May 16, 2012Diablo III, because the whole world has broadband right? It's ridiculous that I just paid 60 dollar for a product that is unplayable, I'd try to get my money back but I know they'd never do it. So i'm out 60 dollars because a game that previously featured offline gameplay decided that we shouldn't include that this time. Buyer beware, greed is a terrible thing. Enjoy your auction house.
May 16, 2012Wow. I just can't believe how blizzard has fallen so far from grace. I used to buy all their games, starting with the original warcraft. I think they've been in mmo-land for so long they don't even remember what made the original diablos great in the first place.
Goodbye blizzard, it was good while it lasted.
May 17, 2012Completely disappointed, I knew ahead of time about the always online requirement and DRM (decisions I don't agree with) and I also expected issues on day one because of this. My disappointment comes from the game itself. Lets start off with the "art style" or graphics which are blatant copy of WoW's. This art style worked back in 2004, heck I'll even say it was genius for an MMO, it allowed lower end PC's somewhat get through raids that required 40 NPCs at a time. But it just doesn't work for Diablo, it doesn't capture that Diablo feel and for a 2012 game, I expected more. I just don't get that dreaded sense that something is about to go wrong when I enter the depths of some old dungeon. The graphics are colorful and cartoony and they don't belong in the Diablo Universe.
Skills, continuing with their copy and paste system from WoW they did not disappoint, the game feels like playing a top down version of WoW, WHERE IS THE DIABLO GAME I PURCHASED!? This game has always been about loot, and still is but managing your skill/runes/talent tree was part of the fun and added lots of depth to the game. They have completely abandoned this style of play, in other words the game is a dumbed down version of its former glory. By removing this it is only natural that Diablo fans feel that their decision to remove this was mainly based off their Real Money Auction House. Where money is the driving force and Mr. Bobby CEO of Activision can line his pockets full of real money from people purchasing digital items. Way to stick it to us PC gamers Blizzard, it's still Blizzard making these abomination of games and xpacs (Cata/MoP) right? Right?
Blizzard I ask you, where has your TALENT in making games gone?
Gameplay is just as bad, arrows point me the way to EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING, a damn monkey could play this game. They pretty much don't want you to explore anymore, well that is kinda also made obvious by the small maps/zones. Get rid of your director and give us back the guys that made Diablo what it was, yes the Diablo that made Blizzard what it is.
I enjoyed watching your 20 year celebration videos of Blizzard and Co. Happy to see that your love for gaming brought us gamers unbelievable games that we enjoyed for years and years. But with games like this, and your obvious slaps to the face on your gaming community. I just don't see another 20 for Blizzard. I purchased 3 copies of this disaster to enjoy with my family, and I don't see that happening. Should I have waited for a review of this game before purchasing? Sure but this is DIABLO, past records show that you cannot go wrong buying this or any product from Blizzard. I was wrong.… Expand
May 17, 2012No single player, connection issues, error messages, servers randomly shutting down at peak times, etc. I have not been able to even sit down and play this game for more than 15 minutes at a time without getting immense lag or a server shutting down message. Give us a single player offline mode so that we can enjoy the game how we want. Very disappointed in Blizzard doing this to one of my all time favorite franchises.… Expand
May 17, 2012worst let down in blizzard history. i am a huge diablo 1 & 2 fan, so naturally I was expecting something amazing or at least comparable to diablo 2. NOPE. Graphics are just terrible, and I have a 3GB NVIDIA video card. Gameplay is sometimes choppy because of online play, and I have a 16GB RAM machine with i7 processor! The skill system sucks! And I cant even just attack with my equipped weapon if I wanted to, lol. Do not waste your money! I give this game a 1 rating because of pretty box cover and good cinematics.… Expand
May 17, 2012Diablo 3. A classic case of anticipation meets nerd rage. You paint this beautiful picture in your head of what this game should be, and when it isn't the crimson canvas of your own twisted mind, the game is a failure to you. Congratulations, you are now that nerd who sees a movie and claims, "The book was so much better". Q: Is the game perfect? A: No
Q: Did the launch have issues? A: Can't respond at this time (Error 37)
Q: Am I enjoying it? A: Hell yes
The critics who are complaining about the inability to play the game, need to take a second to think about their constant cries for attention. Diablo 3 was this supposed masterpiece that millions couldn't wait to enjoy. We all sat down at our computers, ordered an appetizer of caffeinated drinks with a side dish of an all nighter, and waited for the main course to arrive. However, we were left wondering if the kitchen ever got our order. But who's to blame?
Certainly it isn't the cook's fault that they couldn't get us our order. It was the middleman who needs to take the blame. The waiter screwed up. Plain and simple. We can make sure to fill out our restaurant card with a 1 star for service. Then, we're left with the food section of the card (which we never got to taste). How can we rate that if we didn't taste it? You can't. So stop trolling.
When one actually plays the game, they will find much of what they're looking for in a Diablo 2 sequel. Hack and slash gameplay- Check
Tons of Loot- Check
Addicting gameplay- Check
They will also find things they weren't expecting (Killer cut scenes, dynamic gameplay, etc.)
The fact remains that you're left with an outstanding game, with hours and hours of slot machine looting, demon killing, and rare but needed bathroom breaks. So grab a couple of beers this weekend, and do what any great game will allow you to do. Have fun.… Expand
May 17, 2012D3 is such a crap and boring game now. Obvious greedy lunge for cash by stupid **** Blizzard **** company deserves to burn in Hell. Personally for strong fun constant action I suggest open RvR Team PvP along thelikes of NGD's Realms Online (also known as Regnum Online). The gamesamba.com server is fabulous. It's f2p, you get to kill real people instead of bots, and MOST OF ALL ITS FUN. Die Blizzard DIE!!!… Expand
May 17, 2012From a former diehard D2 fan, D3 is severely lacking in a lot of ways. Most notably, the lack of skill tree. Also, from a gamer standpoint, the fact that we have to play on Battle.Net (even for single player) is really frustrating (sorry, you can't play your game because our computer is broken). Finally, there does seem to be a real lack of expansion or improvements, and I'm severely disappointed at only having 5 class choices.
On the other hand, from a general enthusiast and casual gamer's perspective, it's a lot of fun! My wife loves to play and getting her to play video games is almost as hard as performing brain surgery with knitting needles. But she digs it, so I'm happy it's simple (enjoyable?) enough for her to want to play, and that gives me a good reason not to rate it a Zero.… Expand
May 17, 2012First I will say to people that this isn't an MMO. If you never played Diablo 2 then your lost. This is an action RPG limited to 4 player coop. I'm glad I didn't purchase this game because of so many reasons. 1)Back in 2008 there was that artistic direction petition. 2)The people who did DIablo 2 were not doing this game. 3)DRM in 2011 which there was also a petition on the single player portion of the game.
4)Real Money Auction House.
5)WOW player who subscribed a full year got the game free. I played WOW for 5 years and I wasn't eligible for this so I cancelled my subscription when I heard of this.
6)No Druids or Paladins
7)What they made Tyreal into.-saw youtube video
8)The story and voice overs-read about it
9)The length of the game which is shorter than Diablo 2-someone told me they beat it in 5 hours.
10)The COW level-smh
As for the servers not working I say thats BS. Back when Diablo 2 was released I had 56k modem and a pentium 733 with a 20 gig harddrive and I played the game fine with my other friends. We are in 2012 where people have pentium 4 and terabyte drives and fast internet connection. There is no excuse for this crap. None. Everyone should be able to play the game with no problem whatsoever. I'm done with blizzard crap and I will never buy anymore of there products again.… Expand
May 17, 2012This game Failed as a Diablo game. It took away all the character customization that made Diablo 1 and 2 so unique. It is designed for the 10 year old kid asking his mom to buy him a video game...
As A standalone game, without the diablo title, it may have been a bit better in my books. The fact they called this game Diablo 3 is a disgrace. The gameplay is acceptable, although the skills are bland, and can be altered slightely with "runes" aka unlocks you get to your base skills when you level up.
The looting system sucks, the multilayer "Match making" sucks. This game wont span generations like diablo 2 did....
In order to play the game, you have to select a quest to play. You cant just join into a game, or create a room. Your stuck doing that one quest. You cant switch acts unless you leave the game and load a quest from the book in the act you want. So no more Practical mf runs...
The colors in the game are.. disturbing... One of the bosses, actually is wearing a PURPLE cape. In D1 and D2, monsters capes were either black, or red... Not purple. 70% of the wizards skills emit purple rays. Monsters seem cheery, and are recycled often. Unique monsters are just larger versions of their orignal 3d models.
The Scenery in the game, is great.... But it does not apply to all places. In Diablo 2 and 1, you had a black space bordering the dungeon you were in. Think the Catacombs in Diablo 2. In Diablo 3, you have a similar level, except instead of a black space bordering the walls, you have in almost every location, a bottomless pit, or a giant wall that heads down seemingly forever. With great looking 3d effects. Its the cellar of a cathedral. It DOES NOT SPAN DOWN ENDLESSLY!
