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Diablo III

2 years ago

Feature: Lacklustre yet satisfying

Diablo in Diablo III works well despite itself

Check your expectations. The Darkening Of Tristam, the free, time-limited new mini-campaign recently added to Diablo 3 [official site], is most certainly not the full-on Diablo 1 (number added merely for clarity) we hoped for. Nor is it a meaningful bolt-on for those D3 die-hards who crave another hit of over-statted loot. If, however, you are a filthy casual, it's a refreshingly straightforward, aesthetically-tweaked way…

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3 years ago

4 years ago

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Have You Played… Diablo III?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Diablo III [official site] is a game I'm accustomed to playing on console while curled up on the sofa with another player. We savour the hammy (and sometimes nonsensical) dialogue, take turns examining our inventories for legendary items or tweaking our character builds,…

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5 years ago

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Revealed: Duelyst, Turn-Based Strategy From Diablo Devs

For eons now, humanity's greatest philosophers, scientists, and Internet commenters have debated over the correct usage and spelling of the word "duel." When you use that version? When is it "dual"? Despite being an incredibly simple binary, the true answer is still shrouded in mystery. And now, more confusion. A third entrant to the dual duel of due(a)ling-ness: Duelyst. It's a gorgeous-looking turn-based strategy RPG from…

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Feature: "We didn't make that game."

Blizzard Talks Diablo III’s New Path, Defends Online Req

Welp, that's it. I've done all I can do. In an interview with Diablo III: Reaper of Souls' lead designers, I attempted to comprehend once and for all why they refuse to simply add an *option* to go offline on PC. The auction house will soon be gone, the console version has no such requirement, and I cannot conceive a universe in which the game's…

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6 years ago

We Can Finally Solve Real-Life Beefs In Diablo III

You! Yeah, you! I am enraged in you general direction. Are you manly enough to fight me? Yeah? Crap. I thought you might back down and run away. Erm. Can I interest you - OW! - please stop, and I'll pay you - NOTTHEFACE - I have money! Take my watch! It's my birthday and I've just wet myself. Just please stop pummeling me... Man,…

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Feature: This is the game that never ends

Wait, Since When Did Diablo Need An Endgame?

Man cannot live on loot alone. Well, I've never actually tried, but I assume so, anyway. Blizzard, however, speaks with the experience of a developer that's feasted on gold coins (that weren't made of chocolate) and wiped the sweat from its brow with gleaming, mythril-infused hauberks (that, regrettably, also weren't made of chocolate). It knows loot, is what I'm saying. So when it says that forcing…

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Blizzard Rejects Linux-Ban Claims, Blames Cheating

A few readers emailed us claiming they had been banned from Diablo III while playing on Linux. The complaints about this were being voiced in a lengthy forum thread on the official forums, too. Blizzard replied to us, and on the forums, claiming that people were only being banned for cheating, not for simply playing Diablo III on the open operating system: "Playing the game…

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Hellgate’s Open: Diablo Starter Edition Bug Squashed

Sometimes, videogames are confusing. Except with Diablo III, in which case they're always confusing. Most recently, Blizzard's opus - made up of one part hack, one part slash, and one part commerce - introduced a baffling up-to-72-hour set of restrictions for new players. Among those, however, two - a halt to all progress beyond Act One and a demon-tickling level cap of 13 - basically turned the…

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Blizzard Declares Diablo Starter Edition Snafu “Unintended”

The never-ending soap opera that is Diablo's online strategy continues. First there were connectivity issues, then claims of hacking, and, yesterday, new buyers began getting slapped with up-to-72-hour restrictions to Diablo III's Starter Edition - aka, its demo. Next up, we'll probably find out that Torchlight's been Diablo's son all along, but both of them got amnesia and the paternity test exploded. It turns out,…

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Digital Diablo III Purchases ‘Restricted’ For Up To 3 Days

We've written and spoken about our concerns and frustrations regarding Diablo III's relationship with the internet, but Kotaku notice that patch 1.0.3 introduces yet another baffling aspect to what I reckon is an increasingly indefensible strategy. People who purchase the game digitally are now being told that their copy of the game will actually be a starter edition for up to 72 hours. Why? A…

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Diablo III Completed On Inferno With Hardcore Character

One of the frontiers of gaming has been conquered! Unlike real frontiers, in gaming we get to just make more when they run out, so cheer up, there's going to be a new Antarctica for you to perish in before long. Anyway, the latest greatest in gameworld is the completion of Diablo III on Inferno with a hardcore character. So that's completing it on "very…

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EU Real Money AH To Become A Reality On Friday

Diablo III's real money auction house launched in the US yesterday, and so far, direct exposure doesn't seem to be causing connection issues, account hacks, additional limb growth, or premature death in my race of designated Blizzard guinea pigs. So, assuming that holds up (and I'd be willing to bet my third arm it totally will), it's headed to EU regions on Friday - as…

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Diablo III’s Real Money AH Open For Business In America

The day foretold (repeatedly) in the Prophecy has finally arrived. Diablo III's real money auction house is here and - connection requirements aside - completely optional, so you can peruse its user-supplied wares right this second if you're a resident of the giant bald eagle and failing business reservation that is my country of origin. Europe and other territories, meanwhile, will gain access in "the near…

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Slashing Hackers: Diablo’s RMAH Requires Authenticator

If Diablo III's real money auction house wasn't in direct opposition to the spirit of its own game and also an incredibly prominent representation of modern PC gaming's most deadly sins, I'd find this whole thing kind of inspirational. I mean, Blizzard's stared down the demons that are abysmal server stability and account hack outbreaks, yet its progress has only been delayed - not deterred.…

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Ron Gilbert, Pt. 2: Legacy, Learning, And… Diablo?

Yesterday, I had a chat with the first half of Ron Gilbert about his upcoming descent into madness (and in the game), The Cave. Shortly after, the other half of Ron Gilbert teetered awkwardly into the room, so I decided to speak with it as well. In this very special non-Cave-flavored episode, we discuss goofy adventure game logic, the ups and downs of being inextricably…

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What’s This? Your Diablo III Is Evolving

For a game whose primary function is to be played, there has been (for obvious reasons) a comparatively small amount of discussion about, you know, playing Diablo III - especially on Blizzard's end. The master of click-click-click, however, has finally gotten around to type-type-typing up a roadmap for its hack 'n' slash opus' immediate future. So then, what's on the diabolical docket, which I imagine the…

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Feature: The Saga Of Slo'ugh: Book One

Diablo III: The Unofficial Novelisation

The valiant barbarian warrior Slo'ugh gazed grimly upon the devastation ahead of him. Darkness had claimed this land, and no other soul in it was strong or capable enough to drive the demons away. Salvation fell only upon Slo'ugh's rippling shoulders, this he well knew. He'd known it since almost the day he was born. A sense of a higher calling, a destiny which he…

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Feature: 'Weekly' we said. Oh well.

The Rock, Paper Shotcast Episode 5: Drunk On Tums

Back once again for the renegade PC games blogging masters. Adam, Alec, Jim and John gather in one virtual place to talk about Diablo III, nu-XCOM, Game of Thrones, illness, Greece, The Call of Duty Company, EA and Kickstarter, their own massive ignorance, Goebbels and the mecha-Queen of England. Edit - 60s-style hard-panned recording now replaced with a mono/centred one for your less psychedelic enjoyment.

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