The gist I'm getting is that POE fans are seeking to be known as 'true gamers' or 'purists', or 'hardcore', and 'mature', who like 'darker' games. And in doing so, seek to portray D3 fans as the opposite of all those attributes. i.e - Can't handle 'hard' games. 'Immature and likes cartoons'. 'Only a child would like this story'. Or the biggest insult - 'Casual'. Seriously, a lot of pen**-waving. Maturity? We're playing video games here, people.
it's really true that D3 is catered towards a more "everyone" approach, in doing so your game is not so niche anymore nor targeted towards any audience.
Casual - Relaxed and unconcerned.
Hardcore - intensely loyal;
Know why PoE players are seeking themselves to be "true gamers" because it resembles more of what D3 Should've been in terms of D2. It's pretty blatantly obvious.
D3 is very cartoony, if you've played Diablo 2 it's kinda hard to say D3 isn't.Here's an example of what people expected D3 to be "like" but is FAR from it.
Do take note of: THE ATMOSPHERE for one.
In D3 whenever I found one of my companions had something new to say, I was interested in it. In POE, I could hardly wait for any NPC to stop talking. Every side-quest and conversation was an unrelated tack-on, delivered flatly by someone you though had never done voice acting...
highly subjective, but at least in PoE i have the choice to not listen to them, in D3 i'm forced to listen to them, I foudn the templar utterly annoying and the enchantress some dumb ditz. the scoundrel at least had some kick to him.
after playing both for equivalent amounts of hours (200 and 200 for both) I found d3 extremely annoying at the time because there was no option to turn off the f***ing dialogue. idk if there is one now but i wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't.
And finally, IMHO, the lack of a compelling story.
that's funny because i didn't find any story compelling in the diablo series. d3 only slightly more due to its predecessors, you're judging PoE based on it having no background but trying to give lore all in 1 go. I certainly didn't find Azmodan telling me all about his elaborate plans compelling. greatest tactician my !@#, my grandpa could outsmart azmodan in a game of mahjong.
the story in d3 is like a children's tale, it's nothing smart or classy. Diablo is like a troll talking down to you at the end with stupid dialogue boxes popping up. ooh the terror, he's more of a pest than the lord of terror.
We're playing video games here, people.
so? some people play games so intensely that they make 250k a year from doing so. that to me is indeed a fine line between extreme hardcore and casual and the like.
Character models are not meant to be photo-realistic, and in doing so they avoid the uncanny valley.
sure but they shouldn't be so jagged where they look like PS2 graphics either in this day and age. Not even specular or normal bump mapping on characters? Have you even given thought how many players on screen at MOST at any given time?....
I mean Dota2 models have more polygons than D3 characters which is pretty sad. hahah
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^ EVEN THE CHARACTER PORTRAIT is more detailed, than your D3's char's polygonal face.
having so many other games under the belt to compare with, and most of these are FREE games that provide GREATER graphics in terms of detail and most other things against a 59.99$ coming out of a triple A company is pretty questionable. Questionable in that either their standards are extremely low, or I got suckered for 59,99 from a once beloved company for the first time and it's never happening again.
not only is your characcter in d3's lips glued together and never move, I'm quite certain they make 0 expressions as well.
back on topic, PoE itself has 0 budgeting from outside sources and was funded mostly by themselves the creators. D3 has WoW spoonfeeding blizzard with cash and that is what they put out. PoE i can at least cut some slack but even then their characters can dance foolishly and do other things among just mindless killing.
D3's development time was also 10 years regardless of what was scrapped and redone I don't care, they had 10 years, old ideas to use and improve that WORKED that brought this franchise its success, and decided to disregard it,
PoE has had 6 years from the ground up.
The difference is day and night.
PoE has the increasing potential as every day goes by and D3 is having decreasing potential as the day goes by.