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Diablo

3 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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4 years ago

Feature: Celebrating a forgotten part of PC gaming

What Are The Best Game Manuals?

The omnipresence of the Internet, together with the ease of modern control schemes, has all but eradicated the need for game manuals. Who needs a glossy paper booklet when they have Reddit and GameFAQs and YouTube? Who has time to read with such a gluttony of entertainment options available at their fingertips? But game manuals and owner’s guides aren’t just about information. The best ones…

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6 years ago

Feature: Just Great Guys Who Love Videogames

Wot I Read: Blizzard Biography ‘Stay Awhile And Listen’

Stay Awhile And Listen: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo And Forged A Videogame Empire is David L. Craddock's ebook unofficial biography of... well, it's in the title, isn't it? Consisting of reminisces from Blizzard staff, design insight and a document of how the then-games industry worked, it's the tale of how plucky start-up Condor Inc became Blizzard North and created the grandaddy of action RPGs.

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7 years ago

Oh My: Marvel Heroes MMO Sounds Superb

Isn't this just like Marvel? DC puts the weight of an entire movie on one hero, and Marvel fires back with six (seven, if you count Hulk twice - which you should). Then DC shows off an excellent-looking Lego beat 'em up with 50 heroes, and Marvel rains on its superpowered parade with 8,000 of its own. That's Marvel Heroes in a nutshell. Actually, no it's…

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8 years ago

Diablo Gets A 15th Anniversary Website…

And still no Diablo III on my hard-drive! It's close though, so close we can smell it. It smells of 200 developers having sat in the same office for five years. Mmm, unmistakable. Anyway, there are interviews with Jay Wilson and Chris Metzen (as well as an "extended retrospective") on Blizzard's 15th anniversary site, and Wilson says that Blizzard are "almost done" with the third…

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11 years ago

Doomablo

It's a love story for the ages: two of most important names in PC gaming history have finally admitted their feelings for each other, and after a whirlwind romance they have a beautiful bouncing baby. Yes, Doom and Diablo now have a child to call their own, and of course it's as gloriously moronic as its parents.

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12 years ago

Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Just The Gossip Messenger

Look, I don't know. I DON'T KNOW. This could all be a terrible trick, a plea for attention, and I'm very sorry for adding to the rumour mill. But... Fansite Blizzplanet links to a different fansite, Diablo3.com, which is currently hosting a rather noisy countdown timer. It currently reads 13 days. Until what? "until half the web links to Diablo3.com. But why???", it says. I'd…

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