Diablo III Review

By Mike Fahey on May 22, 2012, 2:40 AM

Plagued with disconnects and shot through with lag, the May 15 launch of Diablo III had players and press alike railing against the always-online nature of the latest entry in the genre-defining action role-playing series. While not entirely unexpected, those unfortunate events punctuated the problems with requiring constant external server access for a single-player game.

And I was right there with everyone else, cursing Blizzard for imposing its online agenda on players. How dare they take an experience I've always been able to enjoy offline and force me to bow to the whims of external technology? It's unconscionable! It's intolerable!

It's quite brilliant.

Diablo III is a mouse drive-action game that sees the player take on the role of one of five characters tasked with saving the world from being overrun by the forces of evil. Humanity cowers in the shadow of ever-growing darkness, their only hope for salvation a player more engaged with collecting magical equipment and earning experience points than any noble quest.

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Guest said:

You' ve been too lenient with this game, to say the least, almost misleading, and I can't help of wonder why. If you wanted your review to have a more subjective touch, you should have argued about all these Diablo 3 could be, comparing to what finally is. Diablo 3 isn't worthy to be Diablo 2's descendant.

Guest said:

Sorry, I meant "objective", not subjective..

ramonsterns said:

Should you pay for this game? NO!

Remember kids, the more you fund shitty business practices, the more common they become.

BabyFaceLee BabyFaceLee said:

As a Diablo noob I didn't have any preconceived ideas about the game but I truly wish I hadn't bought it. It was expensive (£44.99 is not cheap) and to my eyes/mind it's not very good...at all. Having played Skyrim recently I think I was hoping for something similar(ish) but I feel I've gone back 10+ years in game play terrms. By that I mean:

- Top down view sucks. I expect games to be first or third person view these days. There's little sense of immersion in the world that you're viewing.

- Very predictable and repetitive game play...wander about a bit....oh no! nasty undead are emerging from the scenery...bish, bash, bosh....wander about a bit more.....repeat ad nauseum.

- I can't see where I'm going half the time as the surrounding area only 'reveals itself' and lights up once I'm there...but frankly it doesn't really matter anyway.

- Voice acting is samey, tame and poor.

- It just feels like a terrible waste of time. I don't care if my character pegs it or if he has nice thick pants to wear whereas I did in Skyrim. In Skyrim I was involved in the world and storyline, I cared what happened but here I feel an almost complete sense of disconnect. What's the point?

If you feel differently then I'd love to know what I'm missing. Please enlighten me.

Alpha Gamer Alpha Gamer said:

<p>Should you pay for this game? NO!</p>

<p><br /></p>

<p>Remember kids, the more you fund shitty business practices, the more common they become.</p>

This comment made my day

Guest said:

I have 4 PC's at home I was going too purchase it for up until I saw the always online to play, even single player.

I would have also bought or had my brother buy 2 copies for his sons and had many friends enticed into it I would say they lost about 14 sales alone from me and I know of other ppl who ahve also said no to supporting such a DRM of always being online too play a game, it is only fair that we vote with our wallets and as much as Blizzard or reviewers want to beg the differ they know that sales have been lost due to the chaotic anture of always online DRM.

As fr the review it is dry and predictable almost verbatim of other "reviews" posted about but of course we cannot expect a rela review froma leading source or they might get blacklisted by the publishers who sell the games.

Arris Arris said:

At least they had the sense to add potion cooldowns so you can't just spam the potion key to survive any battle. Saying that, by level 10 I don't think I'd used any health potions. I imagine the higher difficulty levels may change that. With that said, this is no evolution of the Diablo series. For older gamers who played the previous ones it's a nice touch of nostalgia, and I'll enjoy playing it for a while co-op with some friends, but don't think it will hold any long term replay value.

I hear what BabyFaceLee is saying, but when you get into big groups of monsters first person wouldn't really do it justice, but fixed isometric view does seem to be quite dated. This game would have been good at £25.99, but at £44.99 it does feel somewhat lacking in the value department. Maybe the high cost was for the online all the time system they've build into it...

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I played both diablo 1 and 2, and yes this is a more "dumbed" down experience at the beggining. As you start leveling up and get more skills to choose from to make an adequate skill build (Instead of talent tree) for your taste (And not only you get more skills, you get "runes" which are another way to use that skill), the mobs start getting tougher and the fights start challenging you more. Of course this is meant for online play, you also need to achieve a higher lvl of difficulty by actually ending the game so you dont get everything out of the box.

