Diablo 3 is not just about loot

Well, it KIND of is — but give me a second just to put a word in.

I hear a lot of people say that “Diablo is fun, but not because of the core mechanic — it’s because of the loot.”

Don’t get me wrong, I loves me some loot. Loot is probably the main driving force for me when playing a lot of games. So I’m not saying that Diablo 3 isn’t about loot.

The looooot. It is so tasty.

The looooot. It is so tasty.

I’m saying Diablo 3 is not JUST about loot. The mindless clicking IS fun.

In Diablo 3, there are a ton of different enemies. They all have something they do differently, and that makes you react differently. The tree enemies drop those poison pods, the demon enemies throw spells at you, the zombies are really good at standing there and getting hit, and those fat guys expolode into small guys!

Tree Monster

Seriously. Fuck this guy. Fuck him right in his goddamn knotholes.

But what’s awesome is when the enemies are all mixed together.

It’s one thing to mindlessly spam your attack button while dodging the poison pods, but what happens when those Rhino demons come running the fuck out and hit you unless you dodge through one of the pods?

How many times have I been spamming my attack button on a guy, only to see a nastier guy show up and have to switch targets to fight him instead? Maybe it’s one of the enemies that has projectiles, or one of those fat fuckers, but SOMETHING makes me decide “God damn it, I’m going after THAT guy first.”

And that’s what makes mindless clicking fun for me. Seeing a group of guys and thinking to myself “okay, if I use this ability on those guys first, and then this other ability on those guys, I could clean up” is really awesome, but then I get to immediately try it out, and if it doesn’t work I get to improvise and come up with other solutions. There’s a lot going on there.

Or maybe the clicking isn’t as mindless as it seems.

Diablo 3 is about loot. It’s not JUST about loot. It’s also about clicking the shit out of things.

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  1. Man I totally see the stuff from your GDC talk in Diablo, now that I think about it. It’s more random (being procedural), but the different enemy set ups are there.

  2. Their pacing is really good, too. I’ve noticed a tendency to intro each archetype and then start combining them with other things, which is really good practice.

    They also do a pretty good job of intro-ing the enemies (dropping the Cain Lore on you when you find a new guy) and making the first fights with them memorable, too.

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