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My quick first impressions from the beta (<1hour in):

I miss the old art style. I wasn't a hater on the original footage, and I think that it's okay for the series to move in a different direction, but so much of the game right now looks like the early areas of WoW when you start as an undead. It's good, its fun, its interesting, but it's not how I think of Diablo.

One thing I really miss are the old 2D sprites. They were so detailed, while the new models seems so cartooney, just like the base models of WoW mobs.

Enough with the bashing. The gameplay is spot on. It's just like you remember except they've added fun little things like environmental damage and a more intuitive ability system, while ditching frustrations like identify scrolls.

I'm playing as a Monk and he's fun. click-click-click-CLICK and everyone's dead. I do feel perhaps a bit over powered right now, but I'm sure I'll go back on that the first time I die.

Overall, I'm very happy, and I'm sure I'll get used the the art style soon enough. I'm sure I'll pick this up whenever Blizzard deems it ready.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/07/2012 at 05:36am

Awesome. @chowda said that the beta is VERY simple and that the regular game would be harder.

The original sprite art was great, but as with everything 3D is the movement ahead. Wonder how much sooner the game would have shipped if it were 2D :)

Tungsten   Post Author wrote on 03/09/2012 at 04:02am

After playing through it for a couple hours, I'm very happy with it. The game play is just fun and the atmosphere is great. It started seeming less cartoony and more just... dark. Not a game to play when you're already depressed.

The customization of the powers looks like it will be really cool, as will the artisan system. I'm not sold completely on the auction house, but, eh, so what if it breaks the game.

I need to run through it again as the other characters, but I think I need to go back to Skyrim and actually run through the main quest line (213 hours in and I still have no clue why the dragons are coming back).

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/09/2012 at 04:07am

Thing with the Auction house is you don't have to use it. It only breaks the game if you or your friends use it too.

I'm not sure, it could be cool... It could suck.

What characters have you made it through with so far?

Tungsten   Post Author wrote on 03/09/2012 at 10:47pm

Just the monk. I think demon hunter is next

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/10/2012 at 01:45am

I am interested in the Demon Hunter and the Witch Doctor.

Tungsten   Post Author wrote on 03/10/2012 at 03:43am

They just unlocked Hardcore mode. Roguelike Diablo? Sounds like pure agony to me.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/10/2012 at 03:51am

Some will love it I imagine.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/10/2012 at 03:53am

I might try it once... Maybe. :$

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