My taste in Diablo games is strange. my favorite is Diablo 1 with a large margin to the next game. I think the atmosphere of the first game has never been matched. Every quest felt like it meant something. Each new staircase down to next level seemed important. Units did not spawn again, every kill was final. There was a reason to look in all corners.
Diablo 2 never got me hooked. It is generally considered the best in the series but I thought it was a downgrade in almost every aspect from the first game. It was lighter, easier on a first playthrough, the music and graphics while in higher quality numbers wise did not have the same gothic atmospheric feel of the first game. Diablo 2 have higher variety, something the first game in the series lacked with its 4 distinct level types.
Diablo 3 is kind of a mess. But I liked it anyway. It had a more fun vibe about it. I liked it more in the versions when the auction house was a thing. not especially well designed, but I liked it anyway. The difficulty spike when trying to play on the highest difficulty level was hard for real and I liked that. I liked the spectacle of encountering colorful elites and my character shooting how they are past redemption. I liked how big text declared how I killed 50 units in a massacre.
Diablo Immortal is a game I played a lot on release. It was actually great up until the end game where it was clear that you needed to buy things to play the game. Every relevant drop is capped. Have you found two diamonds in a cave, then you wont be able to find anymore until in 6 hours it is like this for all things you want. one can play it for 20 minutes a day and have a good time. That is not how I play games. I want to play it, but the game sort of does not allow me to.
Diablo 4. Oh boy. This game is bad. Many things takes to long to do. Everything feels like a chore. The monsters scale with level, nothing is more difficult one can never get a feeling of accomplishment. Sure, the game is large and the story is decent. There are large sections with somewhat different units, but you wont notice it since the units in the new part of the game easier or harder, you just do the same thing getting the same result. And why does a small gem take the same space in your inventory? So many things is designed just for you to walk around. Your item chest is not conveniently placed beside the teleport are, nooo, you need to go inside a building, up the stairs and into another room. Might not sound so bad, but you do this a lot and the time waste just racks up.
My full ranking is:
Diablo immortal (Why is this not a poll option?)