I saw this video last night, and today I read about some ways they're changing the game for consoles. Some of this looks really interesting. A new dodge mechanic will change how you approach battles to some extent, allowing you to dodge out of attacks easily. This adds a little more hack'n'slash skill to the battles. Some camera angle and perspective changes here and there seem to give you a better view of what's going on. And especially the loot changes-- since there's no Auction House on the console versions, they've made it more likely that the gear you find will be for your character.

What do you think? Will you dive back into the game on a new platform? I was hesitant at first, but I might pick this up.

Polygon has more info here: http://www.polygon.com/2013/6/12/4423050/diablo-3-console-next-gen

hardeyez wrote on 06/12/2013 at 06:09pm

Argh... "The developers also tweaked the loot drop system. The console version will not include the PC version's Auction House, real money or otherwise. To compensate, there's a higher probability that you'll find relevant loot for your class."

So, yeah, how many times did they say the PC version was designed around and balanced for play w/o the auction house. And, yet, they tweak the loot drops on console to account for there being no auction house.

Yeah, the console version sounds like the d3 I wanted to play. If it plays w/o rubber-banding all the time even better...

But I just can't justify spending another $60 on that game. Maybe when it drops to $20...

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/12/2013 at 09:08pm
jdodson   Admin wrote on 06/13/2013 at 02:31am

Thanks for sharing that Travis. I hope some of them do.

Also found it interesting the new Diablo III lead was the console lead who was allowed some free reign over the project. Seems like dropping auction house and a lot of other things they did might be good for the PC game proper.

Id take an increase in better loot drops for the auction house going away. I wonder if most other people would too.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/13/2013 at 02:59am

I played the RMAH early on, when everyone was paying ridiculous amounts of money for crap gear. I sold some crap gear for real money early on and left it there until I came back to the game recently, at which point I was able to use that real money in my Blizzard account to buy gems, which I then sold for gold on the gold auction house. I turned a couple of pieces that were probably worth 100,000 gold into 350 million or so.

Then, a friend of mine gave me some gift cards to the RMAH-- his brother got them and had been banned for exploting, so he didn't want them. I gave one to my wife and kept another. So I had some gold to spend.

This was all to show where I am in terms of getting gear. I don't really have any problems. I have geared my level 60 Monk entirely with millions of gold on the Auction House (with the exception of some awesome-ish crafted bracers), but I would *still* take a game where I could get good drops for my character over one where the AH is practically mandatory for a good build.

Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy the content, and I don't mind getting gear from the AH. It doesn't change the way I play at all, so I can still have tons of fun. But the thrill of getting a good piece of gear is almost entirely lost in the game as it currently stands, and I would love to have it back.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 06/13/2013 at 05:57am

Interesting. I didn't know they sold gift cards for the RMAH.

You are so the 1% in Diablo III.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/13/2013 at 01:02pm

Haha, you'd be surprised. People don't think twice about dropping 2 billion on an item.

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