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#16 Dubstep Nixon

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 02:18

Sorry, not buying it. Ever since I heard about the always on connection and the lack of modding, I'll use my money for Torchlight 2. All I wanted was SP and modding like the great ones for Diablo 2. I also wanted to be able to play it while travelling or at a lake that might not have an inet connection, but I guess we as consumers don't matter....

I don't mind the always online thing because I'm always online. It's 2011, who isn't? Travelling could be an issue I suppose but that's not something that would affect me. Now the modding thing, I can see many people not being happy about that. It's not something I really care about personally, to each his own. Torchlight 2 looks really great too though, and I will probably get both.

The reason for the always online part makes sense. There was massive cheating going on in the first two games and this will help stamp that out. There will also be the real money auction house that needs to be secured. Again I'm fine with it myself and I think most people won't mind. Millions of people play MMOs and they all naturally require you to be online.


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Posted 21 September 2011 - 08:20

It's like they are directly challenging the old people from Blizzard North who are making Torchlight 2. Which further enrages me, because I don't want to be playing some company rivalry afterbirth..


... maybe it is just me, but I am pretty sure I've seen this line posted for every other H&S / Action RPG out there. It is like these employees created a few dozen studios and are working on many, many games... Mythos, Hellgate, Torchlight... I wonder what other game will be 'made' by former Blizzard North employees.

There must have been thousands of them, for them to be able to create a bunch of game dev studios and games.

...

If they have a single BN employee, that doesn't make the ****ing game to be created by former Blizzard North employees, ffs.

#18 Joseph B

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 14:23

If they have a single BN employee, that doesn't make the ****ing game to be created by former Blizzard North employees, ffs.


I love uneducated opinions.

" Over the years, some former Blizzard employees have moved on and established gaming companies of their own:

Flagship Studios, creators of Hellgate: London, also worked on Mythos.
ArenaNet, creators of the Guild Wars franchise.
Ready at Dawn Studios, creators of Daxter, God of War: Chains of Olympus and an Ōkami port for the Wii.
Red 5 Studios, currently working on Firefall, a free to play game MMOG.
Castaway Entertainment, currently in a state of financial crisis, ceased working on a game similar to the Diablo series, Djinn.
Click Entertainment, creators of Throne of Darkness.
Carbine Studios, currently working on a massively multiplayer title "WildStar".
Turpitude Design, founded by Stieg Hedlund.
Hyboreal Games, founded by Michio Okamura.
Runic Games, founded by Travis Baldree, Erich Schaefer, and Max Schaefer; creators of Torchlight.
Undead Labs, founded by Jeff Strain. Currently working on a Zombie MMO for consoles. "

http://en.wikipedia....d_Entertainment

http://en.wikipedia....iki/Runic_Games " Runic Games is a Seattle-based American computer game company formed by Travis Baldree (creator of Fate), Max Schaefer and Erich Schaefer (co-founders of Blizzard North) "

It's right in the damn Wikis, and even on some of the official websites it is noted of the previous games they have worked on... It's all common knowledge.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 17:09

I don't mind the always online thing because I'm always online. It's 2011, who isn't? Travelling could be an issue I suppose but that's not something that would affect me. Now the modding thing, I can see many people not being happy about that. It's not something I really care about personally, to each his own. Torchlight 2 looks really great too though, and I will probably get both.

The reason for the always online part makes sense. There was massive cheating going on in the first two games and this will help stamp that out. There will also be the real money auction house that needs to be secured. Again I'm fine with it myself and I think most people won't mind. Millions of people play MMOs and they all naturally require you to be online.


I agree, but our infrastructure in the US still doesn't support an always online model esp. for travellers. I travel a lot and I want to be able to play a game whether or not I have a connection.

As for the cheating. I can fix that. Do not allow any mods or modified files to be presented on Battle.net. Simple as that.

#20 Elliott

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 17:29

Whenever I see the direction they took with D3, all I see is "Torchlight" written all over it... The art, the color scheme...

Blizzard has been going with the painterly style of art ever since they released Warcraft 3 in 2002. This is more of an evolution of their own style than a copy of Torchlight's cartoonish graphics.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 17:38

Diablo 3 is my game to end all games. I cannot tell you how much I played D1 and D2, or how much I want this game. I watched Gamespot's hour long beta gameplay video this morning, and it has only made me crave Diablo 3 more. I'm so excited for this game.

