So, I re-watched the gamespot video with my trusty pause button at the ready.
Some things jumped out at me, and some things I was able to tease out with well-timed pauses.
Items of particular interest (to me at least) are in bold
Questions (for Runic or whoever feels they are able to answer) are underlined
Hover display for "Bloody Sweep Blade" (blue claw weapon)
- Attack speed is expressly shown. Yes! TL1 was confusing as heck trying to figure out what the actual speed on a weapon was. How much faster was "very fast" over "fast"? Well, now we know.
- A follow-up question: How does increased attack speed work? Does "X% faster" take on its plain English meaning -- your attack rate is increased by X%? Or does it work like Guild Wars and decrease your attack interval by X%? Or something else?
- Bimodal item reqs -- Items (or at least this item) has requirements that looked like "X str and Y dex -OR- lvl Z." Very, very interesting. My first instinct is, "cool, now I can use (low level) off-spec items with very special mods."
- Uh, is there a rounding error in the item damage calculations?
The "Bloody Sweep Blade" has the following stats:
And it shows a DPS of 40. How is that possible?
- 15-35 damage
- 0.64sec attack period
- 30 damage over 5 sec (bleeding effect?)
The same thing with the white berserker claw: ((9+22)/2)/0.64 = 24.21875, rounds to 24, not the 25 shown.
- If we count only the base damage, we should have ((15+35)/2)/0.64 = 39.0625 rounds to 39, not 40.
- If we include the bleeding(?) mod, then we should have (((15+35)/2)/0.64) + (30/5) = 45.0625 rounds to 45, definitely not 40.
My best guess is that everything over X.0 is getting rounded up to X+1.
[General combat observation]
- The charge bar seems like it's charging based on damage dealt, rather than per hit. (as I've mentioned elsewhere, that's probably a good thing in terms of balance.)
- The charge bar seems to be charging a lot slower here than in the runic-made demo. (Perhaps because the interviewer wasn't very good and/or had a low level character?)
- "shattered" = broke the monster's shield? What causes shattered to occur?
- rocks = D2 hidden stash
- It seems that she is not wearing a shirt, despite the fact that people probably sell her low-AL tops all the time...
- I noticed elemental resistance potions (grants 40 resist for 5 min) in her inventory.
- Follow-up question: How do resists work? Do they subtract an integer off incoming damage? a percentage? something else entirely? (If an integer, how can 40 resist stay relevant later in the game?) How do they differ how armor works, if at all?
The stat panel!
- Gives a % increase to weapon damage.
- That strikes me as a really elegant way to represent it.
- Looks like it scales 0.5% per point.
- Looks like the bar is around 200% long. Correct?
- Assuming the above, str theoretically maxes at 400 points or level 80 if sinking everything into str. So, the level cap is probably 100 to stop more realistic 3str/lvl builds from hitting the max?
- Boosts critical damage.
- Also a % increase.
- Looks like it scales 0.4% per point
- The bar appears to be 100% long (which would also jive with how MAx kept saying "double damage" in reference to crits).
- Which would imply crit bonus maxes at 250 points in str.
- improves critical chance
- Looks like it scales 0.2% per point
- Bar appears to be maybe 50% long, which implies a cap at 50%?
- It makes me happy to see physical damage dealers need str+dex again. Feels more like D2. My TL1 destroyer had decision-making that was a little too easy when it came to stat points.
- Chance to dodge
- Looks like the math for dodge is identical to that of crit
- cap at 50%?
- fumble recovery
- (for those who didn't catch it explained elsewhere, a fumble is an anti-critical hit that does a % less than normal damage.)
- This reduces the fumble penalty.
- But it's hard to tell what's going on here. It looks like you start at doing 24.9% of normal damage if you fumble at 0 dex and then do 0.3% of normal damage more for each point of dex. Is that anywhere close to right?
- increases mana
- OK, that is very D2-like. I think I like this. (I'm assuming vitality will increase hp too.) I miss having meaningful control over my max health/mana.
- What's the scale? I'm guessing that not all of your max mana comes from points in focus. Here we see a lvl 3 with 5 focus has 55 mana, so I guess 10mana*lvl + 5mana*focus. Even close?
- "Chance to parry"?
- I see it in the header text, but no bar. Hidden stat? Removed from the game but not the text? Not implemented yet?
- Increases magic damage
- Looks like this shares math with weapon damage.
- I note that magic weapons use the focus stat rather than str. Great. Being totally unable to deal weapon damage as a caster always annoyed me about D2, and I felt tying caster weapons to a caster stat was a great improvement over D2 in Guild Wars, and I expect to like it here too.
- On the topic of casters dealing weapon damage, in the other video, I think I saw the mage's wand shooting little magic bolts as its base attack. Good. I greatly prefer caster weapons being ranged.