This type of scenery did work well when your near the end up in heaven, seeings the ground below and walls and clouds extending down... worked well there... like horizans sanctuary in d2..
No pvp as of yet, the Diablo world is a dark world, where players can do what they want. In Diablo 2, if i disliked my ally, i could go to town and hostile them, and kill them if i so choose. Diablo iii is going to follow the pvp system from a wow pvp server, it will pop up a menu asking if you want to 'Duel". I dont want my enemies to have a choice, i want to hunt them down...
Replay value? What replay value? Play through it twice and you have all the levels memorized, there is no random dungeon spawning.... Well there is... but its a cave that will spawn in the level at one of a few pre desginated points. These dungeons are always tiny, like one or two rooms tiny, the room fits entirely on your screen.
The characters level up automatically, you cannot set stat points, or skills, the only way to modify this is by equipment. Its pretty much a choice between equipment that does more damage, or equipment that adds more health..
I was hoping to return to places we have seen in Diablo II, meet old characters. But The only returning characters were Ashera, and Cain, and of course Diablo. The only place you see in Diablo III, is a sorry excuse for tristram, that resembles nothing of the orginal. You even get to go into something that's supposed to be Adrias hut.... You don't even cross a river to get there...
Play the game, enjoy it for what it is. Dont take it too seriously, then put it away untill they release an expansion or something...
Would i reccomend this game to the hardcore diablo fan, no don't waste your time / money
If you want the real diablo 3 feel, i'd reccomend games like Torchlight, or Titan quest (Greek mytholodgy)
They pulled it off right. Diablo iii FAILS… Expand
May 18, 2012The software quality of this game really does deserve a 0, whatever the fanboys say. In short, a team of supposedly professional developers with a multi-million dollar budget cannot accomplish in terms of accessibility and availability what a small group of programmers can achieve on little to no budget (eg indie-games, torrent sites). Game world synchronization is a severe problem. Oftentimes, there's upwards of a full second lag between an animation completing and syncing with the game world (for example, the magic missile is fired). The UI feels rushed and seems to lack even basic customization options. You can enable hit-statistics and numbers, which is a good thing and a nod to the gamers as opposed to those looking for an interactive entertainment experience. Micro-stuttering is extremely severe for many players, myself included. The game is an absolute resource hog and seems to be hideously inefficient-- my rig _does_ play Crysis (with all its volumetric glory) at around 60 fps, but can't handle Diablo 3 @ 1920x1080. Go figure. The dismal software quality notwithstanding, there are some very strange design choices in the game itself that detracts alot from the value. For example, my Wizard runs around with a Vampiric 2-handed axe, which beats the crap out of any wand/ord combo I have seen in the game. I don't understand this at all from a gameplay perspective. The only reason I can think of for this design choice is that more items are likely to be sold on the RM auctions. It makes no stylistic, artistic or gameplay sense.
Both the Monk and the Wizard handle their weapons in a really awkward fashion, not to mention the sloppy animations involved for these two classes. The Monk at least has some class-restrictions, so I won't be using that 2-handed axe for him; opting instead for a club/axe combo that so far has beaten any knuckles or other Monk specifics I have seen in the game. Since they don't actually use their weapons in the animation, why do they hold them in ready positions while running around? It looks terrible and feels rushed. The Demon Hunter and Barbarian seem to suffer less from this problem, but not the Witch Doctor -- the two primary weapon-using classes seem to be what the entire game has been designed around. Since the Demon Hunter was added so late in the process, I would say that the Barbarian is the class that the game has been designed for.
Auto-levelling is probably an attempt to consolify or casualize the game, but a MUCH better option would be an "auto-level" button in the character screen. The current system feels cheap, a cop-out from actual game design and an attempt to provide a more "cinematic" experience, in other words less interactivity and fewer game rules. The overall feel is that of a remake, not a sequel or continuation. This is a Diablo 2 remake, rushed out the door. I find it very hard to believe this game had more than an 18-24 month development cycle. If it did, it doesn't reflect well at all on Blizzard.
At its price-point, a '4' is a strong score for a game like this, in my opinion. If you take software quality into consideration, a '2' would be overly generous. In summary: * If you didn't play Diablo 1 and/or 2, this is a prime and gentle introduction to the franchise. If you can find the game for around 20-30â… Expand
May 18, 2012Diablo is always Diablo!!! Good Gamaplay, Good Graphics, Good Story. One word only: super-addictive!!!! I've played for 8 hours with 2 characters, in Single and in Multi and I had Server problem only once. GOOD: 1.The Base remains the same of old Diablo: Very Addictive and prompt H&S!, 2.the Auction House is very useful. 3. Beautiful Story and fantastic Art Direction! NO GOOD: 1.Too simple at the beginning 2. Server problems can erase your last picked up items 3.... 3. Automatic skills and not customizable characters (fisycally)… Expand
May 18, 2012Graphic looks dated, loot drops and merchant loot are unbalanced and WORST OF ALL!!! always online DRM!!!! What does single player have to do with Blizzard's server or even the internet? Blizzard may not realize this but there are a lot players out there who don't have a constant internet connection and only wan to SOLO!!! I DONT EVEN FEEL LIKE I OWN THE GAME AS ALL MY CHARACTERS ARE ON BLIZZARD SERVERS!!! Next time put a SPORPG( Single player online role playing game) tag on DIABLO 3 Blizz!!!… Expand
May 18, 2012I registered this account specifically to leave a review for this "game".
I bought 2 copies of the game to play with the girlfriend, all fine and dandy until now. We started playing but lo' and behold, we don't have a lot of time to play ( we both work during the day so play a bit during the night). So well, we decide it's time to pack it up, log off and continue next evening and what do you think happens ? Everything we discovered is flipping gone ! The map is black again so we had to run the **** boring super-easy content again, and again and again and again and again and again, wtf ?
I will not even mention that the game is flipping laggy at times and it feel like a chore to play it but today it took the cake for me. I am in the lunch break so I decide to play a bit solo with the witch doctor and see what that's about but guess what ? THE FREAKING SOLO GAME IS SO LAGGY THAT I CAN'T FREAKING PLAY ! wow ! So I decide to play a bit to wash away the stress of a half work day and Blizzard got me really pissed off, and all that because I was retarded enough to spend 120 euro for their ****
Now, why does this game have any inventory ? Considering that all character management is gone, vanished, bye bye and that the game currently is kind of a mindless : gather 10000 crap white 2 gold items, go back and sell, rinse and repeat ten folds and that any gold drop above 30-40g will be worth like 20 things in your inventory ... why not remove it all together ? this way you just get rare stuff which gets auto-equiped and that's that, no need to have a useless feature.
What happened to Diablo 2's randomly generated stuff ? We are just in ACT I but until now everything looks the same and stays the same, even the Cathedral is largely the same with not much variation, you can guess where the exits are most of the time - I guess this is how people finished the game in 12 hours or less ? Meh.
There is more stuff but I can't be bothered to put it in, if you don't believe me, the guys @ Rock Paper Shotgun and a lot of other people here feel free to throw your money out of the window and let me know later what you believe.
Have fun.… Expand
May 18, 2012no comments, only need to say, comes from big company knows too much people will buy it and when ask or send a question about errors, they answer you with a generic message from a BOT, pathetic..., errors, needed inet conection everytime... ah i forget to say A LOT OF BUGS
May 18, 2012Since my first review was deleted(didn't contain any spoilers, nor inappropriate language), I'll keep this brief.
If you loved D2, prepare for disappointment.
If you've never played anything else in this genre, play anything else in this genre.
Artstyle: grimdark cartoony(think WoW:Cataclysm)
Writing: As regards quality of writing, nothing can be called good when it retcons so much from the previous games
Gameplay: standard gameplay of this genre, with the exception that character customization has been axed in favour of gear progression. Higher difficulties just mean bigger numbers.… Expand
May 18, 2012I've played the whole series and have to say I'm disappointed in the game. Mostly for as long as the game took to come out, there should have been a much better and longer storyline. Graphics on high are not very good (B rated movie quality). Extremely easy in normal mode, the game is really dumbed down, it almost plays like a mobile phone game. My opinion, the game is worth about 20 dollars.… Expand
May 18, 2012Diablo 3 suffers from the typical illness of a new MMORPG: connection issues (never seen so many different error codes related to connection attempts or drops, latency, rubber-banding, etc), (lack of) server performance,...
First of all, the Diablo franchise is NOT an MMORPG: it is an OFFLINE fast-paced hack'n'slash action adventure game, or at least that is what is was. All the problems mentioned above could have been avoided if single player games could be played offline.
