I feel Diablo 3 like many Blizzard Entertainment products went through it's phase of being a poorly executed sequel to Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction and is now on track to become a much better product when Reaper of Souls launches. As unfortunate as it sounds this is NOT Diablo 2's successor, it's much more about action, it's questing system is flawed and there are just so many issues with the base experiences in Diablo 3 which has resulted in myself as a hardcore Diablo 2 player (several thousand hours) being disappointed with the product not reaching the potential it had. Diablo 3 isn't a terrible game, in fact I would go as far to say as it is an above average game with several major flaws that held it back such as it's questing / story system which pretty much became boring and annoying to play through on a second or third character and because of that I was only able to get several hundred hours out of this product which is much, much lower than I was expecting based on the amount of time I have spent playing every other Blizzard game to date.
Fortunately what it lacks in core mechanics it makes up for in Battle.net Integration, Economy, Combat Fluidness and half-decent storytelling which overall has earned Diablo III a 4 out of 5 rating, I wouldn't recommend this product to gamers in it's current state because come Reaper of Souls a lot of the core issues are being fixed and the game will become much better, as a result this was a good purchase when it first released but isn't as great of a product at the time I'm writing this review (1/30/2014) due to free alternatives like Path of Exile existing and being decently populated and Reaper of Souls on the horizon. Do yourself a favor and wait for Reaper of Souls, there is bound to be a Battlechest.
If you're looking for statistics or estimates on what you could get out of this product read below.
- 100 - 300 Hours of Gameplay.
- 2 or 3 Unique Characters