For me it has been a pretty good game lots of hours to play. For the guy who has never played diablo and complaints about the top down view... you are amazing dude... not even a single f was given reading your review, you just cant...

Guest said:

I dont understand how you could write this with 2 fists full of blizzard man meat. It has to be the biggest let down of the century. Cant believe what they did to this fantastic series. I will never buy another game made by blizzard again.

Guest said:

Diablo II was my son's portal into pc gaming in 2005 and it kicked off what would be a great phase of his life. Seems to be tapering off now...

I was hoping Diablo III might work the same magic on the current gen of novice gamers.

insect said:

I love the game. Single player or multiplayer. And yes, Normal/Nightmare are a joke. Come try Inferno with me, K?

Also, if you are complaining about the "grind", you clearly have no clue what Diablo is about. The ENTIRE point of the game is to grind in hopes of getting "the best" drop possible so you can kill more stuff faster and easier.

Given that only one group of 4 people with the support of corporate sponsors and 200+ people feeding them gear/money have beat the game (I.e., killed Diablo on Inferno), and even with that it took them 5 days, I suspect this game will be long-lived. After-all, there is still the hardcore inferno left to go before anyone truely "beats" the game.

The sounds are there, the animations are great, the lore is immersive (as long as you actually listen to the lore). Frankly, I like not choosing stats and using scrolls. In reality, who did? They were just meaningless inventory-space takers that slowed down the game for no purpose other than to stretch out a lack of content. As for stats - tell me you actually chose your stats in D2 and didn't just google the best builds?

As for the identify with click in D3 - the reason it's in there (as stated many times in the D3 forums) is for that "OMG OMG OMG Please be something good!" feeling you get as the 3s cast time goes by. If it didn't, they would feel just like blue drops - open inventory, oh you're a sucky item, drop from inventory, keep moving.

Really, I think the celebrity status of D3 (either cause people from WoW got it or the spread on the internet) has hurt the perception of the game because people who have no idea what the game *IS* supposed to be are complaining about this or that.

Guest said:

This review pretty much reflects how I feel about the game. I am currently half way through Act 1 on nightmare with the Barbarian and absolutely loving it. I also welcome the online only aspect of the game. Despite the frustrations of the connectivity issues It makes for a much better hacker /dupe free game.

avioza said:

"And you know what adds to the experience in a perverse way? It's knowing that at any moment your latency could drop into the red and you could be killed by lag."

First review I've ever read where lag in a game "adds to the experience"...

treetops treetops said:

I found some parts of d3 quite lazily made, they have the same quest rewards for every single quest, boring items, copy pasted a wow heroic fight as the last fight 6 skill action bar, about 20% of the game is mimicked wow scenery and spells.( not sure how much of the spells are wow but my 57 barb is very warrior like, kinda pissed.)

Here are some personal opinion downsides.

4 players per game

arena only pvp (when it comes)

no offline mode at all

only 6 skills usable at once (noobs)

level 60 level limit

wow type potions ( might as well just give it a cd and make it like the new tp if your gonna do that and have it heal more with your level)

dated graphics

Made the barbarian half wow warrior, just make a new class why ruin a classic?

I love the random quests and the background. The gameplay is ok, tamed down by the 6 skill system, makes me feel like I am playing hellokitty adventure land. The fluidity is kicked in the teeth by this feature you can no longer use your fun or survival skills because there is no room for such things as leap or blink on your action bar if you want to have a optimized character. Seems like they put it in place as a easy way to balance the game.

The chaos has been smothered by uncreative balance, you can no longer fly across the screen teleporting reigning down havoc on anything in your wake or hostile players anytime in game and have some fun pvp on your own terms.

Diablo 3's stiff overly balanced blandness and Uber noob friendliness makes me feel like I am a cow in a meat factory being poked and lead through metal gates.

Its not a terrible game, before you realize your not romping around in a open field you have some fun, I give it a 7\10.

