Angry Users Bomb Diablo 3’s Metacritic Review Score with Complaints
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Like previous controversial games before it, Diablo III has seen its Metacritic user review score reach abysmal figures, as players, angry at the errors and the problems experienced at launch, have taken the average score for Blizzard’s new RPG to a paltry 3.6 out of 10.
Metacritic is supposed to be the benchmark in terms of critical reception for games, but the fact that it can also host user reviews has turned it into a tool against certain games, like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
or Mass Effect 3
Now, Diablo is the latest game to face the ire of Metacritic users who, after experiencing plenty of errors
earlier this week when the game was launched, decided to flood its page with extremely low ratings.
Complaints target all sorts of things, from the mandatory online connection, which has resulted in a variety of errors, to the auction house that uses real money, or even actual gameplay, as some users didn’t like simplified RPG mechanics or the story that isn’t up to par.
“A huge disappointment, and an unworthy sequel,” one user said.
“Character customization was so confusing, so they removed it (no more skill points to distribute, no more attribute points to distribute, skills unlock automatically as you level up) - Legalized gold selling, pay-to-win auction houses - Scripted scenes EVERYWHERE. Frequent checkpoints that revive you from where you are left off (how much more casual can they make a diablo game I wonder).”
At the moment, Diablo 3’s user review score on Metacritic is at an abysmal 3.6 out of 10. 2360 ratings were submitted, out of which a whopping 1,529 are negative, 83 are mixed, while 748 are good.
Do you agree with the majority of Metacritic users or are you happy with Blizzard’s new dungeon crawling RPG? Share your thoughts in a comment below and look forward to Softpedia’s official review of Diablo III tomorrow.
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|Comment #1 by: No Diablo III for me, thanks. on 17 May 2012, 12:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I'm glad I didn't preorder the game. I'm a 'single player' dude and have an distaste for multiplayer games. To force single player consumers to be always on is a ridiculous demand. I'm not 'always on', hence I won't be able to play the game.
But really...I will certainly urge big software companies to continue the trend. Please Blizzard, Activision and the rest - keep on working on and implement your drm protection schemes in all your products!! I see a bright future for indie developers, who are getting a bigger and bigger slice of the consumer's hard earned cash.
|Comment #2 by: Gowl on 17 May 2012, 13:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The game was already rated a 3.5 with over 200 negative reviews before the game even came out.
|Comment #3 by: Arizel on 17 May 2012, 23:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I think 90 percent of the negative comments need to be simply filtered out and removed. One cannot judge a game when it was only released within 24 hours unless you are a critic reviewer who had access to the game for a good length of time. Seriously, the "entitled" gamers that judge the game simply based off of one aspect of the game, or rather one logistics part of the game should all be ashamed of themselves. I'd say it would be fair to remove a good chunk of the positive reviews as well since many of them were probably done JUST to counteract the unjust negative reviewers.
Sure Blizzard is a AAA gaming company, but even they are limited by technology and a rabid fanbase unknowingly DDOSing the servers.
|Comment #3.1 by: tymooda11 on 25 Jul 2012, 02:51 GMT|
i agree 100 percent
|Comment #4 by: lucian on 18 May 2012, 12:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Metacritic is * , the site should be renamed TrollersRageCritic because only idiots can review a game with the 0 score out of 10 because they rage of the connection problems in the first day of launch. Bad reviews were given by players who did not experience the game, How can you even say it's a review? A review should look at all aspects of the game which for me is a great experience all around if I forget the first 2 days after launch. The players complaining it's a short game should remember that those that finished the game in 5 hours, have just rushed through the content puposely because else I am after 3 days of playing only in act 2 normal and I have enjoyed every dialog and cinematics that it's there. If you want to rush just remember the D2 where a hight level sorcerer could rush you to Nightmare in like 10 minutes so stop complaining. And the stats distribution on D2 was menaningless because a build to be succesfull should have had the same points in Str/Dex to wear armor, inteligence to have just enough mana to spam your main skills and the rest was Vitality so it's better that they removed the stats points. And the annoying you have to start a new character to try other skill combinations I'm glad it was removed.
|Comment #5 by: PO'd Warrior on 18 May 2012, 14:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Glad I paid $60 for a * game that I can't even log onto!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Comment #5.1 by: SlackRabbit on 24 May 2012, 18:11 GMT|
Exactly...I cant even install it!!
|Comment #6 by: * out player on 20 May 2012, 04:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i think there going easy on diablo, blizzard has * me off sooo many times when im playing diablo 3 the lag is unbreabable i have died 4 times not due to difficulty but due to blizzard lag since they dont have dedicated servers and are horrible game designers and treyarch and infinity ward developers are game designing gods compared to the people who came up with the "good" idea of it being solely online play..... GRRRRRR
|Comment #7 by: Hate Blizz on 20 May 2012, 18:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Arrrgh! the constant, server busy, cannot connect is a huge disappointing factor! Fix it useless Blizzard.
|Comment #8 by: beerbeast on 22 May 2012, 10:54 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Diablo 3 sucks for ONE reason. BattleNet is mandatory and down way too often. I wish I could return the game for a refund.
|Comment #8.1 by: Kirt on 22 May 2012, 22:32 GMT|
U can. Call Blizzard and tell them that by their definition to be always online they failed to abide the contract with you and that you are entitled to a refund. I got one yesterday.
|Comment #9 by: Equinox1967 on 29 May 2012, 14:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
you would think that the company that has been running WOW for years now would be able to some stable servers for D3 but apparently customer satisfaction is not high on Blizzards list. It's nice to know that a company like this thinks its ok to hold hard working customers hostage with server issues.
