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Average User Score: 4.0May 25, 2012Diablo III is both an entertaining game AND a huge let down. Yes, combat in the "heat of the moment" is enjoyable and frantic and managing toDiablo III is both an entertaining game AND a huge let down. Yes, combat in the "heat of the moment" is enjoyable and frantic and managing to kill entire mobs of monsters causing them to explode in a red mist of gore is to be relished and yet ... See, compared to Diablo II, you get a lot of smallish improvements:
- loot is properly shared now
- you can craft (although auction house ruins it, see later)
- you have checkpoints and more waypoints
- you now have actions with cool down periods like in MMOs which add some depth to the combat
- you can wreck scenery
- the story is a little more fleshed out (although you'll just get bored of it after a little while - it's pretty dull and slow)
But then you have the massive problems which Diablo II didn't have:
- maps are far less random and pretty much feel the same on every playthrough meaning they're less fun to replay
- you no longer are able to equip two weapon sets for quick switching depending on monster immunities
- the game needs you to be always online no matter what - and kicks you quite quickly if you go afk for a little while
- levelling up is really dull now with zero choices to be made. The game has really become gear-dependant which is why I dislike WoW so much - instead of making a clever build that works well with your friends, everyone is the same minus gear and the choice of what attacks to use.
The absolutely BIGGEST flaw is the auction house, however. It completely ruins the point of the game because it's sooo much easier to just pick up gold and buy new gear than to play the game to get it. After 20 hours of playing, I collected a good 100.000 in gold yet barely had any decent armour. With a mere 10.000 gold, I got a really kick ass outfit including weapons which saw me wading through monsters as if they were butter. Honestly, the auction house shouldn't have this big an effect on the game yet it does. It also completely makes crafting pointless. Why spend 1500 gold on a weapon that may turn out to be crap if you can get a really good yellow item for a third of the price?
You have quite a few smaller problems too:
- the music and atmosphere in general are far less effective - a sentiment which most Diablo II players share
- the graphics are pretty dated and are too WoW-influenced nor do they convey the more gothic feel Diablo II used to have
- there's less items to pick up and the fun of the horadrics cube is gone
- etc. etc.
Honestly, this is a very very mediocre copy of Diablo II minus the great atmosphere minus the balance, minus the character choices, with an auction house that ruins the entire game's premise and basically ... it's a poor attempt at a sequel made by people who clearly don't have the slightest idea what made Diablo II so good. Considering most are ex-WoW staff members, why am I not surprised?… Expand
Average User Score: 4.5Mar 9, 2011Dragon Age II is one step forward and three steps back compared to the previous game. On the one hand, you have a solid (if very linear)Dragon Age II is one step forward and three steps back compared to the previous game. On the one hand, you have a solid (if very linear) story, well made graphics and ... well those are the only positives I can really give. The interface has been simplified, lacks any of the nice design and art of the first game, the characters are mostly flat and dull, areas much smaller, interaction with the world has been severely limited, the combat has less tactics and is more scripted not to mention the game is far too easy on normal and you basically end up spamming every ability and spell while making sure no-one croaks. Do that, and you can easily survive in "hard" mode. Sorry, but that's not how RPGs are supposed to work. On top of that, the game makes so many more mistakes - no free-roaming camera to oversee battles, no way to gear up your team mates or swap gear (meaning every piece of armour or ring you pick up, you have to wear), dialog has become ridiculously simple with the dialog choices having virtually no impact. This is essentially Mass Effect: Fantasy Edition - taking all the stuff that made Mass Effect 2 less fun than the first Mass Effect and jamming it into a game which sold millions and was loved by many.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.2Nov 9, 2010Even if you ignore the lazy and short SP where the game practically plays itself FOR you, you then still have a broken game besides that andEven if you ignore the lazy and short SP where the game practically plays itself FOR you, you then still have a broken game besides that and all this at an outrageous price AND using the insidious Steam software. If this was a fiver, it might be worth giving a look. Right now? Don't kid yourself - if you call yourself a real gamer, move on.… Expand