@ aris agreed only a little evolution (I really like the side quests so tempted to spoil)

Chazz said:

<p>I found some parts of d3 quite lazily made, they have the same quest rewards for every single quest, boring items, copy pasted a wow heroic fight as the last fight 6 skill action bar, about 20% of the game is mimicked wow scenery and spells.( not sure how much of the spells are wow but my 57 barb is very warrior like, kinda pissed.)</p>

<p><br /></p>

<p>Here are some personal opinion downsides.</p>

<p><br /></p>

<p>4 players per game</p>

<p>arena only pvp (when it comes)</p>

<p>no offline mode at all</p>

<p>only 6 skills usable at once (noobs)</p>

<p>level 60 level limit</p>

<p>wow type potions ( might as well just give it a cd and make it like the new tp if your gonna do that and have it heal more with your level)</p>

<p>dated graphics</p>

<p>Made the barbarian half wow warrior, just make a new class why ruin a classic?</p>

<p><br /></p>

<p>I love the random quests and the background. The gameplay is ok, tamed down by the 6 skill system, makes me feel like I am playing hellokitty adventure land. The fluidity is kicked in the teeth by this feature you can no longer use your fun or survival skills because there is no room for such things as leap or blink on your action bar if you want to have a optimized character. Seems like they put it in place as a easy way to balance the game.</p>

<p><br /></p>

<p>The chaos has been smothered by uncreative balance, you can no longer fly across the screen teleporting reigning down havoc on anything in your wake or hostile players anytime in game and have some fun pvp on your own terms.</p>

<p><br /></p>

<p>Diablo 3's stiff overly balanced blandness and Uber noob friendliness makes me feel like I am a cow in a meat factory being poked and lead through metal gates.</p>

<p><br /></p>

<p>Its not a terrible game, before you realize your not romping around in a open field you have some fun, I give it a 7\10.</p>

<p><br /></p>

<p>@ aris agreed only a little evolution (I really like the side quests so tempted to spoil)</p>

For the record Blizzard reuses their ideas all of the time. In fact, your wow reference is actually a diablo reference. As blizzard based the warrior(from wow) off diablo barb and warcraft for a lot of things. I don't think they'll ever really change that practice.

As for the game itself, I'm on act 1 inferno and I'm having a blast.

treetops treetops said:

Your right they should have made deckard cain a night elf. :p

Guest said:

I'm sorry I ever bought the game.

I've been playing a single player game and have had to repeat several quests multiple times because of lag. I've also lost quest rewards from defeated bosses which completely 'spoils' the sense of achievement when playing a game.

And I just noticed you can already pirate the game, I should have pirated it.

Guest said:

I've played all Blizzard's games and this one is definitely the worst by far. Forcing us to play online and then offering a shockingly poor online service. I thought they were delaying the game so much so they could perfect it? The auction house lacks usability and is nowhere near as good as the one in WoW, forcing you to wade through hundreds of unwanted items before finding what you're might be interested in. Gem-making and blacksmithing skills are redundant as the items can be purchased for a fraction of the cost in auction house. The graphics are way behind the times. I could go on. Two weeks in a row our Diablo 3 lan nights with friends have been somewhat spoilt by server issues and random shutdowns.

What happened to you Blizzard? You used to be cool. Now you're just a souless corporation that doesn't care how much they screw over their lifers.

Guest said:

Loved the review! I especially liked this comment. It makes me laugh every time I read it:

And the Witch Doctor? The Witch Doctor tosses jars of live spiders. I don't care what the circumstances are; that is never acceptable.

I am really enjoying Diablo III. One thing that I know I will miss is the lack of user supplied mods that the online only interface robs us of. I will probably not be playing this game 10 years after its release like I did with Diablo II just because of this. :(

MilwaukeeMike said:

<p>I've played all Blizzard's games and this one is definitely the worst by far. Forcing us to play online and then offering a shockingly poor online service. I thought they were delaying the game so much so they could perfect it? The auction house lacks usability and is nowhere near as good as the one in WoW, forcing you to wade through hundreds of unwanted items before finding what you're might be interested in. Gem-making and blacksmithing skills are redundant as the items can be purchased for a fraction of the cost in auction house. The graphics are way behind the times. I could go on. Two weeks in a row our Diablo 3 lan nights with friends have been somewhat spoilt by server issues and random shutdowns.</p>

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<p>What happened to you Blizzard? You used to be cool. Now you're just a souless corporation that doesn't care how much they screw over their lifers.</p>

Nothing happened... you just don't understand them.

1) Blizz has stated many times in regard to WoW releases that they will be buggy because they can't possibly test well enough to find the bugs that millions of users can find. This applies to D3 also.

