Things Blizzard Can Improve To Get Me Back:
- Amount of Content
Profession Imbalances and Specializations
EPIC Items (Notice the Caps)
More/Friendlier communication when it comes to suggestions
Amount of Content
We got 3 tiers of content with Cataclysm and a ~10 hour story with Diablo 3. I understand D3 is a "Loot Grind" but still, the storyline is a bit lacking (probably for maximum number of expansions), and the ratio of "usable" loot vs. the time to acquire it is just absurd.
In Cataclysm we had two raids upon launch (which was awesome), but then we had to wait SIX months for Firelands. After which we had to wait another FIVE months farming (Taragosa's Wrath) until the easily and near instantly cleared Dragon Soul came out. EIGHT months later still no release of the next content patch in sight.
With every patch there is some change that almost every class has to get used to for the sake of "balance". I've always found this odd, because classes ideally should only need to be balanced once per new ability/skill set (expansion). However almost every single patch, abilities, attack speeds and spells have to be "balanced". I feel in WoW balance is the way for Blizzard to push the "Flavor of the Month" style of gameplay.
Characters should not need to be balanced. Items should.
Seemingly, the same is happening in Diablo with each patch. Full Jars, Empty Jars, Full Chests, Half-Empty Chests, Number of games, No Number of games, Number of games, Increased Attack Speed, Half-Increased Attack Speed, Movement Speed Increase, Significantly Less Movement Speed (So on and so forth).
Even though the beta scene is some sort of exclusive club(that we have to be lucky enough to get picked for), we end up playing the most dysfunctional-rubber banding non-beta out there. Maybe Blizzard could start calling each game release Gamma. That way we know what we're getting into. Before anyone starts spewing about how, "you're making the game better." I don't recall ever having these problems in any console game. Perhaps that's because they test the games thoroughly with the knowledge they can't go back and patch them.
How's D3 on the PS3 coming along?
I remember looking at people with Champion of the Naru, High Warlord titles, Plagued Proto Drakes, and thinking to myself "Wow, those people really did something!" Now I see Ironbound Proto Drakes and think "Hey, I should go get that. Meh. Maybe later." I personally believe that when a new tier of content comes out you shouldn't be able to go back and get last tier's exclusive rewards (especially with the amount of time content is out now). I'm not impressed by anyone riding a seahorse in Orgrimmar because you can just buy it off the AH.
Things used to be impressive and motivating, now it can be put off until later and not that impressive at all.