The bobo's at Blizzard say that the game needs to have internet connection all the time in order to avoid piracy & malicious hacking. CD Projekt (The Witcher 1 & 2) has proven already that games can be successful, even when published in a DRM free business model without online requirements. It is just a matter of interacting with your gamers' community before, during and after development. Wasteland 2, funded by Kickstarter community, is also good example of this. And, let's not forget, we are talking about the mighty Blizzard: the company sitting an a pile of cash, running a MMORPG with millions of users for many years now. Still they completely failed in delivering a network and server infrastructure which is up for the challenge. "We will release Diablo 3 when it is ready" they said. Well, in my humble opinion, if you demand your customers to be online all the time, I think it is fair to say that network and server infrastructure becomes an integral part of the game. They failed. Not taking into account this deal-breaker; the game deserves for graphics: 8, sound: 9, gameplay: 7 = I simply expected more from the in-game graphics. The 2 zoom modes don't do it for me. The lack of character customization. The randomization that has gone too far. At a certain point I want to be rewarded with stuff my character can actually use without going through the burden of going online for finding the right gear and trying to sell the huge amount of gear I don't need. I wasted tons of resources and gold on making gear, hoping to get something with dexterity bonus for my demon hunter... In the end it is not rewarding, because I spend too much of my precious time not enjoying the game. And that is very frustrating... At least I have got all my achievements related to "Salvaging"....yipee...What's next: daily and weekly quests?… Expand
May 18, 2012Sigh! Bought a game that is unplayable because of the schizofrenic DRM protection that always need you to have a working Internet connection. And on top of that their servers are unconnectable because of overload. You CAN NOT(!?) play this game offline. Shame on you Blizzard!
May 18, 2012Constant online DRM is the most scummy thing I can imagine. You can try and justify it all you want, but under no circumstance should I have to wait to be able to log on to my own SINGLE PLAYER game that I payed full price for. Aside from this, the game just showed a lot of lost potential to begin with. Koticks grubby hands are all too apparent with the inclusion of a micro transaction based auction house placed in game, effectively removing all skill necessary to do well. Skill point distribution is all but simplified as much as possible, once again removing from the game's enjoyable complexities, and the game is ridiculously short. You can defend it all you want, but in the end, no person who enjoys video games should sit there and take this sort of abusive DRM restrictions. Let Blizzard know that what they're doing is wrong.… Expand
May 18, 2012I must say that Blizzard has failed millions of Diablo fans by releasing a biggest anticipated game after 12 years of development. It's a humiliation to bear Diablo in its title. Here are the things/changes I don't appreciate: No character skill and attribute customization, yet blizzard allow you to create 10 characters, what's the point? You can play all 5 classes once and be done, why? There is nothing new to re-create, all skills are revealed and every player on the planet have the exact same character. There is no uniqueness at all. For single player game, users have to be connected to the internet all the time due to the idiotic DRM. I am sure a lot of people WORLDWIDE would appreciate to play OFFLINE mode. The graphics looks cartoonish and at least 5 years behind the current standard of graphic design. Often my character is not even identifiable in a mass enemy encounter. What funny is that the skill casting effects has absolutely nothing to do with your equipped weapon. Therefore 10 players would look exact same when they cast the same attack even they use different weapon. Real Money Auction House?? Seriously, is Blizzard trying to scam people's money after they have spent a good fortune on a piece of failed product. Should this game be enjoyed equally amongst all users? Pay-to-Win is not for true gamers, only for those who like to show off. Well, Blizzard is taking 15% cut to make a profit. I seriously doubt DIablo 3 will achieve the same success and longevity its predecessor had. This may be the end for Diablo, both the prime evil and the game.… Expand
May 18, 2012Really enjoyable game, completely ruined by terrible DRM. I've encountered numerous connection drops, server outages, lag so bad that the screen freezes for five seconds before showing you surrounded by enemies and with no health. Absolutely atrocious in a single=player game, cannot even imagine attempting it on Hardcore (where deaths are permanent) with these ridiculous problems. Massively disappointed.… Expand
May 18, 2012Game is fun, not Diablo though, not the Diablo we have grown to love. I do not mind the online requirment to play. But the fact we cannot create our own games and are forced to join random public takes away A LOT of the fun from the online aspect of this game.
May 18, 2012First the bad, then the good...
Connectivity issues, as others have noticed, do occasionally interrupt gameplay. Stuttering during single player left me somewhat perplexed, since I was playing single player. On one occasion I was disconnected from the server with the only explantion being, "The server will shut-down in 4 minutes." I think a more detailed explanation could be given, perhaps the employees at Blizzard could work on that. After the forced log-out I immediately logged back in and found all my progress on that level had been lost and I was inserted back at the beginning of the zone. That is obviously unacceptable. A proper game should always save your progress in the year 2012, pretty much any online game does this including Blizzards own Warcraft. -1 point.
Companions return, yet are slightly dumbed down. You can choose their jewelry and weapons but that is it- no options to equip them with armour which is a shame given the wide-selection of armour and the crafting possibilites. In my opinion... absolutely shameful given the amount of time and development Blizzard put into this game, especially since Diablo 2 had already incorporated armour with companions. This ommision leaves me rather perplexed at Blizzard. Additionally, companions repeat their speech patterns multiple times, resulting in strange repeated conversations. -1 point.
Another perplexing aspect of the game: the bank, player gold, and crafting equipment level is shared amongst all of your characters. The bank no longer has a shared section, it is simply omitted. Everyone simply has everything. Now, this is a vast change from Diablo 2, since each new character you created had to be built from the ground up. It was at your option to share gear and gold through the shared bank which made the game more realistic. In Diablo 3, your top-level toon could upgrade all of the bank slots, crafting gear, and puts 100's of components for crafting gear into the bank, and by default your lvl 10 toon has full access to everything. All in all, I find this improper and completely unrealistic. -1 point.
Now for the good: Diablo veterans will have no problems starting the game without reading the game manual. Hard-copy purchasers will need an internet connection to download a game patch (it took me about 5 minutes to download with a 1MB/sec connection), as well as play the game in any form since game progress is saved on Battlenet servers. HDTV users should have no problems, as the game detected the appropriate resolution for my wide-screen 720p television, which is probably one of the more unorthodox resolutions for a game to render.
Players can have up to 6 different abilities ready to cast at a moments notice. While that is nothing new in modern gaming, is does allow for more advanced combat compared to previous Diablo games. Environments are now destructable to include doors, chairs, and containers. When objects and enemies are destroyed they will show battle damage from the type of weapon that struck them- electricity fries, fire burns, slashing weapons slice and decapitate, etc.
The crafting system is an interesting way to get above-average magic armour and weapons, and is a useful addition.
Actual gameplay is very fun and exciting at times. The music and sound effects are great, some of the FMV's are so-so but the major plot advancing ones are very good. I found the plot a little bit better than Diablo 2, but it was a little predictable.
Which leaves me at a score of 7. Otherwise, this is an fun and addicting game, but for some reason Blizzard made some obviously silly ommisions and changes which made the game less realistic and more annoying than it needed to be.… Expand
May 18, 2012The game's art and voice-acting is excellent.
Unfortunately the game is mostly unplayable. It requires a better connection than for WoW (their MMORPG) just to play without dying; and that's for single player. The servers are often down, and due to Blizzard's choice to make this game so server-reliant; the game is also full-of-holes. Besides the engineering issues... the game is generally unfinished, and it's content literally consists of playing through the same campaign multiple times.
Blizzard's game-dev team; inefficient work but good job (as usual). Blizzard's network engineers and corporate; **** you (as usual). Unfortunately, looking good is the main criteria of movies; not games.… Expand
May 18, 2012First off, I am not rating this game based on server issues, DRM limitations, or general glitches. These things happen in any production game release. I am rating this game a zero because Blizzard had 10 years to create a sequel for one of their best selling game series and they have failed miserably. Had Blizzard just released Diablo II with improved graphics and a new plot, they would have received an 8 from me. Had they released Diablo II with the same graphics, same plot but one instance of a massive shared world for all players, they would have received a 10 from me. Instead, they spent 10 years removing some of the best features of the original DIablo series and adding some of the worst features from WoW. There is no longer any character customization, the entire plot is one linear-grind and the only thing that differentiates any given character from another is how much real-money a person spends buying mined equipment in the auction house. It's essentially a dumbed-down version of WoW except the only battle is between you, your right mouse button, and eternity. I spent 30 hours playing this game and I am still following one single path by myself, down a single plot, down a single class that I cannot customize. Farmville has more depth than this game. I'm sorry, Blizzard, you blew it. Next time, try retaining the best aspects of a game series and improve on the flaws. Save yourself the money and replay Diablo II.… Expand
May 18, 2012The game has looked the same for years, it's not even developed by the same people who made D1/D2, and why assume that new gamers are complete morons? Why Blizzard? Why must new gamers get the child treatment? Your games reaching the younger generation are alienating to people with suitable problem solving skills. Aside from the lack of intellectual and visual developments to the game I feel like the horror ARPG has been turned into a badly voice acted gamble to win people's money. Too much of the game revolves around owners spending GOBS of cash. Practically encouraging real money to be used as currency in game is how iPhone games trick parents into buying virtual trinkets for their kids. GOSH I can rant about this while staying objective and every sentence further I get the lower my score goes.... so I'm going to leave it at a 2. 2 points were for the dev staff that just got the mechanics worked out. I assume that's difficult enough they deserve some credit, but who knows if they were fired or laid off so many umpteen years ago when the project was started and obviously near completion. Good day sirs.… Expand
May 18, 2012Online only for single player... okay. Check point save system... okay. But not both!!! I can understand the launch date server problems but I also had issues with Comcast so I ended up playing a mission 4 times. Lag is an issue in single player. I died several times because of it. And then there's no real penalty for dying. In fact, one guy online was using it as strategy. He kept dying and come back to weaken the enemy.
