So how is it possible that a game is getting worse?
Diablo 3 has been built partly around an 'Auction House'. This enables players to sell equipment they don't want with players who may have use for it. When first launched this was with gold earned in game. And it has a lot of upsides to it.
However, there have proven to be multiple problems with this feature.
First off it turns out that there were loopholes and bugs that enabled some players to generate reserves of millions of gold (by comparison most games will 'earn' about 10k-20k per hour played), pricing all the normal players out of the market for the best equipment.
A decent amulet for a top level character will set you back a couple of million, the top ones go for 200 million plus- get the discrepency?
From the equipment going on sale, certain attributes are far more necessary for a character than others. 'Resist All' and 'Increased Attack Speed' are the 2 most notable examples. Good equipment with these on are therefore very expensive to trade.
How has Blizzard addressed this? By halving the increase attack speed bonuses on all existing and future equipment- which has in fact pushed the price of these items up, not down. You see if you need a total of 30% increase to be able to stand a chance in Hell or Inferno difficulty and you had gotten this off of 2 items previously, now you need to buy 4 costly items to get the same boost. (More likely 5 in fact as those halvings were all rounded down).
I'm not even going to start on the problems introduced to the game system by having an auction house that uses real money- such as the security issues, legal issues and the priority of the developers on getting the 15% commissions flowing rather than keeping the game proper running smoothly!
Meanwhile the server problems that should have been sorted out by virtue of the Beta tests are still there. As I write yet another '3003' error is preventing the majority of the players in the UK from playing.
it doesn't matter if you never want to play online with other players, or if you only want to do so occasionaly with certain characters created specifically for the task- each and every game HAS to run through Blizzard's server system, regardless of how stable, dodgy or whatever your connection to them is.
Is the game fun to play, addictive with exceptional graphics etc?
Can I hand on heart recommend that you spend some of your hard earned cash on it?
Not whilst all these problems and 'features' remain.
(And I'd ignore all the reviews based on the Beta placed up here before the game was released. In fact NEVER make a decision based on the review of something that isn't actually what is being reviewed!
I'm not sure why Play.com even allow them to be posted...