10/20/2013 05:30 PMPoe is a really cheap looking game just look at the graffic and the gameplay, its very clumsy you have no idea whats going on the screen when you play a 4 man group, BUT it has its good things but its not a 2013 game thats for sure, and the skill tree is not that amazing.
Posted by Ytzen
I agree the skill tree on it's own isn't all that amazing, but the underlying concept between the passive skill tree, skill gems and overall itemization is fantastic. It's all about depth. I mean, items are more than simple stat sticks. Unique items actually can heavily affect the way your character performs from a mechanics standpoint, instead of just being raw increments to your important stats.
This happened in D2 as well. A lot of the items weren't absolutely perfect. Many had one or 2 extremely appealing properties, while the rest was usually just support stuff, or simply negligible. D3 has nothing like this. An item is "amazing" just for containing too many good stats, while most of them are unusable garbage for not containing enough good ones.
Think of an item such as skullder's ire. The item's most appealing property was it's exceptional mf bonus followed by a nice skill boost, yet it had no resistances, no fcr/ias, or health boosts. Finding an ethereal would make the initial meh repair mod very worthwhile. It didn't have it all, yet proper design and a really catchy and strong property made it such a memorable item because it had that unique charming effect, without being an overpowered statstick. Now look at an IK plate from D3. It's just special because it can have a ridiculous amount of stats, often unparalleled by any other, except maybe an incredible BoA archon plate, which doesn't even give you a set bonus.
I think that's what's missing in D3. Less trifecta crap and overall optimized gear, and more exceptionally good single properties to make specific items really memorable, yet remain relatively competitive without being obscenely overpowered. Some other examples of memorable, yet not ridiculously overpowered items: shaftstop (exceptional damage reduction), Buriza (fantastic damage/speed for a crossbow, plus inherent penetration), Vampire Gaze (great damage reduction bonus coupled with life/mana leech).