sm going to say one thing and one thing only in relation to this thread and that is that most people posting here clearly didnt play beta.
Everyone is saying that there was no change between beta and final release. That there was no "golden patch". Did you even play beta?
Two biggest issues in beta were: lack of hardware mouse, screwy exp dynamic in parties (including no exp for casters who heal or buff - which is central to their role).
Both issues fixed in retail release.
Sure there are other issues with the game (lack of AH) but these two fundemental game play issues that concerned most people more than any others were fixed (those in these forums during beta know that these were the critical issues being discussed here).
The lack of an auction house is a rather big thing to pass over.
The clunky UI is another big issue.
Sure, some bugs and minor issues were fixed, but the reason the issues in the game give it a bad score is that they are core fundamentals of the game and are not likely to be fixed in a timely manner. Implementing an AH would take alot of time to get right, for example.
I have a nice pinto to sell ya, btw.
I played beta. I also bought the game. Did i expect a sweeping "fix all" patch from beta to release? Nope. I'm in the "try it for the free month, if it works, ill keep paying, if not ill check back in a few months".
So yeah, the game deserved to be reviewed. As soon as they asked for money, it deserved to get reviewed. Edited, Oct 10th 2010 6:44pm by KacesofCaitsith