Apr 15, 2012

Diablo 3!

So everyone who's anyone at least HEARD that Diablo 3 is coming out in a month.

I'm one of those weirdos who have been waiting for the past 11 years for it to come out, most of that time was spent doubting it will ever come out at all.

A few months ago when the beta began, I was running around trolling everyone I know from our local gaming community. I did manage to get a hold of the beta on a friend's account, he's a reporter so he had it, and I got to play it. It was, well, awesome. But it was a short-lived experience since I only had access to it for a couple of days. Meh, well.

Then another reporter friend, who runs a successful local gaming blog, mentioned HE got it, and I nagged him and nagged him until he shared his account with me. At this point I had full access and could really put some time into it, trying to see as much as possible. I saw some of the changes, many of them very good ones, some of them less. But the game was still awesome.

And then I won a local competition, the prize was a beta CD-Key, and then I had my own.
This time, since it's my own account, I really could get into it and look for every single piece of content the beta has to offer.

I must say, it was a BLAST, but it was very, very short.
In just a few ours (total) I managed to max out all characters, and get all achievements possible in the beta. And my completionist days are certainly over, and have been for years.

So yeah, for someone like me to be able to share this image:


Can mean one of two things.
Either Diablo 3 is a game so good, it takes me back to my completionist days,
or the beta is too damn short.

I think both of them are true. The beta IS short, otherwise I wouldn't have the time to complete it. But at the same time, Blizzard's design team have done such a WONDERFUL job at refining the game since the beta started, that today it not only feels more Diablo, it plays more Diablo, and it's fun, in fact even more fun than any previous Diablo game. And that says a lot.

Diablo 3 beta was an amazing experience over the past few months, and although the game is lacking some mood (the beta does, anyway), the game looks very promising. I hope the story ends up mature and deep, I hope I get to feel that old Diablo-scare once or twice over the course of the game, like I did just before entering Duriel's lair or when I first met The Smith or when I first saw the words "Kill Diablo." in the quest log of Diablo 2, act 4.

But even if I don't, I can tell you this game is going to be a TON of fun, and it's definitely, at least from what I saw in the beta, a worthy sequel. It's been 12 years of waiting, and 4 years of hype, and I feel like Blizzard actually delivered, and proved once again that making quality games is the top priority of this great company.

See you all in hell, on May 15th.

UPDATE AUG10th:
D3 released, I got the collector's as I usually do with Blizzard games.
It's full of goodies and the art book is a feast for your eyes.

Sadly I cannot say the same about the game, which was a big hit in the stomach for me as a hardcore Blizzard fan.

They promise to keep tweaking it and be committed to it for a long time. I do hope so, but things have been going very slow since the release, and it feels like there are very few people working on it... sadly.

The game is fun, at it's core. It plays amazingly well and it does feel like a Diablo game, gameplay wise.
The problem starts when you dig deeper and find nothing. Which happens way too quickly, when it shouldn't happen at all. And that's without mentioning the story, which was very childish, and unlike any other Diablo game, or any Blizzard game, for that matter.

I wish I didn't have to say that, but I have to stay loyal to myself - Diablo 3 is not the game I expected it to be, and it's not the game I was led to believe it would be after my expectations were broken, and different ones were put in their place. In a way, to this fan, it was a failure.

-Alon Tako.