Can Blizzard justify a 12 year wait since Diablo II?
|Jared Knabenbauer is the ScrewAttack.com Reviews Editor, Hard News host, and a host of our weekly video podcast, "SideScrollers". He has also produced several notable ScrewAttack shows, including Newsroom, Nametags and Control Issues. He specializes in RPGs, and has a great fondness for Dungeons & Dragons. A comedian at heart, he is one serious gamer.|
I`m surprised you gave it 8/10. This game is just a little boring and life-less. And what about the online, online action-house, lags etc. 6/10 would be more correct. Maybe you gave it 2 points more because of the name?
Diablo 3 seemed like WoW, Fable, and LoL fused together.. Fun, for sure..
hey Jared if this dosen't work because server problems [solution] play starcraft 2
Meh, I rather play TL2 . It has a better combat feel, but i do admit it does have a more archaic class system.
@LordArchangel ... one thing which I have to point out multiple times is this - just because you are lucky and played at the right time/place and live in the right region, doesn't mean that others are not experiencing real problem with logins and lags. Please do not diss them and belittle their pain just because you do not experience all these problems yourselves.
Just as importantly, new players who buy this is not guaranteed to have the same type of experience as you have had, since it is very much based on their internet connection, locality as well as the state of blizzard's server (which still seems woefully inadequate to handle the current load - imagine how much worse it will be if more people actually buy the game and log in and play)
@seraphna ... that is the big question isn't it? Problem is, after 3 long weeks and more, it is still not fixed. And we are talking about actual error here, not just lag fest. If they can't even resolve all the errors as a result of the server traffics, then I do not hold up much hope of seeing less lag in the near future.
@Exusia83 ... mmm sadly, even more people are still experiencing excessive episodes of Error 37, 72, 3002 and more. And even if they can get in, a substantial numbers of players are still experiencing horrible lag, even when playing alone in normal mode (where presumably there would be less traffic between the server and client(.
Don't believe me? just trawl the Diablo 3 forum and you can see multiple pages of that. :( so it is perhaps a roll of luck who gets in and who doesn't, and who gets lag and who doesn't. :( really makes me wonder how Blizzard prioritise and manage the traffics.
ok, i'm not a big pc gamer, but i was looking forword to D3. i played D2 a LOT and enjoyed it emencly. but realy, 20+ hours to actualy have a challange. this isn't right nor welcom. people get pissed if a game takes 2 hours without a challange. yet people prais the hell out of a game that's famous like D3 that takes 20+ hours and say "oh that's excusable" i call bull. also, why do i have to be ONLINE to play SINGLE player. this isn't cool and if i have money problems at any time POOF no internet and no D3. if you say "oh XBL and STEAM require online" you can still play any game OFFLINE as well. but i don't like it if i have to sign in to just to play a game by my self and myself only. sorry, but this gose on my BL of game compainies i'll no longer be buying from. This is the same with any game with a Online Pass.
Act I and II of normal are incredibly boring, Act III of normal thru Act I of Hell was the enjoyable part of the game. Act II of Hell through Act 1 of Inferno was quite challenging, but still fun. Then Act II of Inferno is frustratingly difficult, just feels like work, and is no longer any fun.
I think normal mode is very easy on this game. I didn't die until act 2, and even then the penalty for death is almost nonexistent. That said, once you hit the second difficulty the game gets much harder, as enemies seem to dish out a lot more damage. I'm on the third difficulty at the moment (Hell) and I die quite frequently now. Considering I've beat the game twice with the same character, though, should show you how fun and easy it is to continue playing the game even through areas you've already played (since the game keeps it fresh by randomizing what enemies you face and what side-dungeons/events you encounter).
I can see how it might not be for everyone, but if you loved Diablo 2 you should love this game. It's basically Diablo 2, just improved on nearly every gameplay front (the ability to use six skills at a time instead of two is a godsend).
Still playing the game, though, and still loving it.
Nah, it's not that bad. She knew it'll be like that and she's fine with it (men and their toys...). It's not like she went for good. I occasionally forget to eat while playing good games. That's pretty much normal and it typically doesn't last for more than two days (at some point it feels really bad, mostly after sleeping, so I'm pretty much forced to eat then).
