I'll be honest, I havent really played much of Diablo 2. But I do know there are alot of people that still play it, I know its hugely popular and even now Diablo 2 still has a large fanbase.
When I'd heard alot about Diablo 3, I was a bit worried. Always having to be online? A real money auction house?
It just sounded like Blizzard's ideaology had turned into the one thing I was fearing, and that was - all about the money.
I hesitated about picking up the game, but I was not dissapointed.
The graphics, whilst not groundbreaking, was still great. It was still giving Diablo that "somethings around the corner" feel to it.
You get five classes, each to their own, I stuck with the Barbarian, as it suits my playstyle. Loud, bloody, and AXE IN THE FACE!
The Barbarian was a great choice for me and my two friends chose a Wizard and Monk.
The moves unlock as you level up, and on your first playthrough you'll find yourself salivating at the prospect of your next move and you cant wait to show it off to your friends.
The bass that pumped through my speakers everytime I Stomped or Leaped through the air was massive. Everyone in my house knew when I was in battle, and that happened quite a fair bit.
The enemies are varied, and you get new enemies JUST at the right time.
My only problem with the first playthrough was it just felt too easy.
It felt like the entire first playthrough was a tutorial to the entire game, and when you hit your second playthrough, thats wen the enemies do get tougher.
They get tougher yes, but does the game get more fun? To me, not really.
Once I'd played through the game once, I couldnt wait to play through it again. But now with all of my moves unlocked, and only runes to unlock, the excitement from my moves had dissapeared.
You can buy great items of the Auction House for pretty cheap, so no matter what enemies you face, you can always take them on pretty easily with good gear.
I'm on the second playthrough, and generally, this game has just lost it for me now.
It shares the same problem I have with WoW. To clarify, NO they are not the same games. But to me they share the same problem.
The games just go from being huge leaps of fun, to turning into a complete grit your teeth and play through the game borefest.
Diablo 3 after the first playthrough for me just turned into a grind.
Enemies do tend to change, and they do alot of different moves, and you may even find yourself actually dying on the second playthrough!
But thats it.
For some reason, the randomised dungeons, really dont seem that random. The dungeons seem to share the same problems Oblivion had.
It seems they only made a small amount of dungeons, pressed the random button and hoped for the best. When you walk into a dungeon, on your second playthrough, you'll know the layout of every dungeon pretty easily, and everything that was a surprise in the first playthrough, becomes expected in the second playthrough.
My conclusion, is that Diablo 3 is a great game throughout the first playthrough, but I feel the replay value is dissapointing.
Its also a little too easy on the first playthrough. I think I died once when I went to the toilet.
Being able to buy items off the Auction House is great and easy, but it also makes the game alot easier, and there seems to be no real fun from gaining items.
I tried playing the game without using the Auction House, and for the first 20 levels, every rare I picked up, would never be for the Barbarian.
People may differ on the replay value, but for me, one playthrough was enough, now its just a grind. I'd wait till the game is cheaper, but knowing Blizzard, you'll have to wait a couple of years.