Preview: Diablo III

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in PC, Previews |

The following is a guest post.

This highly-anticipated dungeon crawler from Blizzard Entertainment is set for release in early 2012. The groundbreaking Diablo I and Diablo II have created high expectations from die-hard fanatics. Here’s a brief preview of elements that distinguish the game from others.

Classes

Diablo III will contain Wizard, Monk, Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, and Barbarian classes. We may not see classes carried over from Diablo II such as the Amazon or Sorceress. With a new set of classes, Diablo III will introduce new concepts and variety to gameplay. The Barbarian, as expected, defeats enemies through strength. The Demon Hunter manipulates shadows while incorporating skillful use of mechanics. Harnessing energies, the Wizard relies on creation, while the Witch Doctor relies on the nature of life and death to manipulate opponents. The spiritual Monk is fast and accurate. Fans are anxious to see what these new classes will bring to Diablo.

Skills and Artisanship

Mystics, Jewelers, and Blacksmiths will be available to assist you during your journey. Diablo III will allow you to pre-determine skills depending on the class you choose. For example, if you’ve chosen to play a Demon Hunter, you will be able to choose between various hatred generators, hatred spenders, and disciplines. If you choose to play a Monk, you will choose between various spirit generators, spirit spenders, and mantras. The array of skills offered will allow you to create a unique skill set of your choosing as opposed to skills that have been strictly determined for you based on class.

Unique Features and Combat

Although the idea is controversial, Diablo III will require an online connection and will allow you to connect with friends, introducing a new social aspect to Diablo. The online connection will also allow you to participate in item auctions to potentially rack up real-life cash. This hack and slash incorporates various combat technicalities in addition to its active and passive skill sets. Additionally, the simple, clean interface Blizzard is known for makes for easy transitioning between skills during combat. The linear gameplay (as opposed to quest-based games) is enhanced visually by the game’s clean design, which is less cartoony than Blizzard’s World of Warcraft.

Only time will tell if fans will accept or reject the incorporation of new classes, strategies, and online play. The game will likely be released in a matter of months, so get ready for Blizzard’s next adventure. For more in-depth Diablo III info, visit http://us.battle.net/d3/en/.

Ryan writes as a guest and likes saving money with an HP coupon. In addition to writing for the Blog Content Guild, he also enjoys PC gaming and reading about technological advancements.

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Catherine Demo To Be Released

Posted by on Jan 5, 2011 in News, Previews, PS3 |

Atlus has been working on a mysterious project called Catherine and it’s due for release in Japan next month. And no one knows a single freaking thing about this game. Just what the hell is it? Well, we’ll know soon. Because the game’s director Katsura Hashino has revealed that a demo of the game will be releasing soon on the Xbox 360 and PS3.

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