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Sep 5, 2018Zooheaded posted a message on Blizzcon expectations. Deleting 2K hours (6 years) of my D3... or not to?Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I mean... instead of deleting everything you could just...ya know... leave it? Blizzcon is only 2 months away.
Aug 31, 2018Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Set reliance is one of the most frustrating things for me in D3, and I really agree that it should be more customizable. Even the rings that up your damage if you don't have any other set items don't really mitigate as any set is always miles ahead of it. It's like WoW where you play the class/set of the hour, then move on to the next one when it's nerfed. Works great in WoW to keep interest, but not so great in D3 when there isn't a lot of end game content to fill the gaps.
Leveling would be more enjoyable and interesting if it didn't take a couple hours to hit max. Also campaign makes it too easy to just look for the blinking yellow circle on the minimap to tell you where to go, effectively killing any kind of exploration. Less being led around by the nose and less character dialogue as a poor vehicle to just tell you exactly where to go, and more side adventures and quests would be good. I'd also like bosses to feel more difficult, if you're playing in normal it's almost impossible to die, and it doesn't even begin to feel challenging unless you're in master or higher. That should be closer to the baseline. if you don't die at least once on a boss for the first time, it kinda kills the spooky experience.
Aug 25, 2018Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Quotes and direct reply don't seem to be working for me BUT-
I haven't played D2 in at least a year, so I see how some hints would be easy to miss, but I'm hesitant to be 100% sure about anything.
I like a lot of the possibilities brought up here: I'd love a D2 HD release, and I'd love an open world type of game, the only thing I want is for D3 to tie up its loose ends, which will hopefully be done with a DLC.
I'm cautiously optimistic, because we've been burned at every blizzcon since Reaper of Souls and Necro, but very hopeful that this time they're actually serious with some announcements lol.
Jul 31, 2018Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I don't like the idea of an MMO as it will likely be "good nephalem vs evil nephalem" or something similar, and I think that is an extremely stupid idea. If they have a different plan for "sides" or just no opposing sides other than heroes vs the burning hells I might be inclined to give it a chance. I also honestly doubt that Diablo has the same universal appeal to be a successful MMO and I believe that Blizzard knows this. Warcraft was successful because it could draw a much wider audience. Horror has always been pretty niche. I don't think they'll take the risk.
A darksouls/open world type of game in the Diablo universe I would absolutely love, but I have a very strong suspicion that they won't do this. I also find it a bit unlikely that Blizzard will deviate from the core concept of the game which is dungeon crawl/item hunt.
It's a bit late for an expansion, and to keep up with the indistry tthey need to use a newer game engine, so I think we'll be getting a new game. Hopefully a sequel to not scrap the established characters who have unfinished stories. I really hope they get better writers, as Reaper of Souls was better executed than the entire vanilla game. No sublety, dialogue was very bad for bosses, game isn't even a challenge unless you start on expert, everything was made to be "epic" so nothing actually felt like it was, for an M rated game it felt rather childish, too much dialogue that was basically a vehicle to explain extremely easy quests, not enough character development for Leah, a blinking yellow circle on your map made it easy to find everything, you could be asleep and play this game.
I really love this game series, and I want it to be good. I hope Blizzcon will pleasantly surprise me.
Jul 21, 2018Posted in: Technical Support
Fav: DH, with runners up Necro, Crusader, Wizard
Least fav: Monk, WD and Barb
could never seem to enjoy barb or monk, but Witch Doctor has been growing on me. I wish the characters had a bit more personality tho.
Jul 19, 2018Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
You main a Necromancer bud? Because this thread has been dead for years.
lol, But yeah I agree, they never really implemented pvp like they promised, and while I'm not personally interested in PVP, I know a lot of people are, and I AM invested in a franchise I like having longevity.
Jul 9, 2018Posted in: PvP Discussion
If we were getting an expansion it likely would have come 2016 or so. Diablo 3 isn't technically old, but it's "old" by industry standards. A new game is more likely than an Expansion.
I hope they continue the story and keep the characters, and I'd like to get druid class because shapeshifting would be cool to see re-done. I also really want a return to a more M rated game feeling. Yeah there's corpses and blood flying everywhere, but nothing really felt scary or dire, or monstrous. There needs to be subtlety and horror.
Jun 27, 2018Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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Any reasonable mind that have even a minimal videogame development understanding know that we will get new classes and prolly a new xp and that d4 is not even imaginable before something like 2022+ if will ever exist.
While new class is likely, I have lost my faith in a new expansion as the game is 6 years old.
