Normally I don’t write a lot of feedback or review posts, or posts of any kind really, and I’m unsure this is the kind of feedback you are looking for here. But I’ll take a crack at it because Diablo is a franchise I really do care about and like every other Diablo fan out there, the current iteration of Diablo Immortal has us very concerned. First off, the PC controls are pretty glitchy and at times completely cut you off from being able to cast anything until you mash a bunch of buttons. It also just can’t seem to stop finding a reason to crash you or to disconnect you from bnet.
At a core, the game is actually pretty fun, now don’t get me wrong. Don’t go into this game looking at it as the new next gen thing, but I shouldn’t have to tell you that. There’s plenty of customization to really play how you want, dungeons, raids, over world content and bosses. I have put a lot of time into the game, about half way through my play through, against my better judgement, I bought the battle pass.
That’s when the game started to crack its outer shell, it’s caps, sure you can go grind away xp somewhere in a zone if you want. But it makes almost all the other activities in the game pointless. Each week the caps reset, which means until then, if you’ve hit those caps, you don’t gain currency from doing rifts and you don’t even gain battle pass xp at a certain point, which doesn’t take too long mind you if you are a Diablo addict. Eventually the game just kind of cuts you off from doing the fun stuff by punishing you with lower rewards, or just no rewards at all.
As a free player, or even someone like myself who just bought the battlepass, there is almost zero reason to continue to play the game, other than for a temporary time waster, and to me that’s disappointing. Don’t even get me started on the legendary gems and even the normal gems, because good luck getting much progress on those without a credit card. Even with battlepass and constant dungeon grinding for normal gems, i still feel no real progress in that area. And grinding for legendary gems, well that just doesnt exist… because micro transactions for some reason were better thought of to use than even trying to give free to play or “premium” players a crack at actually getting essential pieces of gear. That’s right guys, it’s gear, or it should be anyway.
Mobile game or not this game could of spun out everyone’s heads, but instead it joined the dark side of allowing you to buy your power in order to be able to “compete”. Blizzard, please turn this game around before it’s too late, cut off these predatory micro-transactions targeting “money whales”. Not only does it target people who want to spend money, it targets people who are addicted, almost in the same way as it would affect someone with a gambling addiction. I had a lot of hope for you guys on this one, I think we all did really, but I will tell you that if I don’t see this game become an actual Diablo game instead of some indistinguishable clone that already eats peoples money on the play store… That’ll be the last time you guys ever trick me out of $15, I won’t even buy Diablo IV, please stop trying to defend what you’ve done.
Think that about does it for me. I got to Paragon 28, started farming a bit in hell 2 to see if I could get some upgrades early. Seems like every day I gain one or two levels and the game cuts me off XP with a debuff (Which is instead a buff if you are below server paragon lvl as ya all know.) and makes me work harder for things i need to in order to gain more combat power. There is absolutely no way to gain an edge on a money invested player, PvE or PvP competitive modes. Even someone like me just buying battlepass puts us far ahead of a f2p player in means of power.
Guess I’ll go play Titan Quest or something, still need to catch up on that. Good luck to you Blizzard, I hope you come to a realization soon that you are losing people, rapidly. Hopefully Immortal (and Blizzard) turns around, I’d like to be able to enjoy it again instead of complaining about the same thing everyone else is in the obvious unheard void of messages and/or videos you haven’t been viewing.
If that happens, I might think about Diablo IV. But for now, my wallet is banned from having to do anything with you guys. I probably won’t even come back to check on this post, there is really no point in even posting any of this. I see that now and man it’s sad, I feel bad for all the awesome people at Blizzard that had no control over these kind of decisions that were made.
Fun while it lasted, but Immortal pretty much accidentally on purpose decapitated itself.