feel respected by the companions that escort him/her throughout the game. You can start as the underdog that everyone doubts no problem, but as you stack achievements and collect victories on the battlefield it should become evident that you are a force to be reckoned with and I believe that Act 1 introduces enough adversity for the main character to get the respect of anyone who accompanies him throughout the act. It is important to clarify that the characters should have some resistance in their personality as is expected, but what we were introduced with initially was undoubtedly too much. I have never played a game in my life that made me think twice about keeping my companions with me.
This is very well put. Totally agree with this.