I played a bit last night and I have mixed feelings about this game. It looks good visually, it’s the same hack & slash monster killing fun it always was and it has some amazing cinematic scenes. It’s Diablo all right.
My biggest issue is with the fact that it requires an internet connection every step of the way. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why they did it this way as it is the only way to make the auction house work without cheating. And it’s a good way to keep content fresh and all that. It’s great really. If you live in a first world country where the internet is super fast and cheap. I lagged in a single player game folks. That’s absurd. But it’s a personal gripe and I’m hoping the lagging was just temporary. Still, what happens when they do maintenance on those servers? Then it’s no Diablo.
But apart from the negative effect I do believe the real money auction house system will add a whole new addiction to mindless monster killing. Everyone will be hunting for that rare one in a million item that’s going to make him a fortune. They’ve turned it into a virtual fortune hunting game. It’s crazy but it might just work!
The real-money auction house is one of the reasons I am worried. Sure, I’d like to find the Sword Of Whonking Great Pain but there are people out there that will be finding seven every time I find one, so the chances of me making anything out of it is slim at best. But I don’t really care about that so much. The other reason I didn’t like it is the same as you, the persistent internet connection.
But it’s Diablo 3 and it has to be tried, even if it’s costing me more than I can afford and will irritate the pants of me, it’s got to be tried!