Ok obviously didn't see this thread..
I don't know how you can be an ARPG fan and not be excited about this game. I'm a big TL1 fan, played (& still play) D3 beta, etc. Had an absolute blast with this game over the weekend.
Gear does not look that very exciting, I agree. Then again, does D3 gear look good? I don't think so.
For me it's all about the stats/mechanics. And unique items in PoE (orange ones) are actually very well designed.
I like the graphic design, the music, the ambient sounds, etc. And combat/loot/grind is done right, no matter how you look at it.
The design is very different from TL but then again, diversity is good. It's darker than D3.
Then again, to each his own... But some comments in this thread make me wonder why you guys even like ARPGs
Agree with most of what DarkTails said though.