I've just started playing Diablo 3 with my partner. One thing that is already bugging is the Individual loot.
I understand how it helps larger groups or people that aren't friends IRL, however it is really killing the immersion for us, who play on computers in the same room.
I'm not saying they should get rid of Individual Loot completely, but a toggle to turn it off or on would be awesome. Even if it was a visibility thing, so that you could see the other player's loot, but you couldn't pick it up!
A few reasons why I miss group drops:
- The most obious issue: If one of us kills a mob off screen, the other potentially misses what has dropped, which, in Diablo, might be something kick !@# like random unique or set item! You can argue that you should stick together or whatever, but even if it is a little off the screen, in a corner of the room or behind a pillar or something like that, it makes it much easier to miss, and introduces a feeling that you should be following the other player around checking every mob they kill (just in case).
Including an option to view the other player's loot would solve this instantly, ie: "Hey, X just dropped for you, get over here!! :D"
- There is no more excitement or fun of seing something drop that is aweosme for the other player, and then letting them run over and grab it, or giving it to them. Yes you could argue that we can do that with the loot that drops individually, but it means we are constantly having to communicate to each other regarding what has dropped. Instead of "OMG CHECK IT OUT, an awesome set piece!" it is "I got X, what did you get? I got X, what did you get? I got X, what did you get?"
- Standing there and deciding who gets what is FUN with Friends. Rolling (Like in WoW) or Individual Loot is great for people that are in it for themselves, but it does kill the fun somewhat from the traditional, stand there and survey what has dropped and then divvy up the loot.
Hell, even if it was a rolling system, that little mini-thrill of winning or losing the roll was fun in itself.
TL:DR - Include a toggle for Individual Loot, or at least a toggle to be able to see the other player's loot for those that play in the same room, and are happy to distribute the loot amongst each other.