Round 3 of Diablo 3 Reviews.
Maddy Myers @ thephoenix
What beautiful trickery! For Diablo 3 is beautiful, an expansive and colorful world that stands out in a sea of more “realistic” gray-brown Skyrims and Call of Dutys.
Underground dungeons, desert oases, and sweeping valleys overflow with hordes of undead zombies and rainbow-colored demons, each in a mad rush to face off against your heroes’ electric turquoise aura or splashes of fire. But will the colorful display be enough to distract you from what’s missing?
At the end of the day, Diablo 3 is little more than a well-crafted pinball machine: vibrant, predictable, designed to addict you, but still hopelessly outdated in a world where games can, and have, done better. Gamers will be playing this one for years, regardless. We just won’t have much to say about it. Full at thephoenix
Steve Dinneen @ cityam
For those who were worried Blizzard might have ruined their beloved franchise, you can relax: Diablo 3 is an excellent game. You’re thrown into a familiar world peopled with a vast array of monsters and villains to hack to pieces in your desired manner (you can choose to play as either a Barbarian, Monk, Wizard, Demon Hunter or, most bizarrely, Witch Doctor). The simple gameplay is, appropriately, satisfying as all hell. For those familiar with the earier titles, there are plenty of trips down memory lane (“Hmmm… Fresh meat!”) but it certainly doesn’t rely on nostalgia.
Diablo 3 is a time-killer of the highest order. An hour becomes three, becomes a whole night. It wraps its tentacles around you and refuses to let go. Click, smash, slash, grab: it’s a winning formula. Full at cityam
Another video review. Awesome editing from escapistmagazine.
Adam Ma @ gamingunion
One of the larger criticisms revolving around Diablo 3 at this time is the class breakdown, and the variety that exists within each individual class build. Unlike Diablo 2 players now have access to general attacks/abilities instead of overall talent trees.
This means that depending on the kind of gamer you are, you might see this representing a shift from more flexibility to fewer meaningful builds. Likely the reason behind this shift was to be more inclusive to gamers who enjoy more than simply punishing themselves across a selection of dark dungeons, but does the change have any real success aside from bringing in more casual players?
The answer changes depending on if you happen to enjoy multiplayer or single player more.
So Diablo 3 doesn’t really reinvent the genre, nor does it challenge anything that it’s done in the past. Surprising considering that Diablo 3 isn’t really the only competition out there. But for anyone looking for a competent multiplayer dungeon crawling experience, Diablo 3 certainly delivers.
It can be a little easy on its starting level but don’t let that discourage you; throw a few friends together on Nightmare difficulty and there should be more than enough surprising moments to make the game worthwhile. Those looking for a single player experience may find themselves a little short changed, particularly at the inconsistent difficulty levels. If you have friends however, or need a decent time sink that involves a lot of exploding bodies, then Diablo 3 should satisfy you just fine. Full at gamingunion
swtorman90 @ game.ezinemark
The game plays much like any other MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) with the exception that much emphasis is put on the mouse rather than the keyboard. To play in co-op mode you must have a Battle.net account to connect with others online to play. Diablo 3 is very much like its predecessors with randomly created levels and enemies although there are the occasional static levels throw in the mix, too. One thing that’s different is that instead of having to pick up gold by hand you simply need to come in contact with it.
The auction house in Diablo 3 is pretty unique compared to other MMOs. There will be one auction place that allows players to trade game currency for game items but another is setup to allow players to sell valuable items for real money, not in game gold. This will setup a whole new venture for players who will more than likely attempt to create a full business selling Diablo 3 items within the game. Full at game.ezinemark