Diablo III: The Demon Hunter

By Jim Rossignol on October 23rd, 2010 at 10:06 am.


Aaaand the final class reveal for Diablo III. It’s the Demon Hunter, a class which which Blizzard describe as a conventional ranged class with a dark twist. So a kind of sexy dark-magic ranger with dual-wielded crossbows, then. There’s a trailer for the class below, mixing FMV with a bit of in-game stuff. Looks pretty Diabloy. Diablo-ie. Diabloey. Hmm.

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169 Comments »

  1. Hmm says:

    Get rid of the Witch Doctor. Looks stupid. Plays like a cheap Necromancer clone. It has no place in Diablo.
    Bring back my PALADIN!

    • Dave says:

      Feh, the Witchdoctor is the coolest of the classes so far.

      I wanted to like the Demon Hunter, but this video was the dullest thing since unsliced bread.

  2. Wixard says:

    Expansion will have a paladin, you heard it here.

    As an aside, i really miss the atmosphere of Diablo 1. It had intangibles that made it great.

    Diablo 2 was good. But it seemed to miss a lot of the oopmh that the original had. Fetishes? Buzzards?

    Give me back my generic fantasy click loot thing blizzard, give it back!

  3. pupsikaso says:

    What the hell is happening to Blizzard? They used to be known for so many good things, super-awesome cinematics being one of them. But now it looks like the WoW-gayness style they are taking for D3 is even rubbing off on their cinematics? That looked like shite! Even WoW itself has way better cinematics than this.

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      WoW-gayness

      That’s Wordwang!
      Congratulations, you’re through to the next round!

    • Thants says:

      Who the hell let all the WoW trolls in?

    • pupsikaso says:

      Indeed, where the heck did you crawl out from, Thants?

    • Nick says:

      Rotate the board!

    • Thants says:

      pupsikaso: Let’s think back to which one of us used the term “WoW-gayness”.

    • pupsikaso says:

      Let’s think back to which one of us decided to post a one-sentence irrelevant slight instead of contributing in any way to the topic being discussed.

  4. Jimbot says:

    I was looking at the character design and was thinking “Hmm, it looks alright. Functional armor, kind of stylish and has some nice decals on it” then I saw the heels. Really? The chick is wearing slabs of fashioned metal and then wears heels? What’s her special perk going to be? Lower back stress? This junk is something I’d expect from some hack Korean developer, not Blizzard (well, I’d half expect it from them these days), but it still doesn’t make it any better. Why are heels with plate (or any metal armor) a conscious design decision these days anyway? Is the market so saturated with poorly made Korean grindfests that people simply have to add them or something?

    The actual gameplay looks alright, though. The dialogue in the trailer was pretty eye rolling (and I actually defend fantasy cliches and standards) and the anecdote on the main site is extremely poor, poor man’s Lovecraft imitation at best. Blizzard used to be better at imitating him back in the day.

  5. Wolfox says:

    Hmmm, looks like she went to the same doctor as Riddick. Nice eyeshine.

  6. JKjoker says:

    i had not noticed how much SC2′s release eroded my interest in anything Blizzard until i watched this video, all i got out of it is that they are more interested in showing their generic classes (that lack the personality d2 and d1 chars had) in awful cutscenes than showing the actual gameplay and new features

    it seems they dont understand why diablo 1 rocked, i liked the atmosphere but never cared about the plot, or the videos (which i played maybe once or twice), the sp gameplay formula was why i loved it, now we get d3 with 50% less atmosphere but hey, it now has pointless ingame cutscenes that everyone is going to skip after the first time! awesome!, i hope they remember making the game fun after they finish with them and the bnet bs

    • Thants says:

      So your saying that no one cared about the cutscenes in Diablo 1, but Diablo 3 is going to be bad because the cutscenes (that everyone is going to skip anyway) aren’t good enough?

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      D1 characters and personality? All the “personality” I remember is that the rogue was female, and the mage was black.

    • Nick says:

      Also the cutscenes in Diablo 2 were boring as fuck. Yadda yadda yadda wandering desert yadda yadda.. who cares.

    • pupsikaso says:

      I dunno, they really set the dark, oppressive, and hopeless mood of the game for me. Since I was actually interested in the story of the game instead of the “Ooh! Shiny!” impulsive addiction that seems to somehow be considered the high point of the series, the cut-scenes were very much appreciated by me.

