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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 09:54am 25/10/10 | 20 Comments
Topping off all of our BlizzCon Diablo coverage here on AusGamers this morning, is a full hands-on preview of the game, with all the mouse-clicks I could handle during the event.

Actually, the experience was completely satisfying, as I outline in today's feature article, where I explore the dungeon lay-outs, loot, levelling up, monsters, visuals, art-direction, gore, story and lore.

Unfortunately spaces behind demo PCs were limited, even for press, but I made sure I played right through the demo to get as much out of it as possible, and did so with the new character class.

Click here for the full preview.

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Latest Comments
Posted 10:41am 25/10/10
were you so excited you typed that review with 1 hand steve?
Posted 12:16pm 25/10/10
Been trying not to let myself get too carried away waiting for this one because it's so far away, but damn it's hard.

One thing about it though, the screenshots just really don't seem to do it justice. Looks so much better in motion in the HD trailers.

Also, given the simplicity of controls, it really seems like a no-brainer for a multi-platform release. I know Blizzard have been long-time PC hold-outs and that makes sense with stuff like WoW and StarCraft, but this one has to end up ported to consoles eventually right? Surely it's too massive a market to ignore now?
Posted 12:33pm 25/10/10
Pretty sure they said they'd NEVER go console with a game like Diablo because it would simply break the control system (not to mention the feel) of the game.

Otherwise, looks good but man, this game is so far off. Half the questions that were asked in the open Q&A session were answered with "We'll get to that when we.. er.. get to that", wouldn't be holding my breath just yet...
Posted 12:39pm 25/10/10
first time i ever played diablo was on the playstation 1 ..
Posted 12:53pm 25/10/10
click click click click click click click

sigh need another mouse

click click click click

Posted 12:59pm 25/10/10
Awesome :)
Posted 01:21pm 25/10/10
Nice read; thanks for the review.

But just so you know, we all hate you now Steve. Hate hate hate hate hatew dte8t e8ftw ef8wtelfkw
Steve Farrelly
Posted 02:02am 26/10/10
AverageCowboy, read the interview I did with Leonard Boyarsky who broaches that very question, and believe me, it's not out of the question ;)
Posted 07:15am 02/11/10
Wait wait wait wait.... Tenacious D played live? Fuuuuu-
Posted 09:23am 02/11/10
So is this just like torchlight? More dungeons and spells.... hmmmm
Posted 10:30am 02/11/10
im betting on a 2011 release of d3. Theres a good reason for this speculation. Diablo fans have a good write up as to why they recon the magic will happen next year with a beta as early as feb/march
Posted 01:08pm 09/11/10
Just like torchlight?? The Diablo series has long been THE go to action RPG since the first game. Diablo 2 still has a strong player base (no matter how many are cheating)

Really looking forward to a few late night dungeon runs with a few mates on this one.

Also on the idea of going multi-platform again, i really don't think blizzard intend to try that again. I only half worked on the first Diablo, they didn't bother with the second one either. I think the difference between the console and PC versions control scheme would just make the console version feel clunky.
Posted 01:27pm 09/11/10
torchlight is like diablo thanks
Posted 02:11pm 09/11/10
I doubt it'll be ready anywhere near that soon, one of the interviews I was watching for Blizzcon had one of the designer guys talking about how far along the game is, and he said big chunks of the single player campaign aren't even implemented yet, its just blocked out. Like you can go through the game from beginning to end, but a lot of it is just blocked out stuff, or a boss model that isn't animated that you hit once and get a message saying "You killed the boss". Doesn't sound like a game thats ramping up to release soon to me, sounds like a game thats still heavily, heavily in development.
Posted 03:00pm 09/11/10
Played a bit during BlizzCon - definitely a long way to go. Now I think I've made my anticipation worse, for the experience. :(
Posted 03:55pm 09/11/10
Is it better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all?
Posted 07:03pm 09/11/10
Simon Hacket from Internode is off to see if Blizzard will invest in some servers here.

“… its obvious that the best answer is in-country server facilities. If Blizzard wanted to re-engage with us on the notion of winding up with Blizzard server resources in our (extensively peered) data centre facilities, we’d be just thrilled. That door is still open, has been for years, and its not closed now.”

Posted 11:03am 10/11/10
A game worth waiting for, I was D1 and D2 freak so hmm looks like kiss life good bye again with D3.

Ive been playing Titans Quest to stop the crazy dreams @ night lol. D3 is calling us!
Posted 02:30pm 10/11/10
d3 just needs completely new content and the latest graphics over d2 for it to be flawless.
Posted 04:31pm 10/11/10
D2 was pretty boring hey, i really preferred how blizzard did classes in wow where synergies weren't directly listed but going into two tree's could be pretty cool for playing by yourself (although pointless for raiding etc). Like as a rogue - stunlocking enemies, or as a paladin, shieldblocking and aoeing. Mage, drinking and frostnova aoe'ing, hunter - pets' traps etc.

I think though it was because you only needed to deal with small groups of enemies of 2-4 hence saps, traps and sleep/sheeps could be possible without trouble allowing you to concentrate on spell rotations and stuff. So i guess it's not really applicable.

I just hope that its fluid.
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