If you watch the game play video with the Barb from 08 (I know this video is old and things have changed) you see him wearing a Gothic set. Unlike the D2 Gothic chest piece which was pretty much a full plate on a Barb besides the spikes on the shoulders were missing. The D3 Gothic plate covers up way less than the D2 version did.
This is what I was thinking. Was that armor not considered plate? I was particularly fond of that armor he put on the barb.
I'd rather do away with uniques and just go full out randomisation on weapons and armour stats, maybe?
I totally understand where you are coming from, but at the same time, I think Uniques are a part of Diablo. Taking them away completely would be taking a part of the series' soul. Kind of how they decided to make unique item letter purple or something? It should be GOLD. I fully believe there is a way to have randomized items that can be better than uniques (like classic D2) AND have awesome uniques, just more balanced. I also recall them talking about possible Legendary items or Epic items? Srsly? Normal>Rare>Unique. That's it. That's plenty, especially if they plan on bringing back the rare items>unique items thing like in D2 classic.