Diablo III Shatters PC Sales Records, Server Woes Postpone Real-Money Auction House Launch

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someuid

I too sat on the fence for a while, but decided the day before launch to say 'what the hell - let's be a kid again'.

Lovin' the game. The wife and I played last night and the time just rolled by. It was after 10:30pm before we knew it.

I like how the potion management has been cut to barely nothing. Thank the gods.

The skill system revamp is actually working for me. Lots of combinations to play with and I'm finding I'll select certain layouts for certain battles.

I finally found the full stats page (duh it was right in front of my on the inventory screen.) Made me feel better to see some hard numbers.

I find the graphics just fine. Is it stressing my system? No, but neither does driving 25mph to work stress my car, but you don't see my ragging on the town roads or feel my car is being wasted? Get a life whiners.

The butcher is my first real challenge. He pwoned my sorc pretty fast. Maybe I should practice a Monty Python 'run away' a bit more often and stay out of his reach.

Glad I got the game. Having a lot of fun with it.

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stradric

I've sacrificed quite a bit of sleep for this game since launch. I'm loving it. Friends come on line and hop right into my game. It's one of the best multiplayer pop-in-pop-out experiences I've enjoyed perhaps ever.

The game itself is beautifully polished. The animations are fluid. The physics are ridiculously and awesomely over the top and there's so many inconsequential, destructable set pieces, that it adds so much. The sounds are thunderous. The levels are unique and interesting (I particularly love Leoric's gruesome torture dungeon). There's often tiny scripted scenes like cultists throwing a citizen into an iron maiden in Act I or flying demons swooping down to swipe guardsmen in Act III. It adds so much personality to the game.

The skill system is a massive improvement with over 3 million different skill permutations. Just the fact that you unlock 1-3 new skills each time you level up is amazing.

The monster list is quite long as well. Combined with the sheer mass of skills, it's no wonder this game took so long.

The story of course is throwaway cheese, but still infinitely better than something you'd find in a game like Torchlight. Dialogue is often contrived and completely skippable.

Overall, the game is great.

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Belboz99

I played the beta since October, and I've now got a level 30 Demon Hunter and level 38 Wizard in the release.

They can claim online-only DRM is necessary for security all they want, but it didn't stop numerous accounts getting hacked and their gear sold to vendors for gold.

Also, the game is highly-unbalanced. My wizard had 9,000 HP and she gets killed by Act 2 Nightmare monsters in ways that aren't even funny.

Clicking *anywhere*, including open areas while in combat has a tendency to cause the character to attack rather than move.

Firing off two different spells in short order often results in the first being cast twice. This wouldn't be a problem if the first wasn't on a 30 second cooldown, and the 2nd was your defensive spell while in a mob fight.

Giving the monsters the ability to imprison you, yank you back from across the screen, move faster than you (*all of them*), *and* slow you down wouldn't be nearly as bad if health potions didn't have a 2 minute cooldown, especially since a Nightmare monster can wipe out 9,000 HP in less than a second.

Dan O.

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bling581

"They can claim online-only DRM is necessary for security all they want, but it didn't stop numerous accounts getting hacked and their gear sold to vendors for gold."

It's called an authenticator. Though I have to mention that for some odd reason I'm not prompted most of the time for the code. I was the first couple times I logged in then nothing. The last time I got on it suddenly decided it wanted the code.

If people are getting hacked it was because they were duped by some fake Blizzard imitation email, or they have a stupid password like pass123. I played WoW for 6 years without a single hack.

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someuid

"They can claim online-only DRM is necessary for security all they want, but it didn't stop numerous accounts getting hacked and their gear sold to vendors for gold."

Comparing Digital Rights Management (DRM) to account security is like comparing apples to slabs of structural granite.

DRM is about securing the software from being illegally copied and distributed.

Account security is about not sharing your userid/password, picking a solid password, and using a keyfob/appfob to bring your account security to the level of 2 factor authentication.

The two are not related in any way.

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alienbuc

I have to laugh every time someone brings up the "Hacking" in games.

