I don’t group in ARPGs.
I tried a few times in PoE and Diablo 3. and I found the experience absolutely dreadful.
Yet multiplayer is a very, very requested feature. So I am wondering:
Why do you group in an action RPG?
How do you play with others, and how do you organise a “good” group?
To get the discussion started, here are my main reasons for NOT grouping:
I play a lot of MMOs, in which playing in a group is a needed part of the experience. When I come to an ARPG, it is kinda to take a break from it, and mindlessly crush a few skulls on my own.
The most important reason: when I group in a MMO, there is a strategy. Everyone has a role, you have to take into account what others can do, position yourself accordingly, and use your skills in synergy with your groupmates. The fighting is slow enough to allow for organisation and talks in the group.
In ARPGs, everybody does massive AoEs and self-heals, at lightning-speed. My screen becomes a horrible mush of overlapping visual effects, while all the group members run around like headless chickens, randomly doing their own thing. They are all self-sufficient anyway. Combat is way too fast to get the group organised, or put any kind of strategy in place.
At least, this is how I feel.
Your thoughts and feelings about that?