It’s been a while since I last posted. Apologies, I just haven’t had anything interesting to say. Hopefully over the next week or so I’ll have a slew of posts on recent games I played. In fact, that’s what this post is about.
I actually bought Diablo 3 when it first came out. I got it to play co-op with my cousin in NY and because I got swept up in the hype of a sequel to game that hadn’t had one in ten years or more. Back then the game had the auction house and the balance of the game was far from perfect. I hit act 3 (of 4) before quitting. The game just wasn’t fun. I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere and by God the story was dull.
So when I heard they rebalanced things over the past several years, dumped the auction house, and introduced a bunch of fixes, I figured it was time for me to jump back in. Oh and my Diablo obsessed friend convinced me to reinstall for the sake of possible co-op.
While I leveled a lot faster than I did before, the game really wasn’t any more fun than it was before. The story was still terrible and the voice acting was even worse than I remembered. The story was filled with cliches and whatever “twists” the story thought it had could be seen from miles away. Even so, I powered through. I hoped that at some point I would figure out what makes the game so popular.
You see, to me the idea of collecting loot for the sake of collecting loot makes zero sense. In most games – RPGs mostly – the loot is a means to an end. You get it so you can beat the next boss and continue on with the story. In Diablo 3, the game is so easy that after I finished it, I was still able to breeze through it on the first level of Torment (the highest difficult unlocked after beating the game).
To contrast this with a similar game, I rather enjoyed the first two Borderlands games. The idea is roughly the same except 90% of the loot is just guns. But at least the world was interesting and the story of the second game was vaguely interesting… the first time around. At least I was compelled by it to see what would happen next. Diablo 3 was more of a chore.
To Blizzard’s credit though, their cinematics are cool. Very pretty looking. It’s too bad no one there can write a story worth of their fidelity. But I digress.
People dig Diablo. I am not one of those people. End of story I guess.
Also for those wondering, many people have told me that Reaper of Souls is actually the “real Diablo 3” and is much better than the main game. Unfortunately I’m not willing to spend $40 on an expansion to a game I despise. So maybe when that content because $10 it’ll be worth wasting my time on, but until then I’ve more than had my fill.