All that is really expected to change between now and release is maybe some UI elements, number-crunching in terms of skill damage etc but nothing too substantial. And I almost hate to say it, but D3’s combat feels better than D4’s. And I don’t expect that to change a bit between now and June.
When you whack a group of tightly-packed skeletons with Arcane Orb, you feel the impact, you see them wince and stagger and you hear them groan. You feel it. When you smash the ground to cast Seismic Slam, you feel that ish.
In D4 it just doesn’t feel quite like that. It feels floatier, more akin to Last Epoch than Diablo. Although, you spend much of your time in the open world and you mostly encounter those annoying-af Wraiths/Ghosts, with the occasional bandit & Goatman pack.
Still, even when you’re going down the Cathedral with a Witch Doctor and you’re thwacking Grotesques and Ghouls from a distance with Poison Dart, you still feel the impact.
D4 doesn’t feel quite like that. I still had just under 24 hours of playtime left in EA Beta but I just didn’t feel the urge to keep going. I had hit lvl25 with my first Sorc toon, I could’ve started another one. But I just don’t feel it. Open Beta is ~12 hours away, I thought maybe I could try a Druid or Rogue this time…still not feeling an overwhelming urge. And it’s gonna be the exact same beta, right? Not an updated version.
This is made even worse by the fact that 99% of the Sorcerer’s skills are copy/paste from D2 (BOOOOOOOOOOORING) and nothing good from D3 was brought back, so I didn’t feel like I was playing anything new class-wise.
Also seeing a bunch of uninspired item affixes to the point where you barely care about what you’ve got equipped on. You see higher armor/damage and just put it on, that’s it. There’s no thought process behind it, no real planning.
Disappointed. I thought they would’ve learned more from D3/DI.
From the 1000 things that DI does wrong, there are a few things it does right. The chat system, for one. DI chat system is fantastic. You want to do something specific, you post it up in Party Finder and you’re ready to go. Wanna chat to clanmates, you hit the Clan tab and off you go.
Almost feeling like it would be a good idea to avoid playing D4 this year and wait for next year after a few patches.