Everything that made Diablo 1 and 2 great are removed. You were actually building, customizing, and bonding with your character. But now with every skill available to everyone, your wizard is same as everyone else's. And can't choose attribute points either. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Storyline? Act 3 was exact copy of LOTR Two Towers.
Diablo 1 was the first game I stayed up all night for. There are only 2 other games that made me do that one being Diablo 2. Maybe because I'm 16 years older... or maybe because Blizzard is 16 years older and are not the same people developing games anymore... but this one just doesn't have that same addictive gameplay as the first two. Fact that I got off line to write this proves that. I don't miss it.… Expand
May 18, 2012I signed up to metacritic just to show my support that DIABLO 3 SUCKS D**K. THE GAMEPLAY IS GOOD but like THE SERVERS ARE ALWAYS FULL. AND WHY THE FARK DOES SINGLE PLAYER REQUIRE U TO BE ONLINE BATTLENET. BLIZZARD DO U HAVE A BRAIN? people go out and play with friends where ever they want, not just at home.... -_-. FARK so much hype for this game and i didn't know stupid people were making it. WTF **** GAME… Expand
May 18, 2012Compared to generally analogous video games that have been released in the last couple of years, Diablo III is average. That being said, as a long time fan of Blizzard and their reputation for quality over quantity (e.g., "We'll release it when it's ready.") I was disappointed by this game. To me, it seemed more like a glorified expansion to Diablo II. The thought that repeatedly came to mind as I button mashed my way through was, "it took you a decade to come up with this? I'll have to recalibrate my expectations going forward."… Expand
May 19, 2012Not looking at launch issues, the need to connect to internet to play online. The game still has some serious issues. After 12 years of developing blizzard mastered to put the most crappy RPG into the world.
Why is it even called RPG if you cannot modify your char? To finish the game you need only to leave your mouse buttons pressed and it would finish itself. Not like an hour fight with Diablo. Just tell how can I get my money back?… Expand
May 19, 2012The game simply sux . And that about sums it up . adjghsdgjhsdfgjhdkffffffffffffffffffffffjkdhgkdjhfgjkdfghdjkfghdjkfghjkdfghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkghdkfjghkdjfghkdjfghdjfghjkdfghjkdghjkdfgjkdfghjkdfghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkgjkdfghkdjfghjkdfgjkdfghdkfjgidughuiehguewhguiheguiehgasdjfghsdkjhadjghsdgjhsdfgjhdkffffffffffffffffffffffjkdhgkdjhfgjkdfghdjkfghdjkfghjkdfghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkghdkfjghkdjfghkdjfghdjfghjkdfghjkdghjkdfgjkdfghjkdfghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkgjkdfghkdjfghjkdfgjkdfghdkfjgidughuiehguewhguiheguiehgasdjfghsdkjhadjghsdgjhsdfgjhdkffffffffffffffffffffffjkdhgkdjhfgjkdfghdjkfghdjkfghjkdfghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkghdkfjghkdjfghkdjfghdjfghjkdfghjkdghjkdfgjkdfghjkdfghdfjkghdfjkghdfjkgjkdfghkdjfghjkdfgjkdfghdkfjgidughuiehguewhguiheguiehgasdjfghsdkjh… Expand
May 19, 2012There is no way I pay anything to Blizzard again. Ever. That game is a sheer disaster. It is designed for casual players (read - "12-year old kids with fat bellies and their mums"), it has no RPG system whatsoever and the storytelling is just plain bad. The always-online DRM system is insultive, disruptive and poorly implemented. 60 bucks? Hell no.
Thank you for treading on my dreams, halfwitted dumbarses.
Heartbroken D1/D2 fan.… Expand
May 19, 2012I cannot in good faith give Diablo 3 a score it doesn't deserve. I feel like the game itself is exceptional in most respects. However, the always online DRM restriction and the inclusion of the real money auction house force me to score this game based on how much I feel these two aspects negatively effect my game play experience. No matter what the fanboys say, Diablo has always been first and foremost a single player game, and Diablo 3 is no exception. The fact that I cannot play this game without an internet connection is completely unsatisfactory. I understand the reasoning behind it, but the bad outweighs the good by a very large margin. Besides the fact that there are other ways to accomplish what they are trying to accomplish (combating piracy and maintaining the legitimacy of items in the real money auction house) that don't include punishing legitimate customers. I think that people are for the most part being unfair and trying to hide their true motivations for giving Diablo 3 a low rating. The game play itself, graphics, sound and story delivers fairly well. However let's be honest, most people are angry about the always online DRM and the sorry state of the servers at launch, as they very much should be. This type of anti-consumer attitude from developers and publishers should not be tolerated by consumers. I know a boycott will never happen to the degree that it would need to to make Blizzard Activision listen, but hopefully all these terrible user reviews will make the bean counters that actually run things take pause and realize that perhaps this sort of thing is actually terrible for customer relations and WILL come back on them eventually. I also like to think that it's not actually the people creating the games that make these terrible business decisions, so we shouldn't necessarily be punishing them for the bad decisions their bosses make. However, SOMETHING needs to be done to stop these things form happening. It is ruining the game industry and the games that I know we all want to love...… Expand
May 19, 2012Always-online DRM is terrible as it is, but it makes the game unplayable when the servers are down (which they have been alot). This is completely ridiculous - in no other consumer market would it be acceptable to pay $60 for a product that only works 25% of the time, for no ostensibly good reason (they could easily turn off the always-on DRM).
Not to mention, digital downloads don't work until retail versions do, which makes even less sense. This is like if Itunes MP3s could be downloaded (AND PAID FOR) but not played until a specific date... completely senseless.
The game itself is just a clone of Diablo II, no real changes other than a slightly improved skills system. Completely disappointing.… Expand
May 19, 2012Well, I am a huge fan of Diablo and Diablo 2.... With that being said, after seeing this game in action... I will not be buying, no way.... First of all, the people who made Diablo and Diablo 2 are not even with Blizzard anymore... So this game is not even made by the same people at all, whatsoever.... It's like comparing that new Call of Duty Title to other titles made by infinity ward after the top guys left... It's not the same
Also, the skill trees/RPG leveling up has been removed??? That makes no sense at all... It also seemed like the Graphics are a little cartoony and not as evil as they used to be... I have never played WOW so I don't know if they are the same graphics but Diablo 2 had better details and the environment was better... The always online requirement is stupid as well. There is no reason to have any game "online only" and especially a single player only game... I don't really care about the "piracy" concerns because people are going to crack this game just like they crack all games... It just makes no sense, especially with that auction house, this is a game about looting and exploration.. it's about going out and finding rare items and weapons... So why would anybody go on an auction house to buy items??? doesn't that take all the fun out of it? Also paying money beyond the 60$ price tag for in game items is ludicrous...
This game is a massive Disaster.… Expand
May 19, 2012After so much hype i decided to take a look at this game. Didn't buy it, went to my friends house to try it. And i have to say i am happy i didn't buy it. The log in issues and errors marked the first day. Constant internet connection for SP game, pretty much enforced DRM. Interesting enough neither me or my friend were interested in that AH and co op mode. Why cant we play it w/o internet connection and more important, why cant we save when we want.? When we managed to log in the game looked pretty ugly. Even with everything on high. Our character (we picked monk) was interesting. He didn't have any attributes to assign when u lvl up, he didn't have talent tree. Only skills to unlock when u gain a certain lvl. Whats the ''RPG'' part in it when the game does everything in auto-mode for u? Runes are boring. Increases damage for xy number. are u kidding me? AH is same as wow, except u can buy items for real money. so pretty much pay to win. we later found out that blizzard is taking pretty interesting cut from transactions. something like sneaky income. crafting is ok. although i doubt anyone will use those items later on and will farm stuff what they want. soundtrack. nothing much to say. its what u should expect - perfect. In conclusion: too much hype for this game which was in development so much, yet failed to deliver all what we were waiting for: diablo feeling. keep your cash on something else.… Expand
May 19, 2012biggest godamn boss fight of the game is Error 37. Once you defeat Error 37, you may be able to continue into the game. dont get your hopes up, for you may still be booted at virtually any time because you are forced to use their **** maintained severs to pay your own f***ing single player game.
