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Nearly 12 years later, DIABLO III is finally here.
Entertainment's latest and highly anticipated sequel of the PC and Mac
exclusive series, a lot of things have changed while still managing to keep the
core gameplay intact. DIABLO was a true originator of its subgenre of fantasy
adventures, and DIABLO III is yet another flawless venture; a perfect example
of Blizzard's mastery of all things RPG.
DIABLO III picks up roughly 20 years after the ending events
of DIABLO II. The follow-up takes place in the world of Sanctuary once again,
and stars an unnamed group of heroes as their journey begins in the town of
Tristam, where rumors of a fallen meteorite have quickly spread throughout
Sanctuary and prophecies of the End Times have begun. It will, once again, be
up to you to protect your planet from an invading demonic force and play a
pivotal part in the battle for Hell, Sanctuary and Heaven. The magnificent
storyline features some returning characters and many new, memorable faces, alongside
the best ending in the series.
If you've ever played DIABLO or DIABLO II, you’ll know what
to expect here. Although many of the game's core gameplay mechanics, battle
systems and designs have been tweaked or overhauled, the game still feels
familiar to past titles, and that's a good thing. There's a great narrative to
enjoy here, but DIABLO III was meant to be enjoyed over and over again while
looting the best equipment available to your character and reaching maximum
level through gaining experience points. To make playing through the game
numerous times worthwhile, Blizzard has added a new difficulty setting in
addition to the Nightmare and Hell difficulties, called Inferno. This game mode
is only unlocked if you've completed the game on Hell mode, but it ensures
longevity by offering something to play for—namely bragging rights and the
rarest items in the game—long after reaching the level cap, and even longer
after beating the game for the first time.
When you start up DIABLO III, you'll have to create your own
character to enter the world of Sanctuary. There are five primary classes in
the game: Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor and Wizard. The Barbarian
class is the only one returning, while the other four are vaguely reminiscent of
classes from previous titles (i.e. The Monk class takes elements from both the
Assassin and Paladin classes from DIABLO II). There have also been numerous
changes and enhancements made to the health and mana systems, new monsters, new
henchmen (now known as followers), and even the game's controls have been
With so many vast improvements made, the most impressive are
still in the game's graphics. DIABLO III boasts the best aesthetics seen in the
series and some of the best ever seen on PC, period. Even the in-game menus are
littered with stunning art, as simplistic and manageable as they are alluring.
Of course, DIABLO III includes great music while exploring dungeons, and the
game's voiceover and sound effects are superb, as well. There lies so many new
features in DIABLO III, it would be impossible to list them all, but you may
enjoy playing through the game online with up to four players, dueling it out
in new player vs. player arenas or head over to the new auction house where you
can sell in-game items for in-game currency, or even real life dollars.
While long overdue, DIABLO III is a wonderful game and a perfect
sequel for the franchise. There's really nothing to dislike about it. Well,
unless you're a jealous console gamer.
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