Almost Twenty Minutes Of Diablo III

By Jim Rossignol on October 27th, 2010 at 1:04 pm.


Loads of demon hunter footage. A little bit of PvP.

You know the classic “angel on one shoulder, devil on the other” thing? Well I like to think there’s a third, rational, truly neutral character sat atop my head (perhaps an emotionless robot) and he’s saying that I shouldn’t be quite so excited about Diablo III. Nevertheless it just looks… tight. I have a pretty high tolerance for dungeon crawling as it is, but when it’s going to be as robust and punchy as this is almost certainly going to be. Oh, it’s unhealthy.

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  1. Fedaykin says:

    The pvp at the end just made my day :D

  2. subedii says:

    I have to admit, the gameplay does look pretty awesome.

    I was actually more looking forward to Torchlight 2 before I saw the Blizzcon stuff, but now, well, it’s obvious that Blizzard haven’t been sitting on their laurels.

    • alseT says:

      @subedii

      I was kinda in the same boat but the sheer amount of effort that would take to make the skill rune system alone is beyond the resources of any indie dev. They have the juice and are running with it. It can’t turn out anything short of fantastic.

    • DK says:

      “I was kinda in the same boat but the sheer amount of effort that would take to make the skill rune system alone is beyond the resources of any indie dev. They have the juice and are running with it. It can’t turn out anything short of fantastic.”
      I have no idea where that’s coming from. The rune system they’ve shown this year is utter garbage and pretty much the single most boring thing I’ve ever seen in Diablo.

      There’s 5 or 6 runes, total, with higher grades doing such awesome things as +1 to what the rune does and +2 to what the rune does.

      There’s literally a rune which modifies skills in the exciting way of “deals more damage”. That’s literally all the rune does and they wasted one of their 5 on THAT.

    • karry says:

      “I was actually more looking forward to Torchlight 2″

      The first one was a pile of garbage code that STILL doesnt have all the bugs from the initial release ironed out, and has no balance or decent loot table whatsoever, so why were you waiting for the second one ?

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      drewski says:

      Maybe because the first one is really, really fun.

    • Inuit says:

      @DK

      Um, are we all talking about the same thing?
      Thing that runes do: throw dead bodies, create a rain of frogs or one giant frog that eats people, throw snakes in mob’s faces, etc.

      While the relative merits of snakes on a face can be debated, I very much doubt its “utter garbage” and “the single most boring thing” in diablo.

  3. clownst0pper says:

    No idea why anyone ever doubts blizzard. It might not be everyones cup of tea, but they always make polished, slick games that are “complete”.

    • zavertix says:

      LOL

    • clownst0pper says:

      Admitadely Starcraft II is one campaign, but it’s not much different to Dawn of War in that regard.

      So you may “LOL” but besides Valve not many PC developers are even close to Blizzard…or do prefer Fallout: Vegas level of polish and completeness?

    • Hallgrim says:

      WoW was “slick” and “complete” when it was released? ORLY?

      PS: My reply to anyone’s rebuttal… LACERATE.

    • Flint says:

      WoW is a MMO, and as such a completely different thing to Blizzard’s usual fare and subject to the same inevitable issues that every single MMO faces initially. Outside that singular case, Blizzard’s track record in bringing out polished experiences is pretty marvellous.

    • clownst0pper says:

      Having played WoW in Beta and release Yes. In comparison to every other MMO on the market and the time and now, it still is. Perhaps you could enlighten me, instead of spouting shit.

    • tomwaitsfornoman says:

      I agree that Blizzard’s track record in the polish department is squeaky clean. Too bad they take 13 years to make the same game over again though.

    • Flint says:

      Eh, their output rests on only three different series but each sequel of those series has been pretty distinctive from the previous one, with some major gameplay additions and changes (can’t vouch for SC2 as have not played that myself, but I do recall them introducing quite a lot of new elements to it).

    • Dave says:

      WoW not polished?

      Clearly Hallgrim has never played UO, EQ, DAoC, AO, Neocron, CoH, DDO, or LOTRO.

    • The Innocent says:

      @clownst0pper

      Sure I prefer Blizzard’s polish, if that’s the only standard being considered. But try tossing in “writing” or “story” into there, and a comparison between the Diablos, Starcrafts, and Warcrafts, and New Vegas… well, it’s unfair. Why can’t Blizzard polish *those* aspects as well?

    • zergrush says:

      I think it’s pointless to compare Blizzard games to New Vegas ( or Deus Ex, or Bloodlines, or any other good game riddled with bugs ).

      Blizzard is one of my favourite developers because their games always provide the best multiplayer experience possible, and I think that for multiplayer, polish, support, and balance ( on the competitive ones ) are the most important things. But I always found the campaigns and storylines in general to be awful. They just plainly suck. I’ve finished warcraft 3 using the “instant win” cheats just to see the cutscenes, and I simply saw the SC2 cinematics on youtube ( stopped after the mar sara missions on the campaign, and never bothered to go back playing it ).