May 20, 2012Problem whit connection in a single player game? ROTFL. If you give a game that requires being online you have to be prepared for that. Blizzard went back in development, and be able to apply solutions from StarCraft 2. Achivments only online, is a sick idea. = 3/10
May 20, 2012Graphics 7 out of 10
They're somewhat ok but they actually dont really matter for this game as this game is meant to run even on slower machines. Part of Blizzards tactic to reach as many customers as possible. The game looks good but thats it, nothing special. The cutscenes would deserve a 10/10 though.
Sound 6 out of 10
On both our machines (my wife is playing as well) we experienced unbalanced sound. Sometimes the voices are loud and clear and sometimes you cant hear what NPCs are saying. I also had to change the effects level down to 25 percent in order to hear a bit from everything. What you hear is average. The music mostly known from Diablo II and some tracks sound like theyre taken straight from WoW. Everything fits though so no big deal. Only negatives are the voice actors and recordings from the angels...they sound like speaking into a bucket. Not really speaking freely more like reading into a bucket.
Gameplay 8 out of 10
This is simple. Once you found the class that suits you the game is pure fun. If you liked Diablo I & II you will like Diablo III as well. Theres 2 reasons for me though why it aint got a 10 out of 10.
When you level up for the first time you'll notice you dont get any points to spend. This kills a lot for me. In Diablo II for example I could create any character that I want. Just put some strength to your mage and he can weild a 2 handed axe. In Diablo III the axe is simply not available for your wizard and you cant spend any points. Want to create the ultimate dodging barbarian? Sorry but you cant. I dont see why this got removed. I find it kinda sad that theres a trend to games that everything is automatically done for you while spending points on your character is one main feature of a true role playing game. In Diablo III you cant do anything wrong but you cant do anything better either.
The second point is the online single player. Although youre playing alone you have to queue for a server slot? When you get one you might still experience lag as data is permanently sent and synchronized in the background. This is a no go in my opinion.
Normally this would lead to 7 out of 10 review but there are so many things wrong with the game at the moment.
-315300 possible errors that you can get.
-No free server slots (for your single player game!)
-No access to the game when battlenet is on maintenance.
-Auction house problems bugs and bad design.
-Bugged Achievements (everybody loves achievements :D)
-The well known non-existent customer support from Blizzard.
-Faulty CDs when you didnt buy it online.
-Faulty installers when you bought it online.
-No cow level...ok the Cow King is there but he takes you to Care-Bears LSD trip level where you slay rainbows and unicorns O_o'
-Real money auction house will end up in items only being available for real money. Who is responsible for droprates? Who earns money with every single sale? Blizzard! I guess this model will lead us into a new era of gaming models where you pay for virtual goods. And who tells us that Blizzard themselves wont put auctions on there for real money?
Overall its an unfinished product in my opinion and thus it gets 0 out of 10 from me. Dont get me wrong its an awesome game but the only power that we have (I doubt that Blizzard will care) is to let our frustration out in some way and if that means 0 points for a great game than thats your part you can do.
Lets see how long it takes them to finish the game but knowing Blizzard it will take loooong. Its a great game dont get me wrong but it needs to be finished fast.
If you buy a new car and it has as many faulty parts as this game you simply return it and ask for a new one. With software its different since you cant return it and Blizzard doesnt have a new one, all their versions are faulty ;)… Expand
May 20, 2012And Blizzard failed...
Such a pity... it did have all for being such a nice game, but finally got nothing except wowish graphic style... Gamers are not stupid... begining with a poor story, flat characters, boring ingame cinematics that looks like pokemon, less options than diablo 2 on skill trees (there are no skill trees but skill lines) and automatic stats... dude Diablo II is such a better game... It's not a good game, it's not a good Diablo, and DEFINITLY IT'S NOT A GOOD BLIZZARD TITLE... Bad times for a company which once upon a time was pretty avantgarde... not anymore... they only care about money...… Expand
May 20, 2012I found that the looting system in Diablo 3 disappointing. Once you hit hell the grinding begins and there doesn't seem to be any reason to do it because your options don't really exist but in some lame ass skill runes. The skill runes suck because they're just a breakdown of what each skill should have been without the runes anyhow. Its a graphically impressive games with some real pro work on fx but thats doesn't excuse the poor design.… Expand
May 20, 201220/05 and i can't still play on eu server..
this is ridiculous, i have no word for describing it..
Loot sistem sucks, the game is really short but is done well.
the really bad part is the inesistent offline part, we can't play cause the servers are full or cause they are down.. in all this days i had all the time 250 of latency and i die cause all the spike lag.. no word really
May 20, 2012Wildly disappointed! No means to play offline and the servers are constantly crucified. Game play is OK but mediocre compared with previous iterations of the franchise. The fact that I forked out for the CE is really getting to me as I would quite like to be able to play the game as opposed to find a regular stream of error messages... and WTF is maintenance on a Sunday all about!?!?!?!?
I have to state that no further blizzard purchases will be made in this household. Hugely disappointed :( Sad that such a great franchise and company has been muddied so utterly by a huge failing in one game, which lets be honest Blizzard must have been aware of the demand for this title!… Expand
May 20, 2012Diablo 3, when you are able to access it, delivers more or less the same stuff what the earlier parts did, plenty of mouse clicking, various monsters to kill and plenty of gear to loot. Story has not much to offer, it can be summarised by "kill everything that moves and collect all the gold in the process", voice acting is mediocre, especially what comes to hero. At least the cutscenes look nice, but the in game graphics, although being watchable, offer nothing even remotely impressive. After one play through I must say I am bored. I beat the game in few days on normal difficulty, and started on Nightmare difficulty but it does not offer much more. If you can get excited just by collecting new gear and it is enough to keep you going through the same dungeons and deserts, then perhaps you can enjoy the game more than I did. But frankly put, the game is boring and repetitive. However, what makes my blood boil and what really makes me regret I ever bought this game is that I can't seem to access it. First it was the legendary error 37 right after the lauch. For a few days the game worked somewhat nice, if you exclude the timeouts for being AFK, which I find quite annoying, since I was playing single player. Now I am encountering another error (33) because of "server maintenance" and cannot access the game again. Better leave this game on the shelf until Blizzard finally fixes all the problems. How I see it, server maintenance cannot be a reason for not being able to play a single player game.… Expand
May 20, 2012I have played Diablo 2, i give you several reasons why this is not your game: Always Online Play, no Lan Mode, reduced from 8 to 4 players in multiplayer mode, no Attributes can be given, now you have 6 skills use, my first in-game point, if you group with a class of your kind, it is like the shadow of the Assassin in Diablo 2, same skills, small set of skills usable at the same time individualism = fail. The most important part before was trading, now blizzard seems to try to milk the money cow... with this auction shop, with today's know-how I would not buy the game any-more.… Expand
May 20, 2012The entire thing is so frustrating. I bought Diablo 3 on Wednesday, and so far have had little chances playing the game because the servers are down, and I'm not even talking about multiplayer, I can't even play Single-Player because of the Always Online DRM. It's ridiculous. Who in their right mind thought this was a great idea? Had I known it'd be like this, I would never have even entertained the idea of buying Diablo 3. But here I am, with a game just sitting on my desktop to serve no purpose other than to decorate it. As for the actual game itself, it feels so restrictive. in Diablo 2, if I happened to like 2 different skills, then I'd put points in both and that'd be the end of it. But in Diablo 3, if 2 skills are from the same branch, you can only pick one of them. Not only that, but that skill might not actually be as useful as another until you reach the level necessary to unlock the rune to boost up your skill. That to me is ridiculous, and really restricts the way I want to play my character. The classes aren't all that interesting, it feels like I've played those already. I really liked the classes of Diablo 2 they felt really different and had different purposes, but in Diablo 3 it seems like they just mixed a few elements of each classes, and the way you play D3's classes to me just feels all too similar with one another. The story itself isn't bad, nor is it the best. They did put some efforts into adding more to the world, but that's about it. Overall, I decided to give the game a 0. Why? Because I can't even play it. This is the first and last (Single-Player) game that I purchase with an always-on DRM. I bought a game to have fun, and I'm not.… Expand
May 20, 2012Forgetting for a moment the fact that you couldn't play a game you played money money for and always have to have an internet connection to play this game, which is god damn ridiculous by the way, This is still the worst Diablo game ever made. It's amazing you could release a worse product 12 years after the last one. Seriously the graphics are sub par, the story is vomit worthy, the music is pretty good, and the leveling structure is crap, with all the personalization removed. Seriously, don't buy this tripe. Last Blizzard product I pay money for.… Expand
May 20, 2012The game itself is decent. Nothing groundbreaking but ok. The graphics are fine and the music is good. The gameplay is repetitive but is grounded on a proven formula. If you played the prequels D1 and D2, you'll notice that the skill system has been revamped. The skill trees are no longer there and you cannot distribute attribute points any longer (they are automatically selected when you level up). I don't really mind this. Blizzard decided to make the game more streamlined. You may like it more or less, but it's fine.
