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Diablo 3 (PC & Mac)

Released on 15 May 2012

Rating: 15+ (BBFC)

3.0 out of 5 (12 customer reviews) | Write a review

New from £27.93

Diablo 3 is being developed as the definitive action role-playing game, and a true continuation of the Diablo series. Players will create a hero from one of five distinct classes, such as barbarian or witch doctor, each equipped with an array of spells and abilities. As these heroes adventure through rich and varied settings, unraveling an epic storyline and engaging in combat with hordes of monsters and challenging bosses, they'll grow in experience and ability and acquire items of incredible power.

The game takes place on Sanctuary, a world of dark fantasy. Unbeknownst to most of its inhabitants, Sanctuary was saved some twenty years ago from the demonic forces of the underworld by a few brave and powerful heroes. Most of those warriors who directly faced Hell's armies - and were fortunate enough to survive - went mad from their experiences. And most of the others have buried their haunted memories and pushed the horrors from their thoughts. In Diablo 3 players will return to Sanctuary to confront evil in its many forms once again.

Diablo 3 will be a fitting sequel to Diablo 2, with the easy interface, fast-paced action, and visceral gameplay that Diablo players have come to expect and enjoy. It will also include many new features that will take the Diablo action-RPG experience to the next level.

  • Five powerful character classes to choose from, including the barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, and demon hunter
  • Brand-new 3D graphics and physics engines enhanced with spectacular visual effects
  • Numerous indoor and outdoor areas detailing new regions in the world of Sanctuary
  • Interactive environments with dangerous traps and obstacles, and destructible elements
  • Randomly generated worlds bolstered by scripted events for endless and dynamic gameplay
  • Vast assortment of fiendish monsters, with unique attack patterns and behaviors
  • New quest system and character-customisation options for the ultimate action RPG experience
  • New runestone items that let players change how their abilities look and function, allowing for nearly limitless skill customisation
  • Multiplayer functionality over Battle.net with support for cooperative and competitive play
  • Four different difficulty settings -- Normal, Nightmare, Hell, and Inferno -- that progressively increase the challenge and reward players with more powerful armor, weapons, and runestones
  • Hardcore mode for players who seek the thrill of constant peril that comes with the possibility of permanent death for their character

customer Reviews

 Average rating (12 reviews)

 Experience from playing Open BETA

| | See all AllanWynPritchard's reviews (4)

I took part in the Open BETA that Blizzard ran recently and I have to say I am very impressed indeed. The game is way bigger in scale and scope than the excellent Diablo 2. I really enjoyed all the new changes to the game. There is a few that will take time to adjust to (when used to the system in Diablo 2), but it will all gel together in the end.

The 3 days I had with the game really gave an insight into the skills, combat and character types that will be available to us when the game is released on the 15th May 2012.

The graphics are also very impressive. Good animations and the atmosphere from the area was very good indeed. The voice work and music is up to the standards that was in the previous Diablo games.

When Play deliver my copy on 15th May (for a price of 24.99 as I pre ordered it over 3 years ago) I can say goodbye to my social life as this willa time killer. But it will be time that will be very well spent indeed.

I cant recommend this game enough. The countdown timer for May 15th now starts.

 Good game so far but nothing to be impressed

| | See all GixxerDrei's reviews (47)

*****WARNING***** NEEDS ACTIVE INTERNET CONNECTION*****

Firstly I would like to make sure people understand that they need a live connection or the game won't work. It uses the same principle as World of Warcraft, it has a launcher that checks for the latest updates and only if you are up to date you will be able to play. Also all characters are kept on the Battlenet servers. This is an online RPG... don't think you will be able to just install it and play on your own as any other game such as of course Diablo II, Titan Quest or Sacred 1 and 2.

In regards to the game, I only put in about 4 hours last night after launch but it was great. It is what you would expect. No point me going on explaining the game mechanics or class options as you can check that out on the official Diablo III website. However what I did find is that the game greatly rewards multiplayer. Drop wise I have received about 100 percent more purples from playing with others than soloing which puts the question up... why is that Blizzard is keen on rewarding players in teams than soloing players. I am talking about major difference. When playing with others I have received about 50 purple items... when soloing I got about 5 and they were of low quality nothing compared do the stuff I got in multiplayer. Again bear in mind as it is more rewarding to play with others so you may want to start your adventure from level 1 with others.

