a reply to: rockpaperhammock
I think you might like Diablo 3 a bit better than 2 for certain things.
For example, you can craft in 3. You can also recycle armor and weapons to gain crafting materials.
In 2, once you ran through the game once, you did it again at a harder level, then again and another harder level.
In 3, You have 10 levels are hardness: Normal, Hard, Expert, Master, then Torment 1 thru 6. Once you run through the game once, you can then either
run through it again, raising the hardness level, OR you can play Adventure mode, collecting bounties and doing Rifts and Great Rifts.
Once you go through the game once, you can share your stash with any of your other characters that you start. And you can either go through the story
line with that new character, or just start that new one off in Adventure mode if you want.
They also have Hardcore and Seasonal characters. Hardcore, once you die, that's it for that character. Season characters do not get to share the
stash, but have to start over again, but there are awards and achievements that are not available to regular characters. They just ended Season 2.
Season 3 starts on next Saturday, 10th of April.
Now, there are some "down sides". In 3, if you are playing with friends, you can't give them gold, crafting materials, things you crafted. You can
share things like Set items and Legendary items, but only if you got them while playing with your friends (there's a timer, about an hour I think).
They did this because people were selling times for real money in ways that Battle.net doesn't allow.
In 2 you had the following classes you could play: Paladin, Barbarian, Amazon, Sorcerous, Necromancer, Druid, Assassin.
In 3 you can play: Crusader, Monk, Barbarian, Wizard, Demon Hunter, and Witch Doctor. So you have one class less than you had in 2. BUT! You get to
choose male or female, unlike in 2 where you were stuck with the gender.
They have a LOT more levels for gems now too, compared to 2. But you have to have the Gem Maker that you help out in the story line. There is no
Herrodrick Cube in 3, and you have to pay him gold to upgrade your gems. Later on, you get a enchantress that can change magical properties of your
items, which you didn't have that in 2. So even if you find something that say, has a property for Wizards on it, but you want it for your Crusader,
you can change it into something your Crusader can use.
Side kicks: in 2 you had a lot you could choose from each Act, and you could give them items to help them out. In 3, you only have 3 you can choose
from: A templar, a scoundrel and a enchantress, each of who you meet as you progress the main story. In Adventure mode, all 3 are there. They auto
level with your character, and you can give them weapons, jewelry and a special trinket that helps them out.
While in 3 you only have those 3 to choose from, I like them because they talk to you, unlike in 2.
Levels: you can't go higher than level 70. That's the cap. BUT: once you hit 70, you start earning paragon points, and you put those on different
skill sets to make your character even more powerful. So it's kind of like still earning levels.
So do I think you'll like it? Well, if you enjoyed Diablo 2, I think that there is plenty in Diablo 3 and it's DLC that yes, you'd like it. Try not
to constantly compare it to 2.