People over estimate the influence that D2 had on D3 sales.What the hell are you on." People over estimate the influence that D2 had on D3".Newsflash,Diablo 2 was the defining reason Diablo 3 sold so well.
I bought the game 4 months after the release, after seeing other people play it ,even though i saw the negative reviews. and i'm glad i did, its was the most fun i had with an hack and slash game.
Also 5 of my friends got it, after i recommended it to them, which was also 4 months after the release. 3 of those 5 friends actually never played and single rpg or arpg game before, and D3 was their first experience with it. Interestingly though 4 of my friends only finished the game on normal, only finishing the story and then trying some of the other classes, but never touching the other difficulties. Except for one ( 1 who struggled with the gearing and stats, rpg just aren't his thing), they were all satisfied and including me we all plan to buy the expansion.
Yeah D3 really has many flaws, and even though i quit it a month ago at PL97 with 50k elite kills,since i just couldn't force myself to do any more act3 alk runs to get the last 3 levels, D3 was the longest i played an arpg game, and probably the most fun. I played almost every arpg after d2 (TQ , Torchlight and DS series) and D3 was the first one that i played for longer than a month.
And i would still play it today if i didn't reach the upgrade wall, and didn't exhaust almost everything there is to do in it.
Now i'am just lurking these forums, hoping they announce a reset or a ladder for a fresh start or a new exp.
Yes it was part of the reason, but not the only reason as some would like to portrait. i just gave you my example from my friends who bought D3, only 1 of them played D2 before. And from the 47 people that i added to my friends list in D3, only about 5 of them played D2 before, and almost nobody knew what a shako is.