I just finished Diablo III in normal mode yesterday. Although it was relatively easy, I did enjoy every moment of the gameplay when servers were up. As you probably know, Diablo III can only be played online. I got disconnected a few times and felt helpless that Blizzard was controlling when I could play the game. I understand why and the reasons for multiplayer characters to play online are valid, but I feel like my liberty as a single player wanting to play offline wasn’t taken into consideration.
What I always loved about Diablo is that it’s so easy a 4 year old can play it (Though that would be bad parenting to let a 4 year old play Diablo!) and it’s no different for Diablo III. It’s repetitive in a way, but there’s always the excitement of finding a rare item, trying your new skills when you level up or facing a new kind of evil. Oh, and I love to play over and over again, taking my time to listen to every single character, even those insignificant peasants, to pick-up every single item and piece of gold and try each character, because the first round is always to find out about the story as fast as possible.
As a Wizard lady, I was more comfortable using area-effect spells to freeze and shatter mobs in the beginning of the game. As my character got better and stronger, I was able to focus on protection skills: diamond skin is a must for beating bosses. Reactive ice-armour also became pretty handy to freeze those sneaky, evil bastards. And it felt absolutely Goddess-like to become pure energy with the Archon ability. I can’t wait to play in nightmare mode and see what the runs will do to my Archon ability.
Like all Blizzard stories, Diablo III was entertaining and had a few surprises. Although there were many similarities with Diablo II different Acts, I found some originality in the presentation of each one. I mean, the drawings were really great and I always enjoy the cinematics. We’re far from the first CGI cinematic; the graphic’s gameplay looks better than my favourite cinematic from StarCraft!
It’s such a spectacularly fun and good game that anyone can play and enjoy immediately, alone or with friends. Best sixty-something dollars I’ve spent on a game this year! And what can be more satisfying then to beat Evil in its prime?
So? Did you play Diablo III? Alone or with friends/strangers from Battle.net? Who were you? What’s your favourite skill? Did you enjoy the twist in the story or did you foresee the future? Love it or hate it or meh! it? And will you play over and over again and forever like I will?