      If I want a gameplay experience with good storytelling, atmosphere and narrative depth, I won’t even go near a blizzard game. But if I want to play something just for the “thrill” of playing, improving, finding ways to beat other people and having a more simple kind of fun, I play a couple of quick SC2 ( or Tekken, or Monster Hunter, or Demon’s Souls ) matches.

      I think there’s place for both of those “styles” of games. Comparing SC2 to New vegas is like comparing chess to a tabletop RPG session. They provide totally different things to the player.

      And sorry for the bad english =X

    • pissant says:

      * after the expansion

    • DrGonzo says:

      Their games are polished but dull. Reminds me of Epic, Gears of War is incredibly polished, but like Starcraft 2, it’s just reusing old ideas and is pretty crap in my opinion. Innovation over polish any day.

    • Hallgrim says:

      @Clownst0pper:

      Sorry to get your panties in a bunch… but considering that I remember the constant server downtimes, the incomplete talent trees, broken classes, missing high end content, I’ll stand by my statement that WoW was not “slick and complete” when it was first released. Of course other releases pale in comparison to WoW now that they’d had 4-5 years and a billion dollars of revenue.

      Better than AO’s release? That is the standard for “slick and complete” now? Oh, and only one of us is “spouting shit” Mr. Pottymouth.

    • TariqOne says:

      Blizzard make good games. While I recognize it’s heresy to say around certain quarters, the fact is they’re just better. Yeah, I’m glad for your indie fare and wot wot, but seriously, Blizzard games blow the doors off the competition. The games work, and they’re intricate and thoughtfully built. They’re a class act when it comes to delivering product.

      Whether they’re fun, or whether Blizzard is the devil, are open questions. But they make good games.

    • DrazharLn says:

      [Blizzard are] a class act when it comes to delivering product.

      Whether they’re fun, or whether Blizzard is the devil, are open questions. But they make good games.

      Whether the game is fun is a separate issue from whether it is “a class act”?

      I am firmly of the belief that Blizzard make some fine games (I sank 100s of hours into wc3 (custom maps)) but to say that they’re better than all the competition?

      Really?

      And to present that as a fact rather than an opinion?

      Golly, I’m confrontational tonight.

    • Wraggles says:

      @Hallgrim

      I’d just like to point out that lacerate wasn’t, in fact, in the game on release.

  4. zergrush says:

    The arena bit reminds me of Bloodline Champions.

    Which is a pretty good thing.

  5. Theory says:

    The very first trailer was spectacular, but I can’t be the only who thinks that everything we’ve seen since has been a bit limp. Including this.

    • Rii says:

      I think I see the problem: the first trailer was FMV.

      For the most part it also wasn’t very good. Certainly the recent Demon Hunter trailer is superior to it in most respects.

  6. VonFIDDE says:

    Bah shouldnt have watch em :/ now i want the game even more. I really hope we will see this out before 2012.

  7. Batolemaeus says:

    Now i want to play some Sacred

  8. Po0py says:

    Good enough for me. Might as well go ahead and pre-order.

  9. Saucy says:

    Talk about the tightness.

  10. mandrill says:

    Its by Blizzard/Activistion. I’m not buying it till Bobby Kotick is gone.

    • Pemptus says:

      It’s almost as if someone was forcing you to buy it, and your act of defiance was totally cool and rebellious. Stick it to the man etc.

  11. chokoladenudlen says:

    To quote the ambassador of DOOP: “I have no strong feelings one way or the other!”.
    It look a lot like a hack’n'slash grindfest. But then again, it looks like Diablo! So I guess I will be sucked in eventually.
    I just hope they will endow the wizard with an oldschool fireball for some happy barbeque fun time, seeing as how ‘magic missile’ really sounds like something that belongs in Freedom Force.

    • green_genes says:

      @ chokoladenudlen

      What makes a man turn neutral? Lust for gold? Power? or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?

  12. Matthew says:

    I liked and played both Diablos, and Torchlight, but honestly this seems a bit meh. Blizzard games are supposed to be Instant Want, but I managed to not get Starcraft 2, and this is looking like a miss so far too. Maybe when it’s on sale. I don’t know why it’s all leaving me so cold. Probably ’cause I hate other people and have no interest in Battle.net whatsoever, but everyone else seems to adore the concept.

    Still, SC2 singleplayer is supposedly really really good. If D3 singleplayer also turns out to be awesome or something (I’m honestly doubtful at the moment) I’ll bite my tongue and get them both on some sale (no way I’m paying full price).

    • ScubaMonster says:

      Worst part about bnet is they totally neutered it compared to the old system. In the old one you had all sorts of things, different chatrooms, etc. I’m not sure how creating a clan in Starcraft 2 works, but Warcraft 3 had all of that built in. People joined your chatroom, invited them to your clan, and done. Creating private channels was really great.

      I seriously miss the old bnet system. Time to go back and play some Diablo 2.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      “I’m not sure how creating a clan in Starcraft 2 works”

      It’s not in the game yet. It’ll be added in patch 1.2, I think?

