TLDR; They are both good games, but scratch different itches, Diablo 3 is farming and being a bad-!@# out the gate. Path of Exiles is competition, taking pride in your custom character, and making countless characters that are each very different, even if they are the same class.
I am confused, HainKurt points out this guys post being obnoxious calling people tools. Yet he plays a Marauder to 58/100, looks up a build someone else figured out for him, is not happy with it, and blames the game for being bad? Sorry but, who is being the tool here...? Did you even take a good look at it and try to plan out a proper 50 point starting frame on the right main stat highways to build an interesting competitive character, do you even know that 30-50 points is considered a frame and not a fully powered build? There is like 60 passive points to go, I have at best had a level 42 Witch/38 Duelist/30 Marauder, and only cleared the 1st act in Cruel. And I walked away with a better understanding of what the game set out to be then you have... And that is not even the point of the game. It is not a 1 character of each class deal, you are playing it wrong sir, and expecting instant gratification as a master of the game just because you are level 58 means you will probably never enjoy a truly in-depth ARPG. It's about learning to do it right and being proud you mastered all that. Out of my 3 highest levels I listed, I have probably had 20 different HC characters I perma-deathed by deleting when they died. If your playing in Standard League on PoE and not even thinking about your build, just quit imo. Games like this and Torchlight 2 are more fitting for you're play-style, and you will have much less frustration in there simplicity.
Yeah I read it all, I see your points, from a bad players perspective you nail it. If the game did not have ladders I would probably think the same way, because I would not see the point in rerolling... To be honest even though I consider Path of Exiles a good, no GREAT game, I can't really get into it either. There is nothing wrong with the skill effects in the cash shop in my opinion. For a game that is free, and is updated so regularly, I am humbled by the fact that they do so much for so little, and the community rallies behind them and really appears to be a strong positive driving force behind the development, weekly creating 3-5 legendary items, while this game is struggling to make 1 in over a month that is community driven. Here my biggest problem is the developers and the community are very much separated. Picking the people that stream on Twitch>those of us that play, post, and want nothing but the best for our beloved series, kinda hurts my feelings a little bit... That's what makes PoE special, it's for the little guy by the little guys, they don't just look at the big picture as a company. Or say fk those guys they don't represent the true market, they are the minority! They are here (there forums), almost daily taking at least an hour to touch base with the players. Yeah they still do what they think is best, but at least you KNOW they are listening because they are in the trenches with you.
The Passive Tree is supposed to be daunting and complicated. The adventure in Path of Exiles is not farming, it's character creation, improving and reiterating your own ideas into an effective ladder racing beast. The entire first half of your post would be moot if you realized this, your not supposed to back-track 20+ nodes, they give you like 14-20 points free by the time you reach end game. But even then if you plan properly, you hardly need them. I can't place exactly why I don't enjoy the game like Diablo 3. It really is a superior game in terms of choices for the player, you can even play in races where you walk outside town and it's PK city! Now that is a cut-throat race, and it touches on a niche Diablo 2 had that was actually very strong, sadly a big source of QQ though because it was a bit mean sometimes.
There is just a quality here, the art style, the combat, the lore, it all appeals to me I guess. I sat down yesterday and talked to Cormak in act 3, he only says his name in Act 1 so I forget... The Templar guy, anyway his story was great, it reminded me why I dig this games story arches, at the end of it all I ran in circles a little bit and really wished him and I could run off right there since we have beaten Diablo... I could see that in a cinematic, he stabs his spear in there epic council chambers and points his finger, calling out the entire order to meet his Justice and atone for there crimes, a great fight with the guards, cuts into your fight with the council. Reveals some crazy plot twist about the order, the angels, the time traveling enchantress, and boom... You're on some time traveling adventure with the Templar and Enchantress story developing trying to save humanity again! That guy is just so epic, I enjoy having him around more then any other henchmen, I swear he has some bad-$%^ new lines, and the new shock wizard builds are just great fun. It went from a class I did not even play because it was either CM/Archon or ur doing it wrong, to my favorite hands down over them all.
If I could have one thing for Christmas, I would want a Beta Key to try the Crusader... Maybe they think my computer is not good enough, seems like after all these years I would have gotten at least one Blizzard Beta unless I was somehow just not eligible... It does lag pretty bad in full games so I am probably not even minimum spec to be approved by the profiler... It's still a coin toss for me, I'm not pissed over the price, tbh the USD is down, it's weird seeing a US company charge 29.99 euros... our keyboards can't even do the symbol, as 40$. That is why we are so upset, but in the grand scheme of things, it is 30$ to them, could even be less I think, even though they are not saying it. I bet euro pre-order is 29.99, either way I'm only skeptical because PTR is not impressive, and the streamers are clearly pointing out major flaws in trading, end game, and the lack of any competitive spirit to the game. If those are all ironed out by March I'll be more then happy to buy and play. I'll still be playing 2.0 even if it don't, this is my time killer 7/10 times.