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Profit-Making tool disguised as a game. Dont make my mistake
, June 26, 2012
This review is from: Diablo III: Collector's Edition (DVD-ROM)
Ok so with over 300 hrs logged in on a monk and DH, and a full month played I can safely and without a second thought, tell anyone who's thinking of buying this game?: DONT.
Diablo 3 is essentially Blizzard's Real Money Auction House (RMAH) with a hack/slash/loot game built around it. Now, you may be telling yourself 'well I dont plan on using it, so no problem' ok that's fine. In fact, the game itself is fine for the 1st 3 levels of difficulty. Normal, Nightmare and Hell version of D3 work basically as intended: you fight, you level up, you loot. Everything is great, you feel powerful when you kill Diablo in Hell and now it's time for endgame: Inferno. 2 problems here.
#1- The first 3 difficulties dont include the ONE factor that all but leave your characters 'broken' until you TOTALLY re-gear them (or quit in the frustration, more on that later), and this is: Resistances. There are many different types in the game, none of them you'll really feel until Inferno, where you WILL be greeted with one-shots. Many of them. Dozens of them.
Now since the new patch that has GREATLY increased repair costs, you'll quickly find you have two options in inferno:
1- Go back to Hell and farm until nauseous (which no one wants to do naturally)for appropriate gear, by aquiring 5 buff stacks for finding loot and then trying to find something in the ridiculously low drop rate of Hell... or
(and how convenient)
#2 go to the RMAH. The RMAH is where all the farmers in the game go to sell their items for outrageously high gold prices or for an equivalent cash value in USD. I'm not a complete idiot so Im not paying real cash for a fake sword or staff or whatever, so the route those who are still around on the server take is to simply do farming runs for cash and hope something drops in the process.
This process can take days to find a decent piece of Inferno quality gear, farming for hours. 3 weeks in, my guys are still stuck in Act 1(inferno).
There are many rumors about Blizz intentionally lowering the drop rate on level 61+ (Inferno level) gear, putting many into a 'pay or quit' scenario as the loot needed to progress simply isnt as available as it was in the 3 easier levels.
There are also rumors of Blizz reps padding the AH with items only they can generate to sweeten the RMAH.
Im glad I waited before writing this because before you hit Inferno, the game is fun. Well, fun enough to make you want a bit more and would have recieved 5s all around, but the frustration you'll face with the lack of resistances going into inferno, the one shots, the ever-looming repair bill over your head, the almost non-existence of upgradable loot at end game - and if Im not getting loot, why the hell am I playing this game- and the blatant RMAH always in your face, the honeymoon with this game ends real fast. A shame, it seems the last of the great AAA title makers has decided to put profit before their consumers once again.
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