These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Special mention should go to the town theme as well.
Executive Meddling: The amount of creative control by Lori Cole was severely curtailed in this installment, while Corey was relegated to the role of "consultant." Whole sections of the script were vetoed by higher-ups, and the FPS-style controls for the combat system were the result of demands made at the executive level.
Fandom Nod: As the fans were instrumental in keeping this game afloat, the Adventurer's Guild has several references to prominent Quest for Glory forum members.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks - Some consider the changes made to Dragon Fire made it by far the weakest game in the series. Although not exactly jarring, the game's shift to more action-oriented game play certainly sets it apart from the previous installments. Not necessarily for the better.
Having no other solution but to fight the invading mercenary general in single combat really goes against type for the Paladin, Wizard (the Paladin and Wizard ought to be negotiating a treaty) and Thief (a stealth-based assassination would have been the most appropriate). This is just one of the more egregious situations where characters other than the Fighter are fairly poorly supported (seriously, trying to kill the guy with the Thief is an absolute bitch).
Un-Canceled: Fan support for the games resulted in the decision to resurrect the series for its Grand Finale. A special text file is included in the game's installed directory specifically for thanking all the fans.
What Could Have Been: A much advertised multiplayer component was cut from the final release of the game. Players would have been able to compete as the Hero, Elsa and Magnum Opus. It was also suppose to have been available as a downloadable patch a few months later, but it never saw the light.
Additionally, the bow and arrow were to be among the list of usable weapons but the bow was left out; the masses of arrows you can loot from human enemies and sell are The Artifact of this.
In a session chat, the Coles talked about a possible expansion should the game had sold well. It would have feature pirates and demons. The three gnomes from previous games (Yorick, Keapon Laffin and Punny Bones) would have shown up at Gnome Ann Land Inn for a comedy show.