When Diablo III is finally released, we will all have a tough decision to make. Which class do I play first? Now, I am sure many of us will try out all five classes eventually and play all of them extensively; however, there can only be one first. Without any actual gameplay experience, what do you base this decision on?
Looks: With Diablo III, each class is going to be much more unique looking than the previous Diablo games. Not only does each class have their own style, but every piece of armor is being specifically designed to look unique to that character. So, if a Barbarian and a Witch Doctor equip the exact same gear, they will still look completely different from each other. Along with this, there are 18 different levels of gear that will each be distinct looking from previous levels. Does the look of the classes determine whether or not you play that class first?
Archetype: The archetype of the characters is a quick and easy way to distinguish them apart. The Wizard is your classic spell caster, the Demon Hunter your ranged combat character. Many people have a specific archetype that they like and play through various games and Diablo will not be any different. Will this be the main deciding factor for you?
Play Style: While archetypes determine the type of character in a broad sense, the actual play style helps distinguish that character. A great example of this is the Monk and Barbarian. Both are melee close-combat fighters but both play very different from each other. Perhaps you prefer the hulking tank melee fighter who can take it just as well as he can dish. Perhaps you are more keen on the fast combo style of the Monk who comes out of the battle just as quickly as he entered it. It's these specific differences that may have you choosing one character over the other.
Skills and Traits: With limited knowledge and experience with how the characters play, sometimes we have to make our decision on theory crafting with the limited knowledge we have. Many of the characters' skills and traits have been given and we can already plan builds based on these. A summoning Witch Doctor or an Ice Wizard may just be the build you are looking for. Will this knowledge of spells and attacks determine whether or not you play that class first?
Lore: Many people enjoy the story just as much as they love playing the game. Many past characters like the Necromancer has a deep story that goes into that character. It is possible that the Barbarian is the same one from Diablo II which will add to his story. Even if not, each class will have a unique point-of-view on the events happening and NPC's will interact with each class differently because of this. Will experiencing the story of Diablo III from a particular character be your choice for who you play first?
Friends: Some people choose who they play based on what their other friends are playing. Maybe you are still indifferent on which class to choose so you wait to see what everyone else picks. Maybe nobody else wants to play the Witch Doctor so you decide to go with him to help round out the group of characters you get to play with. Do others help you make your decision.
Other: Maybe none of these are used for you to make your decision. If so, what do you base your decision on.
Also, feel free to express which class you are planning on playing first with the five Diablo III characters' emotes.