I found unacceptable the fact that this is a single-player game that forces you to have a constant internet connection ALL THE TIME. Some games require you an online authentication only you start them at the beginning of you gaming session. D3 requires a connection every single minute you are playing. Diablo 3 is NOT an MMO. It's a single player game (as much as D1 and D2) that also gives you the option to run a dungeon next to 3 other players. It's not a persistent world either.
However, in order to play not only you need to log-in, the game will also constantly send information back and forth with Blizzard server. The same way as an MMO, except that this happens in your single-player game. I have a very good gaming hardware and a good cable internet connection. However, I experienced connectivity lag in my single-player game many times. The character would start moving in slow motion while the latency increased.
I played many MMOs and I have always accepted the drawbacks that came with them. On the other hand, I enjoy the freedom that single-player games have. You can pause the game, play it wherever you want regardless of internet, go at your own pace, etc.
One very annoying thing is that the game will kick you out if you pause it for too long even in single player. This happened with my game many times. One time I was playing the game and my phone rang. I paused my single-player game and talked for 30 min or so. I afterwards made myself a coffee and came back around 45-55 mins later. Blizzard server kicked me out of my game and I had to explore all the area again. It turns out that just like an MMO I had to start thinking were to pause my single-player game if I suspected I was going to be away for more than 30 mins. This is unacceptable in a single-player game.… Expand
May 20, 2012Most disappointing Game ever. I have to admit expectations were extremely high, maybe couldnt even have been fullfilled. There are failures in every way you look at the game.
The server management (even expected though) is a joke... i had issues every single day since release. Also entire game elements don't really work properly. The auction house must have been developed by a genius - its bugged, has incredible stupid layout and most annoying - can't be accessed while ingame.
Worst of all is the itemisation. 99% of your loot is crap. You are forced to buy items on the auction house. Without them you simple stand no chance on inferno mode. I suppose thats how Blizzard wants to rob the customers money in near future instead of letting them pay monthly fees. (Yes you pay incredible high taxes on auctions which go directly into their purse)
Leveling the artisans seems to be also a waste of gold. Prices are ridiculously high and the results of your effort is simply not worth it - better buy on the a.h.
I have to admit the gameplay is relatively good. Playing with friends still is fun - but simply not fun enough. Game difficulty is defined by random enemy attributes which can vary from freeloot to impossible. That factor has a high potential of frustration because from a certain point on your progress dos not depend on your skill anymore - its simply luck and gear. That would be okay - has been with D2 too but not if all (yes ALL) items are randomly created by the game. So you might imagine how frustrating it will be when you find a barbarian set item with stats like intelligence and dexterity. I mean how stupid can it be?
At the begining i loved to play this game (so far as i was able to because of server restrictions) but with every day i beginn to dislike it more and more. I miss so many elements of Diablo 2 i just can't understand how Blizzard failed so greatly. The game is simply not finished after a ridiculously long development time. I don't even mind the outdated graphics (which are really **** outdated).
Blizzard Y U NO LIKE CUSTOMERS??… Expand
May 20, 2012If you've been waiting a decade for the sequel to Diablo II this game will disappoint you. It's more of what you would have expected from D3 that came out 2 years after D2. In many ways it makes the Diablo knock-off games like Dungeon Siege look more developed and polished. No camera control and minimal skill tree choices are just not acceptable in 2012. Also, the epic feel of D1 and D2 is gone with the noticeable absence of any heart-stopping encounters like the famous Butcher. D3 is the last nail in the coffin of Blizzard - it's time we recognized the company making these games now is called Activision.… Expand
May 20, 2012This game is boring as hell.
The story-line is dry, linear, predictable and could have been much, much better. Character class back-story/story-line is non existent. About the only time your character comes into the story-line is when he/she is narrating it; that's it - which sucks big time. The game should have had multiple endings, substantial choices that affected the story-line/characters, and more random/variety in quests but sadly it doesn't. A better story-line should be given each time you beat the game on a harder difficulty, or else why even play again. Maps are extremely linear, small, and very closed off. They are made just to funnel you to your next destination - nothing more. The games initial difficulty should not be called normal. Diablo I and II on normal were much more of a chanllenge than Diablo III's normal. Diablo III's normal feels like the game is dumbed down significantly for casual players and in fact is holding my hand every step of the way - in fact you will use potions about once every eight or so hours all the way to the ending of the game. This greatly takes away from my enjoyment and game play experience. Bosses battles are extremely lackluster, mediocre and poorly scripted. Aside from playing a different class the replay value is very linear at best. If the game had multiple endings/better endings for higher difficulties, and more variety in quests, gave the player choices that affected the game/ending and a substantial variety in more open and nonlinear maps then the replay value would be high. Art is too similar to WoW, and as such has a very cartoony kids friendly feel to it. In fact some of the animation was taken from wow. The music of the game has its moments but for the most part feels passive and dull. Single player games must be played online only. So if there servers are flooded or down you either experience massive lag which ruins your game play experience or you simply can't play at all. About the best thing I can say Diablo III has is the CG cinematic's which are wonderful too look at. I'd say this game deserves no more than a 7.5 at best.… Expand
May 20, 2012My first review on metacritic. Needed to vent my complete frustration with Blizzard somewhere. I'm 39 and remember buying the first Diablos in the store. Everybody knows these were incredible ground-breaking games. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Diablo III. I have spent, no wasted, 8 hrs of my life attempting to get this game to install on my desktop. Installation gets hung up in a "Updating Setup Files" loop from hell. I tried a multitude of suggestive fixes from the Battle.net site but to no avail. I bought the hard copy from Amazon and will likely return it Monday for a refund claiming game is junk.
All I wanted to do was play the single player campaign like I had done in the past. Blizzard, in their infinite wisdom (err greed)should never made it a requirement to play this game on-line. Obviousely I am not the only one that feels this way. The majority of reviews for this game have been less than stellar. Some heads need to role at Blizzard over this catastrophe. Guess I'll wait for Torchlight II release.… Expand
May 20, 2012I usually don't bother to say anything when a product is disappointing in some way; I just get rid of it and make a note that it reflects poorly on the company behind it and I am less likely to give that company my business again. However with the launch of Diablo 3 I feel compelled. Having waited years for this to be released I was shocked when news circulated that it would be only playable online. I thought this was not true at first. Okay so now it is finally released and the relevant persons in the company spoke to the media stating various reasons it needs to be online play only. The main reason I gleamed was to make money via the auction house.
And after game release what are the results... Has game play been made safe for the gamers by the caring Blizzard team; can they buy and sell items in the auction house; are they immersed in this wonderful new world... Well as most of the genius and efforts seem to have been directed at how to make the maximal amount of money; not much intelligence seems to have to left over to figure out how to ensure the servers to take the load of HAVING TO LOG IN AND RUN THE GAME FOR EVERY SINGLE PLAYER WHO WANTS TO PLAY, HAVE A FUNCTIONAL AUCTION HOUSE, ETC. The players don't have to worry about all the bad things the online only play protects them from and all the wonderful benefits as most can't log in or can only log in and play for a few minutes at a time.
Well I am sure you all are very proud of what you have on display after years of efforts. Well done. I am sure that any twinge of embarrassment on the company part is overcome by profits from the people who put down their money for a game that they can't properly play. And for all those who have to pay for bandwidth used per month I am sure they have received the indirect message that Blizzard is only interested in customers of a certain socioeconomic background. That message was quite clear from the release of WOW. So while I will not having the benefit on enjoying the new diablo 3 I feel that time has come to stop all support for this company. I am sure that it will go unnoticed as enough people are so invested in the series that they will continue to support it just to see it to completion. I hope that one day the company is run by kinder sensible persons but that is just a dream. I quite enjoyed my offline single player games; I had no interest in going online or in purchasing items from anyone. I was content to play against the game and keep replaying to see what new items/quests I would get. Seems the times are changing and my simple tastes are no longer allowable. I hope a few other companies will keep catering to these simple tastes.… Expand
May 20, 2012The absolute WORST online experience ever. This COMPLETELY RUINS the game. When I try to open my game to the public I crash within 1 minute. When I play with others I crash every 20 mins to 1 hr. No progress is saved when I play multiplayer and crash, so I literally spend hours just trying to go fast enough to beat a quest before I crash. The skills are incredibly dull and simple, as are the classes (coming from someone who LOVED d1 and d2). Hell mode (which isn't even the hardest mode) is near impossible if you get the wrong unique monster, so soloing can be frustrating, to say the least. This leads me to my above point: since I can't solo it, I have to try multiplayer, but I keep crashing. Do yourself a favor and don't buy this game until Blizzard makes the servers somewhat stable. I'm sure it's not my computer, because it's well above the minimum specs and I am running on great internet and have played other MMOs without trouble.… Expand
May 20, 2012Assuming you could play the game problem free its probably worth an 8, but the fact I can not play it, and as yet have been unable to maintain a solid connection due to Blizzards servers being overloaded and underprepared makes the 8 irrelevent, I officially give this game a 1 because its unplayable which by definition means its a bad game.