I was originally miffed about the art direction changes when compared to Diablo 2 too, but then I read a developer blog or interview which explained their thought process, logic, and how they came to the art style that we see now. And, I must say that I agreed with everything they said. The skill system is all new, crafting is new, companions, vendors, even multiplayer has been changed for the better from what I've read. There is no other game I want more.

That being said, Blizzard needs to light some fires under their asses and release this game already...or give me beta access.

#22 Taliseian

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 17:47

I am disappointed about the always-online DRM and the lack of mod support, but I will more than likely buy D3 when it comes out.


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#23 Nagisan

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 17:50

Diablo 3 is my game to end all games. I cannot tell you how much I played D1 and D2, or how much I want this game. I watched Gamespot's hour long beta gameplay video this morning, and it has only made me crave Diablo 3 more. I'm so excited for this game.

I was originally miffed about the art direction changes when compared to Diablo 2 too, but then I read a developer blog or interview which explained their thought process, logic, and how they came to the art style that we see now. And, I must say that I agreed with everything they said. The skill system is all new, crafting is new, companions, vendors, even multiplayer has been changed for the better from what I've read. There is no other game I want more.

That being said, Blizzard needs to light some fires under their asses and release this game already...or give me beta access.

I agree, D2 is easily the game I played the longest, at least 5 years solid....I have high hopes that D3 will pull computer games out of this dry spell where games are only fun for a week or two then you need to find another to keep having fun.

I am disappointed about the always-online DRM and the lack of mod support, but I will more than likely buy D3 when it comes out.


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It's not always-online DRM, its a multiplayer-only game.

#24 S00N3R FR3AK

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 18:32

Whenever I see the direction they took with D3, all I see is "Torchlight" written all over it... The art, the color scheme...

All of it, looks nothing like Diablo 2. It's like they are directly challenging the old people from Blizzard North who are making Torchlight 2. Which further enrages me, because I don't want to be playing some company rivalry afterbirth...

...That being said, i'll more than likely buy and play both Torchlight 2 & Diablo 3.... Because I love Hack&Slash. And I am an impulse buyer... :(


Torchlight came out in 2009, Diablo 3 was announced in 2008 with at least a year or two of dev time before the announcement so i really doubt they set out to copy torchlight.

#25 DukeEsquire

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 18:43

Diablo 2 under a fresh coat of paint. I'll pass.


Really?

There is actually a post on Reddit complaining about how Diablo III was so different from Diablo II that they should have made it into a different franchise.

#26 rajputwarrior

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 18:45

i wanted this game, until i heard you need to be online 24/7 to play it. also, as a sidenote, the graphics of the game look like they came straight out of 2006. torchlight 1 looks better then that...

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 19:00

Diablo 3 is my game to end all games. I cannot tell you how much I played D1 and D2, or how much I want this game. I watched Gamespot's hour long beta gameplay video this morning, and it has only made me crave Diablo 3 more. I'm so excited for this game.

I was originally miffed about the art direction changes when compared to Diablo 2 too, but then I read a developer blog or interview which explained their thought process, logic, and how they came to the art style that we see now. And, I must say that I agreed with everything they said. The skill system is all new, crafting is new, companions, vendors, even multiplayer has been changed for the better from what I've read. There is no other game I want more.

That being said, Blizzard needs to light some fires under their asses and release this game already...or give me beta access.



I totally agree. This game is going to own my life for a long time to come once it hits the shelves.

#28 Nagisan

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 19:32

i wanted this game, until i heard you need to be online 24/7 to play it. also, as a sidenote, the graphics of the game look like they came straight out of 2006. torchlight 1 looks better then that...

To be fair, the game was in development since before 2006 even (granted it has changed art styles since then)......good thing graphics have nothing to do with how fun a game is.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 20:05

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#30 rajputwarrior

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 20:22

ArsTechnica Beta Hands-on


Why didn't I play longer? That's a good question. You see, the game requires an always-on Internet connection, and the servers seemed to set themselves on fire a few hours after I downloaded the beta, and this dumped me from the game. You not only need to be online to play, you need to connected to Blizzard at all times. So if your connection goes down, or if their servers crash, you can't play. Not even single player. At least this means I can sleep tonight! I know this is a beta and these things are bound to happen, but it's still an ill omen.


that is why the launch of the game is doing to ****ty for people who pick up it at launch, cause i promise you no way blizzard is going to be able to keep up with all the traffic that is going to hit them.



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