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The State of the Diablo 3 Beta (Two Videos) 237

Posted by Soulskill
from the stay-awhile-and-listen dept.
It's been almost four years since Diablo 3 was announced, and its development began years earlier. Its predecessors helped define the action RPG genre, so anticipation is high among fans of the franchise. The game has undergone closed beta testing since September, and a lot has changed since then. Now that Blizzard has settled on May 15th as a release date, we thought this would be a good time to take a look at the state of the game as it currently exists. These two videos show actual gameplay of the various classes, explain the skill and rune systems, take a look at the auction house, and go over many of the other changes since the beginning of development. (Click to play the first video, and the second one will play automagically after the first one ends.)





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The State of the Diablo 3 Beta (Two Videos)

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  • by SJHillman (1966756) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @08:12AM (#39570117)

    It's kind of sad that you're defined by an operating system. Reminds me a bit of the Amish. Their level of technology is a big part of who they are, so they go without modern conveniences (including video games) just to stick to that. All fine and dandy, but you don't hear the Amish complaining that nobody makes spoilers compatible with their buggies because it's a lifestyle choice.

  • by unapersson (38207) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @08:44AM (#39570303) Homepage

    Where do the Humble Bundle stats fit in with your assertions?

  • by ifrag (984323) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @08:47AM (#39570329)

    Is that worth having to program a port, have support trained, and testing and bug fixing for that platform?

    Probably not, although Blizzard has stated before that having a Mac port of their games has sometimes helped fixed bugs in the Windows version as well. Blizzard also has a habit of making dual DirectX and OpenGL rendering engines, so they probably are closer than most other companies would be to making a port.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @08:50AM (#39570361)

    So I've been playing an isometric arpg called Path of Exile for the last week+. It's still in beta, and the story is fleshing out, but the gameplay itself is really polished, and it has lots of interesting features I won't list, but to name a few:

    Diablo 2 is it's role-model.
    Skills/spells go into gem sockets similar to FF7's materia.
    Passive skills are assigned to a board, similar to FF10.
    There is no gold, rather players trade "orbs", which vary in what they do, from turn a normal item into a rare, or change the numerical properties on a magical item, etc., etc. This is also the "crafting" for the game.

    Anyways, I'm not affiliated with the company (A 16-man team out of New Zeeland), but am hoping to spread some word of mouth so others can find and play it. Look me up if you have any questions, Harvester is my IGN.

  • Meh. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Sarten-X (1102295) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @08:52AM (#39570375) Homepage

    Diablo 2 was great... good enough graphics for its time, with a challenging skill system and, most importantly to me, a fantastic story. Then it ended on a cliffhanger, with one of the Prime Evils still loose. Then the expansion ended on somewhat less of a cliffhanger: "I'm going to destroy this thing, and I have no idea what's going to happen to the world."

    I want to play the next installment, I really do... but I probably won't. I've been hearing about it for two years, and the excitement's gone. Sure, it was neat to read about the new classes and see the new baddies. It was fun to go back and play the first two again to remember the story. Now all I hear about is DRM and auctions.

    If I wanted artificial restrictions, I'd go lock myself in a dark room for a few hours. If I wanted an auction, I'd go browse eBay. I don't want those, though. I want a visual interactive story, so I'm going to play a video game. Perhaps someday I'll be able to buy D3 off of GOG to find out the end of the story, or perhaps even get a pirated version (ignoring my usual attitude toward those lazy mooching pirates). Maybe I'll break down and buy the retail version, if I get excited again.

    My attitude right now is an utterly non-committal "meh." Sorry, Blizzard, but you've lost my attention, and I doubt you'll get it back again.

  • by Colonel Korn (1258968) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @09:09AM (#39570521)

    So I've been playing an isometric arpg called Path of Exile for the last week+. It's still in beta, and the story is fleshing out, but the gameplay itself is really polished, and it has lots of interesting features I won't list, but to name a few:

    Diablo 2 is it's role-model.
    Skills/spells go into gem sockets similar to FF7's materia.
    Passive skills are assigned to a board, similar to FF10.
    There is no gold, rather players trade "orbs", which vary in what they do, from turn a normal item into a rare, or change the numerical properties on a magical item, etc., etc. This is also the "crafting" for the game.

    Anyways, I'm not affiliated with the company (A 16-man team out of New Zeeland), but am hoping to spread some word of mouth so others can find and play it. Look me up if you have any questions, Harvester is my IGN.

    I played it on the stress test last weekend. I hadn't heard of it before last week and came into it without preconceived notions. I think it might better be labeled Diablo 3.5 than 2.5 - it seems to take the good from 2, discard the bad, and introduce new ideas to a much greater degree than D3. Also, it's supposedly going to be F2P despite the level of polish that looks equivalent to D3's beta.

  • by 16Chapel (998683) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @09:30AM (#39570699)
    Not true - when Battle.net is down you can still play, you just don't get any awards / medals / unlockable things.

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