Diablo III experience

Sorry guys it will be all Diablo 3 for the whole week including weekend. It has been over a decade since I last played Diablo 2 so I am more than ready to go to play this. Plus I got my girlfriend’s permission to play! Awesome, awesome.

Note: I play in the US server, right now using a level 16 Barbarian. If you want to do a group run just post below.

Once again quick Wiki info for those who are not familiar:

Diablo III is a dark fantasy/horror-themed action role-playing game by Blizzard Entertainment, making it the third installment in the Diablo franchise. The game, which features elements of the hack and slash and dungeon crawl genres, was released in North America, Latin America and Europe on May 15, 2012, and is scheduled to be released in Russia on June 7, 2012. Before its release, the game broke several presale records and became the most pre-ordered PC game of all time on Amazon.com

Launch day errors and disconnects

Obviously the game received outstanding reception with regards to pre-sales and in the beta days. But on it’s launch 3 days ago (up until now), the game has been plagued with errors and frequent disconnects, resulting to massive nerd rage. I mean, you have big company Blizzard, pre-sales should have tipped you off on how many will be logging in on game day, and yet Blizzard is not prepared! Unfortunately I don’t think it is far from oever. I expect that there will be problems arising these weekend when everyone gets off work. Login problems, disconnects, Error 37, etc. So, you all keep that in mind before you plan to stay home all weekend.

Game play

To me Diablo II have always been a quest to perfect builds and equipment. I liked it because once you reach the top, you are sure you have the best build there is. Diablo III tried to take a different route. No more stat points and you eventually get access to ALL your skills. The only boost that you get will come from your equipment and runes. The devs say that this is to avoid having an “ultimate” build, instead they want to create a lot of “viable” builds that is capable of finishing the game. There are D2 fans that get turned off with this. They say that the game was “dumbed” down for kids. Personally, I like this route because as a working guy with not much time to spare, I do not have to be overly attentive as to where I need to dedicate my stats to or what “build” I need to make sure I even defeat the final boss. It does take away some customization of character because allocating stats is a big part of that. I have not delved deep enough into customizing my Barbarian but I hope there’s more into it.

Overall experience

A lot of people are raging due to disconnect problems and the game being kiddie like but I took a different approach to this game. Setting launch issues aside, I felt that it was a very good experience overall. Having the Diablo I and Diablo II experience plus nostalgia played a big part of me enjoying the game. It needs to be looked as a continuation of the series instead of comparing it side by side with its predecessors. Yes, there is Torchlight and Path of Exile (which I may or may not play depending on my girlfriend) but why would I compare those games to Diablo III when all I want is to play the continuation of events from Diablo II?

This is all on the single player side of things of course. I think there is enough plus points in story and game play to call D3 an awesome game. I am satisfied with the story, the game mechanics does not distract me from playing the story, so that is all good. Now I’ve still yet to play a group run and hopefully we get PVP in D3. So we will see how the game will hold up to that.

For now the final question is: Is it worth it? Definitely. It is $59.99 worth it.

Some random images.

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