Then again, a huge graphical and mechanical overhaul could be enough to sell an expansion to masses. Wow has had significant graphical engine updates with expansions. It's possible they could do the same for D3 in order to spare the huge work of doing everything from the scratch like inventing 5 new classes and 4 new acts.
Sure, players who dislike D3 hate the idea of continuing with D3. However, Blizzard knows better how masses react and those who play the game through only once.
I agree that there's prolly no D4 before 2021.
Well, here's the thing. WoW is actually still making them money. whereas D3 isn't. So imo, little reason for them to make another expansion as D3 has taken to long to improve at all (which caused it to lose the majority of the playerbase) I'd say the more reason to make D4 or whatever it'll be called. Not saying this will be soon or anything (that's just hoping). But it's a way to have sort of a fresh start and possibly get back the playerbase it deserves (and hopefully release a more complete game from the start on)
Idk, if anything will revive a playerbase, it's new content. A lot of people came back to play Necromancer, and that was just one class. WoW does have a subscription, which D3 does not, but D3 made its money on volume of copies sold, and D3 Vanilla sold 12 million copies. They aren't really hurting for money, but I think it's possible that blizzard will try to introduce some sort of long term income generator (loot boxes or something similar?)
Jun 27, 2018Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
The only thing that keeps the expansion/new act/new game hope alive in me is that it has never before, to my knowledge, been Blizzard's M.O. to scrap hard established characters and story lines from previous games. Yeah they've messed with canon in games like Warcraft, but not to the degree of scrapping. It seems like most people (or at least a vocal group) don't want an expansion, and just want a Diablo 4 while pretending D3 never existed. I find this pretty unlikely.
It's certainly a bit late for an expansion, but I'd be happy to have one, but also think it's FAR too early to expect a completely new game because they would have to start over from nothing and build from the ground up. D3 isn't "dated" looking by any means. I don't claim to be any kind of expert on game creation or design, but they have tilesets and textures they'd have to scrap and begin again, and after already putting in all the work, seems a bit early to toss all that away. I'm confused why people think it already needs a graphics upgrade.
I feel like there is more evidence for a remastered Diablo II then there is for Diablo 4, but again, I'm still hoping for an expansion (with better writers) because I'd be disappointed if the story line and characters that have been set up for us never reached their conclusion.
EDIT: a friend of mine who is in the industry gave me some interesting perspective on how quickly games have to develop to keep up. I was under the impression that companies with tons of money had more luxury of time, and while this is true, we likely would have gotten the expansion 2016/2017 if they had intended to do one. So it seems D4 is more likely than an expansion, but I'm still suspicious about remastered D2
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Sep 12, 2018Zooheaded posted a message on What Could the Rumored Netflix Diablo Series Look Like?Posted in: News
I like the story and characters, and I don't think the story was bad, however, the way it was handled in game left much to be desired: many characters were used as quest exposition vehicles, rather than given more character development (cough, Leah) and Belial was.....not clever at all? Despite being a mastermind and the lord of lies? Most of the dialogue was achingly bad, especially from the demon lords. There were a lot of great characters and a lot of fun lore exploration, fun items with flavor text, and interesting references to other pivotal characters, but they ruined an interesting story with VERY BAD cheesy-ass dialogue that still hurts me to listen to. Worse than World of Warcraft dungeon bosses, like...come on lol.
I actually didn't even care about Leah until after I read the book 'The Order' as it does a much better job making you love and feel for that character, and consequently, her fate becomes more painful.
D2 had a story of similar caliber, I wouldn't call it better, and I'd say that a lot of people have rose-tinted glasses for D2 (myself included but I digress lol) but because of how the story was handled in game, and how it was presented to us, it is much creepier because you aren't beaten over the head with bad dialogue. It was usually delivered in story chunks from characters, and then you'd go there and see the horror for yourself.
That said, the writing and direction/character development improved 3 fold in the D3 expansion, as Malthael was a much more scary villain than Diablo, Act V more interesting and better handled overall. I can only hope they have some great writers for their next project.
Also wasn't the netflix series dis-proven? Or is there new information?
Sep 6, 2018Posted in: News
I've been kind of wondering if Diablo really was the Prime Evil lately, to tell the truth,--
--mostly because of the whole episode with Belial.
