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Diablo III - Mac|Windows

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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: 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Actual Information about the game

    Posted
    Grenadeher

    I've noticed people pretending to give out information but here's ACTUAL information. Beta is being launched at the end of September 2011. (Closed Beta) Each class has a different mana pool. I.E. Barbarians run on fury, Demon Hunters run on discipline and hatred. Each their own color and recovered in multiple ways. The landscape changes everytime you log in and out. Making it seem different but, oddly familiar. The weapons can be imbued with runestones but the runestones may actually give certain abilities. I.E. Vamp D3 does not let you spec your attributes. I took one star from that simply because it's a RPG that doesn't let you RP. Um Blizzard? really? The "Followers" are pretty cool. You can actually dress them up and change how they look.. unlike your own character. (Fail) Your "Stash" of gold can actually be shared among all your characters. Looks like it'll be a awesome follow up for D3. But there are things that are off putting about it. Generally, when I RP, I want to be able to customize the face and attributes myself. But with this new wave of game makers... It seems it must all be about hack and slash.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    wow as always

    Posted
    ferrari888889
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    where do i start by saying i am blown away. like many of you i have been waiting years for this game to release and i said i would never buy it because it would most likely be bad. i am really wrong on that. the game blew me away from the start of it considering that its made with very high details in mind. everything is very in depth about the game and i can thank blizzard now for taking 3 years to polish the game because it really shows throughout the entire game so far. the weapons are great and everything is much easier to understand for weapons and what not. the only thing that i wish that had done different is put better music then that annoying original soundtrack from the 90s when diablo originally got released. other then that i can find anything wrong with this game so if you haven't bought a copy yet get it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun to play, but needs more content

    Posted
    CongoDaddy

    This is a fun game to play and continued a great storyline. They followed the recipe that made the series a success, but did not really bring anything incredible to the table to reflect the advancements in the industry over the last decade. I disliked not being able to continue running while having the main map open in transluscent mode. That feature (available in D2) would have been handy when clearing unrevealed areas to finish off a map or dungeon. Also, value seemed lacking as the game was short and seemed ripe for and expansion pack just days after release(probably leading to another 60 bucks, boo). There is not much of an incentive to continue play after beating the first difficulty level. Sure you get better gear for fighting tougher foes, but with all things considered it equates to a replay. Overall, it was a fun game to play, had nice visual appeal, and the story piggy backed nicely off the previous renditions. It is very easy to connect with your buddies(and strangers) for some multiplayer hack and slash fun. I liked the game just wish there was more of it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic fun hack n slash

    Posted
    nest
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Game Review: This is classic Diablo hack and kill. The game is easy to log on and start playing right away. Zero learning curve required. The graphics aren't what I expected, but they are good enough. Character creation is very simple. Pick a class and a name and go kill some stuff. If you liked the old Diablo games its worth buying. No cheating to worry about with online char storage is nice for multiplayer, but means you need internet connection to play even solo game. Game came with free trial cards for my friends. Best Buy Review: Ordered online for in store pickup. Confirmation email came right away. Had second email confirming ready to pickup shortly after. The items were ready and waiting at the customer service desk when I arrived with no wait. Very good experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game for Blizzard fans

    Posted
    DanB08

    I loved Diablo 2 and played it for many many years, so when this finally came out it was great. I have already logged many hours and have a character in inferno difficulty, the new fourth difficulty level added after hell. It seems to me as though the first three difficulties were really not that tough, but inferno is quite challenging, which gives it a good twist and makes it much more difficult to complete the game. The auction house is a fantastic addition to the game, and makes it easier to find the right item for your character, as rare and legendary items can vary immensely. If you don't like repetitive game play then this isn't the game for you, as you essentially play through it four times and keep going back to try and find better items. However, if you enjoyed Diablo 2, or like games with mutliple difficulty setting where you continuously run through the world, then you will love this game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Upgraded Graphics with an Anti Climatic Ending

    Posted
    JustAGamer
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    So I only gave this a 4 because if you have played previous Diablo games I have to say this was an upgrade but at the same time too short and was able beat Diablo on the first go around. I miss the length of play exploring caves and lands that took hours and the new version just seems way too short . Some of the tougher opponents that you fight before you reach Diablo are harder to kill then he was so the ending is a bit anticlimatic. In Diablo II the game took a systematic approach in order to win. My family couldn't believe I did it the first time (and I am no hard core gamer). On to Nightmare level which I hope to be more challenging. I also like the new characters and the fact that they beefed up the Wizard which was always lacking before in strength. Don't let the server issue stop you as I believe that has been resolved, but am disappointed as a single player you do have to connect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very fun to play, addicting and hard to stop

