Today Liz and I completed the Third season of Reaper of Souls. Once we cranked that bad boy up to Expert the game got a bit more amusing. Mobs started killing us, fights were a little more tense. But most importantly the drops were better. Or so I imagine, I stopped really getting anything for the last 10 or so levels. Other than hand-me-downs from Liz. Diablo III still holds up. It is not a terrible game, I don’t think it has the charm of its predecessor. I think that’s just the direction games have gone. I used to think “Maybe it’s me?” But as I play some older titles I see that twinkle and I feel those feelings that games used to give me.
I don’t think it is a matter of Nostalgia either. Divinity: Original Sin certainly triggered that feeling. It is possible to make a game now and still have magic. The problem is that I think most people are looking to make a product, and that product falls into the category of a game. Rather than trying to make a game and profit from it. It’s a shame really, something I hope I can personally resolve in the future.
If you happen to catch Diablo 3 and Reaper of Souls on sale I highly recommend giving it a look. It’ll amuse you for a bit. Each new patch has actually improved the game. If they ever release a third expansion I’ll most certainly purchase it. But I’m not expecting anything this decade. That said, watch them announce something at Blizzcon.