Unfortunately, Diablo III is the game I played first in the series. I have yet to go backward (I tend to do that with many games for some reason...) and try Diablo II. Real life friends that had a computer back in the day before me played the Diablo games and loved them. I was influenced by their excitement to get this game.
Somehow, some way, two months after release, I still had no clue what the game was about. I just got into PC gaming - I've been a console gamer all my life. Somehow, I heard how D3 was amazing, blahblahblah. So I bought it out of hype. It certainly is fun for a while, and as a newcomer to the online-only framework, I raged....for the first time ever. Server lag. Rubberbanding. Maintenance that renders my game unplayable? No offline singleplayer? LAN? ...nothing? What exactly took up 15gb of my hard drive?
Granted, I could have done a little research. Instead, I trusted the excitement of hardcore fans, my friends. I truly feel cheated, restricted and as a gamer from the late 80s to present, feel that the game is hindered by this so-called real money auction house. The letter tells me the game was built around it and everything I read so far about the Diablo games sounds like such a thing should have never existed in the first place.
I continue to play games from the past, pre-DLC, pre-expansion pack because back then, games were complete. If software was easily refundable, I would have returned it by now.
Offline mode. LAN.
Either one of these would be appreciated. No one should be forced online for services they choose not to use. I intend on playing the game and not use the RMAH because I never spent a real dollar on something that should be readily available in-game. I hate dying because of server lag (and yes, I my connection is good, if not great).
I really wanted to like this game. I really did.