2) Graphics are behind the times? This is their strategy... they want their games to work on computers that are behind the times. They dont' want you to have to spend another $200 on computer upgrades to play their game.

3) Forcing you to play online is done to protect their real $$ AH. They don't want to give you a usable copy of the game because it will eventually lead to people hacking items.

4) If the game isn't hardcore enough for you, that's because its' geared toward the masses... just like other Blizz titles.

As for AH filtering and server stability, all I can say is your statement 'Blizz you used to be cool' is wrong. When was the AH ever easy to use in WoW without an addon? It took until WoW's THIRD expansion to figure out server stability and most of that was probably due to decreased subscriptions more than fixing any issues. Remember 'The instance server is full' errors we used to get?

My guess is you have such high expectations because you don't understand how a large computer system works. I work on systems far smaller than WoW or D3 and the complexity is shocking. The more you know about big systems, the more you're amazed that they work as well as they do.

Lower your expectations and give them some time. Years in development doesn't make up for millions of users.

Guest said:

And I was right there with everyone else, cursing Blizzard for imposing its online agenda on players. How dare they take an experience I've always been able to enjoy offline and force me to bow to the whims of external technology? It's unconscionable! It's intolerable!

It's quite brilliant.

What's so brilliant about DRM and lag?

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Everyone in here is missing the point... sadly.

I'm not going to come here and defend blizzard, at all. I'm a gamer that played Diablo 1 & 2, and I'm enjoying the hell out of Diablo 3 (No pun intended...).

You are missing the complete point of D3 skills, it's not meant for you to leap and jump and do whatever you want whenever you want, this is the new "talent tree", you have to pick your poison and it must better be good or you will fail on harder difficulties, you don't have to "respec" to change it, you just have to change it and give it a couple seconds for the abilities to cooldown, this helps a lot depending on the groups you make to play online.

I know, it's an ONLINE game that you could also play single player but... ONLINE, it's the whole point of the game, if you want to enjoy the game offline "pirate" it as someone offers as solution.

The AH (Auction house) sucks, because it's NEW, doesnt matter how WoW AH works it's a totally different thing, with different items with different stats, all that matters is that it's not the same. Of course everything is cheaper in the AH instead of investing money into training your Blacksmith and crafting the things by yourself, it's bloated with things and at different prices because it's... NEW.

Everything balances by itself, most probable we will see more and new things added into the game as the game matures, pretty much like every blizzard game up to the date, with the difference that rolling out new patches and add content is much better since everyone is ONLINE.

Guys... be frekaing patient, the game as it is is amazingly good, don't tread on those pesky reviews you read like Duke Nukem Forever, if you like the game you like it, if you don't like the game because some dude didnt find it good well it's your loss. If you want a game that has no bugs whatsoever... I'm sorry guys but welcome to 2012, where no game is ever perfect out of the box.

Who among you still play single player games btw? I have found the lack of multiplayer on new games deal breaker, else go find it on p-bay.

treetops treetops said:

@ah

well sometimes you cannot look at the lowest buyout price on a searched item because they mix in the none buyout items, I bet they will add a check box, show buyout only or something to that degree, one thing I forgot to mention is all the hacks already out, people can leave the game without the 10 second timer really makes you not want to play hc when others have that along with chicken hack. chicken makes you auto leave the game if you have low life and thus renders hc a joke.

the way they sell gems is really cool

@lag thats expected this early on it will clear

@ always online, every major title is cracked within the first week so yeah hackers can test there hacks, I really have no clue why they offered no single player, lol maybe they didnt want people complaining the games to hard since single player is in fact harder since you cant trade, other then that im at a loss to understand this move, oh duh people could install the game on a friends machine, people who are not pirate savy could get a free single player, there we go it all makes sense now

Oh yeah I love the spider comment as well nice one Julio

FatTwinkie said:

"Plagued with disconnects and shot through with lag, the May 15 launch of Diablo III had players and press alike railing against the always-online nature of the latest entry in the genre-defining action role-playing series. While not entirely unexpected, those unfortunate events punctuated the problems with requiring constant external server access for a single-player game."

I have no idea why people didn't just switch servers to solve their "no connection" and lag problems. I played on the EU server with no hick-ups at all from the moment it was released.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

This reviewer is entirely too easily pleased - it's like he was going to like the game no matter what. And his fawning over the nuances is really the stuff of hard-core fanboi ravings. Seriously, who gives a rip about what achievements others are getting? You're staring at the screen jumping up and down for joy of guys who "made level 20 on hard mode" achievement? You paid $60 for the game and that floats your boat?

