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I don't think most people have a very good memory, and/or were not playing Diablo II back when it first came out. I was looking around the internet today, and came across a post that quoted a few of the typical responses back when Diablo II first launched. This is from a Usenet forum;
People go on and on about how Diablo II was some golden era for the Action RPG genre, but in truth, it took a few years before it got to that point. Diablo III is vastly better than Diablo II after those few years. Once we get our first expansion pack, it'll be even better. People just need to relax, and learn to give it a chance. That's what everyone did with Diablo II, and learned to just accept it for what it is, and everyone enjoyed the hell out of it.
Yeah but no they didnt.
Yeah no, I can back this up with my own experiences. I picked Diablo II up day one, and was beyond frustrated with some of the design decisions, and battle.net, and how unstable it was. With enough time playing the game though, I went on to play it for nearly 10 years.
Diablo 2 left more to the imagination. Enough said. It wasn't based strictly around "no true build" classes. Which gave more variation to possible outcomes and events. The people who didn't accept it at first fell in love with it shortly after because of all the things that could be done and the ability to create your character as you wanted.
In this game, Elective Mode isn't a -true customization-. It's swapping skills for skills. Not builds for builds, or stats for stats. And -we all- get those skills if we are that class, no matter what.
Diablo 2 was accepted due to it's dark and gritty graphics and nature on top of the complete customization of your characters skills and abilities, even if it was disliked at launch. This game, doesn't offer that.
So to compare the two, is hard, because they're almost literally two different games, story aspects aside. You don't have as much to do as you did in D2 and I feel like the Achievements they put in was a way to try to loop people around and make them think otherwise. They hoped for a distraction with that.
Edited by TwistaSyke#1956 on 5/17/2012 2:33 PM PDT
Yeah but no they didnt.
Because the same sub-group of ranters aren't the same people complaining about this game?
Things don't change. Gamers, especially the ones that post on forums, are predisposed to be whiny, aggravating, OCD little punks.
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