Gamespy: Should Diablo 3 have been first person?

Sep 23, 2009

'll admit it. My first ever hands-on time with any Diablo game occurred just 24 hours ago, when my inexperienced Demon Hunter took his first fumbling steps into the Diablo III beta's dark and ominous dungeons. It took just three hours before I'd hacked and slashed my way to the main storyline's satisfying conclusion, but in that short period of time my eyes were opened to an entirely new perspective on a gaming world. As a lover of first person games, the isometric camera system in Diablo III felt very unfamiliar, and I inevitably wondered why Blizzard didn't make the leap to first person like so many other developers. This led me to wonder - should Diablo III have been a first person game, and what are the pros and cons of this approach? Let's find out.
There are no words...

EDIT: Just saw this from his Twitter

Bennett Ring
@jane_tobes Ha, pretty good eh? Who'd have thought Diablo fans would have more rage than the COD kiddies?

Bennett Ring
@jane_tobes It's easy - find a game that has the nerdiest following, and have an open discussion about radically reinventing it.!/bennettring

Sep 1, 2007
"A huge part of the experience is the unique camera view, and I soon learnt to live with its various quirks."

Sounds reasonable enough.
Mar 21, 2011
I fucking hate it when people bitch about "too many" games being first person, but I think this is the first time I have understood their rage. This is the lolwut-iest thing I've read all day.
Oct 9, 2007
Orayn said:
Fucking IGN...? Not IGN? Whoa.
Also, first person loot whoring is what Borderlands is for. GameSpy might want to read up on that.
They're owned by IGN these days.

And please don't mention Gamespy and Borderlands together, it still hurts. D: