I went with the Offline Mode, primarily because having deaths in Hardcore that aren't my fault (a constant on Battle.net for many players) means that it all comes down to whether or not I have the skills and reflexes to survive what I get myself into. I also don't have to worry about latency or not being able to play when I want to play (Diablo 3 has had more downtime in one year than World of Warcraft has had in the last three years). As much as I want better loot overall, stable and reliable gameplay is pretty much a requirement before anything else is considered.
Since I do not own an XBox 360, I'll be looking to snag the PS3 version.
I voted for direct control over your character. To me this makes diablo a whole new experience. I've got multiple 60s, a p100 DH, an HC monk who can traverse mp1 (oOoOo.. lol), a self find character, and many more. For some reason, there is still an appeal to the console version that makes me think the experience will be fresh and entertaining as it is a whole new style of play. Direct control also means i can sit or lay down on my couch in a much more comfortable position than i could with a keyboard/mouse while i save the world from Diablo =).
Local coop ftw! It's way more fun being able to speak directly to the people you are playing with... and looking at the same screen also means it is easier to communicate because everyone is literally on the same page.
i picked Loot 1.5 because i have spent months play D3 on pc and have yet to find more then 1-2 decent LEG's but when i went over to a friend house and played D3 on the 360 after hitting level 60 farm had so much more reward like it did when playing D2. right now farming on pc version is just not worth it you either get nothing or crap.
I voted local co-op because the social element is quite lacking on the pc. I played d2 with friends. When I didn't, I was meeting new ones. The game required you to interact with other players for trades, rushes, ect. I suppose that bleeds into the AH issue as well. Unfortunately there wasn't an "all" vote on the poll.
I have struggled and I am very limited only one choice of one feature. There are many great features, like Loot 1.5, offline mode, NOAH mod and others, but the one I admire the most is Local coop. I have chosen the local coop simply because every time I think of console, it is the comfort of sitting on the couch with friends and all playing together, which is the essence of console playing. Nothing is more enjoyable and satisfying than to play in cooperation with friends, talking to each other and being in the same room, sharing one screen. This is what is the essence of Diablo, the cooperative play and having fun all together.
Good luck to everyone, and if I would win, I would pick the PS3 version. Thanks!
I voted for Loot 1.5, but it was a close race between loot, offline and no AH.
Offline mode and no AH are both nice for a very specific reason, and that is playing Diablo the way it should be played, If you want to get the most out of this ARPG. The countless hours you get from playing self-found in Diablo, is unmatched, being able to sit down, at anytime, and slaughter hordes of demons, not worrying about how much gold you have, not worrying about how much something is worth, to someone else. All that matters is how much it is worth to you. But I decided on Loot 1.5, because without it, the other two items in my list, would have failed.
How long did it take you to see your first orangeish brown sparkle on the ground when Diablo 3 was released? Personally I didn't see mine until I was farming Inferno Act 1 for about 1 month. This game was broken when it was released, and while they have indeed fixed a lot of those issues, the loot in the console version has far exceeded my dreams for how I would like to play this game. On my journey leveling I managed to pick up a good 50 or more legendaries from 1-60. The beam of light shining down from the heavens is always exciting, because 9 times out of 10, you are about to receive an upgrade, or at least, a side grade. Leveling this way is extremely fun, it gives a sense of accomplishment and progression. Once you hit 60 and begin to pump out paragon levels, the drops certainly slow down a little, but are still frequent enough that you want to play the game. You want to kill that next pack. You get excited each time you see a chest. This is what Diablo is about for me, killing dirty rotten demons, bathing in their blood, and grabbing all of the shiny loot.
I will say that another option that should be listed in the vote, is shared paragon levels. Because lets face it, grinding out paragon levels once is enough while there is the cap in place. RoF bringing no cap paragon levels will be great, a constant reason to play.
I am interested in another copy of the game for XBOX360, my father has come over quite a few times to enjoy local coop with me but has yet to pick up the game for himself, it would be a nice early Christmas present for him.
I added direct control over your character, while loot 1.5 was a close 2nd for me, what made the game fun was the differences in combat. When you have direct control it makes you feeled more involved with your character. It's not about point and click in a direction to kill a pack of demons, now it's roll to the side aim yourself then shoot.
It was a near vote for Rolling into stuff but I had to go for couch co-op. As someone who loves to play co-op with his friends, going online has nothing against sitting right next to each other. Besides, it also makes it easier because we all don't need the hardware and a copy of the game.
I voted for the Loot 1.5 as well. As someone who plays Diablo 3 as a self finder on PC, I'm usually very jealous of the people on consoles who get great drops. I've been debating getting it for PS3 or not and this would be a really great way to jump into it!