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Diablo III

7 years ago

Devil May Buy: Real Money Auction House Delayed Again

Things haven't been going so hot for the Lord of the Damned lately. At this point, his rocky start's probably better documented than, er, Rocky's rocky starts, and then that whole hacking thing happened. Granted, somewhere in there, Diablo III also sort of became the fastest-selling PC game of all time, but honestly, millions and millions of dollars can only wipe away so many tears.…

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Gosh: Diablo III Is The Fastest-Selling PC Game Ever

Blizzard send word that Diablo III sold 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours on sale. They also point out: "That number does not include the more than 1.2 million players who received Diablo III as part of signing up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion." The upshot of that was 4.7 million people had the game on day one, and after…

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Blizzard Tries To Reassure Hack Victims, Results Vary

Because the universe loves comedic irony, Diablo III's online infrastructure specifically put in place to keep out cheaters and hackers is currently being besieged by cheaters and hackers. Yesterday, Blizzard acknowledged the issue, and today, the damage control process has officially begun. From where I'm standing, though, it leaves out one very important step: the part where it, you know, actually solves the problem in the long…

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Feature: Night of the demons

Hack’n’Slash Fic: On Diablo III Difficulty and Dumbness

I've been playing Diablo III solo, in snatched time during the wee small hours of the last few days. Late to the party as always I know, but the urge to muse 'pon what I've played so far was too strong to resist. I was unlucky, and yet incredibly lucky, to be away during Diablo III launch week. That means I've missed the worst of…

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Shout At The Devil: Blizzard Aware Of Diablo III Hacks

First things first: everybody, go change your Battle.net passwords. I have to imagine that someone at Blizzard uttered the phrase "Besides, what else could possibly go wrong" over the weekend, prompting the god of comedically cruel timing to bring its massive whack-a-mole hammer down on Blizzard's doorstep. And so: hackers! Diablo III's official forums are currently rife with tales of items and gold going missing…

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Feature: Repeat Until Unfunny

How Diablo III’s Solo Experience Reveals A Hollow Game

My companions have stopped following me. The map has suddenly blanked out. The dungeon doors aren't opening. And despite my just having cleared out a two-storey dungeon for the second time, there hasn't been a checkpoint in over a half an hour. If I quit out to fix it, the entire area map will be reset yet again (a previous quit to see if there…

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Feature: Give us options, not requirements

Opinion: Why The Problem With Diablo Isn’t Diablo

A videogame came out recently. If you consider yourself part of the unruly mass that is Everyone On Earth, you're probably playing it, thinking about it, dreaming about it, or stroking it in a none-too-subtly suggestive fashion right now. (Stop that, by the way. It's really weird.) Or, you know, you're not. Because - given Blizzard's track record so far - there's a very good…

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Feature: Desperately Seeking Sanctuary

Speaking Of Devils: Diablo III Interview

Diablo III is now a thing that you're capable of owning and (hopefully) playing. Just before the launch, when those network problems were yet to freeze Hell over, I sat down with senior world designer Leonard Boyarsky and lead technical artist Julian Love to keep them company as queues formed in the streets outside. Along the way, I discovered that having an ex-Troika chap on…

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Blizzard Address Diablo III Issues With “Emergency” Fix

Update: After many hours of patching and subsequent server outages, Blizzard's claiming everything's good to go. If, however, you kick open a rotten stump only to discover an outpouring of bugs instead of loot, you can take your complaints here. Original article: Hey everyone, I just played Diablo III without a single hiccup! Ow, argh, oof, ugh, whyyyy. Oh, I get it: you're all beating me…

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Diabolical: Blizzard Details Diablo III Starter Edition

About a month ago, Blizzard made a rather large boo-boo and ever-so-briefly released something called the Diablo III Starter Edition. Mere milliseconds (in Blizzard time) later, the traditionally cold, calculating powerhouse said "Uh, whoops," pulled the plug, and told everyone who'd so much as laid eyes on the build that it was actually just a weather balloon. Humanity, evidently, wasn't ready to know about the Starter…

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Feature: Finger-clicking good.

Hack Slashes: Three Hours With Diablo III

Diablo III is out. (In the UK and Asia, at least, with the US version unlocking in about four hours.) Words that still don't make sense when you look at them. So after the struggles of server issues all experienced at the start, I finally settled in to spend three very late hours with the game. A game which is, at least so far, action…

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But What *Is* A Diablo III, Anyway?

I've simply got no idea. Do you know? Or you, Steve? Perhaps I'll ask John. "I've no answer for you," says John. "It should remain a mystery, like magnets." See, no one actually knows. It's convenient then, that Blizzard should have put out an "introduction to Diablo III" video (via VG247) for me to post below. That explains it. That explains it right up. Related…

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Saturday Morning Satan: Diablo III Gets A Cartoon!

Remember back when Diablo III was first announced and all those people panicked because they thought Blizzard's angstiest Big Bad had gone all My Little Lord of the Damned on them? Well, they were right. Someone has drawn pictures of Diablo characters and made them move. All hope is lost. OK, OK, fine. Maybe this animated short wouldn't quite be at home on, say, the…

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The (In)Convenient Truth Of Diablo III’s Global Play

On paper, Diablo III's newly announced Global Play Internet voodoo sounds like a heavenly buff to my wanderings through Blizzard's hell-born hack 'n' slash. In a nutshell, it allows players to hop into a game with anyone in any region (though, admittedly, with some soon-to-be-discussed caveats). I am, after all, on the other side of the pond from the RPS stratospheric sky mansion's continent-shaped docking…

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My Anti-Heroine: Diablo III’s Wizard Isn’t Very Nice

Heroes are generally, you know, heroic. They ride gleaming stallions while flashing their gleaming smiles and riding off into the gleaming sunset. They gleam a lot, I guess, is what I'm saying. Diablo III's wizard, on the other hand, is kind of terrifying. She takes a certain sadistic glee in blowing her enemies to bloody ice chunks, which is something well-adjusted human beings only do…

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Demonic: Diablo III Beta Open For All This Weekend

Yes, it's actually happening. Blizzard explains: We're pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account! Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the game's release on May 15. You…

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Diablo 3 Beta Appears To Be Opening Up?

UPDATE: Nah, looks like false alarm. Sorry! A thread on the D3 forums seems to suggest that the Diablo 3 beta is appearing on a lot more Battlenet accounts. No official word from Blizzard yet, but there's a lot of people confirming it now. (It was already on my Battlenet, so I can't say!) It doesn't seem to available for everyone. Anyone else seeing this?

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Kicking, Stabbing & Burning The Habit: Diablo III’s Monk

Who'd be a monk, eh? Years of silent contemplation, the occasional bit of herb gardening, no hanky-panky whatsoever and when a demonic invasion comes along, you're expected to punch the blighters in the face. Thankfully those years of silent contemplation provide all kinds of uncanny abilities and make a monk's fists and feet deadlier than the most bastardly of bastard swords. Or maybe it's not…

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Feature: Shining a light on that 'one month' confusion

Runic On Torchlight vs Diablo, ARPGs’ Slow Evolution

In almost a month on the dot, Diablo III will finally, honestly, truly launch. This is not a test. Opinions on the beta have been mixed, but still, it is the third entry in a positively massive franchise about everyone's favorite spicy Latin brand of Satan. We've been waiting for more than a decade. All eyes are rightfully on Blizzard's loot lusting opus. Which is…

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