Diablo III has had a bit of a problem with getting players excited post-release. Sure, everyone has played the game for quite some time, but many were expecting that the game would last for years. There’s many problems to fix with the base gameplay and end-game content, but part 1 of all of this was definitely the items.
The 1.0.4 patch for D3 will be addressing Legendary items. Arguably one of the biggest problems was that despite items being tagged as Rare and Legendary, they were still pretty randomized and sometimes they just sucked. This update will add unique qualities to many of the Legendary items and give them huge boosts to their stats.
Or in my case beer tasting.
Over time I’ve been reading people’s thoughts about game reviews. When I do a “review” its usually my gut feelings on the game roasted over a sampling of the problems I faced and the things I enjoyed. Its not an exact science though, its opinion piece, at the end of the day I just really want to say “go play it” or “don’t touch it with a 10 ft pole”. To me that’s how I like to hear reviews, but gaming is just somewhat more complicated than that.
If you were yearning for the days of endless clicking and looting then rejoice, for your time has come! The creators of the genre, Blizzard Entertainment, have returned with one behemoth of a definitive threequel to the game that started it all: Diablo. It seems like every geek on the planet is playing this game right now and with good reason. Does this signal the return of the classic hack-and-slash genre known as “action RPGs”? I think its a resounding “yes” and for more reasons than you may think.
In the hours leading up to the Diablo III release, our typical gaming Skype call was abuzz with jokes about how long it would take to actually get into the game. We all knew the score: millions of people would be logging into this game at the same time, so there was not much of a conceivable way to prevent some sort of downtime. The fact that the open beta weekend experienced a similar problem was a good reason to believe that it would happen again. The release struck all of North America at midnight pacific and sure enough, there were many errors to be had.
I’m not big on press releases lately, but this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for, Diablo 3 will be open to the public all weekend! So if you’re like me and you still haven’t been granted super special status to the beta yet, then now is the time to get up and start grinding. You can start downloading the client for the beta immediately. Go go go!
The big news today of course is ‘blo-related. Diablo IIIfinally gets a release date confirmed. May 15th will be the official release for the PvP-less RPG threequel. My estimate for some time in the early summer wasn’t too far off.
Pre-orders are obviously already available and I’m sure many are jumping on this. I’m wondering if there actually is a boxed edition I can get my hands on though, this is a game I would really like some merch to go along with.
Oh good, just when I was afraid I just might be too awesome for Diablo III, Blizzard assures me that I clearly am not. To combat allegations that Diablo III may be a little too easy, Blizzard has confirmed there will not be just the standard 3 difficulty modes, but 4!
Veteran players will be familiar with Normal, Nightmare and Hell difficulties, but now the fourth will be Inferno, which promises to kill you…a lot. For the not-so-veteran-player like myself that probably means I’ll somehow get killed by all the friendly NPCs I like to talk to. Hit the jump for a video from Blizzard’s creators explaining the new challenge.
BlizzCon is the premiere event for Blizzard fanatics. An event that perhaps has grown too big for its britches in recent years. Blizzard has decided that in light of the fact they might have 3 games releasing this year: Diablo III, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, they will not be hosting a BlizzCon this year. I’ve personally never been to them nor watched much of their footage online, so I feel like a bit of an outsider looking in on this situation.