This is not a design flaw, but a user flaw. 95% of the accounts that get so-called "hacked" are kids giving out their passwords to friends to play the game. Their friends screw around and log off. They log back in and feel the need to complain because they compromised their own account. Pathetic.

And the other 5%? If you get an email asking for your account information and you give it out? Well, you asked for it.

Get an authenticator. Simple. Either get a free one or a paid keyfob. Either way, protect your investment. It still amazes me how blind gamers are to security.

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stradric

I find that you have to use shift+attack quite a bit with ranged characters. Otherwise you run the risk of walking into a big mob. Clearly Demon Hunter or Wizard were not made to fight within a mob. They have a number of defensive skills that allow them to break out of one, or freeze the mob temporarily in order to escape.

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Papaspud

I think the reason the RMAH is not on, is due to peoples accounts being hacked, and all of their gold and items being taken. Maybe not, but it is sort of looking that way right now.

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Knightmare65

My son gave this game to me as an early Father's day present, and I have been playing it as much as time allows. I'm addicted to Diablo 3.

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benicoletti

Couldn't be happier ...

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Wurmer

Well I've been a hardcore fan of the Diablo serie and I am loving this last installment. Nowadays, I am enjoying it more as a casual player then a true addict. That's OK, since I don't have the time anymore to sink 40-40 hours a week. Yes I was that addicted.

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Valor958

I dove in too, but have dialed it back the past few days so I don't burn myself out.
I see the Real Money AH as being a very interesting prospect and I'm eager to see how they balance it. I have amazing luck, so i've been told, with finding great rares, so I might make a decent buck or two off this. I'm fine waiting though, I'm drudging all five chars up through nightmare right now and seeing how they play differently. Monk was my first choice though, and i think i have to rebalance him to be able to take more heat... he won't last in Hell at this rate... DEF not inferno.

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JohnP

I was on the fence about buying the game until I watched my son playing it over the weekend. He was having a great time and jumped into a game with his friend in the same room in less than 30 seconds. Then they got another couple of friends involved and this whole party went trashing about.
I broke in and bought my other son and I a copy. So three copies. Even Skyrim only got two copies. Last time we all bought the same games was Starcraft 2. Go figure.
I have absolutely NO issue with having to be online. Frankly, my computer crashes more than the servers do or the internet hiccups. I missed all of the server downtime in the beginning and it is smooth sailing for me.
Excuse me, I have to go back to D3 or Skyrim, or Anno 2070. My games of shame pile is growing...

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Baer

The game is fun. It is not very difficult with a short learning curve. The Graphics are OK but not great, in fact they look like good console graphics but just fair P C graphics. The game does not at all stress my two GTX 580's and it does allow an ini hack to let me play at 5760 X 1200 across three monitors but again, the graphics are just OK for someone who has a medium to high end PC. Mine does not even break a sweat with every setting maxed. The game seems to be very linear which some people may like, I generally get a little bored after a while with a linear game. The interface is quite good, not dummed down as much as some games have been.
What I do not like is having to be on line to play. The first weekend I got the game I could not play much due to servers being down or slow. I bought the damed thing, I want to play it single player, why should I have to be logged on to play? In fact I almost returned it due to server issues last weekend so we will see.

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JohnP

My son booted up his 6 year old Dell laptop and was merrily playing along and buddyed up with my computer's 27 inch GTX 580 system. Amazing how well the game can be played on all sorts of computers. Worth the graphics sacrifice for all those who cannot afford the biggest and the best.

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Baer

That's what lower graphics settings in the options menu are for, lesser hardware.
Don't get me wrong, the game is lots of fun but it looks like something from ten years ago. My GPU's stay at snooze levels with all settings maxed and that is with rendering three screens.
My Wife loves the game, she loved Dungeon Seige and this reminds her of it.

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Supall

I had high FPS on an HD5770 reference card with every setting set to the highest I could put it.

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DukeNorman

Haters gonna hate.
I pre-ordered the CE.. never complained once. Flame on, I've got my firefighter underwear on.

Trololol

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