I don’t get the praise for it. If one were given this withoutknowing it were Diablo III I’m pretty sure most people would be universallynon-plussed.
The combat is fine, but in a game where more or less all youdo is kill stuff “fine” really doesn’t cut it for me. Fights aren’t remotely dynamic,either visually or mechanically, and given the advances in successfully workingphysical considerations into fights (Stuns, Knock backs, people falling over,taking cover, that sort of thing) they feel really very empty to me. It remindsme of golden Axe- hit people, sort of jockey back and forth doing so, and thenmove on, or die. The powers I unlocked, while they looked fun, didn’t reallyadd anything apart from the ability to do that quicker, or hold other guys inplace. There is a tactical element sure, but it’s a pretty shallow one comparedto most experiences now available. The loot was rubbish
In The Guardian of Light you can run through exciting, welldesigned “dungeons”, each level offering different challenges, loot, themes,puzzles, and a mass of enemies who you fight in way which is satisfying interms of how it feels and how it looks. It offers everything Diablo does apartfrom a grimdark medieval setting, and delivers it in a far more polished manner… It’s especially grating that they would spend so much effort on implementingthe always online aspect while ignoring significant advances in the genre. Itjust feel redundant to me.
That said: Things don’t always have to be pushing thingsforward, and as the last few years have shown a well done revamp of older genreor whatever can still be a great experience. But they tend to be at a price which reflects the fact.
If the Beta is anything to go by you’re paying £44.99for that experience, which is an awful lot for a game which feels old, stagnant and lacks the charm and even polish thatyou normally expect of a modern homage to an older genre. A game that you mightno even be able to access for arbitrary reasons.
Given that there are a multitudeof other, similar takes on the genre available for pennies, and that a new oneof those is soon to be released at less than half the price of Diablo3, I have no idea what it is you’re money gets you. Bearing in mind that this will not reduce in price for several years at least as well.
If you buy it and enjoy it,great, all power to you.
But I really feel that you’re paying around half the price for IP, and it’s nostalgic potency, alone.