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Good game, but not as fun as prequels
on July 19, 2014
It's fun when you're with others, but generally rubbish for solo play. As someone that owns and has played the previous Diablo games and expansions, I found that Diablo 3 left much to be desired. I played duo with a friend of mine and we were blasting through the campaign on Normal mode with Demon Hunter and Wizard. We then raised the difficulty to Hard, the highest we could go with beating the game at least once, and it was still pretty easy; although we had just reached the low 20s in level.
I think part of the problem is that, in my opinion, a lot of the really good skills you get pretty early on. And even if you get better skills later, their runes (which modify the behavior of a skill) take even longer to unlock so that you are better off using a lower level skill with a high level rune. To me that's a problem because it doesn't make me want to use new skills often.
Even the final boss, Diablo, was super easy. We barely moved around the map, we were around level 40, we were equipping level 10-20 skills for our actives, and had level 38-ish gear with two or three rares. The total time to beat Diablo, both forms, was under 2 minutes. Don't forget, we switched to Hard mode, so when you take that into account you can see that there is a serious balance issue in the game. There's just no challenge and no real reason to get better skills or gear. Until...
The next difficulty mode up makes you feel like a gimp. It takes forever to kill anything, even the most basic of fodder. But you still don't get a lot of good item drops, and making stuff for yourself is... less than satisfying for many reasons. And although I was glad that "Nightmare" mode was definitely more difficult, I sadly didn't find the monster were more interesting or fun to engage in, they just had a ton more health and did more damage; very plain and unimaginative. Not the level of quality I expect from a Blizzard game.
But if you get the game on sale, it's decent fun with some friends. Just don't expect it to be as long lived as the prequels.