Diablo 3 (Beta) – Blizzard Entertainment – Release Date May 15th, 2012 (Full Game)
The Diablo 3 beta offers a lot of insight into the full game that will be launched May 15, 2011. I have been avidly playing this beta to discover what lies under the hood of a game that has been in development for over ten years. From my experiences with the closed beta this is definitely a game that gamers will want to drop hours of their time into.
The beta only contains three parts to the beginning of the story. I completed my first play through of the beta within about one and a half hours. The story leads you from the starting area to the cathedral of Tristam where a fallen star has collided into the earth and caused the undead and demons to awaken. You will mainly be listening to the dialogue from Leah and eventually Deckard Cain. The beta also lets you fight the Skeleton King (Boss of Act 1). So far in the beta the story and the immersion of the characters seems to be fairly strong. I really was finding myself to want to find out what will happen after I turned in my current quest.
The game has five different classes to choose from this time. The classes are: Witch Doctor, Barbarian, Wizard, Monk, and Demon Hunter. I have experimented with all of the classes and they are all very unique and give the game a different twist depending on what class you play. It is unlike some dull RPGs where you feel you are just using the same spell or ability with a different name for each class. I mainly played through this beta as a monk. The monk mainly uses a lot of dodge moves and martial arts attacks to clear through enemies. What I liked most though was that the combat was very fluid with the combination of dodging and attacking. I didn’t feel like there was any stutter between my attacks and combination moves. The game uses the standard dungeon crawler formula for enemies. You will find the very weak minion type enemies that can be killed in a couple of hits to the normal enemies that are slightly a challenge. Of course there are boss enemies that take a good use of spells to take down.
The leveling in the game is also very straight forward. After a certain amount of experience you level up and gain skill points. New spells and abilities require a certain level to unlock them. You can then use your skill points to unlock abilities and spells.
The multiplayer in this game is accessed by entering other players games or public games. If you want to do some dungeon crawling with your friends you can jump into their game at their progress and help them. The public rooms are made for people that want fast multiplayer action or need help with a strong enemy. Part of the multiplayer is also the auction house that you can post or buy items from for in game gold or real life currency.
The beta also lets you get an idea of how the crafting will work. You can take all the items that you can not use or are not worth a lot and break them down into materials. The beauty of the crafting in this game is that crafted items are random. Meaning if you craft a steel sword twice using the same materials you could get different bonuses and stats on each sword. The game will also feature attribute gems that you can socket into gear.
The Bottom Line
Diablo 3 has a lot of promises it is definitely going to fulfill. From my experiences in the beta the game play, story, and extras will offer gamers a new horizon for their gaming fulfillment. If you wish to tear through swarms of enemies with ice beams or if you prefer to sit back and watch your diseases and minions consume enemies I would suggest adding Diablo 3 to your wish list. The game will be $59.99, require an internet connection, and a battle.net account. Also if you are an avid World of Warcraft player Blizzard has a deal right now where you can buy the World of Warcraft Annual Pass (12 mo. subscription) and get Diablo 3 free. Our full review of the game will be released along side the official release of the full game.
Do you think Diablo III will live up to all the hype? Will you be buying it?
Official Diablo 3 Site - http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/games/d3/?int=d3
Battle.net Site - http://us.battle.net/en/
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