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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 343 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great followup with some downfalls

    Posted
    pulseMOD441
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Diablo 3 is a great follow up in the series. The overall gameplay is spot on and the story is overall solid. If you've played a Diablo game (or any action-rpg for that matter# you have a general idea of what you're getting into here, and in those terms what it does it does well. That being said this review is going to focus more on what I see as the short comings of the game. Please note that this is not a negative review of the game, it is a lot of fun, this is more of a heads up of the more drastic changes made to the formula and how they affect the game. As it seems to be a trend in the gaming world lately, many aspects of the game have been over simplified #whether it's a lack of creativity on the side of the developers, or just this overall desire to draw a larger crowd - namely the non-gamers#. First of all in the past Diablo games you were given attributes, in this case strength, dexterity, intelligence and vitality. Each class starts with it's own unique spread of these attributes, just like previous offerings. The difference now is that when you level up the attributes are automatically distributed as opposed to getting 5 points to distribute as you see fit. This seemingly forces the class in the direction and role that Blizzard wanted that class to fit, rather than how the player wants to play it. Sure if you're a wizard you can load up on gear that specifically bumps strength if you want more of it to play more of a battle mage style, but then you limit the equipment you can use. Secondly the skill tree has been simplified. Instead of having a robust tree for every class and a limited amount of skill points to distribute through your journey, now you automatically gain the next skill just by leveling up, and are not able to level that skill up. The only freedom you really have is choosing the runes that go into a skill #which slightly alter the skill, for instance adding life leech#. This means that by level 100, two players with the same class will pretty much have the same character, save for their equipment. Also, a lot of these skills don't require any 'mana' to use, and rather work on a cool down timer. Boss fights now work as events. This is OK in the single player environment, however in multiplayer if you die you can no longer get into that boss fight and must wait outside until your friends either all die or complete it without you. What also doesn't help this is the new potion system, where you can have potions #in one slot only#, but they have roughly a 30 second cool down time. Most of the time you must rely on skills or health orbs dropped randomly by enemies to heal. Boss fights sometimes have health pools that automatically refill during the fight. I would have preferred they stick to the old potion formula and ditched the orb system. Scrolls have been done away with and now you have unlimited town portals and can identifiy objects just by right clicking on them. In multiplayer you can automatically teleport to friends using their banners, which means no one needs to send you a TP to get you to their location. Again this is just another way they've over simplified things. I still believe stocking up on scroll tomes and potions was strategic and fun. Mana also no longer exists, and has been replaced by class specific energy systems. In theory this is a great system, however I feel that it is poorly implimented. Once you gain your first ability that charges your energy you lose your weapon slot and for the most part, no longer actually use your weapon for the rest of the game #unless your skill uses the weapon in the animation#. Your energy gathering skill will use the damage from your weapons, so weapons DO still have a point, however the game here begins to clump two separate aspects into one. If, say, my generating skill did a specific damage, my weapons did a specific damage, and my consumption skill did a specific damage, and I had to alternate what I was using strategically based on the situation that would be a much better system. You can select 'elective mode' and equip your weapon to a slot, but with this system it serves no purpose. Blizzard has also removed any kind of offline gameplay. This doesn't greatly affect me as of right now, however I feel this greatly segregates the fanbase. There still are a lot of people who don't necessarily have internet access, or a cheap way of getting internet access in their area. Also if I'm out somewhere and have my laptop but no access to the internet I should still be able to play a game that I payed for. This isn't an MMO or strictly multiplayer game, so this omission seems to be a poor business decision. Beyond this the game plays exactly as you would expect it to and it is a lot of fun. The boss battles are much more epic than previous Diablo offerings. There are a lot of references to previous Diablo games which is great for veterans. Blizzard has put together a great game in the series, however overall I do feel that they tried to marry too many elements from WoW into Diablo. From a technical standpoint I would say that Diablo 2 still remains the top of both the Diablo series and the isometric action-rpg genre, however Diablo 3 should definitely not be overlooked. If you liked the series in the past or just like action-rpgs in general, be sure to check this one out!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Too little, maybe a little too late.