Arguably one of the worst reviews I've ever read.

"Who among you still play single player games btw?"

I do as most of my friends do. Is there a problem with that? Not all of us need to have our social fix via gaming you know. We CAN enjoy an activity on our own.

Guest said:

I just finished Diablo 2 In co-op mode with my brother It was great and we were looking forward to Diablo 3 so we could continue, but after seeing that online only "bullsh1t" were gonna wait for the offline "patch" to come out, or we'll just have to walk away from this one.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I dont get my fix through social gaming, it isn't as appealing as it was 5 years ago nor it is as involving or add the difficulty of competing against other players instead of the machine.

I have to admit the game at the very beggining felt very slow, easy and unapealing I even got to a point where I wished I could've read reviews or even not paying for it, then it got more complex, had more things to take into place, the story became more involving and you had to actually choose the skills w/runes to make things fit into your gamestyle.

It's the best review I have read, the guy actually made it through the whole game and then played some more, it's what the guy here felt, and how more people are feeling (Past the connection problems).

Btw good for you if you like minesweeper, I used to like fallouts and rpgs of the sort but when you are stuck in a single player universe nowadays it's not as fun as it used to be.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

"...but when you are stuck in a single player universe nowadays it's not as fun as it used to be."

You're playing the wrong games then. I'm currently having a blast with:

Legend of Grimrock

Rise of Flight

Toy Soldiers

Hard Reset

Walking Dead

Skyrim

And I have a dozen more single-player games waiting for me when I'm done with those.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I definitely have to side with @TomSEA on this one... Single player games will (and should) always have a place in gaming. There are times that I want to enjoy a game, at my own pace, without being forced to deal with potential ******, rammy players who invite team wipes, impatient groups who don't understand real life situations that require delays, etc. When and if I want a social multiplayer experience, I will log into one of my regularly played MMOs or hop into one of my preferred pvp or coop games. But, and I can't stress this enough, I need to have a CHOICE in what or how I play.

To add to the argument: I do a ton of travel, and don't have the luxury of a 24/7 high speed data connection, so does that mean I (and those in situations like me) should be forced to suffer because someone in the planning stages decided "online is da bomb" and went with it? The only time I will ever even consider purchasing a game such as Diablo 3 is when/if they patch it to provide a true offline experience. Which is too bad, I was a read Diablo fan, and initially looking forward to this newest version. But, I digress... The point is, sometimes true single-player (and offline) gaming isn't just a preference, it's a requirement.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Who edits these articles? I was expecting a review of Diablo III, but instead I wound up reading a review of Diablo II. C'mon guys...

Sarcastic remarks aside, this review makes D3 seem absolutely enthralling. If only the actual experience were so magnificent. The "social" aspect of the game can be fun, but the whole thing just seems like a mundane grind. The simplification of all the game's systems combined with the lack of effective story telling just sucks out all of the fun. It's still enjoyable in small doses, but it's certainly not a "brilliant" title.

Also, having a HC character put in danger because of lag is not a perverse pleasure... Unless you're into that sort of thing. It's an infuriating consequence of online gaming that makes you want to kill either your ISP or Battle.net. Not something I'd tout as a positive feature.

Guest said:

Well said.

I am pissed though that I have a 300ms ping on US servers with just 2 players. What the crap is that? My internet is 100meg so its no slouch. I get 33ms in WoW. Lag city here.

Guest said:

the thing is, whiners will always whine and happy people are always happy. Sorry if a *game* didnt improve your life for the better.

Guest said:

"First review I've ever read where lag in a game "adds to the experience"..."

Yes I'd be livid if lag killed my hardcore mode character. Don't think I'll be buying this any time soon. Maybe from the $5 bargain bin...

Guest said:

I see the internet whiner collective is out full force for this game. There is so much misinformation and bullshit being spread about this game right now It's ridiculous. I bought it launch day digitally, and I feel it was money well spent. Aside from some minor problems on launch day, I've been able to play whenever I want, and you know what? I'm having a great time playing with friends.

I wasn't sure what to think of the skill system at first, but now I find it quite brilliant, you don't have to make new chars or respec to try different builds.

