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This is where the on-line auction house will really add depth to this game especially when the real money starts to appear. Currently, it's too early to tell, let's just hope the hackers and scammers don't spoil it for us straight away. But ultimately in Diablo III it's not important which weapon I am holding, it's the damages stats that matter.
Getting wrapped up in the game
I can never have enough
cider health potions, and the quaffable life savers of Diablo II are replaced by absorbable health globes dropped by certain monsters – potions are now only for emergencies. Slightly overpowered with my spider jars and constant health top ups, it’s quite a while before I die.
The beautiful dark world aesthetics that were once just a pretty backdrop to the action of Diablo take on a spooky realism in Diablo III. Stunning dynamic environments – that collapse around me and shower bones and masonry – add to the evil ambiance of the game as much as the zombie torsos that creep out of bushes to chew on my leg. But it's the cut scenes that take my breath away. Ah, so now I see where the money went.
These prawns look a bit dodgy
Along with the main storyline quests, which are very linear, there are character specific quests and random adventures to keep me busy. At one a point I thought I was on Arrakis, as a huge worm attacked me and opened up a cave with so much loot, I had to teleport home to get rid of my stash.
Being able to drop in and out of games using battle.net would be great if there were enough servers to cope. Yet at the moment, once I'm logged in, the fear of logging out and then trying to reconnect brings on the Error 37 tremors. Still, I reckon with the amount of issues hitting users out there, this will soon be fixed. So here’s looking forward to duelling it out in the now eagerly-awaited PVP patch.
Incidentally, there has been a lot of chat about how Blizzard tested Inferno mode, considered if it was hard enough and then doubled the difficulty. But blimey, first I need to finish the game on normal mode, so I’ll get back to you. ®
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Interesting your review starts with a nostalgic look back at the original. Given the always-on-internet-required DRMy goodness of D3 even for the single player mode just how do you think it's gonna pan out if you decide in 2025 you want to relive some of those D3 memories? Still, if people want to pay £50 to rent a game for as many years as Blizzard will deign to keep their servers alive, that's their choice...
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Re: Only 85%
I'd say that 85% for a game he was unable to play some of the time is insanely generous. No matter how good it was while I could play it, it would not get more than 50% from me. But since I am boycotting it and all other Activision/Blizzard games (the lack of an offline mode in Diablo 3 is just the latest reason) I'll never know how good it is on the occasions you can play it.
Yes, Diablo 2 has problems that spoiled the game for some people. They didn't affect me because I mostly played offline and only played online with RL friends. That doesn't those problems less real though. I Blizzard is trying to fix that issue in the wrong way, though.
While I can understand Blizzard hosting the online game to reduce these issues, it will never eliminate them. The lack of a true offline mode makes me believe this is more about promoting their item marketplace than preventing duping and scamming. That is just a happy side effect.