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Ztalker
06-28-2008, 09:48 AM
http://www.blizzard.com/diablo3/index.xml

Archangel? Check.
Barbarian/Palladin class? Check.
Hordes of monster? Check.
Lord of the Rings epicness? Check.

I wasn't into PC gaming when the first two were out and I feel I've missed a whole bit of gaming history. I'll certainly pick this one up!

Discuss! :D

Ctrl Alt Del
06-28-2008, 12:04 PM
Oh, sweet child of mine!

Diablo 3 - soon
Chinese Democracy - not here
Duje Nukem Forever - just a while longer

My finger is itching for some good button smashing on the biggest and best non-RPG roleplaying game ever!

Quanon
06-28-2008, 12:23 PM
Ow, dear my mouse is going to die :lol:

And I'll need a newer rig to run this thing.
Man, Blizz is going to get lots of cash now.

SC 2 and D3, life is great :p

mur'phon
06-28-2008, 03:08 PM
Another finger killer? Well, knowing Blizz it won't be out for a while, hopefully long enough for me to get trough Sacred2.

Aash Li
06-28-2008, 03:22 PM
I hate to break it to you, but Diablo 3 is an RPG.

I too cannot wait for this game! Stupid devs putting out so many games I want to play... not enough bodies, time and computers to play them all! >.<

mur'phon
06-28-2008, 03:28 PM
*Looks at old broken mouse* No, it's not:D

Inyri
06-28-2008, 03:59 PM
lulz methinks it's Bastila narrating the cinematic trailer. :p

Q
06-28-2008, 04:07 PM
OMFG it's snowing down here! :p

Aash Li
06-28-2008, 04:35 PM
I will have to invest in a new mouse after I finish rampaging through D3... that looks like its going to be great! The gameplay trailer was good too.

Female options for all the classes! Yay!

Quanon
06-28-2008, 04:52 PM
Female options for all the classes! Yay!

Lets hope they did it a bit like Oblivion, I just love endless tweaking on my heros face.

And the Cinematic Trailer is jaw-dropping nice, Blizz should start doing movies.

mur'phon
06-28-2008, 05:07 PM
I just love endless tweaking on my heros face.

Me too, though the fact that the end result is always butt ugly makes it sorta pointless

Aash Li
06-28-2008, 05:07 PM
I guess Hellgate is going to go into the scrapheap now that the real Diablo 3 has been released.

mur'phon
06-28-2008, 05:10 PM
Argeed, though I'm wondering how it will stand up to Sacred 2. Either way, it seems like the era of entertaining button smasher games is about to begin:D

igyman
06-28-2008, 06:06 PM
Very cool. Diablo is, after all, the most famous RPG ever. I've heard some speculations before about this game and most recently I've heard that Blizzard was given the diablo3 web domain by owners of a fansite with that domain. Now, I see it's true. So, I have two Blizzard games to look forward to (the second being Starcraft 2).

Darth InSidious
06-28-2008, 06:38 PM
The area design shown in the screenshots makes me think of Fable - as does the music from the site...

mur'phon
06-28-2008, 08:19 PM
DI: What did you expect? Blizz make good games by either "stealing" a little from many and combining it, or by using something as a base(warhammer/40K), and customizing from there.

Sabretooth
06-29-2008, 12:35 AM
And to think I still haven't played either of the Diablo games.

<.<

>.>

Rabish Bini
06-29-2008, 06:06 AM
And to think I still haven't played either of the Diablo games.

<.<

>.>
Your not the only one
I may get this, although I'm not really all that interested in it, seems like I'm the only one :(

stoffe
06-29-2008, 06:19 AM
I may get this, although I'm not really all that interested in it, seems like I'm the only one :(

You're probably not the only one, I get the feeling that many hardcore role players tend to scoff at the Diablo games since they're very light on role playing and mostly a huge hack and slash fest. If Diablo 3 is like the previous installments in the series you will at most get some NPCs monologuing at you when they give you "go fetch" and "go kill" quests, along with some story exposition when you move between acts.

That said, they had managed to get the hacking, slashing, looting and leveling almost down to an art in the previous Diablo games. It was mindless fun that was highly addicting. :)

When I last played Diablo I hadn't played any (other) CRPGs though, so my memories of it may be tinted by that. May be worth checking out for the nostalgia if nothing else though.

Either that site is nearly brought to its knees by too many visitors, or the flashy Flash content disagrees with my browser. I can watch the two trailer movies, but clicking on anything else causes the browser to load the page forever and eventually freeze. :/

Quanon
06-29-2008, 07:30 AM
Either that site is nearly brought to its knees by too many visitors, or the flashy Flash content disagrees with my browser. I can watch the two trailer movies, but clicking on anything else causes the browser to load the page forever and eventually freeze. :/

Its really annoying, FireFox(3) doesn't seem to like the site.

I can like open two pages and then it goes wrong.
Their SC 2 is like that aswell, it often freezes up...

I just love the mindless "hack and slash", it just keeps you going.

