8/21/2008

Preview : Diablo III

Ready your weapons , polish you're armor and throw some potions in the bag , because in 2009 all hell brakes loose . No , this is not a call to war , it's just an introduction for the God of all hack-and-slash games : Diablo III


'And the heavens shall tremble' - The background story

Two decades have passed since the demonic lords, Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, set out across the world of Sanctuary on a vicious rampage, twisting humanity to their unholy will. Yet for those who battled the Prime Evils, the memory fades slowly.
When Deckard Cain returns to the ruins of Tristram Cathedral seeking clues to defeat new stirrings of evil, a fiery harbinger of doom falls from the heavens, striking the very ground where Diablo once entered the world. This fire from the sky reawakens ancient evils and calls the heroes of Sanctuary to defend the mortal world against the rising powers of the Burning Hells once again.

If anyone aspects a more complex story line , that means he hadn't played any of the Diablo games . Why read so many words when there are cool cinematics to show and thousands of monsters to slay , banish , torture , kill-revive-and-kill-again ?

'And the heavens shall tremble' - The characters

Once again Blizzard plays it cool by using many of the gameplay features that characterize Diablo games . Until now only 2 classes were made public : Barbarian (reminds me of whom... ) and the Witch Doctor ( combination between necromancer and sorcerer ) . This wasn't said anywhere but I believe that many of the classes in D3 will be combinations of the classes from D2 . Why I believe that ? First , Blizzard did the same with Warcraft III (combination of races from Starcraft) and secondly , the Witch Doctor is a hybrid class . It's obvious that the Barbarian is the demented hero , that puts all his muscles at work (the brain is not a muscle ) when it comes to share hits , shouts , whirlwinds and a lot of hate . The Witch Doctor on the other hand is tha guy that keeps it cool . Again he is able to use a wall , like the Necromancer did , but this time it's called zombie wall and it's not ment just to stand inert but also to attack . Fire bombs , spawning all sort of creatures and cursing is what he can do best .


'And the heavens shall tremble' - The Gameplay and Graphics

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he gameplay is the same with minor exceptions . They added life spheres that randomly drop from slain monsters and as you take them you're life replenishes . There are some that say it's a bad addition , in my opinion I think it's a very good addition because gives the player the chance co concentrate on using the skills and contemplating the 'deadly' graphic effects . As you can see in this videos , the graphics are straight A and Blizzard promises that players will be able to use the environment in their favor : column that fall , destroying parts of bridges , crumbling walls and other related stuff .





'And the heavens shall tremble' - The Conclusion

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lizzard will do it again and make this game close to perfection as they always do . D2 and D2 expansion sold together 19 Million copies . Will D3 beat this ? I doubt that it will even be close to this sum because times had changed and there are many competitors on the market , even tho none of them can rival Diablo franchise , yet .



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