I mean, by the time we get to Azmodan, he very clearly knows what Diablo's plan is and is fully aware of what's at stake. He tries to stop us but ultimately fails before the full power of a handful of Nephalem who he simply cannot stop. Belial, meanwhile, obviously knows... more than most... knowing about the Black Soulstone and having at least some inkling of what is going on. The fact that Azmodan knows so much suggests that, if nothing else, Belial should have been able to guess what was going on.
...so how come the Lord of Lies deceptions were so horribly bad..?
Most tellingly at all, at the end of the fight with Belial, the "illusion" vanishes and reveals that there was never a battle in the first place. The throne room is completely untouched, there's no signs of any struggle or conflict at all, and the entire battle might as well have not happened at all. Instead, there's a conveniently placed little soul for us to suck up with the Black Soulstone and some loot. We "defeat" Belial and move on.
It simply MAKES MORE SENSE if we never actually defeated Belial and his soul never actually made up the Prime Evil. Instead, we 'defeated' a Fake-Belial and gave Diablo a Fake-Belial-Soul which resulted in a Fake-Prime-Evil. Which'd explain why first Diablo and then Malthael were surprised that their power-up wasn't quite as impressive as they'd hoped it would be.
Probably not what actually happened but it lines up perfectly as far as I'm concerned. :-)
This is actually a pretty neat theory which would be cool if carried out correctly.
Unfortunately, it very much feels as though bad writing and implementation was ultimately responsible for Belial being such a lackluster villain (despite being kind of a cool fight). There was so much more that could have been done to convince us that the child emperor was telling the truth, but they even had the same voice actor, and we never get to flesh out our time there or even go inside the palace other than a single "throne room" with lazy design. We don't even really go into the city. In the book The Order, Belial is the puppetmaster to the book's villain, and at the end they make mention of the child that is to be crowned emperor of caldeum. So it seems like this was in Belial's future plan.
I'm hoping the writing will really improve for the new game, even more than it improved for Reaper of Souls.
That said, Mephisto is my favorite Lord of Hell, and I really hop we get another chance to fight him, and I very much enjoy these little lore write-ups :>
Aug 27, 2018Zooheaded posted a message on Which Classes Will Diablo 4 Feature & Challenge Rift 62!Posted in: News
I've been missing my druid, I think it would be extremely cool if they did a cool new spin on that class. Shapeshifting is an untapped gameplay style so far.
Aug 24, 2018Posted in: News
Seeing how much the nephalem helped Auriel in Act 4, it's strange that she has not appeared yet. It could be writing on the game creator's part, but hopefully we'll see more of her in the next Diablo installation.
These are enjoyable to read!
Jul 28, 2018Posted in: News
Most looking forward to? Pretty much gonna need some kind of Diablo announcement or I'm gonna be mad for another year lol. But I'll probably be buying a virtual ticket as there's always some fun to be had. :>
Dec 18, 2017Posted in: News
This is pretty much the number one reason why I want an expansion or new game. I need these loose ends tied up because Lyndon is my fav character lol. Also Lyndon mentions that Rea and Edlin have children, so it'd be interesting to see how they come into play.
Nov 1, 2017Zooheaded posted a message on Virtual Ticket Giveaway & New Diablo Fans Community ManagerPosted in: News
Welcome to the fold! I'll probably be playing either Demon Hunter or Necromancer again because I'm grimdark trash.
Oct 13, 2017Posted in: News
A minor correction though: we do NOT visit Kingsport during the events of Reaper of Souls, it is stated by a guard in the square that Kingsport's prisoners had been transferred to Westmarch due to current events. We only visit the Westmarch prison to find Lyndon's brother unfortunately already dead. However there was some patch notes that spoke of a yet-to-be-implemented follower quest where we DO visit Kingsport and confront Rhea about her supposed crimes.
Great write-up! And I hope to God we get to see some of these places someday...
Jul 3, 2017Zooheaded posted a message on Diablo 3 Necromancer Guide: Diablo 2 Differences, Leveling, Sets, and PlaystylesPosted in: News
We're busy playing.
Nov 30, 2016Zooheaded posted a message on Jay Wilson's Insights into Vanilla Development, Diablo Brawl Coming to HearthstonePosted in: News
Sanctuary is its own planet, I would rather have similar, but more obscure dark imagery that might be similar, but is ultimately different from Earth.
Am i the only one disturbed by this?
"Removing "earthly" satanist symbolism like pentagrams and burning
crosses was a conscious decision to make the game world more unique. Tweet"
If there's one thing that's missing it's the dark atmosphere Diablo used to have.
Like in the levels right before mephisto (forgot what they're called)
Or what you had in D1 straight away when entering the cathedral
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