Taak Farst
06-29-2008, 02:21 PM
I have only heard vague remarks of Diablo II. Is it like the Warcraft and Starcraft games? Because I don't like those sorts of games where u click a command like move and then u click something else and the character you selected goes there.

igyman
06-29-2008, 03:00 PM
You're probably not the only one, I get the feeling that many hardcore role players tend to scoff at the Diablo games since they're very light on role playing and mostly a huge hack and slash fest. If Diablo 3 is like the previous installments in the series you will at most get some NPCs monologuing at you when they give you "go fetch" and "go kill" quests, along with some story exposition when you move between acts.

Funny, I thought that was the pure form of RPG games. Deus Ex, KoTOR, Bloodlines, Jade Empire and all other similar games are, to me, combinations of genres. They have an element of adventure games, reflected in ingame dialogues, instead of simple monologues, they have a FPS/TPS element, because of the perspective from which you play and, of course the main RPG element - leveling up, improving skills and equipping your character with the most powerful and expensive armor and weapons. :)

Pho3nix
06-29-2008, 03:06 PM
I never played Diablo, but the third installment might spark my interest enough for me to buy it.

Ctrl Alt Del
06-29-2008, 03:10 PM
Funny, I thought that was the pure form of RPG games. Deus Ex, KoTOR, Bloodlines, Jade Empire and all other similar games are, to me, combinations of genres. They have an element of adventure games, reflected in ingame dialogues, instead of simple monologues, they have a FPS/TPS element, because of the perspective from which you play and, of course the main RPG element - leveling up, improving skills and equipping your character with the most powerful and expensive armor and weapons. :)

Heh, I couldn't agree more. I think that when we talk about RPGs we must also consider that we're dealing with the most sensitive kind of gamer as well. The purists will probably die before conceding a point contrary to their beliefs on a certain game nature.

Quanon
06-29-2008, 03:13 PM
I have only heard vague remarks of Diablo II. Is it like the Warcraft and Starcraft games? Because I don't like those sorts of games where u click a command like move and then u click something else and the character you selected goes there.

Warcraft & SC are Strategy games, though you won't like Diablo, its a mega click fest.

Click to run , click to do an attack and that on hordes and hordes of enemy.

Its a very basic RPG, just leveling up, get loot, sell some loot, repair and upgrade your stuff, with gems, runes and other stuff.

To a small talk here and there, so you know a bit why you"re bashing skulls.
Somehow it works.

mur'phon
06-29-2008, 03:26 PM
Igy: I disagree, the whole point of role playing game is to play a role, y'know role play. Lvlng up, improving skills and getting shiny loot is just a way to "create" the character you want to be, as well as showing how the village idiot ended up becoming a angel killing lord of destruction, err saviour of the world. Diablo is an RPG sure, though I find it incredibly hard to role play. (m'kay, I'm an amazon who somehow got stuck in a rogue village far from any jungle, with some insane disease that prevents me from using propper armor.....)
Feel free to disagree.

To a small talk here and there, so you know a bit why you"re bashing skulls.

You mean besides getting all that nice loot that somehow get stuck inside big nasty beasts?:xp:

igyman
06-29-2008, 04:41 PM
Yes, I agree, but I'm looking at it from a different perspective - the first RPGs were just the same gameplay-wise as Diablo is and has always been, this is why I'm considering that type of RPG to be the pure RPG genre. I do love these new genre mixtures, they are even better than the original RPG genre, but I still consider them mixtures of various genres, instead of simply RPG games.

Rabish Bini
06-30-2008, 03:55 AM
You're probably not the only one, I get the feeling that many hardcore role players tend to scoff at the Diablo games since they're very light on role playing and mostly a huge hack and slash fest. If Diablo 3 is like the previous installments in the series you will at most get some NPCs monologuing at you when they give you "go fetch" and "go kill" quests, along with some story exposition when you move between acts.
Yeah, but I'm not a hardcore role palyer, I'm not really a hardcore layer of any genre, except soccer games, but that's not a genre ;)

If Diablo 3 gets good reviews I may get it, otherwise, I won't.

Serpentine Cougar
06-30-2008, 06:58 AM
If Diablo 3 gets good reviews I may get it, otherwise, I won't.
Same here. It doesn't look like it's anything we haven't seen before. Mindless and repetitive random battles don't spark my interest all that much. Maybe I'll play the demo, but I doubt I'll get it.

Oh, and I think they could have done the logo better, too. The bottom of the "B" should have gone down like the left side of the "A".

igyman
06-30-2008, 12:55 PM
The logo is as it was for the first two parts, the only difference is the number three behing it and the coloring. I like that they haven't changed it.

RedHawke
06-30-2008, 02:13 PM
I want my Necromancer back or the deal is off! :carms:

Aash Li
06-30-2008, 02:20 PM
Me and a friend were going to play Diablo last night, and he started it up and his game was running a Directx test... and I kept having funny thoughts about the game encountering the advanced graphics card and Dx10. xD Itd be like 2010, A Space Oddessy, or maybe the monkey king standing before Buddha.

"What the heck is that thing, how long have I been asleep? What year is it?!"

The Source
06-30-2008, 09:42 PM
The mother of all RPGs is on its way! Oh, Yeah!
Wow! Has it been that long since Diablo II? 30+ levels of hack and slash. I wonder if they will modernize the RPG factor. I hope they will add more dialogue and quests. Lol...