May 21, 2012Was unplayable due to lag caused by the permanent connection. (System totally shameful for a single player game)
Lots oversimplified the game lost much of its interest and its replayability.
The result of this diablo 3 is that today I pledge to boycott the battel net and Blizzard games.
May 21, 2012I have never experienced such a poor launch of a game ever in my life. The game either does not install, or installs then doesn't do anything when I hit play. I really was waiting to play the game before giving a review, but I am sorry Blizz, if I simply am unable too play your game then it gets a zero. went to customer service and they went through a million steps with me, first it was my Alienware, then it was my Norton, then it was my Mcafee, then it was my wireless, lets be honest Blizz, It is Diablo III not my computer I have never had a conflict as bad as this before. Please release games ready to play and ready to be installed. Absolute nonsense.… Expand
May 21, 2012Everything you loved about Diablo 1 and 2 where removed in this game. No more custom stats. No more skill trees. No more character customization. Graphics are okay at best. The storyline is horrible. The only well-done thing is the cinematics. I'm afraid Blizzard has totally and completely become Activision. Where their motto is: "Gamers don't know what they want - we know what gamers want." They completely and utterly ignore what their customers state they want in a game. Oh . . . and no Cow Level.… Expand
May 22, 2012Diablo III is an OK game that you can play in 5min to 45min intervals if you'er lucky. A single player game with 'always play online' DRM... why? First off - my internet connection stability and/or router setup and/or ISP setup works fine for any game except, apparently, D3. So don't try to sell me some router or ISP trouble shooting. The problem lies with the Diablo 3 and it's servers (in combination with my setup). PERIOD. The game is OK despite the low-fi graphic and lack of old school Diablo atmosphere but the issue for me is that I get booted before I finish a quest. Thus I need to repeat it, all the while collecting experience points making be an all mighty Barbarian who is way too powerful for the area I'm still stuck in. This may sound good but it's not. The enemies are sooo weak in comparison now that I sit there chopping away like they are on a conveyor belt and I'm a factory production line worker. I've never even used a potion and I'm on level 12! Why not give us the option to play offline with the trade-off being that offline created characters cannot (ever) go on-line? So, to Blizzard: Fix your game or give me my money back!… Expand
May 22, 2012Should have listened to that inner voice telling me that big hyped games are never as good as one would expect. The game has been riddled with problems which have hampered me from properly playing this game. The lack of support in the Oceanic region has been a slap in the face. But in all honesty, should I be reviewing this game on issues that are outside the scope of game play? Well yes, I think so. Blizzard has decided to add an "always-online" feature which renders server problems apart of the game play.… Expand
May 22, 2012It is a big disappointment for those who loved d2. Putting online DRM and money AH aside the game is boring, monotonous, scripted and mindless. You have no control on your character : nothing is customizable, everything is automatic and done for you. So many years and so much money for a game to come out like this is unacceptable for the people who deserved a worthy sequel do the great game that was diablo 2.… Expand
May 22, 2012This game contains NONE of the charm the previous games did. Character development is poor, there is no gravitas to the story despite having such a rich backstory to draw upon. The simplification of the actual core mechanics is insulting to those who played previous Diablo games. By allowing all skills to be used and taking away leveling up skills, the importance of items is increased. If you enjoy having WOW remade in the Diablo universe then this game is for you, otherwise avoid at all costs. The inclusion of online only is annoying but fair enough to avoid piracy, HOWEVER this point is completely lost when they include an auction house designed to rake in real world money for them. Such corporate cynicism injected into a once magnificent franchise saddens me, and this is only amplified by the insane amount of time that Blizzard has poured into this to achieve such a substandard result. After I played this game I can't help but feel that a company that used to make great games is now trying to find greater ways to gouge my wallet repeatedly in the most arrogant of all ways.… Expand
May 22, 2012Horrible product by a horrible company. Blizzard used to be good. They started going downhill when they were bought by Activision. I think this really shows because all blizzard games up until WotLK were good. Before Wotlk Blizzard merged with Activision who is owned by vivendi. This means a bunch of no-nothing about games people are pushing and managing deadlines for the company below it. They probably want them to follow the Call of Duty model, which is release an expansion every year. Guess what not gonna happen. I'll never buy a blizzard product again if they don't release the PvP within a month. This was a borderline scam.… Expand
May 22, 2012A fair game with a DRM so invasive that destroys the fun of the game! I dont want to have lag issues in a single player game or lose my progress in the middle of an Act because blizz servers or my internet connection dropped!
The online game with friends about the same level as you is really fun!
May 22, 2012Played for a total of 35 hours and finished on normal setting (because you are forced to) but don't feel the need to play it anymore. Story is bland, graphics aren't great but didn't bother me that much. Gameplay is satisfying most of the time. Loot is not very interesting, couldn't care less about auction houses and pay-to-win schemes and the always online crap is just ridiculous, I have a fast internet connection but still get lag in my $%^^$^ SINGLEPLAYER game! Not to mention I (and many others) have experienced serious BSOD's, a first on my pc and definitely because of Diablo 3. I feel stupid paying for this treacherous piece of garbage.… Expand
May 22, 201289, critics? Really? So much for the wisdom of the crowds. Diablo III may be the least inspired, least groundbreaking, least interesting and least addictive game that Blizzard has ever rolled out. Let's compare it to Diablo 2.
Ways it is a step backwards:
1. Characters aren't customizable
2. Runes removed (maybe they're coming back in an expansion but a sequel should be a step 3. Sets removed
FORWARD from the expansion, not backward).
Ways it is unimproved:
1. Storyline (still boring)
2. Dungeons (feels the same as DII)
3. Interface/fighting system
Ways it is a step forward:
So in short, if you don't mind paying $60 for another expansion of Diablo 2, you won't be disappointed. But given that its 10 years in the making, Blizzard should have been able to do better than that.… Expand
May 22, 2012The unexplained downtime, the hacked accounts, and the onslaught of error codes this game gives completely negates any positive experience I have in game. The crafting system appears to be a waste of time, driving users to the auction house - which soon will have a real money component to it. Community service through these issues has been downright terrible.
May 22, 2012What a disappointment! Blizzard showed they do not give two $hit$ about their fans or what we want. After all this time they could have easily given us a masterpiece but they opted for the easy money. Blizzard will forever be synonymous with greed after this eff up. Shame on you.
May 23, 2012Diablo 3 is a polished but ultimately empty experience, I think the main question here is what the hell (pardon the pun) Blizzard spent the last 5 years doing, because it certainly wasn't producing any form of innovation. Much like Starcraft 2 D3 is simply a lazy rehash of it's predecessor. Add to that the always on DRM via Battlenet and all in all D3 is a decidedly mediocre experience.
...oh, and it has one of the worst plot 'twists' I've seen in a long while.… Expand
May 23, 2012Guys, no matter how hyped this game has been, it is not worth it at all. All of the classes are simply broken. Did the developers even test this game past normal? Did anyone actually play inferno? I've played over 100 hours of this game in 1 week and I have realized how much of a waste of life it has been. Without massive changes, this game is absolute trash.
I have never been so rage-induced by a single game.
Every single facet of the game has been as letdown. None of the features lived up to the expectations. Auction house is a complete joke. I don't understand how they couldn't implement the simple functions of the WoW auction house. DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE LAUNCH PROBLEMS. It's just **** Pure ****… Expand
May 23, 2012This game was below average. The gameplay is fun, but quickly becomes tedious and boring. As such, the replayability is below average. The graphics are below average. The story is below average. WELL below average. For the most part, the writing is absolutely horrific. The plot is transparent and banal to the point of personal insult. For example, Act 2, by Blizzards own admission is supposed to focus on intrigue and deception - and has little of either that I could tell. The entirety of this Act was bland and unmemorable.
All of the alleged "twists" in this game were mind-numbingly lame. There are atleast 3 characters that suffer from memory loss, one of the most cliche and overused plot devices in existence.
Blizzard retconned and filled in alot of Diablo history to come up with the most convoluted and childish story every drempt of. The extremely contrived plot appears to be aimed at an audience legally too young to purchase this game.
There is no offline singleplayer, which makes sure your solo experience is filled with all of the possible connection and lag issues of any multiplayer game. So far these issues have been numerous.
The auction hall(s) and the game's dumbed down experience ensure that good items for your character are far too easy to come by, which is a huge flaw, seeing as Blizzard put a huge focus on gear to replace a completely gutted levelling system.
