First Impressions: Diablo III's Hits, Misses, and Head-Scratchers

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Rift2

I liked the Hell out of Duke Nukem but I didn't want this game because the Graphics don't have much personality.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I know what you mean. I actually prefer Torchlight to this, because Torchlight has much more character and personality.

Diablo 3 graphics aren't bad at all. They're far in advance of Diablo 2 graphics; at least you can stand looking at this game! But they lack a certain sparkle and uniqueness.

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Mortinax

Diablo 3 hasn't been "in development for 10" or 11 years, as was stated in this article.. it's been more like 6. It's just been 11 years since the last game (D2: LoD). People assume that development starts on a game the second the previous one gets released, so therefor they can count the time in between games as development time, which is stupid.

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TheMurph

"careful observers were in near-unanimous agreement that development of Diablo III had begun at Blizzard North in the early 2000s, and continued at Blizzard Irvine following the closing of Blizzard North in late 2005."

http://www.diablowiki.net/Diablo_3_History

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AuronX

Lmao! Very awesome.

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Danthrax66

OWNED

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jonnyohio

Lmfao

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SilverSurferNHS

well, to be fair, he probably should have cited it...

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rubbachicken

actually, to be fair, he should have checked his facts before trying to call out the author.

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SilverSurferNHS

i don't disagree in the slightest

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Biceps

I tried to tell David Murphy a couple years ago how dumb he was for thinking people would want to link their Facebook accounts with their Steam accounts. Annnnnnddddd.... I lost that one, too. Pick on someone who doesn't bother to check their spelling, DM's got it pretty down.

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noobstix

I think it's much more than a "minor gripe" that Blizzard's servers "froze like Hell" (see what I did there?). Yeah, I'm definitely gonna do what I'm doing with Starcraft 2...wait for a "Battle Chest" (or in this case of D3, the "bargain bin").

These big name developers need to work on fortifying their servers in order to prepare for a massive launch. Every time a game like this has a launch with millions of people wanting to log on all at one time, why is it that they always have server trouble? When they make a game that has online capabilities, don't they ever think about the fact that millions of players around the world are gonna send megabytes and gigabytes worth of data to their servers simultaneously? I think developers should really emphasize planning on the online parts if they want to make it an online game. It seems like they ignore the fact that if they rile up millions of people to play this game, they should at least be able to support that kind of load. Otherwise, stick to making offline games and forget about Battle.net and all that crap. If they can do that, then maybe people will be a little more positive about a game like this, rather than say, "Dis gaem suxX0Rz bcuz of rtard Bnet."

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Gohagauer

I don't know about D3, but you're sooo missing out on Starcraft 2. Buy it now! (+ the price is already at a discount at Amazon). it is the best RTS game ever!

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Khoiboi

He might as well wait for heart of the swarm since he's already waited more than a freaking year. Unless HotS is supposed to just be an expansion, then I retract my statement.

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steven4570

Im enjoying the game so far and it does capture the feel of the old Diablo games, even though its been 10 years since I've played them. Surprisingly I haven't had any server connection issues like others were having but all in all its pretty good so far...better than a lot of other games out there.

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TommM

Glad I held off on buying this. I played the beta and it was so-so. From what I've heard from friends and other users, this can wait for me until it hits the bargain bin (which when it comes to Blizzard games, means about 10 years).

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Exarkun1138

I bought the game, and now I wish I hadn't. $60 for THIS??? Sorry, but Titan Quest is more fun, and it's over 6 years old!! I DO NOT like getting dropped from Blizzard's server while playing a frikkin' SINGLE PLAYER GAME!! That's ABSURD!! The game play is ok, but nothing special after all this time. D2 is much more enjoyable and just plain FUN!

The graphics are good, but again, nothing special. Some of the power up graphics look pretty cool, but again, I have seen as good of graphics from Titan Quest! After all this time waiting, I am not as impressed with D3 as I was D2. As Supall said, the storyline/voice acting are "meh", the atmosphere is not as foreboding or dark, and the over "enjoyment factor" just isn't there. I am very disappointed in Diablo III, and I feel Blizzard made us wait for something this long that is less than special.

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stradric

Oh come off it. If you really thought you were buying a single player game, then you are a fool. There was literally years of information and dialogue pertaining to Diablo 3 being an online, multiplayer-focused game. If you feel you've been burned by that, then you are shitty consumer. Learn how to make an informed decision and don't blame other people because you lack the ability to do basic consumer research.

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poee

So... I guess your point is that no one has any cause to gripe at being dumped from a server, and we should all happily accept getting dumped from servers in the middle of our games, since this behavior is [evidently] by design for multi-player games? And furthermore, only a "shitty consumer" would get upset just because he couldn't play his game, right?

And you -- presumably being a "good consumer" -- could you please tell us "shitty consumers" how to appropriately feel when we pay $60 on a long-awaited, triple-A title from a top-tier developer, that sucks this hard? (In so many ways?) Since complaining about it is obviously inappropriate, what is a "good consumer" to do? Do please enlighten us unworthy philistines.

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Captain_Steve

I find this to be the problem with most games; it's not that they're bad, they just don't live up to their price tag.

I would have hated Duke Nukem Forever if I had paid $60 for it (or worse; if I had bought a Nvidia Duke Nukem Forever collectors edition). But for the $10 I paid for it on Steam a few months later, it was a friggin' good time.

In fact, I can't remember the last time I paid full price for a game when it first came out and felt it defended it's price tag.

That, or maybe Steam has just made it too dang easy to get games on the cheap, and I've been spoiled by great deals.

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Supall

I'm not going to criticize their launch day shenanigans. As far as I'm concerned with the gameplay - I expected more from Blizzard. This game didn't feel like a Blizzard game at all. It isn't keeping me enthralled (an hour by myself and I'm done for the day). The storyline/voice acting is "meh" so far. And there isn't anything scary about it, unlike Diablo 2 where there was blood EVERYWHERE alongside a really dark atmosphere.

Blizzard, this game doesn't meet the quality we Blizzard fans have enjoyed from you. Quit trying to gain mainstream users based on WoW's success and focus on the immersion of the game and quality of the gameplay. Let's pray your next game isn't as disappointing, although I suspect that's highly unlikely.

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HeroOfCanton

No blood??? The Halls of Agony beg to differ. Maybe you haven't gotten there yet? Not to mention that mobs are routinely cleaved in half or ginsu'd into demon steaks.

I'm definitely enjoying it so far. There are bonehead flaws (no quick weapon swap, for example), but overall, I love it.

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HeroOfCanton

P.S.: I also have mixed feelings on the removal of the most difficult minigame of them all: the naked corpse run. What, you mean I just respawn at the last checkpoint with all my gear? OK... I guess. Despite all the rage D2 corpse runs used to evoke in me, they made me more cautious about dying. Now, you just lose durability. Oh well.

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Mortinax

The most difficult minigame of them all was not the naked corpse run.. it was playing hardcore and NOT dying. If you'd like to be cautious about dying, play a character that disappears forever if you die

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HeroOfCanton

Yeah, I guess I should've qualified that as "in softcore". My gamer rage could not take HC. :)

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