    Posted
    Katah
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member
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    I remember when I got a copy of the original Diablo demo that was leaked so many years back. It was ground breaking and all I wanted to do was play it over and over. Diablo II carried the torch forward and the following expansions to me were equally as exciting. Diablo III could and I believe should be so much more than it is. I understand the reason why Blizzard did what it did - if it isn't broke, don't fix it! However, this saying doesn't always ring true especially with almost a decade between Diablo II and Diablo III. This is just my take on this game and I fell it worth mentioning that I am a Blizzard fan, but sometimes even your best friend can mess up and warrant some criticism. On to the review: Graphics - The game looks "nice" to be sure, but the graphics are a bit outdated. Remember, this game has been in development for quite some time and I think what happened is they took too long to release and outdated themselves. Characters - Shame on you Blizzard for not letting people create a character appearance. My 10 year old son sums this up best as I suggest he play a Barbarian, "I don't want to play as an old man!" and honestly I don't either. Take what they give you or leave it, but you will have some troubles getting into most of the characters. Game play - This is true Diablo and I think it was wise to leave this part of the game alone. It would have been nice to have the option to skip having to play to the game in "normal" mode before getting to the good stuff though. I think it is cool that Blizzard wanted to make the game accessible to new game players by toning the difficulty down at start, but for those familiar to the series it only promotes racing through the game to get to the good stuff. For those who do not know, Blizzard has stated that 70% of the gear and drops available in Diablo III are not even an option until you hit the next mode of game play. Audio - Overall the music and voice acting are right on par with Blizzard quality. Bottom Line: The game is playable and once through the normal mode I am sure will open up and offer new challenges. Overall the Diablo feel that was in the first two games of the series is missing and without being to create a character you can relate to, this only further takes away from the game. Diablo III for me is not a rush home after work because I cannot wait to play kind of game. For a game so long in the making, you would think it would redefine top down RPG games, but clearly does not do this at all. To do it all over again knowing what I know now, I would have saved the money spent on two copies of the game and a game guide and waited for it to drop in price, but it is what it is. Side Note - This was factored into my review, but is worth mentioning. Blizzard is having a lot of issues with the servers and they quite frequently are taken down or restarted for one reason or another. I'm sure the servers are overwhelmed and with each day passing, this should get better and better. You will notice some character lag from time to time as everything is stored on the server. Remember, to play the game you must be connected to battle.net and the issues they are having will effect your game play until they have it all fixed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not what D2 fans expect

    Posted
    SGM3
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Let me first start off by saying the game is not that bad, IF you have never played D1 or D2. The game is completely online. There is no offline single player mode. The transition from the D2 visual style to the D3 WOW visual style is upsetting. A change from the dark stylistic setting in D1 and D2 is destroyed with bright colors and silly character models. It is hard to tell weather you are playing the third in a series. The story is extremely poor. From the corny dialog to the lame attempt to continue the series. As the story goes on, you begin to think Blizzard is trying to end Diablo. Not to mention the game is completely story base. Once you complete an act, You cannot go back or forward in acts without leaving the game and making or joining a new one. You have to sit through the story every-time you make or new character, even when you advance in difficulty. They have movie instances which are played during the game. Even though you can skip them, they become irritating. The "game" system has changed as well. There are no more game channels. You join games based on the quest you are on. You are linked with players with the same quest. (joining a game similar to COD) As of now there is no PVP. The skill and stat system has been fundamentally transformed. They introduce cool-down times and eliminate customization. You don't get to pick which skills you want. Skills are gained by meeting the required level. There is absolutely no difference between a character other than items, gender, or class. You can choose a skill set, if you are comfortable with that set you continue to gain new skills that are never used. Skills do not level up. Instead you gain "runes". Basically they are additions to the skill. There is absolutely no stats to appoint. Stats are pre-determined every level. The current level cap is 60. I imagine they will release expansions as they do with WOW. This game is an epic failure. Forbes magazine has written a piece about the Diablo that never was, which I employ every Diablo fan to read. Essentially Blizzard shut down Blizzard North and hijacked the game. We now see the result. As former Diablo creators moved onto such titles as, Tourchlight and the failed Hellgate London. If you are interested in Diablo 3, I advise you to watch youtube game-play videos to understand what you are getting. If you are a Diablo fan don't expect much from this attempt on a sequel.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    Posted
    DrewM
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    This could have been a pretty okay game. It offers very little new compared with Diablo 2, but that's probably what a lot of Diablo fans are looking for. Unfortunately, the new bits are largely bummers. Even single player mode requires you be connected to Blizzard's servers. Away from a network connection? Glitchy network? Problems with Blizzard's servers? Blizzard decides to apply a patch and take its servers offline for 8 hours? Sorry, you're out of luck. No Diablo for you. Also, an important part of roleplaying games is choosing your character's path. You decide to grow in certain ways and leave other paths behind. Not in Diablo. There are no permanent choices. One player's level 50 Monk has exactly the same skills available as another player's. You do choose which skills are equipped right now, but in a few seconds you can completely reconfigure your character. This does prevent people from accidentally picking a bad character build, but kills the RPG joy. Another joy-kill is the auction house (AH). Ignore for a moment that in the two weeks since launch it's been broken more often than it's worked: timeout errors, incredible delays and the like. But part of the fun in this kind of game is finding super-powerful items by chance. Now when you find a seemingly super-powerful item, it's almost certain that you can buy something far more powerful from the AH for pocket change. The story is reasonably interesting, and it's as fun as ever to wade through demon hordes. That's enough that I'll play through once, and maybe dabble around a little more. But the bummers outweigh the smiles for me. I would recommend this game to someone who's already a Diablo fan and wants to see the next stage of the story. For anyone else, save your money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Conclusion as a Close Beta Tester

