Originally Posted by Crazy9000
Originally Posted by Yahar
Diablo 2 is much better. Sorry to say but I have no idea why so many players play this game. It's completely broken and balance is screwed, though it's still open beta. Maybe it'll get better when it's released, atleast I hope so. Might check it again then.
Happy that people enjoy it though.
I think a lot of people are just playing it to give a finger to blizzard/D3, as opposed to being really into the game itself. I've tried it a few times, and it's just mediocre.
Path of Exile starts very slow, and is very overwhelming to begin with. Gameplay and battle feels clunky because your character is level 1. He/She attacks and moves slowly, has little to no gear, has little to no skills. The game makes you feel more and more badass as your progress, so giving a character anything less than a couple hours isn't even the tip of the iceberg. Melee does have its struggles, but there are decent enough melee AoE abilities (Cleave, Ground Slam, Leap Slam, etc.) that melee can be quite viable. It just takes a bit better gearing. This is typical of most of these games, you need to build tanky to survive melee or you get hit too hard. Ranged typically has it easier as you can kite mobs that hit like trucks.
I have three characters now. Level 24 Marauder who's going 2H axe dealing physical damage, probably going to end up with sweep as my primary skill, but trying it with cleave for the time being. Level 43 Duelist who up until the tree change felt very underpowered. I'm still deciding how I want to respec his points and then I'll start playing him again. My primary is a level 69 Ranger, focusing on Elemental damage using Lightning Arrow and attack speed. Character is a ton of fun, feel pretty bad ass, but still hit walls where mobs hit like trucks and you have to finesse your way through.
The game has it all, and each piece of gear and each new skill opens up completely new builds. If this game felt like the same old song and dance, you're doing it wrong. Choose a melee class (marauder for example) and build him to use magic and wands, think outside the box a bit. This game allows you to play the way you want to play, and with whatever class you want. It's quite dynamic, though it does require some tweaking.