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Diablo 3 review

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Hovis 17th May 2012, 10:59 Quote
I won't be getting it until it hits some sort of sale. A big one. £45 is a hell of a lot for a game.
Phalanx 17th May 2012, 11:01 Quote
If you preordered, you could have got it for £24.99 :) And personally, I think it's just more of the same, but then I like Diablo I and II, so I'm happy. :)
AngelOfRage 17th May 2012, 11:02 Quote
I played the open beta and thought it was ok, but nothing amazing beyond a little bit of nostalgia from all those hours wasted on Diablo 1 and 2. Lack of customization showed, but I guess since the time I enjoyed previous Diablo games, I've been spoiled with MMORPGs and great single player RPGs like Amalur and Skyrim.
Ultimately I think I'm going to pass on Diablo 3. If I've got to be connected to the internet to play a RPG, I may as well play a MMORPG. Currently playing the free to play Aion while waiting on Guild Wars 2.
Hovis 17th May 2012, 11:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phalanx
If you preordered, you could have got it for £24.99 :) And personally, I think it's just more of the same, but then I like Diablo I and II, so I'm happy. :)

To be honest, that didn't seem like a good bet at the time. Nobody I knew came out of the beta with anything good to say about it.
Kris 17th May 2012, 11:14 Quote
sitting at lvl 25 at the moment, almost through act 2, and i gotta say - it's great fun indeed. :)
And from what i've understood, people playing the higher difficulty levels are saying that it gets brutally hard later on.
I'm with you on the itemization thing, so far seems to be pretty mediocre.

and the graphics - first act for me was a total let down, but act 2 changed my mind, the detail etc is just awesome. this is purely an artistic game when it comes to graphics - i doubt it that anyone thought otherwise as well.
so yeah, I'm also massively disappointed with the on-line only, but i'm starting to see why as well - you see a friend playing, just click on his name "join party", and you'll be in his game in 10 seconds. awesome for encouraging partying.
feathers 17th May 2012, 11:20 Quote
"enormous wait and hype" - that sums it up. Hype in particular for what is essentially a dated looking kids game.
Shirty 17th May 2012, 11:38 Quote
No matter what the critics think this game is going to get killed on the user scores on aggregate sites. Always on DRM does not play well with a lot of people's internet connections.

Oh, and meh. I'll just play Torchlight again, I think it cost me about £1.20 in a Steam sale :)
DriftCarl 17th May 2012, 11:38 Quote
I have watched a few streams the last few days, and I can honestly say I dont find it interesting at all.
I generally judge games on streams now, all it takes is to watch it for a while, rather than watch the hyped up trailers with targeted gameplay footage that is designed to make you like it.
I have saved myself quite a bit on games that initially look fun, but then seem kind of boring.
I will be staying well clear of D3, I am not saying its a bad game, just that it isnt what I am looking for in a game right now.
phinix 17th May 2012, 11:48 Quote
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so yeah, I'm also massively disappointed with the on-line only, but i'm starting to see why as well - you see a friend playing, just click on his name "join party", and you'll be in his game in 10 seconds. awesome for encouraging partying.

Does it mean that you can see your friend playing single mode and jump in to help him? Like a second character in his single mode?
mpr 17th May 2012, 11:50 Quote
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so yeah, I'm also massively disappointed with the on-line only, but i'm starting to see why as well - you see a friend playing, just click on his name "join party", and you'll be in his game in 10 seconds. awesome for encouraging partying.

Does it mean that you can see your friend playing single mode and jump in to help him? Like a second character in his single mode?

Up to 4 people per game, yes
Phalanx 17th May 2012, 11:52 Quote
"Help" might be the wrong term to use here. When someone joins, the game ups the difficulty automatically. Leave, and it drops it again. It balances it for the number of players.
greypilgers 17th May 2012, 12:37 Quote
I reckon Torchlight 2 over Diablo 3.
uz1_l0v3r 17th May 2012, 13:18 Quote
M'eh.
Shirty 17th May 2012, 13:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by greypilgers
I reckon Torchlight 2 over Diablo 3.

This for me too. I really enjoyed TL1 and it was an utter bargain, TL2 will be much better I'm sure.
mpr 17th May 2012, 13:48 Quote
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I reckon Torchlight 2 over Diablo 3.

For us traveling and/or budgeted gamers, definately.
Phalanx 17th May 2012, 13:49 Quote
I'll get both. :)
greypilgers 17th May 2012, 13:56 Quote
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I'll get both. :)

Ooh, get you, Little Lord Fontleroy!

LoL...

;)
Nikumba 17th May 2012, 13:56 Quote
The need for always on internet has turned me off this game. Would be interesting to know if you can complete the game as a solo.

Got Torchlight but never really played so will give that ago, also we have the HD remake of Baluders Gate this summer as well
Phalanx 17th May 2012, 13:56 Quote
I like that name. I may have to make a character with it...
Yslen 17th May 2012, 13:59 Quote
I'm loving it so far, but then I was expecting to.

I know everybody hates the DRM, but it makes the game unhackable, which is what ruined D2 online. Aside from the occasional hiccup (mainly related to people in my house abusing our limited bandwidth) it's worked fine for me. I played for 6+ hours on Tuesday with no problems at all.

Nobody seems to like the skill system either, but I think it's a smart move. The game becomes more fun as you level rather than less fun, as was the issue in the original games and the many similar games made since.

While I'm here... I really don't understand why everyone raves about Torchlight. I just found it incredibly dull. Each to their own I guess.
rollo 17th May 2012, 14:01 Quote
You can beat game solo on normal I've done it it's pretty easy

As for Diablo 3 entering a sale gl with that as blizzard games don't seem to do sales
NetSphere 17th May 2012, 14:03 Quote
Mm, I'm not all the fussed about D3. I'm waiting for TL2. that game looks awesome. And also, have to admit that the Diablo series darkness + gory isn't to my tastes. It's ok initially, and then when you're wandering through the dungeons, mindlessly splatting stuff, your mind wanders to the meaning behind all the racks and grizzly bodies and I begin to feel ill.

Gore should be in FPS. I can sniper one person's head at a time, but wading through rivers of blood isn't my kind of thing. Torchlight 2 seems a lot lighter and that'll be my bet.

Also have to mention that I'm not too enthused about the whole real money auction + always on. Always on is semi-ok. Real money auction just feels wrong. If it was F2P, sure. But in a £~40 game? WTF? Not enough money for you Blizz?
adam_bagpuss 17th May 2012, 14:08 Quote
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Also have to mention that I'm not too enthused about the whole real money auction + always on. Always on is semi-ok. Real money auction just feels wrong. If it was F2P, sure. But in a £~40 game? WTF? Not enough money for you Blizz?

then dont take part - its choice they haven't made it compulsory. They set it up because D2 had a massive black market for gear. Its a smart move which protects players while letting blizzard and other players make money.

personally i wont be touching the Real money auction house as i dont want to pay for virtual items for a game im not likely to play forever.
Shirty 17th May 2012, 14:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phalanx
I like that name. I may have to make a character with it...

Remember to spell it Fauntleroy ;)
Yemerich 17th May 2012, 14:15 Quote
I am getting pretty upset that every spare time I've got to play D3, the servers are down. And I am a "forever alone" kind of player.

This is VERY frustrating! I've pre ordered it, paid a hefty money and I generally can't play. Either because of the lag, or the server is down. LAG IN SINGLE PLAYER MAKES ME UPSET!

On a Diablo's series fan side, I concur 100% to almost everything Joe said. The dark atmosfere is kinda washed out in D3, but still fun. But 12 years to deliver a game that has almost no new features is too much time.
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