Vote: Diablo 3's Biggest Current Issues?



What do you guys think of the current state of Diablo 3? We talked about a lot of the "issues" on the most recent podcast, and many of you guys added your own thoughts in comments, but I'm wondering what a larger survey of the community would reveal?

Everyone can point to problems like unrewarding solo play, OP higher Paragon levels, mysterious lag, unbalanced classes, and so on, but how many of you guys think those are really big problems, or just minor issues that don't really impact your enjoyment of the game?

So here's a vote/survey. Pick as many of the choices as you feel are of major importance. Vote: Diablo 3's Biggest Current Issues:

Share your thoughts in comments. Are any/some/most/all of these things ruining the game for you? Making the game better for you? Largely irrelevant to your overall play experience? Remember that things do change, and usually improve. After all, not long ago most players thought the Auction House and Realm of Trials were the worst things in the game...
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I've played more this season than I have every other season combined and am enjoying the game quite a bit, so I answered "None of these problems are a big deal." just so I could say "I really enjoy the game."

But there's always improvements that can be made and to that end I think the most important are: solo play being essentially useless (I played D2 single player for years and I really just like playing games solo; fortunately I've had multiple friends who were as into the game this season as I am, otherwise I'd be much further back than others who've put in similar amount of time), the lag (every group GR I will spend some amount of time playing the game without my screen doing anything, and while even at 70 I haven't had it be too crazy crippling it's still clearly something to fix and I know it gets even worse higher up) and botting.

I don't take the "botting is killing my desire to play" stand because that would be ridiculous of me. I'm not going to top the leaderboards even if there are zero botters because people like Alkaizer and Quin are around and will beat me legitimately, so topping the leaderboards isn't part of my expectations. That said, Blizzard needs to address this problem because it will only get worse (I remember the complete cesspool that was Starcraft:Brood War's official ladder) and even if it doesn't actively harm my enjoyment of the game yet if they continue to let it slide, we'll end up with a life raft of legit players on an ocean of botters and that seems like a death knell for the game.


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Unrewarding solo play/... and Something else:
1. Lack of variety in Rifts! There is only trash and elites and one boss at the end. Random boss/purple spawns. Now it's just run and kill. 2. Same thing can be said about bounties and lack of randomness in normal areas. Think about that - You go to Khazhra Den, and boom Ghom is standing there. It's Adventure Mode, make it crazy. 3. Without Rift keys there is no point of clearing Rift to the end. You just lose the reward from next Guardian. And we wanted reward at the end, now it's just pointless. That's the biggest 3, but I played just 22 hours this season, I'm not playing as much as others. But those stand out the most.


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The same layouts over and over - No really open layouts like say fields of misery - in grifts. Pylons in grifts should be removed. Unrewarding solo play. Those are my biggest gripes.


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Personally I chose all but the last two. I do enjoy the game however I despise the fact that if I want to get things done. Paragons paragons.. Paragons! I'm lucky I'm over 700 this season. I need higher but they some so much slower.

So first off the fact that blizzcon has a tiny area for D3 just tells us all how much the game means to blizzard at this current venture. Another thing is that if you want decent XP you must group. PERIOD. Another thing is the builds just have to be a certain way or they are worthless. I miss my damn Pony sader/ I was ran out of public games because I wasn't a studder stepping spastic hammerdin.

From there don't get me started with the bots running rampant. You see them everywhere in bounty games. You set still long enough you see them in action mixed with the players there. Then you have higher plvl players than need to bot JUST to be competitive. I'm lucky I have plvl 700 I would love to be at 1000 but I don't know if I'll have the time to get there.

If it isn't bad enough that when you run a game you see 3 witch doctors you know you have to leave because the game will freeze and you will lag to death. I know when I play my sader and monk I see the lag get bad and die a lot from it. It's annoying and should not happen with the amount of money coming in for this company.

Lastly the class imbalance is a pile of sh**. It's infuriating when my crusader is almost full ancient gear and some of the most decent rolls on items I can ask for with decent leveled ancient gems. But because of my paragon and lack of RNG luck I cant get past grift 55. Yet with my monk; who mind you barely has a couple ancient pieces on her. She can get to 54 with so much ease it's just blood boiling. Why must I be punished for playing a class I love to death because of a balancing issue.

I could go on forever but I'll stop here.



I'm mad about the balance, lack of D3Y, crappy solo, cookie cutter builds, botting, paragons, and most of all LAG. Did I mention class balance?


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The problem with Diablo 3 is that while still great, it seems like it's perpetually unfinished, with bugs and issues galore. Stop the new content and fix the game.


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I'm disappointed there is no new Diablo at Blizzcon but it isn't a problem with the game. We're still getting plenty of good content for now.

My biggest problem is the lag. I am trying to push greater rifts and I'm stuck at 66. Seems like every time I get ahead, I get stuck in a lag situation where I can't do anything for 30 seconds then suddenly find myself facing a death screen.

Fix that lag!


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Something else: I think lack of stash space is becoming an issue. I spend too much time bouncing between characters to find where I placed an item.

Lag is also so annoying. If they require us to play on their servers at least provide something decent or let us solo players play off line.


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Seasons being mandatory to complete 6pc sets (via numerous items which arbitrarily double damage of the set's key skill).

... Which I guess isn't that much of a problem since NS is unplayable due to stash space limitations anyway.


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The biggest current issue is still the lack of a complex, interesting, player driven roleplaying system and, in consequence, the games dependency on new content being rolled out regularly to keep up player interests...


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For me it's lag/disconnect issue. It's really bad this season. I'm actually "on break" right now after another episode of untimely disconnect. And I was ot the roll, too. It's really disheartening. Thank god I'm not playing hardcore.
Another issue, mentioned already, is lack of storage space or at the very least some gear sharing tool. I can't even keep my desk uncluttered and logging in just to maintain my inventory space feels more and more like chore. I know I'm beating a dead horse but that IS diminishing my enjoyment of the game somewhat...


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There is two things I miss more finally.

Firstly, the play I am really enjoying the best is GR and this is the only mode in 2.3 which requires doing something before. I wish they remove the GR keys and possibly find a way to attract users to normal rifts (a random legendary mat? Guaranteed goblin at the end of the rift? Or guaranteed goodie (cow rift, goblin, greed domain)).

Secondly I miss the casual multiplayer of D3V where anyone would jump in any game and have fun. The drawbacks were minors. Either a speedy barbarian (vote kicked) and leachers (don't really care it is just a /players 8). Now you have to have to proper gear, proper class, Behave as intended (split farming at low level etc.) I wish they add a "casual play" for multiplayer where we just want to play whatever the group wishes to do. My best MP experience in D3V was just going from where we arrived to killing Diablo (often people left after Asmodan).


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Some kind of trading would definitely be nice, I do quite a bit of boosting for SC seasons and if I'm finding gear that I don't need I'd rather give it to someone that can use it than just have it taking up stash space (I know I can give players stuff if they're in group with me when it drops but if I've got say, three versions of the same DH item in my stash I'd rather give away one to a player with minimal paragon than turn it into a soul I don't really need).

Botting is an issue but I don't need to see everyone banned, just a few people to show that something is being done. Or for some kind of conversation to happen to acknowledge it on Blizzards' part.

Paragons are busted but, at P400 it doesn't overly affect me.

One idea that we've been talking about between some mates is "Why do you have to level up?" - I've badgered a couple of people to buy the game but no one has made it to 70. Its just make work. We don't need the levelling process to tell the story of Diablo. We don't need levelling to tell players about the classes - they've already experimented with giving people max level characters and unlocking the classes abilities over the course of a quest chain in WoW. At the moment I really enjoy the game and can tell people about it but then when they play its like "but you've got to level up and then find a few bits of gear before you can get to the stuff that's actually really good".


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Agree. I understand different people work on different things etc, but it still feels like they should have a clean up patch instead of new content. They keep piling up new stuff on top of the old problems instead of addressing them properly.


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Too little stash space & character slots.

I play mostly single player, and I think the game is quite enjoyable. But the lack of space/slots is extremely annoying.

Since I don't care about e-peen, issues such as botting, class inbalance, high paragon required, and unrewarding solo play are totally irrelevant to me.

However, another thing I am not a big fan of is how sets are designed towards a single skill. Examples: Natalya, Raiment etc. I prefer the design of for example Tal Rasha or Immortal King, with which you can use many different skills in order to benefit from the set.


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To me, the biggest issue is "what's the point?" The Diablo series has always been really fun, but more than ever I'm feeling the hollowness of it. It's a slot machine in which we grind away hours looking for gear that will help us grind away hours looking for...better gear. There's no grand plan and the plot is meaningless. We beat the story mode only to go into a mode where everyone we've killed is back and the world is still being destroyed.

Combat at higher levels is simply "obliterate anything that moves" as opposed to strategizing. Everything moves so damn fast that you're basically obligated to have a build that can handle dozens of monsters at a time. Enemies just get treated like amorphous moving blobs of hostility that need to be killed, I rarely even notice what types they are anymore, especially in grifts.

I feel like the game would be so much better if everything was divided by 10 (or more). Hitting for 80,000,000 damage is just silly. Scale back the waves of mobs and require more strategy in approach. Showers of loot feel lame when only one in 1000 items are worth looking at. Everything in D3 just stands out as being designed as a game mechanic instead of designed to fit a rewarding game world.

I've been drawn back into Borderlands 2 recently, a game which is also arguably about grinding for better loot, but that game never feels like a chore because of its atmosphere, the characters and dialog, and the strategy required in battle (FPS vs ARPG, I know, but comparisons can still be made).

I'm obviously venting on things that would require D3 to be a very different game in order to fix, but I think I'm wanting a very different game these days.


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game is over too fast for me. i get my 6pc, my gems to 25 and my motivation to continue playing plummets, because after that nothing really changes gameplay-wise. and frankly I hate rifts, I want to be hunting big bad demon lords of hell, not killing holograms in a holodeck training program.


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Unrewarding solo play / mandatory party for EXP. is the biggest issue
I still remember the first time the devs was telling about their ideas and was in chock cuz they more or less say we will force peopel
to play in Groups cuz they find it more social ??and when you try to join a public game with plvl 850+ you get kicked out in no time unless you are at the samme lvl or higher yes absolutely more social:(
has always been able to play solo but now you are forced to play in Group to make Progress and gain EXP, another big issue is the lack of stash Space and Trading like AH, and yes i know Im beating a dead horse but still its big issues for msny. Laag, lost game connections and the way the game is now all want to get on the leaderboard, will any of these been resolved no cuz Diablo does not generate any money
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