Graphics are improved it looks better then D3, but graphics are nowhere near Lost ark or D2 resurected. Especially lightning and character models and animations.
Music is good I like it.
Sounds are mediocre or bad. Sound of explosions of devouring orbs which are on autocast made me mute combat sounds. Static orb sound is also pretty bad and I keep combat sound muted. Playing game muted breaking immersion which is shame.
End game gets old fast.
Echoes are mindless grind. I have 2 chars lvl 85 and 71 and 65 and I feel I done too many echoes already. The exp in echoes is terrible, I was lvl 75 when I was running lvl 85 already, which means the lower lvl echoes giving abysmal exp. Why is there even death penalty like who like it? Remove death penalty and give us normal respawns. I have to make every char tanky which is no fun at all.
Dungeons are just chore, too much trash mobs and too hard bosses with one shot mechanics, the harder it is then less players will play it, we live in casual world now, ppl want to play relaxing and fun game not some hardcore stressful content when you die and its over. Only game which has one shot mechanics is Lost ark and then you can repeat boss fights whole days without any restrictions. So why Last epoch wants to be so hardcore I can assure you it wont bring more players at all.
Suggestion remove keys and let us run the bosses freely, cut the annoying trash mobs at half. Remove death penalty and give us respawns. Most popular competition are D2 and D3 and there are not restrictions and penalty like this, they also have like 100x more players then last epoch so think about that. Le is played by 2k ppl max which is really low.
Arena is ok but the reward is abysmal for the effort, the death penalty can stay, but remove the need for key, lets players play what they want freely. Why should I have to run echoes whole day to get chance to play dungeons or arena? I will get only burnout soon.
The arena bosses are too hard in comparison with act bosses or echo bosses I mean like much harder. I didnt even try the 180% damage and health modifier, its probably only for cheaters and most op builds.
Suggestion give arena better rewards and nerf the bosses, they hit like truck, all my chars have to run circles like chicken for few minutes and I have two tanky sentinel builds. Not fun at all.
This game feels like D3 with more depth but has so many annoyence in the way.
Overall game is on good path, have unique features and good gameplay, combat feels good. But could be much much better. The major competition like D2, D3 and Lost ark are more fun relaxing. If you want to make some super niche hardcore game then expect low player numbers becouse only like 10% players are hardcore try hards and rest of the players wont bother.
Itememization is just too random, there is no excitment of finding anything, there is no hope fo rfinding anything good like ever. You drop 5 exalted amulets as echo rewards? Everything will be trash. You see unique drop on the ground? 99.9 % it will be low level trash uselless crap. There are just too many afixes to even have chance to find something. And the uniques and set are so bad in general in majority cases they have zero interesting stats.