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Average User Score: 7.9Sep 27, 2012Not a mainstream game by any means and that is one of the many things to like about it. The story is unique and very intriguing, so much soNot a mainstream game by any means and that is one of the many things to like about it. The story is unique and very intriguing, so much so that there were more than a few times where in my mind I knew I should call it a night, but I always wondered what was going to happen next so I kept going. I am not a puzzle guy so the game was pretty hard in some areas, but with enough practice and online help I was able to make it through the game on normal and view all of the endings without it being too frustrating or easy. If you like games that keep you mentally involved and you are looking for something different, give this a try. The price has dropped down to below 30$ in most places from what I have seen.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.0May 19, 2012First off, I am a HUGE fan of the Diablo franchise. The first Diablo was my overall favorite game for several years when it came out. I haveFirst off, I am a HUGE fan of the Diablo franchise. The first Diablo was my overall favorite game for several years when it came out. I have read all of the official Diablo series books, and most of my experiences with Blizzard and all of their previous games have been great. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Diablo 3.
The brunt of my complaints about this game lies in the structure of it. It was a tough pill to swallow, but I still got this game even knowing about the DRM. However, if I would have known about all of the server issues and restarts several times a day, in peak hours of the day, I would have not purchased this game. Also, the latency even when the servers are running "fine" is still pretty bad, and yes, because of the DRM that latency still affects all single player games as well, so you have now option but to deal with it. Putting all of that aside, let's look at how the game is when the servers ARE up and running fine. After playing through the majority of the story, I found the plot to be extremely dull. Everything that is considered to be a "pivot-able" moment just lacks any surprise. Even the worst of the Diablo paperback books have a much better storyline than this. The end result of this was that for the first time EVER, I actually got too bored to finish the main story of an action-RPG. I am in act 4 of the storyline and I really have lost all motivation to complete the game, it is THAT bad.
To help alleviate this boredom, I tried looking to join groups and play with others. Even though 95% of online players in Diablo 1 and 2 used "trainers" to beef up their character, I still found it fun to play alongside others. Looking to join games in Diablo 3 is a constant headache. Apparently, they changed the public game joining queue so that it makes you join a game with the least amount of players on it at a time. So if there are 500 people playing exactly where you are in the story, it will automatically make you join a game with only 1 other person in it, no matter how many times you try (Over 100 attempts for me). 95% of the time, that 1 other person is either afk or doesn't care that someone else joined. So I then thought, "maybe I will just invite friends to play with me, that way I can get a full game going". Then I realized that no 2 friends play through the game at the same pace, so if we are at the same spot today, we most likely won't be tomorrow, so there goes that idea...
So in the end, you can play multiplayer with one other random stranger, or you can play single player with the same connection dependance of playing a multiplayer game and complete with lag and random server shutdowns/restarts, even in peak hours. So you just have to hope that you aren't fighting a final boss of an act as the message "Server shutdown in 60 seconds" pops up. I am not much of a graphics guy so I don't really care if most people think it is outdated, games can still be great with sub-par graphics, so I didn't count off any points for that. The music is good, which is the only reason why I didn't give this game a "0". I also forgot to mention that if you have played "Titan Quest" before, 50% of the location surroundings and monsters will look familiar.
In conclusion, if you can bare the boring story, connection problems even in "single player", and deal with never being able to find a decent multiplayer game long enough, you will enjoy the soundtrack. I myself couldn't bare the torture all the way to the end... If I had the option to trade my key back in and get my money back, I would.… Expand