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Jun
30
2017

Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer Review

The Necromancer has been requested to be added to Diablo III, since before the game’s release in 2011 and the years that followed. As for the characters in the main roster of Diablo III, the Witch Doctor quite simply didn’t fill in the void when it was learned that the Necromancer would not be a playable character. Fast forward to 2017, and the Rise of the Necromancer Pack is here. The arrival signals concern as there’s no new quests to accompany the price of the character. The Necromancer is however, one of the best-playing caster classes in the game, and is incredibly powerful solo or in co-op.

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Aug
26
2014

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition Review

The Diablo franchise has been absent on consoles since the first incarnation on the original PlayStation. Since then, it has been PC only. Diablo III released to the previous generation of consoles last year. And so, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition is mouthful to say, but contains a compilation of an original game and its recent expansion, with a whole host of changes exclusive to the console that PC players will be begging for.
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Apr
04
2014

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Review

Reaper of Souls may have taken Blizzard two years to develop and release, but it comes like a bat out of hell to get you straight into the action. This, along with the recent “Loot 2.0” patch that is available to all make Diablo III the game we’ve wanted all along.

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Aug
21
2013
Apr
29
2013

Diablo III is up for Pre-Order on PlayStation 3

PlayStation gamers, the time has come to prepare for your confrontation with the Lord of Terror. Select retailers around the world have now begun taking preorders for the upcoming PlayStation 3 system version of Diablo III—see the official website for a list of participating retailers. Fully reimagined for couch-based gaming, Diablo III for PS3 will go on sale later this year for a suggested retail price of $59.99. Further release details, including region-specific availability, will be announced at a later date.

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Aug
15
2012

Diablo III FREE Starter Edition Now Available

The demonically-besieged world of Sanctuary needs heroes. Now you can join in the apocalyptic battle for FREE via the all-new Diablo®  III Starter Edition.  Available exclusively via Battle.net®, the Starter Edition allows you to fight your way up to the Skeleton King boss in Act I, and advance all the way to level 13, without having to purchase a copy of Diablo III.

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Aug
06
2012

Diablo III Hero Profiles Now Available via Battle.net


Players can log in with their Battle.net account (look for the login box in the upper-right hand corner of your screen) to access hero profiles from any page on the Diablo III community site. Profiles give you the power to:

– Track your game progress. How many acts have you cleared? What bosses have you shredded in each difficulty? How far have you leveled up your hardcore and normal artisans? Find out in the career tab. You can also check your play time (by class) throughout your entire Diablo III career, and learn how many monsters and elites you’ve slain.

– View your heroes’ gear, stats, and skills. How high have you raised your characters’ attributes? What are they wielding in each slot? What are your most prominent gear bonuses? What skills comprise their current build? Nuance awaits you in the heroes tab.

– Share with your BattleTag friends. The friends tab lets you check out your BattleTag friends’ characters, so that you can quickly compare notes on gear, skill & rune choices, and everything in between. …continue reading » Diablo III Hero Profiles Now Available via Battle.net

Jun
23
2012

The Dialog Box: Diablo III and Blizzard’s “DRM”

@EdAcosta

To my small twitterverse, what’s your thoughts on this? Is this fair and something we must get used too in the new digital download age?

@Hawk_SE

Calm down, it’s only 72 hours. I like how people keep referencing “single player” when there’s more than that. Narrow focus!

@EdAcosta

To us no, it’s not an issue. But to those who don’t play with others or use the auction house, the online only aspect is killing them. But then lets not forget the fact that for a new player, you just paid your $60 to only be told to be patient for 72 hours.

@Hawk_SE

It’s a dick move for sure, but early adopters get the reward and late adopters get punished. It’s nothing new (see: Online Passes)

@EdAcosta 

Well how late is a late adopter? It’s only been a few weeks. Online passes wouldn’t really effect someone till a year or two later.

@Hawk_SE

I guess it’s been a month now, just under. I don’t know, it’s strange and anti-customer facing. Despite it all, sales don’t lie.

@EdAcosta

oh exactly, In spite of the “anti-consumer” practices some are claiming, Acti-Blizz are still rolling in the dough-ablo.

@Hawk_SE

That was well done. It doesn’t dissuade me much. I wish I had local saves to depend on. I just don’t see it changing.

