The first thing I would like to talk about is D3's easy to obtain max level of 60. I think it's a big mistake taking away the almost unreachable goal that everyone has in the back of there mind. I understand what Blizzard is doing with Inferno and the challenge it will be. But I think for me personally, getting to 99 was almost 75% of the game for me. I know a lot of people will attack me and say "nobody cares". That is fine, this is just my opinion. I can understand another reason why they did this because of the outleveling of content and to leave room for a higher level cap in future expansions. So here's my solution to this: Just have Normal, Nightmare, and Hell only. Normal has max level 31 monsters. Nightmare has max level 46 monsters, and Hell has max level 61 monsters. Monsters will level with you, so they will always be a challenge. Level 50 will be the new Level 90 from D2. Hardest elite items will have an item level of 50 to 55. Who ever creates a game will determine the monster levels in that game. You must be atleast 5 levels below the game creator or higher. ie level 53 person makes game, only 48 or higher can join. To me this makes a lot of sense and it makes everyone happy. Without this the only end game goal is finding items for the sake of finding items. Which leads to other problems. Why ever use "Good Items" when the end game goal is just finding items, so all i'll want to use is "Magic Find/Gold Find Items".
The second thing I would like to talk about is duping, botting, and hacks. I think D3 moving to ONLINE ONLY mode is a great step to combat such threats. I have noticed some threads of people talking about how they hate online only mode. For me I don't think it's that big a deal. Among the D2 population I think it's a safe bet that around 99.999% played on BNet compared to single player. With online only mode, it will give Blizzard a lot more control and security of what goes on, and that is all good if they can keep hacks to a minimum. I don't know a lot about how hacks work, I just know it has something to do with looking at packets coming and going. I would be interested to hear what blizzard plans on doing to stop these, but I guess they probably can't say much since it would let hackers know what exactly they have in place. Recently I noticed on the forums that someone has already discovered a form of dupe. I find this very troubling, especially with an RMAH involved. I just hope Blizzard doesn't drop the ball on this one like they did with D2.
Finally the last thing I would like to talk about is the 4 player limit as well as Dueling in public games. To me a 4 player limit is perfect for co-op play. It does get too messy on the screen with anything higher. I can understand why this is a problem for some people. This is why i think they should make an optional 8 player game, or heck 16 player game, but with no monsters just where people can hang out, show off some of their cool gear and most importantly duel. Have teams or just do 1 on 1's. Now I know people will say that's what "Arena" is for. Arena is great but.. you can't really meet people that way or practice etc. Since Arena won't even have a ranking system as far as I know it's just gear based matching system. Why not just let people spar for fun and chat. This was one of the biggest things that made D2 a success. As well make Item finding more important. A lot of the people that complained about hostiling was because of griefers etc. This makes everyone happy. Create an optional game called a meeting room, or duel room with a higher player limit.
I'm sure most of these changes will never happen because it would take way too long to implement with the current system in place, and god knows how impatient everyone is for a release date. This is just how I wish things could have been. Although I still remain optimistic that D3 will be a megahit. Part of me will always remember the joy of nearing that elusive level 99, which was always greater than finding items. Anyways I would like to here feedback on some of my ideas that I have. Anything would be great, even criticism. Thanks.
TLDR: Will item finding be enough for you? Will you miss the hard to reach goal of level 99 from D2? Are you concerned Botting will ruin D3? Will Arena be better than dueling freely in 8 player games?