It has been a little while since I have been around. I pretty much tuned out after Blizzard released the first screens of the "super armor" and they were just awful. Being so close to launch my interest in this title has been rekindled. I am concerned about how casual the game may be when compared to D2. My main concern is that it will be so casual that it will not hold my interest like the previous titles.
Anyone else share this concern?
It's been a long time since D2 and gaming has changed a lot and become more mainstream and perhaps more "casual". I guess most of us who played D2 have been gaming for an additional 10 years and rarely get impressed any longer, so yes, I fear that D3 might not be as interesting in the long run.
However, from what the game looks like now I am extremely optimistic. Blizzard has learned a lot in those 10 years and WoW has taught them a thing or two when it comes to keeping people interested. I believe we will see a more challenging combat and gameplay in the higher difficulties and I can't see them messing up the high level item farming, so hopefully those two aspects alone will provide loads of playtime.
In reality the only thing that made D2 discouraging for casuals was the time needed to get to higher levels and get the best gear. Gameplay wise you could teach a monkey, a bot or a complete newbie to play that game. D3 will be no different - if you put in the time and effort you will progress, but hopefully Inferno will force you to play smart instead of just playing a lot.
You need to count other factor in, as people are getting older, have their real life, unlike when you were a kid and could play game 24/7. This often is a huge factor, and people are blaming new games not being interesting, while you just't can't repeat same experience you had with d2, because it was in the past, when you were lot younger.
I don't think the game looks that casual and by my gaming history i would consider myself pretty hardcore. If anything at the moment D3 looks like the most ridiculous grindfest ever and this is coming from a guy who grinded rank 14 in vanilla WoW.
I agree some of the high tier armour previews I've seen look horrible - like something out of World of WarCraft. I don't see how this is "casual" though. I think "power ranger" or "robot" is a more appropriate term.