- Question: If a melee weapon has elemental damage in addition to its base physical damage, will that elemental damage scale with focus, strength, or neither?
- Execute chance.
- Looks like 0.2% per point.
- Looks like a 100% long bar.
- Very interesting that melee characters are being given an incentive to split stats 4 ways.
- Speaking of 2-handing, is the attack speed going to work the same way as TL1? TL1 dual wielding has been (rightly, it seems,) criticized for always doing less damage than one-handing your better weapon plus a shield. If I recall correctly, the "right" answer would be to swing your arms independently, but what happens in TL1 is that the attack speed gets averaged and then applied per arm, meaning each arm swings ~50% slower than it should. Is this fixed in TL2? If not, does execute provide enough added DPS to make up for the lost DPS because of slower swinging? How much damage does execute do -- is it equivalent to 2 hits at once, or is there more to it?
(An alternative "right" way to do dual wielding would be to average the attack periods, divide by 2, then apply that to each arm.)
- The interviewer doesn't mouse over vit. Arg!
- Guessing it gives bonuses to hp and armor. Correct? Does it do anything else?
- Also, since I was never clear on this in TL1, I might as well ask: How is armor going to work in TL2? Is it just an integer knocked off the incoming damage? Does it reduce the incoming damage by a percentage? Something else entirely? Also, what's the difference between armor and resists?
The skill panel!
- General stuff
- 15-point caps.
Are these hard, soft, or squishy caps? ("Hard" meaning like TL1 -- put X points in and that's as high as it goes; "soft" meaning like Guild Wars -- can't put more than X points in, but you can achieve a higher, unlimited value by using non-skillpoint things like gear; "squishy" meaning that you can't put more than X points in, and you can increase it somewhat beyond that using gear, etc., but eventually hitting a hard cap.)
- Really curious about these skills scaling with player level. What's the rationale behind that?
- AoE hit, causes damage over time (bleed?)
- bleed scales with player level. Interesting.
- Inflicts X% of weapon DPS.
- This mod has always puzzled me in TL1. Weapon DPS is a rate, but it sounds like it's getting fed back into the equation as a damage range. This would mean that weapons faster than 1sec/attack will do more than their the top of damage range at "inflicts 100% of weapon DPS," and weapons slower than 1sec/attack will do less than the bottom of their damage at "inflicts 100% of weapon DPS." Is that correct? Also, what's the attack speed on skills like this -- is it fixed regardless of weapon or does it inherent the weapon's speed? Inheriting the weapon's speed would mean that, out of two weapons with the same DPS being input to the skill, the faster one will do much more final DPS from using the skill.
I'd really, truly appreciate a thorough explanation of what exactly "inflicts X% of weapon DPS means."
- charging attack, hits everything in path, knockback, stun
- Another stat I've never quite understood from TL1... what's a unit of knockback, and do they cancel 1-to-1 with knockback resistance? Is there anything more to the equation than those two variables?
- Blood Hunger
- passive that heals you a % of max hp when you critical strike.
- Seems borderline overpowered. (But then again, so is leech...)
- unclear if it's a single-target or multi-hit skill. Says both "foes" and "target."
- knockback, stun, then monster does an AoE explosion after a delay.
- explosion scales with player level.
[8:55]HALF a skeleton crawling after the player!
Loading screen flavor text hints at new enchanting system
"most items you find [I wonder what "most" means] can receive two enchantments from enchanters. Enchanters can remove existing enchantments so items can be enchanted again. Master enchanters can be discovered with special talents."Ohhhhhhhh
So. No more turning any old piece of junk into the strongest weapon on earth. Nothing is going to be more than 2 mods better than what the devs put in the drop tables. No more losing a good item to chance. Assuming a given enchanter can potentially give more than one mod, a huge gold sink trying to get the right combination. (Possibly tilted too far against the player if the pool of possible mods is too big.) Sounds like the best mods are reserved for the master enchanters. Wondering if they're going to be random encounters or rewards for hard quests.
death penalty is just gold, or more gold.
travisbaldree wrote:Greens are always id'ed. Blues are always id'ed on pickup if their level is yours or below. When you level up it does this check again. Uniques are never auto id'ed.
Dusho wrote:finally some HQ video, though I'm a bit disappointed with what I saw...
running speed is really fast, looks like you can outrun everything in level..
Doesn't bother me. It worked in this demo, but it's not a viable long-term strategy. Just like in D2, running past monsters will sooner or later leave you in a bottleneck with monsters ahead and monsters behind. And then you die.
fast speed also makes it harder to target, as we saw again
That might be an issue. In TL1 the Haste spell got hopelessly too fast. I'd rather not see that happen again.