It is funny how POE fanboys only talk about DIII in-game, but as you can see..
Vice versa, DIII forums are filled to the brim with POE threads.
Love this quote to death, "familia"...
People are SOOOOOOO afraid of seeming like fanboys, who defend their favorite game, they'd rather go to another game's forum and bash that one. I've been in this forum, almost since launch, defending D3 because I believe in it as a great game that's sorely misunderstood by those who want nothing more than to cut it down to the lowest common denominator.
Honestly, I've never played PoE, and I don't even think it sucks or is a bad game, in fact, when I get to a point in D3 that I feel I can break away a bit (maybe make my first Hellfire ring, get my DH to level 60), I'll very likely download PoE for free and give it a shot. I'm sure it'll feel new and fresh, and in the end, I'll still probably like D3 better.
Not because it's a "Diablo" game...but because all the nonsense and debate and immature arguing on this forum made me truly realize WHY I actually think this game's great. It has immense potential to be BETTER than Diablo 2, and that's because it took a lot of risk. Hopefully, the bulk of this community can embrace that and start using their creativity to make varied builds people can try instead of continually cutting it down just because it's gone in a different direction.
Ultimately, if we're cutting things down to lowest common denominator...people who claim they've "quit" Diablo 3 say PoE's better because of one thing: customization. They can allocate skills on a weird snowflake looking tree sorta thing...they can socket skills into weapons and gear, and from what I've heard, that's "fun." And I don't doubt it...it probably is fun. Diablo 3 can have just as many similar customization options added to it, though.
But to me, Diablo has ALWAYS meant "working hard to find great gear." Whether there's Uber Bosses or colorful ponies or cows or bugs or amazing rings or whatever in the endgame, to me, Diablo equals one thing...the grand item hunt. I've come to acknowledge this, and so, my answer is to NOT buy up every piece of endgame gear there is.
Example? Last night, I found an Ivory Tower shield. And I was psyched! Great rolls? Eh, not epic, even I know that. But I was still excited to find one, and I may even be able to put it to use. And I know, "wait till you find a ton of them, you'll hate them." So far, I've found over 25 DIFFERENT legendaries (myself, not counting a Fist of Az'Turrasq and an Immortal King Gloves I found with friends, both of which I may brimstone)...only one I've found twice is the Dawn crossbow. But since my main has become my all self-found Monk, this game is still really fun for me, because buying stuff on the AH hasn't killed my interest.
Most people in this forum? They've circumvented that entire gameplay motivation, by wanting great items so badly, they use their gold (and sometimes real money) to buy up every rare item they should be finding. They effectively KILL the most final endgame for themselves...
Then they flock to PoE because they CAN'T kill the endgame for themselves, all the while blaming Blizzard for their own inability to fight temptation.
I'm not ready for a break from D3, but when I am, PoE might be interesting to try. I'm a balanced and fair person, so I'd love to try PoE and enjoy it...
But from what I've read about the bulk of the systems...D3 seems way better to me.