There is no excuse for this from such a well know game developer. Hey Blizzard, if you can't create stable servers then why don't you just give up on online games.
|Comment #10 by: MJ on 29 May 2012, 22:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
We cant play the game when we want because of the internet connection and the servers always being busy...this sucks...Blizzard blows. I wont buy a * thing which is why they had this stupid internet connection in the first place. I hate this game...if I wantedWow i would have bought Wow. I dont play Wow because I hate other people being in my game.
|Comment #11 by: navymom on 29 May 2012, 22:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Great graphics but unable to maintane server connection or server is down. Beginning to think this game was a wast of money.
|Comment #12 by: Purdecat on 30 May 2012, 15:58 UTC|| reply to this comment|
3.6 is a generous score for Diablo 3, leaving aside for the moment the idiotic decision to make it an online game only unlike previous Diablos, this is a dumbed down version of the previous two. The skill tree has gone as previously stated, so you are forced to play the way that Blizzard wants not as you may wish to. You can no longer go back to Acts that you have finished. The cut scenes are way too long in some cases. Overall this game is just boring. The loot is abysmal and we all know that most of the fun in this hack & slash is the hope of finding good loot.....probably that is why there are now auction houses, after all why have decent stuff droping if Blizzard can make more money from you buying it (I believe the comission on RMAH is 15%)
Now to possibly the biggest gripe of all the decision to make it online only, even if you just want to play as a single player. The first day it was impossible to get on, the following Sunday they then made the decision to take the servers down for maintainance no idea how long in some areas, but they were down here in the UK for at least 5 hours and possibly longer. Now they've put out a patch that is in itself flawed & once again "our old friend error 37" has appeared.
I have played many many games over the years both single player offline ones & MMO and so am quite used to glitches happening, but to have all these problems in a game which has always been an offline one is just ridiculous.
|Comment #13 by: Medeya on 07 Jun 2012, 10:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Diablo 3 is the biggest dissapointment ever. I don't think that anyone who played Diablo 1 and 2 can like this game. The music, the stats, the skill trees, the awesome gear sets....everything gone! I can understand innovation, but what Blizz did here was taking out all elements that made Diablo a success. I guess this is because they fired the original Diablo creators. This was the last time i bought something from Blizzard. And i am not the only one that feels like this.
|Comment #13.1 by: SnowQueen on 11 Oct 2012, 09:04 GMT|
I agree with you entirely. I payed D2 as a single player. D3 can't compare.
|Comment #14 by: Gmas on 08 Jun 2012, 01:55 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I got burned when I bought EA's C&C4 which also required a persistent online connection to play *even the single player campaign*.I bought SC2 later which was BETTER because I could play offline.But now that I hear Diablo 3 requiring the same,I don't think I'll buy it.Blizzard,u get an EPIC FAIL in my book for this.Guess the people there got greedy&complacent with past successes... :-/
|Comment #15 by: CommonSenseDude on 08 Jun 2012, 15:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Blizzard thinks the fault lies with Meta-critic, which is a classic case of kill the messenger. They refuse to learn from their mistakes. Investors should take note of this type of behavior, its the mark of impending failure.
|Comment #15.1 by: RagAndBoneMan on 11 Jul 2012, 19:39 GMT|
User reviews are meaningless. If it has a low user score or mediocre score, it's gonna be a good to great game. If it's got a high user score, it's a JRPG or a sidescroller. If it has no reviews, it is a legit * game.
|Comment #16 by: SnowQueen on 11 Oct 2012, 08:58 UTC|| reply to this comment|
D3 is my 1st. multi player game, so my characters soloed for 95% of the time until they got to Inferno, where soloing is really hard. The gear you need is sold at unrealistic prices at AH.
The items found in Inferno Acts 1 & 2 are mainly useless. After playing 1000hrs. I have only found half a dozen legendary items & I'd be lucky to sell them, because they're at the lower end of the scale.
When joining a public game for Act 3, I still don't find any items of use, just 2 books for the blacksmith. I've joined Act 3 at least 20 times. Dieing discourages me from continuing.
About 12 of my friends have given up & have stopped playing D3.
I'm beginning to think there must be better games out there, where you don't get disheartened & can enjoy the game with fun.
How do others feel?
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