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- D2 wasn't as good until LoD came out.
Two words: Consoles and Accessibility
Here's a list
Items - they weren't removed. They are still there. There's MORE ITEMS in D3 than there was in D2 at launch.
Runes - useless in the D3 environment. Extremely unbalancing, especially with runewords. The fact that sockets are limited and there are no white/grey socketed items should be a BIG HUGE CLUE there.
Jewels - these could have been implemented in a balanced manner. But few would likely use gems over jewels if it were the case. You might see them in the future.
Charms - these were not balanced. They were extra itemization thrown in. All they did was limit your inventory space, which for the most part, was under-used.
Horadric Cube - serves ZERO purpose. It was in beta for a time, it only worked as a remote salvage/shop. The recipes in D2 were for the most part, not used.
An Act/A Class - what are you talking about here? Different games are different. D1 to D2 had entire levels "removed" and classes changed as well. Why would you expect differently? Oh, that's right; you want Diablo 2.5. Look elsewhere.
The randomness - You complain about "random" when it's in your favor, and complain against "random" when it's not. "Levels aren't random!" "Items are TOO random!". I feel most people don't have an understanding of which they speak.
PvP - D2 didn't have PvP. It had "hostile mode". There was no PvP. No organization. No rules. No matching. Just "hostile". Stop calling it PvP; it's not.
Social System - D3 has as much social system as D2 has. "wug" "wuw" "wug" "wuw" - this wasn't social. Go make some friends in-game. You'll be surprised how receptive people are in public games. Oh, but that's right; public games are beneath you, aren't they?
Skill/Build diversity - Sorry, but D2 loses here as well. "Builds" consisted of getting some gear, planning your character to invest in JUST ENOUGH Str/Dex, ignoring Energy, and dumping everything into Vitality. Most "builds" didn't even function well without massive +skills items.
8-player Max - who cares? You don't want 8 people in your D3 game. 4 is enough. When is the last time you've seriously played with 4 people? Given your complain about "social system" in D3, my guess is next to never. You can't complain about something, then complain about it's opposite as well.
Ladder - this is the ONLY legitimate complaint about D3. Why is there no ladder? There should be one.
...says the guy STILL PLAYING D3 ON A DAILY BASIS. Seriously, if you dislike it so much, MOVE ON TO ANOTHER GAME.
I leave my soap-box with this. ^
D3 is not D2.5.
D2 is not D1.5.
Different games are different. Like it or find something else.
It's amazing that players still can't get over the fact that this is a new game.
Its D2:LOD with less features , simpler interfaces and skill trees. Crappy loot drop rates based on a RMAH.
The fact that you still play D2/LOD shows exactly how good a game it is, can you see yourself playing D3 in 7-10 years? LOL.
Natural progression happened from D1-D2 but then god knows what happened with D3.
I still see people saying that it took D2 years to get as good as it did, so why should we expect D3 to be as good upon release? I mean come on.. really?
If your going to make a sequel to franchise, or slap a name onto a video game that would imply it is a sequel... is it common practice to roll the game backwards?
Would it have not made sense for D3 to continue where D2 left off? If your going to essentially create a new game (as some of you have pointed out), why not just slap a new name on it? Throw a new end boss in the game, and name the game after that boss. Keep diablo in the game if you want, perhaps as an Act 1 boss.
It's my personal feeling that if you intend on making a sequel to something, at the very least, the franchise has to be followed and the things that made the franchise great, need to be included.
Yes D2 didn't have all the cool things upon launch, but they were there once it ended. There is no reason that D3 couldn't have started where D2 left off, if they wanted to keep the "diablo" name.
Edited by Deadlysynz#1583 on 12/14/2012 11:37 AM PST
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