    Posted
    TBone041984
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Being a close beta tester since back in October the game did not have too much to offer only up to the Skeleton King and maximum level 13 across all the characters. So far back story of your character has not been revealed in game, which I'm hoping at full release it will be. The graphics are great in my opinion compared to its predecessor. Characters could be better as far as details are concerned, but the environments are gorgeous. That goes for weapon details,special abilities the characters have, and enchants weapons may be imbued with. The storyline is pretty linear and straight forward, but then again so were the previous titles so no big surprise there. If you want lore and more in depth details read the books. Some cool features they added to this current Diablo title are the action bars other than the primary / secondary attacks with mouse only. Character stat details are nice similar to what they have in WoW. Really enjoy the shared loot stash and gold makes it easy to start up a character and makes transferring equipment via another friend a thing of the past. The automatic gold pick up by running across it is awesome! The less clicks so I can keep the carnage going the better. Your added mercenary that you get to join you on the battle lines is sweet. In beta it was the Templar, which I look forward to seeing their own back story in this game. The switching of skill sets on the fly is a nice added bonus to customizing your character so you can enjoy each and all of your characters skill sets. I do enjoy how they let you see some of the previous NPC's fate in the current game in a subtle discovery kind of way. For instance Warriv the NPC from Act 1 and 2 and that's all I'll say about that don't want to ruin it for people. I may have missed some other points about the game but rather not make a novel of a review so cutting it short. In conclusion my beta experience overall was quite enjoyable and in my opinion this current installment of Diablo will live up to the masses expectations. Happy Hunting on 5/15/12 woot 3 days to go!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Pushes diablo vets to the waste side

    Posted
    Anonymous

    Too many core elements removed that were present in previous series and too many new elements introduced that include the influence of WoW. Things like an easily achievable level cap of 60, skill swapping at any time. Now every schmuck out there will be a max level character swapping skills at will. Unlike previously where most people didn't have a max level character and those that did actually had to work a long time for it, thus bragging rights. Also, decisions use to matter with skill points because you were bound to them (not any more). Who cares what you do now, no need thinking about it, just change your skills at will. Lack of world pvp, bad public game finding system and public chat,real money auction house, WoW influenced graphics, removal of religious symbols, and to top it off a secret level of unicorns and rainbows. I really feel the last one rubbed salt in the wound of long time diablo fans. In my mind the only thing activision (blizzard) has had in mind while developing this game is how to squeeze as much money as possible out of it. As a result, the game has suffered tremendously. I have been a long time diablo fan, but this game kind of ruins it for me. It is sad to think my run with diablo (and blizzard for that matter) is probably over.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great replay value just like the first two games!

    Posted
    Geogon
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is my favorite game to play right now. It's fantastic and so far I have over 100 hours invested in it. I have two high level characters and simply squeel with joy when a unique or legendary item drops on the ground and my power increases because of it! I'm also an active member on the support forums for Diablo 3 and have read it all and have experienced very little of the negatives that this game has. The game has never crashed on me; and I logon at all hours of the day to kick some butt; while sometimes getting my own butt kicked in return but that's expected when you're fighting your way through hell's demons. The storyline is good but I felt a litlte robbed as your main quest is to capture the prime evil and you come to find out that two of them have already been captured for you. The only thing that is cumbersome (in my opinion) is the use of an authenticator for security purposes. I am lucky enough to own a smart phone and the battle.net authenticator is free to download from my app store, and while I can logon at will, it's not safe to do so. I need to always have the autenticator/phone with me. Those players without an autenticator have reported characters deleted, items and gold stolen, etc. But it all could have been resolved by getting the authenticator first, which again, is free and easy to use but must be on your person when you want to play the game. The replay value also comes in the joy of the hunt and finding unique and legendary gear. In my 100 hours of gameplay, I've found only two legendary items but plenty of yellow unique items. If your character is weak, save your gold and head over to the auction house to gain an advantage. Got to love the random instances each time you load the game too. You also have the opportunity to have brand new quests that you've never seen before even after you've beaten the game. There is always somethihng new to enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brings back the memories (GOOD)

