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    Diablo III - Well worth the Wait

    It's finally time for IGT to review the 800 pound gorilla within the gaming room, Diablo III (D3). The game has been out for a couple of weeks now and I feel that I can finally provide you with, the readers, a good review (in reality I have been too busy attacking the darkness to write one). It's been twelve years since Diablo II (D2) was released so I've been waiting eagerly with this game, read on to ascertain if waiting for was worth it.

    For those who have played Diablo I (D1) and/or D2, the controls will feel familiar. You will find slight tweaks, mostly with the skill bars, but overall it's the same clickfest you're accustomed to. The inventory system is the same grid and gear slot based window. Items have similar stats as in Diablo II, however with damage per second (DPS) already calculated for you.

    You will find five classes in the release of Diablo III; Barbarian, Monk, Demon Hunter, Wizard, and Witch Doctor. The barbarian and Wizard should feel familiar as they are close to D2 classes (the wizard being what the sorceress was inD2). The monk is similar to the paladin class from D2 and also the Witch Doctor is similar to the Necromancer. The Demon Hunter takes the place of the Amazon but is just somewhat similar.

    The storyline is really fairly engaging for an action RPG and that i found myself wanting to begin to see the difference between the different stories for each class. The primary narrative is obviously the same but there were small cut scenes that happened at major story points in each act which were different for each class. One thing I loved concerning the story is they tied in plots from all the way in which back in D1.

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    The internet only bet additional numbers doesn't bother me too much as I played D2 exclusively on battle.net to play with my friends. At first it was annoying because the servers had issues on launch, however i played Wow for six years so it just felt like any normal patch Tuesday or expansion launch to me; following a week things been feeling relaxed and that i haven't experienced any issues since. I can tell how players with no consistent web connection would have a horrible experience however. It's somewhat annoying that anyone on your friends list can join your game whenever they want which may be dangerous if you are in a boss battle and every one of a sudden the boss is extra hard because it scales up for the new players. However, if you as well as your friend wish to play together, the fast join feature is really a godsend to the multiplayer facet of this game.

    The auction house is really a nice addition to the sport; After all the in-game currency auction house, not the actual money auction house (RMAH). I have tried personally a number of my hard earned gold to get myself newer and more effective weapons and plenty of gems for decent prices and have sold off some of my un-needed equipment for many decent gold increases. I don't intend to take part in the RMAH as I dislike micro-transactions and along with a number of other people have the Blizzard cut is too much.

    The graphics really are a fairly weak facet of farmville. I'd say they are comparable to 2005 and 2006 games. For a game that's been 10 years in development I would have liked to possess seen better graphics. However Diablo has never been leading edge for the reason that department. The game is full 3d unlike D2 which had 2d sprites, and also the spell effects are nice. But overall they are lacking.

    Was the sport well worth the wait? I think so. I am enjoying it a lot and love having fun with friends. I have got a couple of characters into Nightmare and so i have a methods to go before I play it full-scale. I can also observe how this game can get old pretty quick as even with 5 classes to play through getting to level 60 doesn't appear to be a huge undertaking. D3 still has a couple of months left in it for me personally I'd say.

    In conclusion, D3 is a fine game if not a shining gem. It feels like an all natural increment within the Diablo franchise from D2. The gameplay is familiar and super fun. The storyline is engaging and for those fans from both the previous games it ties up some loose ends. IGT gives Diablo III a 9 on the d10 of hack and slash adventures.

    Added by Cameron & Thompson on Fri, Jul 6th 2012

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