I loved Diablo on the PC and was really excited about a 3rd instalment for the PS3, not having a PC anymore.
It took me a while to be able to afford it, but I finally got it last week. I’d been reading the reviews and getting excited about the epic game that that I was about to play.
It’s “Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance” for the PS2.
Really? 13 years since Diablo 2 and the best you can come up with is a clone of a game that’s 12 years old? You can get through the entire game by keep the x button pressed. I got cramp in my thumb. Where is the game play? Where is the fun? Why is everyone wetting themselves over such a passé format? It’s a linear platform game. Any comments about it being a role player are simply wrong. Yes you get a few choices of weaponry, but dear God it’s dull. I’ve just started Act 3 and I am soooo bored.
Okay, it’s an unfair comparison as it’s a different kind of game, but the leap between Elder Scrolls 3 through 4 and onto Skyrim is astounding. I’m not suggesting the Diablo should be Skyrim, but in terms of development, Diablo 3 has nothing that Diablo 2 had, in terms of game play or game design. It’s just bloody lazy. Okay, the network stuff is new and probably terribly exciting for those who use it, but I’m a curmudgeonly sod and like to play on my own or with my partner.
However, that simply doesn’t excuse the fact that nothing has changed in 13 years. I already have Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance, and much as I loved it at the time, I didn’t really need to buy the same game again 13 years later.
What a savage let down.