Honestly i love both , though i can hardly say i played lot of path of exile , i think my main issue is the free to play , i don't feel the ownership of a title ( even though i am a silver early backer wich means i kinda spend on this title ) , i feel also like i get tired a bit of the look of path of exile , wich is indeed more realistic , but lack a bit of personnality . The skill tree though is the best thing EVER period , a bit unforgiving though i would have love to be able to reset to try different build ( well at the time i was playing it it was not possible at least , not sure now ) As for D3 , i am a heavy player , i like the casual way they introduce you to the world , nice mood , nice story/acting/cast you get hooked up very quickly , and when you dig more you have an other level wich is more hardcore oriented with build and gear combinaison , and since they remove the auction house ( that was the worse thing EVER period) legendaries drop more significantly thus allowing more combination ( i admit at Tourment 6 only few of those builds are viable , that a pity but dev are working on bringing more variation and did so with last patch and expansion ) . Art wise i get less tired , because of a good balance of textured , but not too much in environment , vivid colors but not too much to be a cartoon game , a good balance ,overall i felt they did a great job on art , even more with the last expansion with westmarch and pandemonium fortress )
Like i say my preference goes more to D3 but i do not discard PoE at all , i feel it's great game with awesome mechanics , and if it was not for being hooked with Diablo 3 i would totally be hooked by this one .
Anyway i wish the best to the team they deserve a lot of love and support ( and money too but i already gave my 100+ usd )
best to you
ONe more thing : the fact i do path of exile fanart is also because PoE lacks a bit hisown personnality art wise , allowing artist to be more free when doing artwork whereas D3 as such a strong art direction it pretty hard to do something a bit different , dunno if it makes sense )
wow almost get lost in such a long answer it is alittle reversed with me PoE is a really awesome game and yes the more realistic and in some cases kinda gray texture can get a bit tedious I think too but it is the mood of the game that there is something there all the time it is something in the wind or just out of sight that keeps you going all the time^^ I'm a writer and that is what I am hooked for with PoE because it is a story I have never heard and that I kinda feel as if I write it as I go ^^ I have to say that I might have been a little hard on D3 but I was a hardcore D2 player and still plays it with friends from time to time so I have to say I got a little disappoited with D3 because it changed so from what we had first expected ^^ I will not say it is a bad game but for someone who relly loveeed and grew up with older brothers playing D1 and myself playing it alittle and then going over for D2 it was kinda like a hit below the belt when D3 came but who knows over time it might be better and I will give it another try somteime again ^^
They have made several updates for PoE but I haven't played in a while since my laptop is acting out on me and I don't really want to buy a new pc when I will be doing military service soon and be gone for more or less two years if it goes as I want but I think you are able to reset parts or the full tree now if you want too ^^
artwize your stuff is stunning you can really send a feeling through it and I love it
Hey , i see your point , and that is exactly what i thought too , in term of letting you fre to imagine things , PoE works the best , even for me as an artist i prefer doing some PoE art than D3 , a bit like you with the writting , it let you room for imagination wich is good imo.
As for D3 , don't worry i hated it , and thought that was my biggest waste of money so far at release and never played it again after Reapar of Soul , but the expansion made it right , and since being hooked .
I like both , but i don't have enough time to dedicate to both , i had to choose , but both are very appealing in their own way different , and they target different needs for the player , wich is good .
And thanks for the kind words , best of luck with the military thingy