I recently gave D3 a try. It turns out, Arcane Reborn still sucks. Here are some reasons why:
- The Melee enemies suck. I could write a whole essay about why, but have an abridged version:
They seem to have been designed without any regard for the game’s mechanics. There is no way to avoid their attacks, other than running away and hoping you kill them before they reach you. This encourages a terrible, immersion breaking playstyle where you poke at them one by one from outside their aggro distance.
- The UI is incredibly messy. There are all sorts of buttons which should probably be relegated to menus all over the screen. All of the menu elements interact in ugly ways, overlapping each other. There are also an unreasonable number of slide in and slide out transitions which just slow the game’s pace down and feel gross.
- The leveling system is completely broken. This is what happened to my level in the first 10 minutes of gameplay: I enter the game, talk to theos, and boom. Level 8. I attack a crazy wizard and kill them, level 9 and the level up theme is playing over itself now. I finish killing the 5 crazy wizards, level 12 already. I then start spamming punch and boost myself up to level 30 to prepare for the Marua fight. You get the idea.
- The bosses are bad. Both Ramses and Marua completely fail to telegraph their attacks. Whether you win or lose basically comes down to chance. Sage is literally just a wizard. Verdies and Theos are a bit better, but they still have ridiculously inflated stats and attacks that don’t clearly communicate how they should be dodged.
Those are the big 4 reasons, but there are a plethora of smaller annoyances as well.