    Posted
    Steve18W
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am a 54 year old kid at heart that played this series back in the day. It is an uncomplicated point and click killer that is easy to manipulate and very satisfying to play. Unlike games where you need to be a master of the keyboard simply to get your character to move, this one is able be played by virtually anyone. If you played the originals (20+ years ago) it stays true to the original form. I am quite impressed with the work the development team did. Unlike some, I feel that they captured the spirit of the original team amazingly well. If ever there was a game with replay value, this is it. I was sad when I could no longer boot up my D2 due to incompatibility with the new Windows. The server issues have not been near the problem with me that they have been with others although I got mine toward the end of May and they no doubt are working to solve the issues. I have played through with a Wizard and with very few problems. I do have a MacBook Pro Late 2011 and it has plenty of horsepower and, being a Mac, very few issues. On my system it is gorgeous and plays without a hiccup. If you played the old D1 and D2, get it. If you didn't get it anyway. You don't have to be an octopus of the keyboard. It is atmospheric and more fun than you may think. There is a reason why it is one of the most popular, if not the most popular games in history for the PC and now, Mac.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shaky launch doesn't hinder a great game

    Posted
    skacore99
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    By the time you're reading this, the vast majority of the server issues will have been settled. What we're left with is a great game that takes the core elements that many of us loved about Diablo/Diablo II and brings them into 2012. If you are looking for a game with a great story, excellent cinematics and engaging combat, then Diablo is definitely a good fit. Many people will boil down the gameplay to "click, click, click," but Blizzard has managed to move the game outside of that- while also still staying true to what made the game great in the first place. Yes- you'll be clicking your mouse a lot, but you'll also be mixing other skills in to your rotation to keep things interesting. Some old school Diablo players may lament how the game feels so "easy," but this is the gamer equivalent of telling the neighborhood kids to "get off my lawn!!" Some of the parts that we used to love about Diablo II simply wouldn't translate all that well to today. Endless level grinding, "inventory Tetris," potion-stacking and the like may seem fun through the lens of nostalgia, but those mechanics would get old very fast. Blizzard has taken out the stuff that used to get in the way and boiled the game down to its essence. What we're left with is a great experience that delivers the never-ending pursuit of loot, a dangerous environment (people who claim the game is "too easy" don't really remember what DII was like) and an engaging story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Randomness kills this game

    Posted
    Azuth

    The problem with Diablo 3, outside of the issues with always having to be online, is the randomness of everything. Monster abilities are a random combination which can be either impossible to overcome, or are ridiculously easy. Loot is not only random, but the stats on them are random as well. This leads to a necessary reliance upon the auction house in order to overcome long streaks of bad luck. One level 60 character of mine has never seen a legendary item. Rare items are more prevalent, but rarely of any use due to that same randomness. When they do have stats that you're interested in, they're too low of a level to help. So, you go sell it on the auction house and surf through it to find stuff that would be useful. This takes away from the main thing that attracts people to this sort of game: the explosion of loot from the hundreds of monsters you just killed at once. When you know there's barely a chance that any of it will be of any use outside of selling it for gold, it detracts from the entire point of the game. It really comes down to laziness on the part of Blizzard when it came to balancing loot, monsters, and the game in general. Instead of doing any of that, they made everything random and called it a day. Just so very disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun and challenging for a while

    Posted
    VahidT
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    It's a fun and challenging game. There are overpowered items that can remove the challenge. However, after one play through on Normal mode, you have seen most of the content. You unlock higher difficulty modes (Nightmare, Hell, and Inferno) with each character separately as you complete the game. It is my exoerience you need better gear with every difficulty mode you play through. Somewhat unfortunately, the gear you need may not be available in the mode you are playing in. Often you must purchase gear from the in-game auction house (either using in-game gold you have collected, or with real money). There are 5 different classes (barbarian, demon hunter, monk, wizard, and witch doctor). You have (I think) 8 character slots to play with as you like. Each class has different attributes and skills, as well as some gear restrictions. It suggest you play 10-15 minutes of the first quest/act with eah class to find one that suits you. All in all, it's a fun game during the first playthrough. I find limited entertainment return as you play through the different difficulty modes. And the need to acquire better gear to compete becomes a grind. Lastly, there is no PvP, or at least not yet! I have no idea if it will be offered with an update.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Game, Shaky start up....