Bottom line: don't listen to whiners on the internet, and decide for yourself, get a guest pass or wait for the demo, which I think is coming.

treetops treetops said:

lol how can anyone hate the town portal

Guest said:

I see the internet whiner collective is out full force for this game. There is so much misinformation and bullshit being spread about this game right now It's ridiculous. I bought it launch day digitally, and I feel it was money well spent. Aside from some minor problems on launch day, I've been able to play whenever I want, and you know what? I'm having a great time playing with friends.

Blizzard is going to have to do a much better job than BF3 and SWTOR. Lots of downtime there. Plus in Australia, BF3 had downtime in peak gaming periods (as it was off-peak in other regions). I don't play SWTOR but have heard of multi-hour outtages in peak periods there too.

Unacceptable to not be able to play even single player because they decide to do some maintenance... why that expectation you ask? Well it's because until now that is how it has been. Always on internet connections or internet server ping dependencies have not been the norm. Australia has relatively poor broadband to Korea and Europe - low ping dependencies punish us here. So why should we now choose a more inconvenient access method? The legit users are being punished. Again...

psycros psycros said:

<p>This reviewer is entirely too easily pleased - it's like he was going to like the game no matter what. And his fawning over the nuances is really the stuff of hard-core fanboi ravings. Seriously, who gives a rip about what achievements others are getting? You're staring at the screen jumping up and down for joy of guys who "made level 20 on hard mode" achievement? You paid $60 for the game and that floats your boat?</p>

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<p>Arguably one of the worst reviews I've ever read.</p>

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<p>"<span style="font-size: 12px"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica'"><span style="color: #000000">Who among you still play single player games btw?"</span></span></span></p>

<p><br /></p>

<p><span style="font-size: 12px"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica'"><span style="color: #000000">I do as most of my friends do. Is there a problem with that? Not all of us need to have our social fix via gaming you know. We CAN enjoy an activity on our own.</span></span></span></p>

TomSEA owned the reviewer, hard. In fact, I can boil this review down to one line: "If you're a hard-core Farmville player, Diablo III will take it to the next level!"

Guest said:

If you're playing D3 hope that this blog will help you http://d3-guide.blogspot.com/

boykov said:

Is it me or all the complaints are from Guest!

Guest said:

This was a good review, up until that Blizzard sponsored line: It's quite brilliant.

Really? "It's quite brilliant."? It's pathetic. If Blizzard want to make a Diablo MMO, then they should do it properly. This mini-MMO crap has ruined a game I've been waiting for, for over a decade. And Social aspects like sharing achievements is somehow gonna change that? Hell... no! It's just an excuse to force the "always online" crap down your throat. If you can live vicariously through the achievements of others, then go right ahead. Enjoy the taste.

Should I buy Diablo 3? No. I'm disappointed, TechSpot. You claim not to like the always online "plague", but you're so easily distracted by shiny graphics and silly social features. Have some conviction, will you!?

This article reads like it was written by a child on a sugar-high.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

<p>Should you pay for this game? NO!</p>

<p><br /></p>

<p>Remember kids, the more you fund shitty business practices, the more common they become.</p>

+1

IF I buy this game, it will be when it's well on sale. and I'm talking at least a %30 drop, and on top of that I'm talking a %30 drop on sub $50... so in other words, I will not be buying this game, probably not ever...

Guest said:

Heh, no need to buy it, Torchlight 2 will be out soon for the delicious price of $20! Complete with offline play, room-based multiplayer and LAN based co-op etc. Not to mention the direly missed features of stat and skill point CHOICES! I can't believe they removed them from D3, talk about making a game for down syndrome children.

Guest said:

This is a fanboy review if I ever did read one. The entire review is riddled with the "boss-pleasing" nonsense that you'd expect from a "contributing editor" . I suggest disregarding this article and looking at an actual review from someone who isn't bending over with his pants around his ankles.

Guest said:

@BabyFaceLee

I agree that top-down view sucks. Notice the rage that your simple opinion can induce.

Give the people what they want but too bad this is what they want.

Guest said:

Thank you for this post. You are absolutely right. I know that it is difficult to post sensibly in a forum dedicated to rant and negation, but your post seems to single-handedly argue an appropriate and legitimate point--which is in contrast to the majority of this nonsensical and irrational drivel. (Sorry had to try my hand at trolling....ehm...not so much...)

I certainly appreciate your ability to reason sensibly.

