Posts Tagged ‘diablo’

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 to return to an otherwise bloated game.
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World of Warcraft event opens Diabolical cow level

While every day is satanday chez Alice, Blizzard are a little more reserved. They’ve waited until the 20th anniversary of Diablo’s launch to unleash a torrent of satans and skellingtons, and even remake the first game inside Diablo III. We mentioned that before, and now it’s live. But! Beyond that, Blizzard have also put D3 on sale, sent the Dark Wanderer into Hearthstone, and unleashed hell’s herd upon World of Warcraft. Yes, WoW now has a secret Cow Level with special loooot. That’s an elongated ‘oo’ like in ‘moooo’ (which is the noise a cow makes) but with ‘loot’. Read the rest of this entry »

You want it darker: Diablo remade inside Diablo III

It is the future, the year 1996. The age of serially abusing the left mouse button has begun – for Diablo is born. Soon, you will be able to transport your haggard soul back to that more innocent age of mass slaughter, blasphemous themes and venal kleptomania. Diablo 3 [official site]’s 20th Anniversary event/patch kicks off later this month, and they’ve only gone and remade the first game inside their latest demonic pinata – right down to the UI, animations and tinnier sound. Take a look below. Read the rest of this entry »

Logging Off: Blizzard Dropping The Battle.net Name

After twenty years, Blizzard plan to step away from the name Battle.net for their online platform and services. The Diablords and Warcrafteers today announced that they’ll be “transitioning away” from the name Battle.net, which they’ve been using since the first Diablo way back in 1996. No, Blizzard now want to name elements boring things like Blizzard Streaming and Blizzard Voice. Ah, the end of an era. Another icon falls.

Look, let’s be honest: names which are also domain names had become daggy by ooh we’ll generously say 1999. But don’t you see, Blizzard? A ’90s revival is going on – for the first time in yonks, the name Battle.net currently sounds cool.

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Diablo’s Auriel Coming To Heroes Of The Storm In August

Auriel’s time has come, as she officially makes her debut in Heroes of the Storm [official site] in early August.

The archangel from Diablo III will join the public test realm next week before entering the Nexus the week of August 8th. Auriel’s a Support character, and possesses a number of healing and damage-dealing abilities. Here’s a video introducing her:

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Diablo III Director Jay Wilson Leaving Blizzard & Games

Jay Wilson minutes after clearing his desk

Jay Wilson, the designer perhaps best known as Diablo III’s [official site] game director, has announced that he will be leaving Blizzard and the games industry after almost two decades. He broke the news on twitter last night and has been replying to well-wishers ever since. Along the way, he’s provided some insight as to what comes next.

“I’m moving back to the Pacific Northwest, where I used to live. Going to pursue writing, see if I’m any good at it.”

Don’t accidentally turn into Alan Wake, Mr Wilson! Though Diablo III is the giant bookend to his career, Wilson’s work at Relic should not be forgotten, nor should his work as a level designer on Blood. Work on Blood, you get a free pass for life from me.

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Hack & Paper Cut: Book Of Demons Is A Diablo Tribute

Do you like coffee without cream? What about consumerism without guilt? Very well then, could I perhaps interest you in some nostalgia without disappointments, frustrations and huge time investments?

Because that’s the ambitious goal of Book of Demons, [official site] at once a parody and a tribute to the original Diablo, made in cute paper cut-out graphics. It’s the first of the “Return 2 Games” series, 7 titles that will each aim to capture the feeling of a classic from the 90s while modernizing their mechanics and making them accessible even to casual players. I don’t know if it’ll work; but I’m sure Slavoj Zizek would be all over the concept.

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