nothing like that in D3, all weapons are interchangeable, and there is no way to specialize in one
Most weapons are interchangeable, there are no stat restrictions but there are some class restrictions. Nothing like mages cant use shields (they can), more like certain specific gear is used by certain classes. For example, only the Witch Doctor can use an offhand weapon that looks like a vodoo doll. And much to my embarrasment I just recently learned you can dual wield. Now my Monk is sporting some Vampiric brass knuckles in one hand and a magic dagger in the other.
the problem arises: every class has their 2-3 class specific weapons, the Witch Doctor for example has his class specific offhand voodoo dolls, and his class specific main hand ceremonial knives. every class has their specific items etc. but now look at whats left: swords, axes, hammers, spears etc etc - these weapons serve no purpose in the game anymore. there are no skills associated with any of them. they increase damage and thats it. in diablo 2 a spear using amazon had totally different skills than a bow using amazon, in this game they don't.
In diablo 2 i might want 3 different amazons on my account. A bowazon, a javezon, and a spear using amazon. all of them using different skills tailored to their chosen weapons
so what we are left with now is a game where there would be no point in having 3 different Witch Doctors. because all witch doctors use the same weapons and builds because no skills are weapon dependent. every witch doctor will just use whatever random weapon they have which has the highest dps.
I have a hard time seeing how the game will still be fun in a few years, diablo 2 had 5 characters, and each had 3-4 different good viable builds you could make. diablo 3 has 5 characters, but no builds. so it will have only 5 instead of 15-20 "character types"
and im only talking about good builds, diablo 2 allowed plenty of terrible ones too (too much customization, allowing you to make bad choices)
edit: of course diablo 1 had no weapon specific skills either, so weapons in diablo 3 will be similar to how they were in D1.
Edited by entrerix, 17 April 2012 - 12:52 PM.