    Posted
    Raptor
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The game it's self as a whole is very good. I don't like the weapons offered from the merchants and the blacksmith. You will find way better items on the quest. I played the whole game on easy level and never died. I am now currently playing on the medium level and I find it a bit more challenging but still have managed to not get killed. I feel it is no Diablo II but very good non the less. I bought it for only $20 online from Best Buy which makes it even better. Now I can't wait till The Reaper of Souls comes down on price. I've played Diablo from when it first came out with Diablo and learned to wait the over hyped price of it's original release and will come down within 6 months to a year. Having waited for so long to have D3 come out, 6 months to a year is not long to wait.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Game With A Few Flaws

    Posted
    Shamain
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Diablo 3 is my first of the series and of the type. I really liked the game and what it was doing. The story and graphics were well done and the looting can be quite addictive. My only issue is that you always have to be connected to the internet to play it. While that may sound petty, if the servers go down you cant even play it in a single player mode. Also from time to time there was a little lag. This was something that I have never seen in a single player setting. The auction house is really cool as it allows you to get items better than what you have for in-game or real money as well as sell you items to others. Overall, I think Diablo 3 is a great game and I would recommend it to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good game

    Posted
    ahholta
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this to put on my laptop when I travel and have down time. Unfortunately u need to connect to the internet in order to sign in to play. Many of the places I go I don't have access to the internet, I know it's rare to find places without internet, but if they had it I wouldn't have needed the game. Otherwise it feels a lot like the older diablo games. I haven't used the market system yet or the auction house so I can't review them. If I could play without needing the internet this would be a 5 star game. On the bright side, my characters transfer online to any computer I use automatically

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good game, even if I'm a bit late to the D3 party.

    Posted
    donborvio
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    D3 was fun to play through the campaign, but I only died once even on hard (you can't play above that until you beat the game once). And that time it was my fault. Then you get into the grinding, which feels like Diablo meets WoW. WoW seems to influence and infiltrate everything that Blizzard does now, and this is no exception. Only now you have to do it online! Even alone. All that aside, it is fun to just click and smash some demons mindlessly for a while, so have fun with it but it won't get much more playtime from me even with the expansion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great...but not perfect

    Posted
    purplequeen
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    The story for the newest installment is Amazing, Blizzard has really outdone themselves. However, from one of the biggest gaming companies, I expected more from the servers. As a daily gamer I understand that when a game is new the servers will have problems keeping up, and Blizzard is doing a good job of fixing problems. I would love to give this game a 5 star but due to the lack of offline solo play the game loses some of its luster. While I love playing with my friends sometimes the server lags and crashes are just to much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great game

    Posted
    chrismeredith
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Blizzard has done their best to ruin a great game, no lan play, have to sign into battlenet, and the patches blowing things up. That beig said whats new Blizzard has done this to every franchise they own. It still didnt keep me from buying it the day it came out. Nothing really New about the game it is more of an extension of D2, but D2 was awesome. The new bits just make it a new way of playing the game, but dont really add much to the game. it is a good way to waste time and it feels good to be back in Tristam

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Diablo at its deepest

    Posted
    TurboDog
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Having played the first two episodes, I wasn't sure what else Blizzard could bring to the party. I was also skeptical of the fact you have to be online to play. This actually, however, turned out to be pretty convenient, as you don't need the disc to play, as you did with the earlier versions. Overall, gameplay is what you expect from Diablo: Great story, gorgeous graphics and exciting gameplay. I'm still leveling up, but I can see I'm going to be playing this game for quite some time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Diablo game, but it's no D2

    Posted
    EVedder
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Diablo 1 and (mainly) 2 were known for their excellent story. Diablo 3, the story is weak. The graphics are great. The audio is... weird and repetitive. Make sure you turn on sub-titles before playing. Overall, the game is pretty good, but it is lacking... something. If you're looking for a great Diablo 1-esque game, get Torchlight (for the PC). If you're looking for a great Diablo 2-esque game, get Titan's Quest: Immortal Throne (also for the PC).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun game-but yes its Blizzard, I know

    Posted
    Zoot2017
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    DIABLO III is what you would expect from an updated, modern, version of DIABLO II. I personally do enjoy the hacknslash that leaves loot for you to collect. Its always fun to upgrade your belongings, and be surprised by what you find, and how it fits. The game itself is good, but we all know how convoluted all the Blizzard system online stuff is. But I have not had any negative happenings pertaining to that system as of yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Diablo 3 got much better over the years

    Posted
    rodericrinehart
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Diablo 3 started off rough, but the expansion and its future updates - especially the removal of the stupid real money auction house - have rounded it out into probably the best loot-focused action RPG. Insane levels of replay value, but grinding out bounties and Greater Nephalem Rifts does get old after hundreds of times. They have continued to add gear, areas, and the seasons keep it fresh. Worth your time, especially at the current price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game for a fan of blizzard games

    Posted
    electriceyes
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This game was pretty much what I was expecting; a lot of violence, gore, and a lot of fun. The story is pretty weak, and predictable, but I doubt that anyone that is familiar with the series is looking for a strong story. This game is fast paced, and is designed to move you quickly from one area to the next, killing countless baddies as you go. It fun, entertaining, and it is worth the play through. I would recommend this game to anyone that likes action rpgs.

    I would recommend this to a friend