As a stand alone title, this game is mediocre. Keeping in mind the time in developement, and the legacy of the series, Diablo 3 was a dissappointment, whose "Concentrated Coolness" sounds way to similar to Dragon Age 2's "Awesome Button".… Expand
May 23, 2012One word: DATED.
I can't believe all the positive reviews from "estbalishment" sites. This game is dated in plot, execution, and all sorts of peripherals. Can't change camera angle, graphics are dated and yet hog resources, there is 0 replayability unless you want to redo the one main storyline multiple times... This was a good game 15 years ago, and unfortunately nothing has changed.
I was shocked by how dated this game is, and I don't even have to mention the online issues.… Expand
May 24, 2012Giving 0/1 out of 10 IS INDEED helping the industry!
Downrating, and thus keeping down the sales, a product that is solely made to milk every last drop out of the customers, is THE ONLY way to push the publishers to change their business mentality. Sure Diablo 3 can be fun to play and is not so bad technically wise, but it is the way Activision / new Blizzard is treating the fans that is totally unacceptable, especially for that price.
And it's very simple, if enough people rate the product down and don't buy it, you'll wonder how fast the publishers suddenly will make great games again. Or maybe Blizzard / Activision will go down and vanish? So let it be, a company that gives a **** about their customers and the fans should not be so big anyway. New, smaller publishers and indiegames will raise and have already: See Runic Games with Torchlight 2, lot's of the old Diablo developers are in their team now and it has everything Diablo3 is missing and much more. It just doesn't have the giant budget to make it such a hype title.
With every copy of Diablo 3 (or other games with same problems) that is sold, we just tell the publishers their behaviour is the right one and to go on with it, even to make it worse next time. Blizzard is long dead already. R.I.P. Blizzard, R.I.P. Diablo.… Expand
May 24, 2012So far I'm around 3/4's of the way through Act II, and I'm loving the game so far. I don't understand why people are whinging so much if I'm honest. I'll agree, I hate the 'Always Online' bullcrap, but if its stops the pathetic world of duping/hacking the best gear in the game, I'm all for it.
For those of you complaining about how 'colourful' the world is, get over yourselves. There are far too many games nowadays who use a colour palette of grey and brown, its nice to see a developer injecting some colour into the world. [Make a comparison to the art/graphic style of Warcraft and I will smack you up the side of the head. Completely different development team, morons]
All in all, the game delivers what D2 had and more. I'm sorry if you stat/skill monkeys are upset, but at least now you don't have to google ULTIMATE CHARACTER STAT/SKILL SETUP and can actually make the sort of character you actually want to play, not a defined role for the best most possible damage output.… Expand
May 24, 2012This game follows in the footsteps of Diablo 2 and does not disappoint. The story isn't amazing, but this is a great hack and slash, dungeon crawl game. The difficulty allows newer players to easily get the feel of the game, while the new skill system allows you to design your character to what fits your play-style. The graphics could have been a bit better in game, but most of the cutscenes look amazing.… Expand
May 24, 2012Before I begin, I made an account here just to post this review. This game defines the reason Piracy is so prevalent today. Quite simply it is not worth the price tag attributed. I could not find any in the shops so purchased for Â£44 online and downloaded it. I shall list my experience so far in order; The installation was not easy, I had to trawl through the online forums because it continuously failed, trying numerous things suggested until I fixed it which took an hour or so. The fix was from the community NOT from Blizzard :/.
You need a CONSTANT internet connection to play the single player game, there have been times where their servers are overloaded and I could not play / log in. Unacceptable to me from such a big player in the games industry.
The game itself is really mediocre, I usually play on hard difficulty settings for a challenge, but you need to complete the game on normal first before its unlocked. Normal difficulty setting is so unbelievably easy, the gameplay you literally hold one mouse button to run around and kill things, then occasionally hit the right mouse button, Q and numbers 1 - 4. As one previous poster commented "This is Spore all over again" - That too was a game that was unbelievably over-hyped and ended up just a HUGE disappointment to me. Diablo 3 is similar.
To me there are alot of games companies squeezing the life out of excellent titles for the sake of profit. THQ did it with Supreme commander and Activision do it with Call of duty, then there is Tiger woods 137 etc etc. - Diablo gives me the same feeling that me, the consumer and my gaming experience comes not even second to their main priorities of the bottom line and making money. Yes it is important but the balance is tipped too far in the wrong direction for me imo.
Very disappointed!… Expand
May 24, 2012Level 60 cap instanced dungeons Maximum 4 players No skill trees Tiered armour sets. WoW Themed Style, and art direction. Rated T for Teens. Explosive barrel sequences(rock cliffs, and bookshelves "Console **** to kill waves of enemies Slow uninteresting combat Generic air cutting effects when attacing Cut and pasted skills from WoW No stat points NO TOWNS Vanishing corpses Scripted events killing you instantly despite having full health
Instantly respawning at boss fights
3 passive skills only that you will be forced to juggle
RMT'ing the AH. Double diming players for placing, and selling items on it
Legalised chinese farmers
No Offline mode
No single player
No opened world PVP
Dumbed down for general audience, probably this is the most oversimplified and dumbed down game I've ever played besides Sims and Facebook and cellphone games
Character customisation removed(no more skill points to distribute, no more attribute points to distribute, skills unlock automatically as you level up)
Legalized gold selling, pay-to-win auction houses
Scripted garbage EVERYWHERE
GETTING KICKED OUT OF YOUR SINGLEPLAYER GAME FOR BEING AFK
Bland, one dimensional, WoW inspired skills
World PvP removed and the only PvP options is a WoW-clone arena (which is not even functional yet)
Voice acting is HORIBBLE compared to D2 or any games with a budget bigger than 20 dollars.
Timed log-outs in a game which its gameplay is based on being fast-paced (even on hardcore mode)
CHECKPOINTS that revive you from where you are left off (how much more casual can they make a diablo game I wonder)
Region lock, DRM that requires you to be constantly online
LEVEL 60 CAP Surely to be raised to 70,80,90 and so on with yearly expansions that consists of cut content for only another $60!
Retarded things that butcher the whole atmosphere such as:
May 24, 2012I spent 10 to 15 hours playing on the trial, leveled a Monk, Demon Hunter, and Mage to 10, killing the Skeleton King with each. I started a barbarian, but I just couldn't keep playing. If you like having input on how your character progresses ala stat point distribution or skill points, this is not the game for you. The character levels on its own, and you are given six slots to choose which skills to use, and which runes to attach to the powers to alter the skill. Skills are doled out as you level in a pre-planned fashion. That's it for customization. It's a simple system, and if you like that sort of thing, you'll love this game. I know some people love the "streamlined" system and thinks it's an improvement, and I'm glad those people can enjoy this game. I didn't, however, and I couldn't feel connected to my character as a result of having no input on how it leveled. That issue, coupled with the internet DRM, is why I give the game a terrible score, and why I won't be purchasing it. The combat plays like Diablo, and the music is Diablo, but that's where the similarities end for me. Do yourself a favor and play the trial before buying this, to make sure its the kind of game you want. I was expecting something completely different. Otherwise, I suggest pre-ordering Torchlight 2, as you'll get Torchlight 1 for free to scratch your Diablo itch while you wait for T2 to come out this summer. Consequently, Torchlight 1, a game with a far lower budget released in 2009, has held my attention just as long as Diablo 3, and I'm still enjoying it. I think that says something about Diablo 3 and it's level of quality, at least as far as players who were expecting the ability to customize their character in a similar way to the previous two installments of Diablo.… Expand
May 24, 2012Long gone are the day when you buy a game, pop in the cd/dvd, install and play.
My Diablo 3 installation hell went like this
1. Pop in the dvd, setup installation files got stuck at 1/3 of the way and again at around 90%. 2. After solving #1 per solution suggested on http://eu.battle.net/d3, I'm now stuck on the installation screen folder "invalid installation options, please try again" and still stuck here ever since.
3. Hop onto http://eu.battle.net/d3 again seeking a workaround but website is under maintenance.
4. I still can't install the game, let alone queue into battle.net.
Way to go Blizt, you just made it on my list. You farked up even without the help of Electronic Farts!… Expand
May 24, 2012This is the biggest disappointment since Duke Nukem Forever. I put about 30 hours into this game and had enough. This game is bland, tasteless garbage thrown together by yet another corporate entity, surrounded by hype, purely for profit. I'm a D2 veteran and this game isn't worthy of being called Diablo 3 - Diablow 3 sounds more fitting. This is a dumbed-down game catered to WoW subscribers and casual gamers. So many people have already mentioned the countless problems with this game so I'm not even going to waste my time trying to rehash that.
Luckily, I was able to get a refund after dealing with the neverending hold for Blizzard Billing & Support. Don't believe the hype or the critics (who are payed to make good reviews) and save your money for something more worthy.… Expand
Jul 18, 2012For all the game's missteps, though, you certainly can't accuse Blizzard of phoning it in - if anything, the game suffers from the tendency to try a little to hard at times to evolve the design. [Aug 2012, p.61]