GAME: Diablo 3
PUBLISHER: Blizzard Entertainment
It's hard to believe DIABLO came out in 96. It was the first game I ever played on PC and what fueled me to buy my first computer (writing was a close second). This was back when Blizzard Entertainment wasn't a household name, but they were working hard at it. DIABLO 2 was a masterpiece, improving on everything the first game was and then some. The storyline was ground breaking, and though I enjoyed the first game's story, the second blew me away. The cinematics were unparallelled at the time, something Blizzard's become known for, and the story upped the DIABLO's ante significantly. Yes, there was an expansion, and it was all right, but whispers of DIABLO 3 have been circulating for years. Blizzard Entertainment blew up quickly. WARCRAFT 2 and 3 were great, but WORLD OF WARCRAFT gained a cult following like no other game out there. STARCRAFT 2 finally surfaced as well, so to say Blizzard's had their hands full these past twelve years since DIABLO 2 would be a severe understatement. Some believed DIABLO's time was up, but the third game is every bit as addictive as the first two with enough upgrades over it's predecessors to remain current.
What's new? Well, they've added some new character classes to play with like a Witchdoctor, Demon Hunter, Monk and Barbarian. The Templar and Enchantress represent your old school Knight and Wizard characters from before, but these are also two of three class choices available to you as NPC followers (the Scoundrel being the third), so I recommend trying something new like I did (I chose the Demon Hunter). The follower idea is much like any other game, someone to distract the enemies while you try to overcome them, and like in most games, you can't really depend on them for much else. There's also many WORLD OF WARCRAFT upgrades like an Auction House (love this idea) where you buy items for gold, and even a soon to be active, real currency Auction House where you can purchase and sell in game items for real money (I haven't seen this in action yet). The new checkpoint system for saving your progress is annoying, but you get used to it. There are also many different achievements to keep you busy as well as a Jeweler and Armorer to help upgrade your stuff...which gets trickier as you progress. All in all, the new isn't bad and helped to re-shine this old penny. When it comes to old, well, if you've played these games you'll be happy to hear everything else stayed the same. I was a little disappointed by this at first, but quickly realized that if it's not broke (which it clearly isn't even after all this time) there's no need to fix it, a lesson Square/Enix should consider with the FINAL FANTASY franchise.