I've followed Diablo 2 since the first video they released up until release day. I'll attempt to keep this as simple as possible and allow you to judge for yourselves. I seriously feel after all this that Blizzard is trying to question my and everyone's intelligence. Did you seriously think we would all forget?
I'll start with one of the first videos ever about Diablo 2:
Be sure to watch in High Quality.
Right off the bat, walking. Diablo 1 was all about walking slowly into the mouth of Hell. The original team that worked on Diablo 2 had it right, Diablo is about walking. I don't know what happened with the development process, but I guess walking didn't appeal to the masses, so Blizzard sold out and added running.
Also, notice how the stamina bar looks different. And what are those buttons next to the left and right mouse button skills? Did they really dumb down the game that much from alpha to release?
Notice how there is not Atma or Geglash in the tavern. These characters were clearly added much later in development to get cheap sympathy and laughs. Seriously, your kid wanders down into a sewer and dies? What terrible story telling. And Geglash obviously adds nothing to the story and was just tacked on to appeal to the frat party boys.
Look at that glowing Paladin. That's how auras should look.
Listen to those attack animations. They aren't even in the game anymore. Also notice the blood animation on the ground. It is much grittier than how Diablo 2 launched. They really toned down the violence so more kids could buy the game.
What is that skill the Paladin is using? Did they cut whole skills from the game? Way to ruin build diversity, Blizzard.
Shrines used to not tell you what they did. It clearly says "Fascinating Shrine" when he mouses over the shrine, and only after clicking it does it reveal its true property, a Combat Shrine. What gives, Blizz? Think you player base is too dumb to handle that? It ruins the sense of wonder and exploration.
Sanctuary used to have a different logo, and was a casted spell that cost mana. I guess they though it was too complicated and wanted to dumb down Diablo 2 so all you have to do is spam left mouse click.
These are just some of the problems with Diablo 2, tons of which you didn't even bother responding to, yet you people will always have a backup excuse for everything. How about some apologies from the developers for releasing a broken beta to the public that you got our money with due to the overhype of the Diablo name and some in-game compensation to the players instead of every single patch having a laundry list full of nerfs?