D2: Sorceress had the following skills open at level one; Frost Bolt, Frozen Armor, Charged Bolt, Fire Bolt and Warmth. From level 2 on you can spend your skill points into any one of those skills. Now at level 6 she gets; Frost Nova, Ice Blast, Static Field, Telekinesis, and Inferno. So at level six, you 2 sorceresses are the same they both have all of the above skills open to spend points into. They both have six points to spend, five from leveling and one from the Den of Evil quest completion. The only difference from one sorceress and the next at that level is where the player spends his/her points.
LOL that is not the same as what D3 does hahaha omg *giggle* talking to you i think it's just delusional now. D2 I can have like at least twice as many actives as D3 will ever have if i just drop 1 point into every skill and decide to play D2 like D3 lmao. Just because you drop a ton of skill points into one skill making it strong is already a huge difference compared to D3; the skill point investment makes D2 not a gear-riddled game with stickers for abilities, D3 you drop what into your skills? Nothing! Because Blizzard is in control of that duh. It's dumbed down past Guild Wars 1. GW1 the devs have control of the RANGE it's modified but it's not 1 static modifier that is never to be changed on your part lololol.
"The only difference from one sorceress and the next at that level is where the player spends his/her points and where they spent their points earlier
" Fixed. <-- Defeats every purpose of whatever D3 is doing for diversity and differentiates a player from one to another. One may drop 20 points into this or that but they certainly wont' do it at the same level at any given time if they did that's pretty lucky on a coincidence, I remember playing with 5 friends we all went necros we all went raise skeleton but we didn't all learn it at the same level or same time or same skill point unlike D3.
Still missing the point?
Oh and don't forget a fire invested sorc now plays differently than an ice invested sorc <- customization as you said earlier.
"My perma WotB won't play like a blah blah blah" Same situation here buddy, so wtf are you talking about? If that's the case then D2 blows D3 out of the water with diversity & different builds, just people in D3 are lazy to re-roll a character because there's no point lol, the fact that there's not even a template system to save your previous builds is already indication of that there aren't many.
" A perma WotB build plays differently than my shaker barbarian. So that is customization"
^ Lol that's D2 for anyone who invested 1
skill point that isn't the same as someone else. So that range is infinitely higher than D3 forever?
If that pisses you off in that you have to re-roll because you put a point into something you didn't want well that's what limited/quest-rewarded re-spec is for and 12 years of development to realize but didn't, or at least a small amount of it, but not infinitely re-spec, it's like what TL2 expanded upon and maybe the reason why it even won RPG of the year on like... MANY gaming sites where D3 went to disappointment.
Please tell me how I can use WotB if it is not on my toolbar or mouse buttons? Show me where I am wrong and you have access to all active skills and runes for all active skills. All skills not on the toolbar or mouse wheel are like the skills you did not spend points on in D2 they are not available to you at all.
You can't duh what a dumb rhetorical question unless you've discovered a way to play telepathically, you just assign it mid battle and wait 5-50 seconds depending on what difficulty you're playing on and it'll be ready to be used. In D3 there's a cooldown on it just because of a skill swap which is ridiculous because it indicates it is READY TO BE USED just that your character has the capacity of an idiot for intelligence and has to recall how to use it in a cooldown timer, far different from using learnt skills in D2(LEARNT SKILLS; DIFFERENT FROM UNLOCKED & UNLEARNED) that aren't on your toolbar but can be hotkeyed to be swapped into your bar immediately mid action to be USED
. Jeez and I thought YOU played D2. holy moly, poor assumption on my end.
Here I am basically saying that you are trying to tell me that there are no failed builds at all. Where you could literally throw darts on the board and make that build work in inferno. I say no you cannot. There are failed builds that will penalize you for choosing them. The only real difference is that you do not waste any time because of the respec option. You can fix your bad build by swapping skills to ones that would work.
Once again you still have not answered my question and further assumed something else that I have not even said. I simply said there are MORE viable builds when difficulty decreases not ALL, but I mean if you do make it so easy where everything just dies to 1 hit then yeah it is ALL. LOL oh my god, is it that hard to comprehend? I said nothing about "no failed builds at all". Way to miss the point entirely. Here I'll even define viable for you:
Capable of working successfully; <-- derp.
Now if you'll stop contradicting yourself and think a little what happens if you lower difficulty to nothing?
I'll give you a moment to figure it out..............
....Oh wonderful everything is capable of working successfully :)
But there are those that are like Jay that like the skills Slow Time and Teleport as defensive skills. So I could've chosen them instead and had a different wizard than what I have now.
and so can someone else and everyone else, there is no diversity if anyone can be each other between each toon in an instant. It's the same for guild wars just that the range of difference is millions and millions of times higher which fits the playerbase, this one fits the 4 player game, oh I see where they went with this. LOL nevermind thanks for the epiphany. Now I get why it's so limited.
build where I will be getting most of my dps power from my gear.
LMAO where else woudl you get your DPS from HAHA zomg, please. You certainly don't tell your stats where to go nor how your equip shall roll stats.
Guild Wars 1 > D2 > D3
With the assumption that you grant D2 free re-spec, and even if not, it's still more diverse than D3 lol.
I'm no D2 fanatic but I'm not thick enough to say D3 has more diversity & customization than D2 does.