  13. Flint says:

    Diablo 3 is one of the games I’m waiting for the most at the moment, but for some reason I just can’t be bothered to watch tons of random footage of it. I hope Blizz eventually releases the sort of narrated gameplay video where the devs talk in detail about all the mechanics shown and such that they’ve done with some of the previous class gameplay vids.

  14. mlaskus says:

    This looks boring.

  15. tomwaitsfornoman says:

    Anyone wanna take bets about whether we’ll get to play Diablo 3 or Duke Nukem Forever first?

  16. spinks says:

    It looks like Diablo. It feels like Diablo. I can’t wait :)

  17. Alex Jacobson says:

    Maybe I’m just getting old but ever since WoW the prospect of perpetual grinding doesn’t really appeal to me anymore. And that’s all that’s really on display on the first video.

    • clownst0pper says:

      I think with friends Alex when it’s a full group of you trawling dungeons it will be a lot of fun. I also think you’ll barely notice it’s a grind.

    • SmallGods says:

      I was thinking exactly the same thing. I think I saw three, maybe 4 skills and a weapon being used throughout the 10 minute video.

      Something like:
      Use purple spiky spell thing to slow down enemies and chain them together, use shotgunny spiky blast thing to mash them all up, red fire thing to delayed boom them, then the odd kick and zoom-dive roll thing to move around.

      Repeat ad-infintium until you level up and add a new skill to the roster. Sigh. Having said that, I have already pre-ordered, and I do like games like this rather a lot. The main selling point for me, is not so much in the point and click, but in the inventiveness of the world its based in (enemies crawling up the sides of platforms en masse to signal a boss fight for example), some kind of vague story structure, and oh course, a kilo-tonne of loot, customizable joy, and item hunting.

      I rather liked Hellgate London for the reasons stated above, and disliked Torchlight for the same reasons (just too…pointy clicky. Kill everything, go down a floor, teleport back to the same damn town again and again, gain…the same skills some of the other classes can use, with no real external visible influence?? Bah..)

      Throw in some achievments (I am weak, what can I say?) and what seems like some good multiplayer (I always did like the Diablo2 co-op back in the day, and this could be (ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease) rather good..

  18. NightSod says:

    “Titan Quest: gold edition.” is currently £2.49 on Steam for anyone already twitching at the index finger.

    • Simon says:

      And Torchlight is 50% off as of today for it’s one-year anniversary sale. I dunno if that price is filtering through to Steam but it’s certainly the case on Runic’s site.

  19. Huggster says:

    click click ….. click click click ……… click click………. click click ………..

    click click …….

    • sneetch says:

      I think you just “described” almost every PC game there. :)

    • mlaskus says:

      Not really, most games demand from the player a bit more than the ability to click.

    • Huggster says:

      I actually made sweet click love Diablo 1 and 2, then also Dungeon Siege 1 and 2.
      However there was a zenith point playing Dungeon Siege 2 where I thought:

      “What – the – hell – am – I – doing. ”

      It was very depressing and I cried tears of blood for two weeks.
      I tried the Torchlight demo – pleasant enough – and it was like I had seen a ghost!

      Run away!

      Run away ……

      r u n a w a yyyyy ………

  20. starclaws says:

    Hmmm weapons look to be useless as it seems it will only be skill spam.

    • zergrush says:

      Melee skills are directly tied to your weapon damage, and spellcasting weapons always provide bonus to your magic skills or stats.

      Diablo always worked that way, really.

    • Jeremy says:

      That statement only proves that you can make any game mechanic sound terrible when you word it a certain way.

  21. ynamite says:

    hope the world doesn’t end in 2012. that would really suck. you hear me Blizzard? That would REALLY suck!

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    drewski says:

    When it’s on sale in 2020 I might pick this up.

    • iniudan says:

      Blizzard game on sale exist ? Game with the expension still sell for 40 buck around where I live and on battlenet.

      Can get a diamond edition of NWN for the quarter of that price. =p

  23. UncleLou says:

    Looks marvellous, but then repetitive loot-em ups are the zen of gaming for me, and I seriously pity people who don’t get the genre. They don’t know what they’re missing. :)

    • iniudan says:

      Carpal tunnel syndrome sure is an awesome thing miss. =p

      Like the genre but I admit cannot play those time of game has much has before in a single day. =(

  24. RenegadeRed says:

    Shiny and pretty. Color… overwhelming! 4-player coop is gonna be an epileptic’s worst nightmare. Hey wait a minute – where is the user interface!? Where’s all the loot!? Oh Diablo, you’re trying so hard to pose for the camera.

  25. Corrupt_Tiki says:

    Yes I will post here something bad to say about Diablo 3, because I have nothing better to do so I just watched that video and will now annoy everyone who marginally likes diablo1/2 – Blizzard games in general.

    D’oh that includes me
    **head ‘splode**

  26. Humble says:

    Warrior needs food – badly!