Actually yes, because if the BETA showed something, the connections should of been perfect for day 1, using the Old Republic as an example, a huge game people wanted to play this, Day 1... no problems yet they needed massive servers to run it and they foresaw this. So why didn't Blizzard foresaw that?
Nice review Jared, it looks like the same crap rehashed w/ inexcusable bugs. This was a good game 20 years ago but I believe its time has past...and besides if it is that easy, why bother?
But you gave it a 2/10 during the last Mario Party After Dark..... :P
I wish Jared would have had the time to grind up to at least Hell-difficulty before talking about the game. It's actually fun in Hell, compared to Normal and Nightmare, and Inferno is where it really gets me going.
Minor complaint, but the transitions with the flying "REVIEW" logo are so loud it's ear piercing. If I try to turn down the volume I cant even hear you speak.
If you didn't eat and your wife left because of what ever game you were playing.. You need some help.
If you've never played a Diablo title before, D3 will more than likely be an entertaining romp through the undead- and demon-infested woods. However, having thrown away who knows how many hundreds of hours on D2, it feels slightly lacking. Available items feel a bit "meh" in that Legendaries (D2 uniques) at the moment feel completely ignorable, and runes, jewels, charms, and so on have been removed. Also, after your first play-through the first and second acts will feel like a drag (just like d2! heh) compared to faster-paced action of 3 & 4.
I'm also going to jump on the "online-only-is-teh-sux" bandwagon. Personally, if I start up a game without taking any additional precautions, I randomly get dc'd within 5-10 minutes (also note this is the only game that gives me this problem -- my internet and other online games are remarkably stable). Blizzard suggests joining General Chat (on top of other solutions) to maintain connection, and this works surprisingly well...assuming you can put up with the Spam Bots, which popped up only a few days after release. You can argue all you want about having to keep connected to Steam/Origin/Xbox Live/etc. but when it boils down to it, a majority of the games on those platforms can be played with no connection at all. D3 lacks this option, and it taints the experience a bit.
With that said D3 is by no means a bad game. Even though it's already been out for a few weeks already, if you're still on the fence then I'd suggest waiting for a price drop. Personally, dropping $60 on release day felt a bit excessive after having experienced Blizzard's horrible handling of the launch.
True, but also depends on how far 50 hours got you. Most of the game is bogged down with dialogue between quests, not including the animations between major quests or at the end of acts. Some people have spent over 10 hours in act 1 normal alone, just running around and trying to get everything they can find between hidden events, lore objects, and just exploring every nook and cranny of every possible zone.
The main concern of mine about the review is that it doesn't talk about inferno other than mentioning its the hardest difficulty. Up until inferno Diablo 3 is an amazing game for all the reasons you mentioned in the review, but it becomes a whole different demon after starting inferno.
I can't believe all the complaints about the game being online only. I'm always online on Steam, always online on Origin, always online on Xbox Live, always online on World of Warcraft (obviously, duh...) and StarCraft 2 and have come to the conclusion that that's just the way how thing will continue to work from now on. The only valid argument were the unstable D3 servers (which Blizzard should be ashamed of since they have so much online experience this shouldn't happen) but that was during launch week.
Diablo 3 is an insanely fun and well-made game. How can you refuse to buy it just because it's online only and still call yourself a gamer? You obviously have internet access. During my 160 hours of playing the game, I've been disconnected twice. Both times way after midnight and because of maintenance. Guess what..people flooded the forums at 3 AM and cried like little girls.
Yes, the game has it's problems and the servers need some work, but Blizzard is working on it non-stop and people are overexaggerating WAY TO MUCH because of the tiniest things, making the game look like crap (which it isn't).
Look for guest passes or starter editions of the game if you absolutely have to check it out before you buy, but don't let whiners keep you from playing the game. I've spent so much time with the game that I barely ate anything. My wife went to her parents because I was totally oblivious of her being around the house. I don't regret anything though. It's just a lot of fun to play and even though the story completely sucks, it is still one of the most enjoyable games out there.