    Posted
    knightfire5513
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    If youre a Diablo fan or Blizzard fan, or heck RPG with a cool story, wowing scenimatics, and great graphics not just for your high end PCs. I must say I was a fan from Diablo 1, and Diablo II and the expansion had me even more, so its about time they sat down and made number III.... Some disappointing things however, is the classes, They are like copies of the old version without being the same. Like they wanted to be slightly different but still on the same page and do the same things in a way. And from my point of view, I like the way it was. I really miss the Necro, which is replace with a witch Dr that does similar things but not as cool, has a bear gut, and had to much caffeine, shakes like theres no tomorrow. Well kinda is said with the other classes, but all in all the graphics are sick, co-op is cool, auction house is new and having to connect to the battle net to play a single player mode sucks, but is understandable specially with the auction house being open to all the players so if youre playing single player or co op with your friends, you use the auction house kinda out of the game but its attached to your account.... the stats in this game are randomly generated, so getting a sword doing fire for a lvl 10 with say +12 str and +2 to health reggen finding another like that is unlikely and thats the basic gear in the first part of the game, so you can imagine getting more complex,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK game

    Posted
    Rikoshe

    The game is fun for casual players and maybe those who have not played the previous Diablo games. Lots of fun fighting random mobs and killing demons. The new skill system is pretty nice letting u choose up to 6 skills to use instead of 2, it gives u more variety of skills to use and create more different ways to play. Giving each class a different source of power instead of them all using Mana pools was a great idea and makes more sense. It makes the game a bit more unique adding different power sources like fury for a barbarian would make more sense for a bashing type of class to build of rage instead of using mana? The AH is ok, needs some improvement as some people sell things for ridiculous prices. The REAL CURRENCY AH is not out yet, but I expect it to be a bit more of P2W (pay to win). At least it will secure you from not getting BAN from buying items/gold from third party websites, unlike D2, where people would often buy endgame items from spamming sites. Overall the game gets repetitive and can get boring. Fun for casual players, people who only play games once a while for fun, have a life and go out with friends, etc Hardcore games who stay at home and play games all day. NOPE don't but this game

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Do not purchase this game

    Posted
    SubSonix

    Do not purchase this game. Blizzards new code of conduct is: pay $60 for a game, then pay either real money for items to progress later in the game or spend 100's of hours saving little by little for items that are way overpriced for 10's of millions of gold if not 100's of millions. With the repair bills being totally outrageous from just fighting and not dying you barely make a profit for hours of gameplay. The lag on the server (you always have to be online# is horrible especially when standing in 1 spot for another second can take 1/2 your health. Then you eventually will get to a boss that is currently broken as reported by 1000s of customers and Blizzard won't own up to that fact. So you are forced to either quit playing or start a new character and hit the same brick wall. So if you have TONS of real money to throw at getting items just to play this game #$250 dollars per weapon and item for the best# then go ahead. Personally I will not be purchasing any more Blizzard games after this #13 year or more customer).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Diablo 3 delivers, although 12 yrs was a bit much

    Posted
    OmegaCrew

    Although many people rag on it for having major connection issues and terrible bugs plagueing the servers, many also fail to realize the scope of this game. Yes it took twelve years, yes it had a bit too much hype. However, when there were over 3 million copies were sold in the first day, double that within the week. It doesn't matter how long or hard you work on a game in a studio, there is no laboratory stress test to figure out how your servers will react to such heavy traffic. Now that that issue is set aside, the gameplay and artwork of Diablo 3 are what make it stand out in my mind. Scaled back from the ages of Diablo 2, skill customization is still a nice touch that allows you to play a wide variety of builds all while still leveling your character up. When you hit the cap, the game changes significantly, its not so much about variety as it is optimization at this point. If you are a gamer who loves perfecting characters, maxing out damage to enemies and keeping your armor upgraded to ensure at least some resilience to the horde, this is the game for you. I love it. (To get some perspective, I first saw Diablo 2 when I was very young and I am fairly sure that it laid the groundwork for many of my gaming preferences over the past decade). Anyways, I think this is a must play for pc gamers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A little disappointed