      Also, you can’t say that awesome fight of the Angel versus Mephisto was boring in any way =/

    • JKjoker says:

      @Thants: i mean they are putting too much emphasis on the pointless plot and cutscenes, i dont think it means diablo 3 is going to be bad just for that but i do worry that gameplay gets forgotten (or at least pushed back to second place) over this which ive seen happen too so many games already, SC2 and mafia 2 being two of the newest examples

      @pkt-zer0: i guess i used the wrong word, they had more style, they felt more unique, acording to the gameplay videos ive seen the classes dont feel as different to each other as in d2, as for d1 although they look very generic today, they looked fantastic in 1997 (i do understand its harder to pull it off these days)

  7. Nethlem says:

    For everybody who’s dissapointed about this trailer, you should check out the video from the presskit:

    http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/press/presskits.html

    14+ minutes of gameplay in pretty good quality, a really good watch if you are interested in diablo3

  8. MOOncalF says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Warrior, the Wizard, the Rogue, the Spiritualist and the Druid.
    Can’t we have “Male or Female?” and then just have the rest unfold as a matter of what we do in the game? Because the rehashing of the archetypes got old about a decade ago.

  9. jsdn says:

    I’m so confused. Semiautomatic crossbows? When she does her stupid backflip thing she seems to be firing a bolt every quarter of a second. Ow. My brain.

  10. Vinraith says:

    After having finished another run through Titan Quest recently, I have to say that a mere 5 classes seems… kind of primitive. I’m sure I’ll still end up getting and enjoying Diablo 3, but it would have been nice to have some more variety on the character front. I suppose we’ll see how robust the specialization within a given class turns out to be.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      Less character classes doesn’t necessarily mean less variety. Quite the opposite, actually, games with tons of classes(/races/factions/whatever) to choose from tend towards having more similar choices. It’s easier to make five wildly different viable classes than thirty of them, basically.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      Huh. With the addition of runes, you now get “96 billion skill combinations per class”, they say. That’s little more than a “BIG NUMBER”, but the implication is you’ll have lots of potential to customize your skillset.

  11. Tei says:

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/08/starcraft-2-the-latest-game-to-control-user-created-content.ars

    Blizzard seems full of shit.

    * puts Blizzard in the hate zone *

    Go fuck you Blizzard, and your freak control syndrome.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      You’re a couple months late there.

    • Rii says:

      “Freak”?

      As the Ars article points out, this – if not more draconian restrictions – are pretty much par for the course these days. It’s a kick in the balls, it really is, but let’s not go overboard here.

  12. jaslyn says:

    These are NOT in-game screenshots. These are renders using the game engine.

  13. Perjoss says:

    I’ve been watching blizzcon this weekend and when they announced this class the reaction wasn’t all that great. Blizzard like their stats so they can see just how popular each class is with the masses.

  14. Jacques says:

    Looks like D2′s Multi Arrow is back, but where’s my strafe?

  15. Napalm Sushi says:

    Blizzard’s writers and artists churning out over-the-top, stereotypically American schlock geared expressly towards reptilian wish fulfilment?

    And supposed players of their back-catalogue are acting surprised and appalled?

    Please, leave your rose tinted spectacles in the marked bins provided.

  16. rocketman71 says:

    So, the amazon is back. Basically, we got the same D2 classes modded a bit, some visual facelift (with rainbows!), portable blood and mana spheres so we don’t have to buy potions, and lost LAN support for all of that?.

    Sounds like SC2 to me. I’ll take Torchlight 2, thanks.

    • Thants says:

      Well, there’s a deeper more involved system of skills and items as well (especially with runes interacting with skills). That Was really the core gameplay of Diablo 2 anyway.

      It’s a little silly to complain that not enough has changed and then champion Torchlight which sticks very close to the formula of Diablo 2.

    • Nick says:

      I think he’s more annoyed by the loss of LAN for so little gain.

  17. MadMatty says:

    the Monk trailer was way, way phatter.

  18. Sufinsil says:

    Played the full demo until I downed the boss with 2 friends. Good 45 mins of playtime about.

    First time playing Diablo 3, and tried the Demon Hunter.

    All there really is to say I can not wait till this is out.

  19. abc says:

    If you like Titan Quest (which is IMHO the best diablo 2-clone ever made) and Diablo 2 style, check the ex-Iron Lores new project Grimdawn (http://grimdawn.com/media_screenshots.php). :)