Well, I’ve finally managed to finish the Diablo III beta and try all the classes and can now come with some solid impressions.
My initial reaction reeks of disappointment. I mean, this is supposed to be the sequel to Diablo II, the greatest game of all times in my eyes. Naturally, my expectations were beyond the roof. And I am sad to say that Blizzard failed to deliver on almost all of them.
Diablo III is insanely over-simplified. You cannot put any stats on your character, it’s automatic. You can’t identify items anymore, it’s automatic. You can’t pick from different skill trees as you see fit, there are four skills in different categories predetermined and you can only pick one from each category, such as one out of the four defense skills. The graphics in terms of environment and atmosphere are brilliant. I truly love them and the mood the game sets is astounding. However, character design in terms of beauty and processing power look old and dull. You tell me with a straight face that the male Wizard doesn’t resemble Orlando Bloom. Go ahead. I dare ya.
So it goes without saying that Diablo III will never become the sequel I’m looking for. It will never be as tough and punishing as Diablo II was. Without depth, esport focus, PvP focus, and without PK it just cannot happen. That’s not saying though that the game is bad. Because it isn’t. It just wont’ beat the best game of all times and become a 10/10 masterpiece. This is quite sad in my eyes. RIP Blizzard? It could very well be. Project Titan better be something that makes Guild Wars 2 look like a Facebook game.
Will I still buy it? Most likely because of my love for the franchise and that I want to see Diablo die once more. But I’m sure the game will receive less than a 100 hours of total time. And I expected 1000 hours. That’s how much my hype has gone down. Instead of dreaming of Diablo every day like I expected, I am instead dreaming of Dota 2 and Guild Wars 2. Something has gone wrong indeed. However, I am sure some blind fans will defend Diablo III as the perfect game despite its lack of core features of the franchise.
To sum it up:
- Mixed graphical achievements
- Insanely primitive and dumbed-down
- Zero depth
- Instantly felt old
- Real poor decisions in terms of the games PvP and PK direction
Here are some self-taken screenshots.