I’m still not happy with the concept of how they generally run bow skills in Diablo games. The Rogue, like the Demon hunter, and the Amazon, (and Rogue in D1) is basically a bow class with a bit of melee thrown in to make it feel more diversified. But as shown in the sneak peek stuff, and in game on the other classes, we still have this ridiculous concept of pointblank bow shots. It’s not a gun it’s bow.
I would have been far more satisfied had they took this concept and switched it up, breaking the mold and making it more realistic, in that all classes have bow skills that you can switch to when something is out of melee or caster range. This eliminates the need for a specialized classes dedicated to something silly. Game play of every bow character in most ARPG’s always ends up resorting to fights that are point blank range with a bow (usually anything that can’t be one shoted).
How much better would it have been if each class could use a bow and have a couple of bow skills. Then we don’t need a specific class where most skills are dedicated to it. We all know that there will only end up being 2 or 3 solid bow skills at best spammed on this character, with the rest being unused filler crap.
Why not just give bow skills to the other classes and they can be more focused on that classes core abilities. Those skills can switch to the bow when they are in proper range and aren’t functional when too close.
This could also free up another campfire class. As it is either the Necro or some sort of Holy Warrior will now not make the cut, (I’m guessing the necro is out) and that’s going to be a major disappointment to a lot of fans, just for the sake of making sure the silly pointblank bow class is in the game.
Now, if the rogue was played in a way that there was a minimum range required to use the bow skills and they focused a lot more on things like stealth and traps, that actually didn’t suck, then maybe we’d be on to something. However the game footage already showed that it’s not going to be the case. When I first saw the dismount bow shot I was like cool. Then I saw the typical point blank range multishot crap with the bow and facepalmed. I understand it’s just like stupid generic fantasy lore, but it’s never sit well with me and here we go again with more silliness.