David Brevik – “Diablo 3 ended up being a great game”


Most of you will remember David Brevik’s original reaction to Diablo 3 when I interviewed him shortly after launch. He was not that impressed and his comments prompted the “f**k that loser” post from Jay Wilson”. In a quick an interview with IGN, his opinion has now somewhat changed.

Following the release and Jay departure, the team knuckled down to try and address many of the game’s flaws. David Brevik, who was the original Diablo creator, was more impressed after the updates.

“I think Diablo 3 ultimately ended up being a great game. Especially after the expansion I thought, they added a lot of really great stuff to it that fleshed it out and made it a much better game than I thought it was at launch. But, you know, I thought it was a fine game at launch and I think it really held up the Diablo legacy.”

It seems David’s opinion has changed somewhat because when I spoke to him he was visibly upset by what Blizzard had done to the franchise after launch. David has obviously come to terms with Diablo 3 and there’s no doubt it’s a better game now than it was at launch.

My interview with David Brevik shortly after launch for context.

 

 

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  1. Agree to disagree, Dave.

  2. We all know D3 has become a great Action-Game with some very light “ARPG” aspects. It doesn’t last like a real ARPG like D2, but it allowed a lot of people to tiptoe into the genre of “ARPG”.

    In the end, its time to “Sweet-Talk” D3 so we can put it to rest before the announcement and launch of D4. By Sweet-Talking D3 now, we boost the perception of the general public that D4 is “also going to be a Good Game”. It’s like a Drum-Roll before announcing D4.

    Bashing and Beating on D3 today, is probably just going to harm D4 in the future, so I agree that it might be beneficial to “sweet-Talk” D3 today, for the sake of perception and anticipation of D4.

  3. Yeah, serves no purpose for him to be overly critical at this point in time.

    However, if Diablo 4 ever happens, prepare for another cute, cartoonish game with giggling monsters and dumbed down game meachanics.

  4. “and there’s no doubt it’s a better game now than it was at launch.”
    Yeah, NO it ISN’T. It’s actually WORSE. Much worse. All they really did was partially fix itemization to the effect that there are actually items powerful enough now without having to rely on bugs and glitches to play the end game with. On the downside they removed the entire end game and replaced it with an endlessly scaling mess devoid of plot, story, music, and, well, everything that makes an RPG an RPG. The ‘Campaign’ mode is there but totally pointless. The same can be said of the game itself. It’s just THERE, but pointless to play it. Seems people still have hope for D4, I guess I’m one of the few so disheartened by this whole thing that I say screw D4, I hope Blizzard doesn’t touch the franchise again. I’m not in any hurry anyway for another one of their online only, play our way, dumbed down WoW art team & game mechanics piece of trash game. Only thing D3 has going for it is the combat and that alone does not make for a ‘great’ game by any stretch. I prefer to support Grinding Gear, Crate and maybe some of these Korean ARPG makers. Blizzard dropped the ball so bad that others have come and picked up the torch, I’d rather support them with my $ instead.

    • I don’t think you can really complain about the adventure mode removing all of the story/plot (such as it is) when the story, characterisation, character development in the campaign is at the same level as the Topsy & Tim books I grew up with (https://www.google.at/search?client=firefox-b-ab&dcr=0&ei=MTyNWteKA8TlUsKjvcAI&q=topsy+and+tim+books&oq=topsy+and+tim+books&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0l10.10563.13726.0.14368.7.7.0.0.0.0.180.875.1j6.7.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.7.871…0i13k1.0.PDe4wJ4K__Y). At least they gave us a way to not have to listen to Asmodan’s interminable monologing (“you won’t defeat my X”, “oh, you’ve defeated my X, you won’t defeat my Y”, “oh, you’ve defeated my Y, you won’t defeat my Z”, “oh, you’ve defeated my Z, you won’t defeat my…”) not once, not twice, but three times!

      • The same can be said of the game itself. It’s just THERE, but pointless to play it. Seems people still have hope for D4, I guess I’m one of the few so disheartened by this whole thing that I say screw D4, I hope Blizzard doesn’t touch the franchise again. I’m not in any hurry anyway for another one of their online only, play our way, dumbed down WoW art team & game mechanics piece of trash game. Only thing D3 has going for it is the combat and that alone does not make for a ‘great’ game by any stretch. I prefer to support Grinding Gear, Crate and maybe some of these Korean ARPG makers. Blizzard dropped the ball so bad that others have come and picked up the torch, I’d rather support them with my $ instead.

      • Seems people still have hope for D4, I guess I’m one of the few so disheartened by this whole thing that I say screw D4, I hope Blizzard doesn’t touch the franchise again.

  5. Ya, uh, NO. D3 is still not nearly as fun or as good as D2. D2 looks more realistic than D3, which looks like an animated cartoon. Original Diablo was trying to be even more realistic, but was limited by the graphics of the time. Skyrim does what D3 should have done, and I play a modded skel summoner Nec in Skyrim that can also make bone walls and bone spears.
    I still play D2, and rarely play D3. It does have the funny joke about the wife losing her head going for it, though.

    • I have to agree completely. The art concept has been entirely lost throughout the Diablo series I guess to make it more “family friendly”. I went back and played Diablo 1 today and man that game scares the crap out of me even to this day to play. The noises, the graphics, everything is actually gruesome and scary looking. I can actually picture myself being in hell in Diablo 1, which Diablo 2 or 3 doesn’t do at all. Even from the first boss “The Butcher” you see blood and half hacked up bodies in his chamber. Not to mention some of the bodies are that of women where you see their tits with their torso and limbs ripped off. And who could forget those Succubi in hell with their luscious jumbo titties? Where is any of that in D2 or D3? The whole horror aspect of Diablo has been completely lost over the years in the interest of making a step to a more G rated title so they can sell it to a broader audience. And as I look up the ERSB rating for D3 (while writing and rambling on this post) I see that it is MA 17+ anyway, and that it does contain nudity and have some ugly ass Succubi in it. So let me get this straight, they kept the rating up anyway and managed to make uglier art than a game released in 1996 with less gore? D3 sucks even more than I thought. I still love Diablo 2, but I didn’t at first because of the look and feel. Ultimately D2 offered something D1 didn’t though, which was incredibly better gameplay. D3; however, still has absolutely nothing to offer.

  6. Not really impressed with Diablo 3. It just didn’t feel like a Diablo game, but a seperate game with a “Diablo” theme.

  7. Blizzard dropped the ball so bad that others have come and picked up the torch, I’d rather support them with my $ instead.

  8. The art concept has been entirely lost throughout the Diablo series I guess to make it more “family friendly”. I went back and played Diablo 1 today and man that game scares the crap out of me even to this day to play.

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