Other criticism is the cut scenes... I was really looking forward the the Blizzard famous movies yet in this case they decided to go for a pencil drawn animation... much like a graphical book and the chosen character narrating it's story. Also the world is no longer randomly generated so you will play the same maps with the same layout every time... re playability... you think about it. They are also encouraging selling items for real money on the AH so it will open the door for Chinese farmers... how will this affect your game play? We will see.

That's my 2 cents so far, I cannot fault the game on its principle we all know what it is supposed to be like. Honestly... having plaid previous similar games between Diablo II and Diablo III there isn't something I can be that impressed about, nothing new that the games I mention previously did not do. It is the same as Sacred 1 and 2 I don't see any difference besides that this is a Blizzard game but Sacred 2 was just as great - minus crashes and memory hungry. I have had no crashes bugs or errors from the game, looks pretty robust

I will update further if I see the need but I would recommend the game... as long as you are able to have a working internet connection to play it.

 AMAZING! BEST GAME OF ITS TYPE BY FAR!

| | See all Raptorex's reviews (10)

If you enjoyed Diablo / Diablo 2 then stop reading this and buy this game, its by far the best action RPG ever made. You cant judge the game before reaching Act IV, once you reach act IV you will have seen a lot of what the game offers and only then a fairly accurate review can be given. The real hook for me is the Hell and Inferno difficulty levels, where the only the best Legendary gear can be attained. AMAZINGLY GOOD FUN! 5 STARS!

 Steadily getting worse

| | See all Leviticus's reviews (17)

So how is it possible that a game is getting worse?

Diablo 3 has been built partly around an 'Auction House'. This enables players to sell equipment they don't want with players who may have use for it. When first launched this was with gold earned in game. And it has a lot of upsides to it.

However, there have proven to be multiple problems with this feature.
First off it turns out that there were loopholes and bugs that enabled some players to generate reserves of millions of gold (by comparison most games will 'earn' about 10k-20k per hour played), pricing all the normal players out of the market for the best equipment.
A decent amulet for a top level character will set you back a couple of million, the top ones go for 200 million plus- get the discrepency?

From the equipment going on sale, certain attributes are far more necessary for a character than others. 'Resist All' and 'Increased Attack Speed' are the 2 most notable examples. Good equipment with these on are therefore very expensive to trade.
How has Blizzard addressed this? By halving the increase attack speed bonuses on all existing and future equipment- which has in fact pushed the price of these items up, not down. You see if you need a total of 30% increase to be able to stand a chance in Hell or Inferno difficulty and you had gotten this off of 2 items previously, now you need to buy 4 costly items to get the same boost. (More likely 5 in fact as those halvings were all rounded down).

I'm not even going to start on the problems introduced to the game system by having an auction house that uses real money- such as the security issues, legal issues and the priority of the developers on getting the 15% commissions flowing rather than keeping the game proper running smoothly!

Meanwhile the server problems that should have been sorted out by virtue of the Beta tests are still there. As I write yet another '3003' error is preventing the majority of the players in the UK from playing.
it doesn't matter if you never want to play online with other players, or if you only want to do so occasionaly with certain characters created specifically for the task- each and every game HAS to run through Blizzard's server system, regardless of how stable, dodgy or whatever your connection to them is.

Is the game fun to play, addictive with exceptional graphics etc?
Yes
Can I hand on heart recommend that you spend some of your hard earned cash on it?
No
Not whilst all these problems and 'features' remain.

(And I'd ignore all the reviews based on the Beta placed up here before the game was released. In fact NEVER make a decision based on the review of something that isn't actually what is being reviewed!
I'm not sure why Play.com even allow them to be posted...

 Poor game

| | See all Razzamanaz's reviews (38)

The most tedious and pointless dross I've seen in a long time. You need a permanent internet connection for no reason other than Blizzard are using it as copy protection. When Battle.net goes down, so does the game as it has done on a few occasions. The game is 100% linear you have no look around move around freedom, everything is done in a straight line, you can not look around nor can you use the keys W.A.S.D. Like most other games let you. The reason being? Well, that's 'cos you only ever move in one line.

Personally I deleted the game after level 26, I couldn't take any more of it. Maybe if I was expecting something akin to 20 year old game play with nice graphics I'd have been a bit happier. To give this game 5/5 you really have to have low expectations. Maybe alright if you're a young kid not wanting much from a game. Don't be fooled by the hype. It may explain why only 5 people have reviewed it here.

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Rating15+ (BBFC)