The latest entry in the Diablo franchise comes 11 years after the Lord of Destruction expansion for Diablo II. When it was shown to the die hard fans for the first time there was controversy about the style change and after a public beta the gameplay was reworked. Is Diablo III worth the wait?
In a nutshell: Absolutely!
Long story: The game is very much designed like a more simplified version of Blizzard’s most popular game, World of Warcraft. You create a character out of five classes and begin your battle against evil. As your character levels up you are able to select from more and more advanced talents.
If you are looking for a clear storyline to play through you will disappointed. Something about angels and trapping the souls of the seven evils. Just read the Wikipedia entry. This game, much like the previous Diablo games, is designed for the player that just wants to hack and slash through various beasts in various locations and loot items.
Originally I was disappointed my favorite class from Diablo II, the Necromancer, wasn’t going to be in Diablo III but I adjusted and am now on my second time through with my Barbarian. Depending on how you want to play (ranged vs. melee, strength vs. magic, etc) you will find a class that will you suit you well and I’m sure there will be a few more classes once the inevitable updates and expansions come out.
The auction house is an interesting addition to Diablo. Here you can buy and sell items you find in game. There have been various problems that have closed some parts of the auction house at different time; currently crafting commodities are turned off and the real money auction house launch has been delayed.
Also important to note that Diablo III‘s DRM needs an internet connection at all times. There is no off-line mode.
Despite it’s annoyances Diablo III scratches the modern hack-and-slash itch like no other game can.