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Diablo III

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Xbox 360
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Windows
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3.2
PlayStation 3
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5.0
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Description

Diablo III is the third instalment in Blizzard's franchise. The plot is set twenty years after the events of Diablo II, when a star falls on the cathedral in Old Tristram (the same cathedral that the hero had to explore down to the depths of Hell in the original Diablo). The hero, one of five classes (Barbarian, Monk, Demon Hunter, Witch-doctor and Wizard), male or female, sets off to investigate the mysterious falling star.

The game, like its predecessors, is a dungeon crawler in which the player fights against hordes of enemies ranging from beasts and undead to actual demons. The environment is made of various maps. The towns and cities have predefined maps, and the fields and dungeons have randoms maps. These maps are reset any time the player reloads the game. The game has four acts, two game modes (normal and hardcore) as well as four difficulty levels: Normal, Nightmare, hell and Inferno. In hardcore mode, defeat is not allowed. The patches also added «monster power» setting, which allows to scale selected difficulty additionally from 1 to 10.

Each character have multiple sets of abilities to choose from: a standard (left click) attack, a special (right click) attack, four special abilities (key 1 to 4) and three passive abilities. For each class, each slot has a specific set of abilities that get unlocked by levelling-up. Some of these skills have a set of runes that adds a special effect to that same skill. Setting specific skills and runes is what will make your character unique.

Another important part of customization is the equipment. The equipment slots are: Head, shoulder, arm, chest, belt, legs, feet, main hand and off hand, as well as an amulet slot and two ring slots. The variety of random magic attributes of the equipment means switching armor pieces and weapons regularly. Further customization include dyes to color the armor pieces, and gems that can be put in socketed equipment to add more magic attributes. New equipment can be dropped by foes, bought in stores and auction houses or crafted in the forge. There is also a jewelry where one can make his own gems and amulets.

In solo mode, three different followers (Templar, Scoundrel and Enchantress) are eventually available to accompany the hero of his/her quest. They also have unique skills to choose and have six equipment slots (Rings and amulet, off hand and main hand, as well as a slot for a special tool, unique for each follower). A friend can also join a solo game at any time. The follower will become unavailable as the game switches to co-op mode. There is no friendly fire in multiplayer. There are also public games that the player can join instead of playing solo or co-op. A simple PVP mode is available too, called «duels», being free for all death match for up to 4 players.

A new addition to Diablo III is the auction house, where items are exchanged for in-game gold or real money, also usable to purchase Blizzard merchandise. The game features a wide array of achievements earned upon meeting certain requirements. Due to the random fields, dungeons and available sub-quests, it takes many play-through to get achievements, complete quests and find all of the game's sub-plot and character's back-story.

Screenshots

Diablo III Windows Talking with some characters will reveal their history.
Diablo III Windows Wow, that monster spitter is surely huge.
Diablo III Windows Looking for stuff in the auction house.
Diablo III Windows Farmer and his useless wife. Ha.

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User Reviews

Lame start, awesome mid-game, but reward-less grind near the end. Windows vedder (20101)

The Press Says

NZGamer Windows May 23, 2012 9.5 out of 10 95
Strategy Informer Windows May 29, 2012 9.5 out of 10 95
RPGFan PlayStation 3 Sep 14, 2013 92 out of 100 92
Gamer.nl PlayStation 3 Sep 03, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.se PlayStation 3 Sep 12, 2013 9 out of 10 90
DarkZero PlayStation 3 Sep 16, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Hasta los Juegos Windows May 29, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
4Players.de Windows May 15, 2012 83 out of 100 83
Gameblog.fr PlayStation 3 Sep 02, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
CPU Gamer Windows May 31, 2012 7 out of 10 70

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Awards

  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #3 Best Role-Playing Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2012 - #7 Best PC Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2013 – #3 Game of the Year 2012 (together with Hitman: Absolution)
    • Issue 01/2013 – Role-Playing Game of the Year 2012 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 01/2013 – Disappointment of the Year 2012 (Readers' Vote)

Contributed to by Fred VT (15063) and François Thouraine (64)