@EdAcosta

This is where I see developers & publishers wanting to go. It sticks home the point that you don’t “own” the game, just permission to play it.

@Hawk_SE

Which I don’t agree with. You should “own” your own copy of the game. Like if Steam goes down, they’re gonna find a way to release them to you without DRM because you bought and paid for them. They know you “own” those games.

@EdAcosta

Things will be interesting when cloud gaming & digital purchases become the norm for all platforms to see what rights consumers get.

The Dialog Box is a series where real-time conversations between our staff, our readers, or both occur.  A wide variety of topics get raised over Social Networking sites, Instant Messaging, and Text Messages that sometimes get lost before anyone can actually read or comment on them.  We’ve decided to take those conversations and give everyone a chance to chime in with their voice.

May
28
2012

Diablo III Review

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The gates of hell have reopened, releasing the dark terrors across the lands after a 20-year absence. New Tristram is attacked first, by what the locals are calling “A Fallen Star”, reawakening the dead and causing them to rise from the grave and making it difficult for the citizens to deal with. Diablo’s return is looming over the land. New warriors rise up to answer the call.

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May
15
2012

Diablo III – Day 1 Experience

We were lucky to receive a review copy of Diablo III from Blizzard Entertainment. In doing so, I stayed up until midnight for the launch of one of my and the world’s most anticipated games of all-time.

Typical error seen at sign-in for launch

Error 37

Unfortunately though, the launch was plagued by errors and massive amounts of players jumping online once the servers were flipped on at 12:01am Pacific Time. In trying to login with seemingly the rest of the world resulted in a myriad of error messages: Error 37, 300008, and 3005. Blizzard has compiled a list of all the error messages seen, what they mean, and how to fix them – depending.

While I waited, I began watching Twitter and Facebook and saw the complaints pouring it, forums were filling up pages every minute and you still couldn’t login. Around 12:30am I was able to get authenticated At 1:22am I was finally able to get in proper. Of course I was displeased at staying up and doing a bunch of clicking that wasn’t slaying monsters. It was really unfortunate this historic and monumental launch was marred by many connection issues. I did get to play until about 4am and was happy with my time as I didn’t get disconnected or lag out.

My character at the end of my time before going to bed

Playing Diablo III

Most of Act I is familiar territory for those like me who played the Beta. Nothing has changed there except the inclusion of achievements. I had a couple of friends online playing, but decidedly chose to play solo to not incur any unnecessary disconnects, issues, or lag. If you didn’t know, Diablo III uses an “always-on” DRM system that has left many fans angry. And the issues that were present all related to login to Battle.net and could have been avoided if singleplayer didn’t require it. Even when you’re playing the campaign solo, you have a latency to the server and could leave your game open for people to jump in.

As seen in the screenshots, I chose the close-range melee, one-man army known as The Barbarian. One of the easiest and powerful classes of the game. I was able to make my way past where the Beta ended and started to see some new areas for a change. Though, the game is designed for multiple playthroughs over increasing difficulties. You can even choose which quests to go back and replay rather than whole Acts. The cinematic interludes that cap the big quests are exciting to watch and almost unreal to believe you’re actually playing Diablo III.

As the night wore on, my energy drink expired it’s resource and I began to feel the energy fade. So I fought the last boss and it dropped some really powerful loot for my Barbarian to wield. A pair of enchanted sickles that did massive damage. I was satisfied, immediately feeling that through all the waiting and errors, it was worth it.

A rainbow of hope to fix server issues

Server Updates

All throughout the day today, Blizzard has been hard at work on fixing the issues that have hurt Battle.net and Diablo III. Repeatedly taking down the servers for maintenance, disgruntling even more people as they are being prevented from playing the game. But they are communicating as best they can to give time periods of how long the downtime will be.

Blizzard is well known for not releasing products until they’re ready, and the purpose of the Beta was to stress test the network in preparation for this day. But I guess nothing could have prepared them even with an MMO launch and subsequent expansion packs under their belt. How did this happen? Well, now is not the time to be asking.

I suggest you be patient and allow Blizzard to do what they have to do to ensure a smooth playing experience for all involved. I know that it interrupts your game-time for a product that you paid for, but give them time to clean-up the mess. There are many years ahead of playing Diablo III to come.

Expect a review as soon as possible – “when it’s done”, if you will.