    Posted
    Manton

    Unless you have been a long time fan of Diablo and played Diablo 2 LOD a lot, you wont understand exactly where I'm coming from. The over all game of D3 is awesome. I love how they kept the barb and how they continued the crazy awesome story line. Bringing back the old legends like Cain and Tyreal really takes you back to the good ol' D2 times. However, I have come to realize that D3 is overly structured and essentially made so that all you have to do is level up and find your items. Sounds like every game right? Wrong. Remember how in D2 you could have multiple different paladins? One could be a hammerdin, another a smiter, FOH pally, etc. No more customizing your characters in D3. Your skills are all chosen for you and therefore once you've made one monk, you've made them all. When it comes down to it, the skill set in D3 sucks. Its just too boring :/ It would also be nice if they would bring back tps because check points are just so annoying and theres nothing more annoying than having to run all the way through a map again just to get back to where you were. Hope this review gives you some insight!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Thank God I only paid 1/2 price for it !!

    Posted
    PappyMelt
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I played D3 during the beta test and hated it, easily deciding not to buy it when it was released. Recently I saw it advertised for half price ($29.99) at BestBuy and, since I had read that the 1.07 patch had stabilized it quite a bit plus given it some new features, I decided to give it a try. There is no doubt that the 1.07 version of D3 is vastly better than the version I played during beta. That being said, it is still not nearly as good as D2 was, IMO. It is definitely more "theme parky" or "rail guided" than D2 was - I have read that this was done to accommodate the console version, beats me. I finally managed to hang on long enough (by "hang on", I don't mean because of difficulty but rather from boredom) to beat Diablo on Normal with my Witch Doctor playing on Monster(5) difficulty. I wish I had played it on 9, but oh well... I am now playing Nightmare on Monster (5) and it is occasionally a bit harder than Normal, but the game is just plain boring. Sorry to disappoint all you fanbois out there, but the truth is the truth, no matter how much it hurts...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disconnects constantly. Literally unplayable.

    Posted
    steelersForever
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is not a review of the game at launch. That was horrible. Everyone knows the game was unplayable. This is almost 2 weeks later. The game is unplayable during normal gaming hours; like at night. If others are playing, then you will not be able to play because the servers disconnect you after less than 2 minutes. And saving is only to checkpoints i.e. THE GAME IS UNPLAYABLE. I've tried every few week nights, but the only time I was able to play was a Sunday during the day. I suspect the positive reviews are coming from addicts who are playing through the night. On a Friday evening, I've been disconnected 10 times in a row. And it will continue like this for the foreseeable future. Just like the launch. Customer support responds after a few days, to each ticket - and I've sent multiple - with "yeah, our servers were really getting hammered. it should be better now." But of course, it is not.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beta Review ONLY

    Posted
    Wolfstike
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have been playing the beta for a while now and I must say it is a rather well balanced game (witch doctor may be a bit overpowered.) The true hack and slash of diablo 2 is back and the best part of looting for better armor and what not is what drops is only yours. So no more run in to the boss and hope you are close enough when they are killed to get something good. The worst part of this game is that it is only available while signed in on servers. There is no way to play if your internet goes out or if you are having connection issues. Also Diablo 2 came out 12 years ago and I still get on and play from time to time but with D3 requiring you to log into a server it seems doubtful that I will be able to play this in 12 years from now and enjoy it(just think 2024!)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    Posted
    damjim
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember
    • My Best Buy® Gamers Club MemberGamers Club Member

    I have been meaning to do this for awhile and to those that bought the game and have been ripped off by Blizzard, I am sorry I didnot get this posted sooner. This game is online only, and is prone to accounts being taken over by hackers. Blizzard while saying it is the account user's fault will not abide by their own policy to reset the account and will instead ban your account. With it being an online game only, once this is done you may no longer play the game. I was able to play mine for 5 days, took a 2 month trip, returned to find the account had been taken over. When reporting the problem, my account was banned. In the end the hacker stole my account, and Blizzard stole my game. From what I did see of gameplay, the graphics/gameplay are average. I expected more with such a long wait between the games. I hope this saves someone from my experience.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend