well haven't been here since September. Finished with WoW, was hoping Diablo 3 would hook me but it didn't.
Here's my long summary of D3. I played Diablo 2 for 5 years straight. From the day it came out until 2005, a few months before patch 1.11.
I read many early reviews, looked at pictures, and read comments on how the graphics were bad. For a 2012 game sure they could be a bit better. Blizzard wants people with bad computers the chance to play.
I think the art style in the game is awesome. The game isn't very dark, but neither was D2. It's not cartoony looking like I thought it would be.
The most impressive thing is the physics. You can smash anything to bits. Tables, barrels, pillars, doors, etc. Pieces go flying everywhere, they roll, and they flip. Bodies explode into a million pieces and you can knock enemies off ledges and they will fall into the abyss. Blood squirts all over the floor and certain NPCs can get their head or other body parts chopped off.
The resolution is still a bit blurry similar to Diablo 2. This is something that could have be done better.
The water, moving grass, and dungeons were done very well. Act 3 especially up on the keep was excellent.
Boss Fights and trash mobs:
Much better than Diablo 2.
There is a great vareity of mobs with tons of unique abilities. You really have to pay attention. Simple things like rings of fire on the ground to spawned poison creatures to big enemies who charge up a 2 handed swing.
All the boss fights were done very well. Butcher, Belial, and Diablo were my favorite. They will be much better in Inferno mode.
Although the actual story and certain NPCs were a let down for me, certain NPCs have some great dialogue.
I love how the companions will chat with each other, random NPCs dialogue will change as you progress through quests, and some make funny remarks.
Your character will talk with NPCs or other players when doing quests or out in the wilderness. Some simple dialogue, but some funny stuff as well.
Gold is not useless??? Hooray.
The auction house looks promising so far. No need to advertise items in battle net channels or whisper random people and make trades through game.
No Stat Allocation:
Very disappointed in this. It totally makes for a unique designed character. In D2 you can go full vit, full strength, or a mix. Most people had to work a class a few times to figure out what they wanted. Most people had the same class, but with different stats.
Another big disappoint. The skills and rune system in Diablo 3 is very underwhelming.
Some skills are pathetic and weak compared to others. There are many skills on my barbarian that I do not use at all because they are pointless.
Diablo 2 did is great where you had to experiment to get what you wanted. I had both a Fire sorc and a orb sorc. Took me a while to get it right when the game came out but then they were perfect.
Diablo 3 you can make any error and correct them free of charge. This makes having 2 of the same class pointless.
I haven't really done much crafting, but from posts I have read it is not very impressive. Blacksmithing looks to be a big gold sink with no returns. All based on RNG and items that are very underpowered. You can get better items from the AH from people who sell way cheaper.
Jewelcrafting I thought it was okay, but now not so much. I like how you pay to remove sockets and upgrade gems. But at the same time, that means you only need a few gems for each character and then there is no point for gems anymore. Basically vendor trash.
The story was never a big part of this game lets admit that. But at the same time they rehashed boss content from previous games... Skeleton King - Diablo 1, Butcher - Diablo 1, Izual - Diablo 2, etc.
The actual story was pretty weak compared to Diablo 2. It was obvious what would happen to Leah and her mothers involvement as she just comes out of nowhere.
DRM does not stop pirates. Pirates will always find a way around.
If Diablo 3 had single player, there wouldn't have been mass complaints on the day it was released. People would have just wanted to get going on one character and when the servers were stable people could do COOP with friends.
Whenever Blizzard decides to kill the Diablo 3 servers, that's it. You lose your characters forever. The same of course will happen with WoW if people realize.
That could be in 10 years, but for people who love the game and return to games, your out of luck.
Big thing for me in Diablo 2. I loved just having duels with multiple people in the Blood Moore. That never got old at all.
The Diablo team had years to set up simple PvP. It doesn't have to be WoW arena. Just simple like Diablo 2.
I find the quest system very odd compared to Diablo 2. The only way to track quests completed quests is at the achievement pane or at the menu.
You have to exit to menu if you want to change quests. It's not like Diablo 2 where I could basically teleport through Act 1 to Andariel.
The waypoint system is also very poor. I cannot switch between acts freely like Diablo 2. I have to quit and switch the quests to Act 1-4.
Overall I would give Diablo 3 a 6.5/10.
I think the game is worth a play through normal-hell on at least one character. You should at least try the other classes, although some are very poor such as the wizard compared to D2.
The game is very simplified compared to Diablo 2. The hack and slash was done right, but they seem to have taken ideas from WoW due to it's popularity. The MMO type mechanics do not fit the Diablo mold.
I don't think the retail of $60 was worth it, but it's Blizzard what can I say.