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Because you're comparing it to the Expansion as well. D3 atm is a great platform.
And now that the platform is set, the expansions will bring.. get this... ready for it?? Content
Its an amazing combination that has worked for Blizzard for a long time.
Make a good solid platform, add good solid content.
If you all rememder D2 before expansion was actually pretty slow and boring.
Actually no I don't remember that.
WarCraft 3, wasn't absolute trash until expansion, it was good all the way through.
Same goes for StarCraft1 before Brood Wars.
Ready for it? It's high overdue since May 15, 2012.
Diablo II at Launch was better than Diablo III is right now, and featured nearly twice as much content. Hands down, no debate.
The Expansion Pack - Lord of Destruction - added, changed and fixed a lot of things. Why are you OK with Blizzard ignoring virtually all of those lessons, and making you pay for another retail product in order to get it back?
Diablo III's Expansion Pack has to, in so specific order:
- Fix the story.
- Fix the Itemisation systems.
- Fix the Skill System.
- Fix the Art Style.
- Fix the Blacksmith.
- Fix the Difficulty levels.
- Fix the affix systems for Monsters.
- Add an entire games worth of additional content.
And that's just to bring Diablo III up to par with Diablo II, ignoring Lord of Destruction. Virtually everything on that list - especially the story, Art Style and Skill system - won't happen.
So why didn't they just start with D2 LOD and move on from there?
This explanation continues to pop up here, over and over, and each time it's stated as if no one has ever thought of this.
So why didn't they just start with D2 LOD and move on from there?This explanation continues to pop up here, over and over, and each time it's stated as if no one has ever thought of this.
They created a new game, that's why. Is that so hard to understand? You aren't simply leftclicking your way through the hordes with one ability, you aren't simply capping all the BEPs you did in D2 and you aren't duping your way to the best of the best items any more.
You might not notice it, but the combat mechanics and the stats are so different that it's impossible to just "start at the expansion" without hurting the main game to much. Yes you could have had charms and runes and imbues already in the game, but then the combat would be lacking like in PoE or Marvel heroes. So they made the right decision and focused on the core mechanics. Just look at the PvP. They could have released the arenapvp 3 years ago, as it was perfectly playable (and enjoyable) back then, but they postpone it despite all the critic and nonsense players toss at them to make it an even greater expirience. You might be mad now, but coming the Diablo 3's 2nd expansion you will LOVE it.
Also: The targeted audience is different in expansions. The main game was made for casual firsttimers and not focused on hardcore players. Coming the 1st Addon you can be certain it will be targeted to those that like the main game and want more depth. Players that will stay with the game because they like it. The 2nd Addon then will be focused completely on longevity for hardcore gamers as it will probably only sell a lot less copies than the original D3 did and only those really dedicated to that game will be targeted as an audience.
I've stated in another thread that I'm happy with the combat. It's very fluid and even better than d2. My issue is that they tossed out a lot of high level concepts and design methods.
- Free roam has been reduced considerably and almost feels like on-rails gameplay.
- Elemental damage from items has been removed. That was an important strategy point in d2.
- Skill points and stat points removed. I'm glad they're gone, but it's left customization feeling flat.
- Affixes like 'cannot be frozen', 'chance to cast', 'crushing blow', all gone, and not replaced with something else suitable.
My point is, the game has been polished and balanced (at least attempted) to such a degree that all the flavour has been removed. It's like overworking a sculpture until all the fine features are gone.
Regardless, I hope you're right about the expansion. Everyone is counting on it to be the salvation of d3. I really hope it is.
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