Diablo 3 is undoubtedly all the rage in any PC gamer’s world right now. After all, after such an astounding hit that Diablo II was, the 2000 game’s successor could only be better, right? Especially after it’s been in development for, oh, eleven years?
Given the fact that I playing D2 faithfully back in the day, I was definitely excited at the prospect of a real chance to see D3, but the more I read about it, the less excited I became. There are just too many faults with this game that I’ve seen, and the game’s not even out yet. One of the biggest problems is that we’re facing a brand new version of Blizzard in 2012. This isn’t the same wonderful company that brought us D2, the great Battle Chess port, pre-Burning Crusades World of Warcraft and other similar titles. This is post-Activision, post-horrible-decisions Blizzard we’re dealing with here, and after the terrible demon that Burning Crusades, Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria were, that’s one primary reason I’m dreading May 15th.
I’m even willing to overlook the bad voice acting and four-player party size limit (might I add that this is the maximum party size allowed on consoles… just a hint); I get extra amusement for poor voice acting and I dealt with this same party size limit in The Old Republic. What I can’t overlook is how incredibly easy the game is now, not to mention its absence of originality. It’s essentially a D2 reskinning but made dumber for the younger generation of Xbox kids who grew up on easy games. The fact that it’s currently in open beta is not an excuse for this either; there are things that aren’t going to magically be fixed in the next couple of weeks.
Another thing I’m despising is the absence of PvP at launch. It might not really be an MMO, but the fact that you’re not ready to present PvP means that, even after eleven years of development (allow me to stress that again, eleven years), you’re still not prepared to give players the full game. This doesn’t just make me concerned for D3, but it makes me gravely concerned for the upcoming (read: rushed) WoW expansion too. Along with this absence of PvP is a total absence of PKing and hostile toggle.
Remember getting your best skills up and truly creating a personal character in D2? Well, that’s not going to happen with D3… with everything else being so generic, why would it? Now you’ll have the benefit of unlocking skills that you’ll never use.
I’m not going to get too far with the real money auction house. I think it’s a terrible gimmick for a company that can easily afford to go without it, but if you want to waste your hard-earned money on cartoony pixels, then more power to you. Or if you want to make a killing on the other side, enjoy turning into a pseudo-gold farmer.
There’s absolutely nothing redeeming to me about Diablo 3. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I feel like installing Diablo 2 and giving that another playthrough. Either that or just hug the box really, really tightly. Maybe once the game comes out and I give it another go, I’ll change my mind, but I’m not liking what I see so far.