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Posted: Sep 13th 2011 9:00AM Bhima said

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@DevilSei

By that rationale this article shouldn't really be written then because Diablo 3 isn't even out. The point is Diablo 3 will have all this competition before it even shows up in stores. Torchlight 2 is coming out in October at the latest which will be well before Diablo 3's launch. I think its well worth a mention.
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Posted: Sep 12th 2011 10:43PM Macabre 13 said

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Diablo is its own genre.

ARPG's compete with each other, sure. But sorry, Diablo is in a league of its own. It will crush anything and everything. These other guys are nuts to launch in the same year...

Posted: Sep 13th 2011 3:56AM Gaugamela said

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@Macabre 13

If it will crush everything its because of the Blizzard sheeps that buy any turd that has the Blizzard logo stamped on it. Much like Apple sheeps do with Apple product.

Not saying the game will be bad but I was slightly disapointed with all the reveals untill now.
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Posted: Sep 13th 2011 4:18AM Fabius Bile said

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@Macabre 13
Diablo 2 will crush anything simply because there are tons of Blizzard minions willing to throw their money down the drain.

the videos should have been enough to put off anyone with an IQ above single digits, to realize its basically D2 with a veeeeery minor facelift...

seriously, who the hell wants to pay the full price again for basically the very same game, 12 years later? zero inovation, zero improvements, pay to win?

only the Blizzard minions, they would buy a dung for 70 bucks if it came in a box with the Blizzard brand.

well, enjoy your dung, bet when you install the game after paying $70 and see OMG THIS IS FRIKING DIABLO 2 , 12 YEARS HAVE PASSED AND THEY HAVENT DONE ANYTHING you wont feel ripped off at all
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Posted: Sep 13th 2011 1:04PM thud said

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@Fabius Bile

If by "minor facelift" you mean a complete revamp of skills and gems, the addition of crafting, ditching potions, and so on then yeah, it's totally just a minor facelift...and for the record, Jocelyn Wildenstein only had a "minor facelift" too.
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Posted: Sep 12th 2011 11:13PM Valdur said

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Honestly I'm disappointed with D3,the same old thing in a new package without the creepy feel.The irony is that some of new games are more Diablo than D3.

Posted: Sep 13th 2011 12:50AM drunkingamebar said

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@Valdur I agree, the knockoffs are much more like Diablo, than Diablo 3. My opinion, Diablo 3 is more like WoW than Diablo. The online only and RMA killed it for me.. Thankfully Torchlight 2 will be here in full force to back up my arpg craving!
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Posted: Sep 13th 2011 1:31PM SFGamer69 said

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@Valdur

this is my current complaint,. i am in the beta, and I have actually enjoyed it, but the whole time it felt like it was missing something, and I realized it was that creepy, eerie ambiance that was in the previous two games. It's completely missing (in the beta anyhow). It does have a much more WoW feel to it, from naming of the different abilities, and the animations. but it runs smoothly and looks great (and I'm running it at highest settings available).

the issue of the RMT shop bugged me at first, but seeing as it is completely optional, and that you can use the AH with in game currency as well, I'm not bothered so much. Fact is, i can play and enjoy the game, and also possibly purchase other blizzard products via the RMT, or cash out...so I don't see the loss in having it.

Now... hoping that this cap at lvl 13 is temporary...the beta is quite short, and with being able to "complete" what is available in a little more than an hour, I have leveled each class just to check out the skills and gameplay...bu if the retail game goes to 60... I assume i am missing a crapload of content, that we will hopefully see soon.
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Posted: Sep 13th 2011 12:41AM real65rcncom said

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Well, I'm definitely buying D3. I don't care about a cash shop. I have no idea how that will impact the play of my friends and I (it won't). We'll earn our own gear in the game so meh..

this Path of Exile has a neat story. I like how it sounded although I'm wondering if each exile gets his own different story that's really different and then ties in.

Since it's F2p I'll probably DL it too. But if it's one of those things where I'm missing too much and have to buy pots, or items to upgrade tools.. forget that noise. I have that in Dragon nest right now which I refuse to buy so I won't want it in another FTP game.

Posted: Sep 13th 2011 5:12AM Gaugamela said

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@real65rcncom

I am also very interested, and I will play this game on the next couple of weeks: Bastion. It seems like a very interesting ARPG.
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Posted: Sep 13th 2011 1:20AM Valdur said

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Definitely going for Torchlight 2 too.
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Posted: Sep 13th 2011 12:55AM Mikx said

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Wow, the animations in that D3 video are pretty bad, especially the "fan of knives" or whatever it is, she just twirls around like the old wonder woman tv show.

Posted: Sep 13th 2011 12:25PM epilepticemu said

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@Mikx While I do like a lot of this game, I agree the animation for the fan of knives thing is awful. It just looks silly. Also, the dual-wielding small crossbows, where there's not any suggestion of reloading. It's like in the animations, there's a total disconnect between holding the weapons and what the weapons do.
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Posted: Sep 13th 2011 3:04AM eLdritchZ said

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It's very comforting to know that Blizzard still can't/won't afford actual british people for british accents.

Go for ridiculous fake british accents! -.-

Posted: Sep 13th 2011 4:03AM angryhoar said

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@eLdritchZ Actually, did you know that the American accent is closer to what the English used to sound like back in Shakespeare's day than the way English is spoken nowadays in Great Britain?
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Posted: Sep 13th 2011 5:20AM Gaugamela said

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@angryhoar

That just sounds like a pathetic excuse by an american to justify their lousy accent. :P
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Posted: Sep 13th 2011 5:25AM BGExorcist said

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Hope D3 isnt that mega easy mode snooze fest after launch. The current stane offers no chalenge at all. All is one shoted, check point revival, merc autorevive.. wtf.

Posted: Sep 13th 2011 7:17AM hereafter said

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Something about that PoE video bugged me. That gameplay feels so divorced from the serious voiceover. Something about a top-down view doesn't quite jive with the epic tale he wants to convey because it's just so... I dunno, game-y. But whatever, looks like a fun game, though I hope some of the ability effects are more impressive that what we see here. D3 environments don't look quite as nice, but I like how it feels for some reason. Never played the others though, so I can't really compare.

Posted: Sep 13th 2011 12:55PM thud said

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You know, I'm always hearing people talk about D3 competition and how some other game is going to destroy it but nothing ever does. I played torchlight, dungeon runners, mythos beta, titan quest and so on but always went back to Diablo II. Now with titles like Hellgate reborn as a f2p title and drakensang online up and running I know that as much fun as I'm having playing around with these games, the second I get my hands on D3 all other titles will just be distractions.

Posted: Sep 13th 2011 1:01PM Space Cobra said

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I think Path of Exile will give a serious bit of surprise for D3, IMO.

Sure, I expect people remembering/buying D3 and sales to do nicely, but I think some people may be turned off by certain features (like going through B-Net, the RMT thing, and possibly not being able to play D3 offline; I know that sounds strange, because PoE is online-only, too, but I think there will be a general backlash against Blizzard for those that find out about PoE and support it.)

Actually, although we are not strangers to Diablo clones (good and bad) releasing about the same time (or right after) Diablo, this one may have teeth.

As for DragonQuest...Well, I am in agreement with DevilSei; I am interested in it, but there really needs to be more support and online stuff to do in it for it to be effective. Given Nintendo has stated its not wanting MMOs to a great degree, can Square-Enix pull it off? We have the player hope, but the online implementation has been, in such cases in the past, a bit underwhelming and only popular within the first month or so after the game's initial release.

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