Developer/Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
The Diablo series is the titan in the action RPG’s, so now it’s time to take a look at this newest instalment of the game.
The fundamentals of the series are basically the same keeping to the traditions of the hack and slash lovers. The game plays the same as the original Diablo which is fine with me, because they haven’t messed with what works to make these games fun.
There has been a lot of press coverage of the failings of Blizzard to have the auction house working 100% in Diablo 3 at launch and the exploits to it. Today Diablo 3 only has a minor issues in game but nothing that is going to break your gaming time.
The only major change comes in the way of storyline of Diablo 3 this game is based 20 years after Diablo 2.
Blizzard answered the call of fans to make the game harder, by adding a hardcore and hell mode which make the game much more difficult along with having perma-death. So if you die the game is over and these characters will no longer be playable.
Diablo 3 features multiplayer through the battle net servers, an in-game auction house that can be used to make real money of items, 5 playable classes, and PVP or brawling as it called in-game.
So whether you’re a hardcore player or a casual player there are game modes which everyone will enjoy.
As Diablo 3 opens up you are introduced to a couple of our main characters Deckard Cain and his niece Leah. They are in the Tristram Cathedral investigating a prophecy in some old texts.
Out of nowhere an object falls from the sky striking the Cathedral, leaving nothing except a giant crater. As the dust settle we find out that Deckard Cain is missing.
The game play and controls are pretty simplified compared to most RPG’s. You click where you want to move or move cursor and hold left mouse button to continually move.
You can attack with both the left and right mouse button when held over an enemy. Your spells or skills will be the 1-4 button and q will be potions.
As the game begins your character appears on the Overlook Road just a few meters away from New Tristam. You fight some undead along the way to the town gates. At the gate you meet Captain Rumford the leader of the town militia.
You help the militia member fight back some more undead and then the Captain lets you enter the town so that you can talk to Leah at the Slaughtered Calf Inn.
Inside the inn Leah is tending to the wounded as you approach her the patients are acting fun and eventually they turn on you and Leah. You fight them back and Leah tells you to go help the Militia.
So you head back out to the Captain Rumford. He tells you that you need to go thin out the horde, by finding some wretched queens and wretched mothers. Theses creatures can respawn other undead.
So with this you are sent out in to the world to lend you hand to the good people of the land and this is where your journey in Diablo 3 begins, before a ruin too much of the story for you.
You can say what you will about these types of games and how they require less skill to play, because it just hack and slash with minimal skills, but its damn fun.
The graphics in Diablo 3 are good for this action or ARPG which has the same style of graphics as I did during it whole franchise. They art is stylized in a similar art style to that of World of Warcraft. Yes I know I had to mention WoW in a game made by Blizzard so folks.
The sounds in Diablo 3 are excellent and there is little or nothing that I can find to harp about on for the sound front in-game. The music also fits the game well, it has been well choreographed to make it fit very well together with all the in-game environments. All the sounds in game fit and feel refined to make the game play very enjoyable.
Diablo 3 is a perfect example of a hack and slash game that has just enough RPG content and story lines to keep you occupied so that you have to finish the story. This is not a game for someone who wants to explore a big open world, this is a linear driven story that is fun to follow along.
For an ARPG Diablo 3 is a lot of fun to complete you get a sense of accomplishment when you finish a mission or receive some great gear. If you feel Diablo 3 wasn’t hard enough the first time you can increase the difficulty or try changing classes and try it all over again. This game is well worth a try!
Verdict is 5 of 6
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