The question is if its an great Hack and Slay game.
It's not as bad as people have made it out to be. It's not quite great yet either. It's worth it to remember that for a lot of people D2 didn't get 'great' either until LOD came out.
So good but not quite great. Yet. Much better now that it was at launch.
Thats where I dissagree. Sorry.
Sure D2 was not perfect, but it had the fundamentals right. And yes, when D2 started it got a lot of criticism but the team behind it worked on them. legendary items and Set items got reworked, more items introduced, less randomness in the loot overall and they made the game a bit easier over time. That was before the release of LoD. LoD was not seen by people as fix really but more as aditional content of high quality. Guess what people will say about the addon for D3? Finally itemisation fixed! If that will ever happen ...
After all, even if D2 and D3 share many mistakes, D2 was less of an frustrating experience in general because the content was not comparable. It was esier to gear up for most of the things in the game and despite the fact that D2 had literaly no end game, it remained entertaining for quite some time.
Everyon should ask him self this, regardless for D2, lets forget D2 here for a moment, but just ask your this. Is Diablo 3 a game that will be interesting for 10 years? If the answer is yes, respect! Then you really love what you have here. But I think many people feel that D3 does not offer enough regarding itemisation and skills to be for a long time entertaining.