Yes, it’s been twelve years since the release of the last iteration in the Diablo series, but today that’s about to change. Today is the day Diablo III finally comes out. That means no more social life, tendonitis and buying a backup mouse just in case. Undeniably, the action role-playing game is one of the most awaited titles of the year, in fact, I’m going to go ahead and say that this is one of the most awaited releases of the decade. Before the game came out, Diablo III became the most preordered PC game of all time on Amazon.com and the most preordered game on Blizzard.com. But what’s new this time around?
The story of the game takes place twenty years after the events of Diablo II where some unnamed heroes saved the world from the forces of evil. Now there’s a new generation of heroes that need to fight the evils that threaten the Sanctuary. I’ve been watching some preview videos and gameplay from the beta version of the game and the only character from previous titles that I know is still present in this game is Deckard Cain. Additionally, settings from previous titles such as the city of Tristram are also present in this long-awaited sequel.
Those who have played Diablo II may remember choosing an Amazon, Necromancer, Barbarian, Sorceress or Paladin. Its expansion, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction added two more character classes: Assassin and Druid. In Diablo III, players will be able to control the Witch Doctor, Barbarian, Wizard, Monk and Demon Hunter each with its unique advantages and disadvantages. It’s worth noting that players may now select the gender of the character they choose, adding even more variety to this process.
Gameplay has also been completely redesigned and that has been made possible thanks to a new physics engine that among other things, features destructible environments. The isometric view so proper of the series has been retained and it definitely looks better than ever. But one aspect of the game that has been modified is the use of Battle.net service, as players are able to drop in and out of cooperative sessions with other players.
The quest system, on the other hand, is still here but it has some randomness to it that encourages players to replay entire sections all over again. This includes random levels for enemies and a random encounter generator that makes sure that every time you play you’ll have a completely different experience. But wait, don’t forget about loot! First and foremost, three armor pieces have been added: shoulder plates, arm-guards and leggings. Players may now pick up gold by simply touching it, instead of having to do it manually. Finally, enemies now drop health orbs so there’s no potion bar anymore.
I can’t finish this article without mentioning hardcore mode which is pretty similar to Diablo II’s. Before creating the first character in this mode, players are required to level up any given character to level ten. Now as most of you probably know, characters from hardcore mode can’t be revived so once they perish those characters are lost forever. To be completely honest I have no idea who plays like this anymore, but I’m sure that the hardcore mode from previous Diablo games must have been quite popular for Blizzard to include it once again. Then, there are some other features like auction houses (which I explained here) and PvP will be enabled in a future patch so there’s not a lot of information about it yet.
Now that this game is officially out, what’s your favorite feature? Have you played the previous installments? What is your favorite character? As usual, feel free to share your opinions about the game in the comments section of the site.