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So I've been playing the Diablo 3 beta. Graphics are fine, detailed and nicely made with a nice style mainly. Gameplay is as expected but feels very retro in 2012. Talent trees are too simplistic. Gameplay for me is awful, boring and repetitive.
Diablo 2 was great in its day. This feels like a straight port, but simpler, and apart from the graphics and production values, it feels worse to actually play.
The main thing however is that I think the "point" of Diablo 3 is something that Kingdoms of Amalur does better, namely the hack-and-slash-and-loot.
I simply feel more connected with the world of Amalur, and the pacing of combat is actually better. The classes in Diablo are kind of bad really, they are less imaginative versions of themselves if you know what I mean.
Granted, Amalur is cartoony and cheerful (bleh) while Diablo 3 is dark and much cooler, but gameplay wise Amalur feels better., and although it lacks the "continuation of all things diablo" that people have been waiting for, it does have enough of its own that frankly I think it is a better game.
Maybe I'm just disappointed with D3. I don't think the format has aged as well as many think. Games and gamers have moved on since the days of Diablo 2, and nostalgia alone can't really elevate the experience for me.
Anyway, flame on.