Diablo 3's overwhelming sense of failure is unjustly amplified by legions of uninformed, irrational and impatient users who clearly have only a superficial understanding of the core mechanics of the game and its intended online component. Sadly, our sense of control is suppressed when our indiscriminant expectations are not met with instant gratification. Such is nature of the times I suppose.

Nonetheless, I wouldn't say that everything went perfectly as planned for Blizzard; certainly not. Yet, I sense that the overall criticism is unwarranted. Futhermore, I suspect that any forum contributor (reader) has not often engaged in a high-stakes/high-pressure performance wherein their reputation and competency has been at stake. And those who indeed have... might comment on the notion of compassion and understanding. (Or not...might draw to much unwarrented attention to yourself...oh wait.)

Nevertheless... your post was well received by at least one reader.... And I thank you.

jameslr said:

The people pissed off about the online only play obviously never played Diablo II for any extended period of time (2+ years). Diablo II got boring and stale after you defeated Hell Baal if you didn't play on battle.net. Most of the allure to the game was finding the unique gear and getting the perfect set of equipment. Yeah, you could do that in the offline game, but the best part was being able to trade gear or items that you found for even better items that would be nigh impossible to find on your own.

This is where the AH, while not perfect, is great for trading. There is a single useful currency (gold), at least until the Real Money Auction House (RMAH) is created. This fills the void that the D2 Battle.net community lacked. There was a lot of speculation about what a certain item or set of items cost, and no real standard.

As far as the actual game content - I'll admit the game was pretty short. I expected Normal to take at least 50 hours to complete, but I completed it in less than 20. That was with doing every side quest, and exploring every map to its fullest extent. Clearly it can be done much faster than that. I'm hoping they release regular content patches like they do in WoW to keep the game fresh. I don't recall how long it took to beat Diablo 2 (without rushing) from beginning to end in Normal. I think it was about the same amount of time if you only count the original game, and not the LOD expansion.

I had am still having an absolute blast playing the game with friends and even solo. It's great to be able to talk to my WoW buddies while they're playing WoW and tell them about the cool stuff I find in the game. I'm still working my way to unlock Inferno where it supposedly gets very difficult. Hell is proving to be a challenge for my DH, and I die frequently to champs and rares.

All of the people pissed off about lag and disconnects are justified, but it is to be expected in a new online only game. Wow had the same growing pains, and with a system this large it will take some time to work out the kinks. I know they'll get it right.

jerm1974 jerm1974 said:

Diablo 3 simply shows that not all diablo series are excellent games.

Diablo = excellent

Diablo 2 = excellent

Diablo 3 = good

Diablo 3's gameplay is actually excellent, but if you will take into account its average looking graphics and unreliable server performance -- its final score from me boils down to around 7 out of 10.

I just bought my radeon HD 6850 a few months ago in preparation for this Diablo 3. Radeon HD 6850 is just a bit higher than the recommended radeon 4870 for Diablo 3, and I was disappointed to see that Diablo 3 graphics are average looking even at its maximum graphics setting.

It looks like blizzard has recommended radeon HD 4870 type of video card for Diablo 3 to create a false impression for pre-ordering fans that the game would have a decent graphics.

gingerbill said:

Played diablo and diablo 2 far too much , really enjoying diablo 3 so far. I'm not a fan of the AH or having to be online though. All I know is that when I'm playing I tend to laugh a lot of that huge pile of dead bodies I leave in my wake.

Guest said:

The sole reason blizzard forced ONLINE ALWAYS on this game, is so they can bleed people for real money in the auction house. That is clearly amoral practice. The old Blizzard is gone - they were consumed by the greed beast.

Guest said:

Im sorry to all the players who love Diablo 3 and God bless you all but this game in my opinion is a slap in the face to veteran Diablo players and to the Diablo franchise itself. The loot is boring and useless, almost zero social aspect at all, unending bugs and mysterious error messages, alleged hacking and account compromises, horrible lag, Elites mobs are 10 times harder than Act bosses, near impossible to gear up properly and D3 is devoid of any true customization and every toon you build will be cookie cutter. The RMAH (real money auction house) is the true driving force of the game rather than old school trading which in its own right forced players to interact and in the end formed a good tight knit community. Blizzard took everything that made Diablo 2 a long-lived success and just scrapped it thereby reinventing the wheel. If your a Diablo 2 veteran don't purchase D3 till it has some serious adjustments made. Sorry but those are my thought and I'm not alone.

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