I must have played Diablo II for three weeks until I finished it. Once I made it to the end, Blizzard said, "Hold on man! Here are another 100 levels." Lol... What a damn ride. There were moments in Diablo II in which I thought it would end, but then the game just kept on going and going and going. I cannot believe there were that many levels of hell. Lol...

Aash Li
06-30-2008, 10:30 PM
Im disappointed there wasnt a thousand levels.. since thats how many hells there are in Chinese mythology. >.>

Ztalker
07-01-2008, 04:50 AM
No human finger can survive 1000 levels of Diablo, Aash Li. That's just torture :xp:

Quanon
07-01-2008, 05:43 AM
Man, I never got to hell without editing my Saved Game with an editor...
Booo, hiss, Cheater !!

Yeah, I know, but I got so sick of those little guys in the jungle!

( this is Diablo 2, nr 1 I played like a madman untill the end)

Jeff
07-01-2008, 01:08 PM
The gameplay video looks amazing. I have actually never played Diablo or Diablo 2 though. I still think this is definitely on my want list.

Fiestainabox
07-01-2008, 04:25 PM
Honestly, I'm not a fan of that style of RPG. I tried playing that one other game by bioware, Baldurs Gate? I didn't really like it. Honestly, I prefer RPG's where you make your own character, like Oblivion, Kotor, or World Of Warcraft.

Note To Blizzard: STOP ADVERTISING DIABLO IN THE WOW LAUNCHER
It just drives people to spam trade about how they want to play it so bad -_-

mur'phon
07-01-2008, 04:34 PM
You lump Baldurs gate in with Diablo?????
BLAPHEMY!!!!!!:D

The Source
07-01-2008, 04:35 PM
If you are looking for another "KotOR" style game, "Diablo III" may not be the right game for you. Depending on how they advance their game engine and technique, Blizzard may not be interested in making an RPG similar to "KotOR", "VtM: Bloodlines", or "NWN". It all depends on if you want a different kind of RPG experience. If you are looking for a new way to play RPGs, I definately suggest you try out the series at least once. "Diablo" is still a type of RPG, but not in the traditional sense.

Bee Hoon
07-02-2008, 05:27 AM
*lolz at the squishy sounds in the gameplay video*

The cinematic trailer looks amazing, but the gameplay looks the same as it was in Diablo II, and I never got past the first act of that:/

Astor
07-02-2008, 05:40 AM
Now, this may sound cynical, but what's the betting that this is just Actiblizzard (or whatever they call themselves nowadays) wanting a quick profit?

They've probably sat in the board room and tried to decide what will make them a quick buck. So they decide to make a sequel to Diablo II. Based on it's popularity, they could grab any game and put 'Diablo' and 'III' and people would probably buy it.

That's all I can see here - a marketing ploy, which I assume Actiblizzard are expecting people to fall for immediately.

They probably want more capital for another WoW game. :(

And, in case you couldn't guess, I'm not a huge fan of the Diablo series.

Ctrl Alt Del
07-02-2008, 06:14 AM
Now, this may sound cynical, but what's the betting that this is just Actiblizzard (or whatever they call themselves nowadays) wanting a quick profit?

They've probably sat in the board room and tried to decide what will make them a quick buck. So they decide to make a sequel to Diablo II. Based on it's popularity, they could grab any game and put 'Diablo' and 'III' and people would probably buy it.

Their historic says otherwise. Their games have gigantic developing and refining stages, which by their turn are subject to all kinds of push-backs and the company doesn't have any reservations from cancelling games on the later stages of developing (see Starcraft: Ghost).

With all that said, I would highly doubt that's solely a market based release. Plus, why would they take so much time between the second and third installments?

Quanon
07-02-2008, 07:34 AM
Their historic says otherwise. Their games have gigantic developing and refining stages, which by their turn are subject to all kinds of push-backs and the company doesn't have any reservations from cancelling games on the later stages of developing (see Starcraft: Ghost).


True, Blizzard is quite dedicated to balance out their games and make them as smooth as possible. Look at SC, its 11 years old, they still release patches, ofcourse its mainly because its considered a sport in asia, but if the Blizz really was out there only for the money, you would think they'd release Diablo or SC every year.

Sure Diablo might be a very simplistic and action orientated game and perhaps the last of their top games: SC and WC had far more develloped gameplay and all.

But, hey, I'm biased, Blizz fanboy :xp: , but I don't like WoW, but its the game that made them indepent, so they can do what ever the hell they want, game develloping wise ofcourse :lol:

Ztalker
07-03-2008, 08:25 AM
Quanon wrote:
True, Blizzard is quite dedicated to balance out their games and make them as smooth as possible. Look at SC, its 11 years old, they still release patches, ofcourse its mainly because its considered a sport in asia, but if the Blizz really was out there only for the money, you would think they'd release Diablo or SC every year.

There's nothing fanboy-ish about this post, Mr. Q. It's just fact. There are multiple companies in the game-branche that value quality over quantity. We see the first is the best, since those companies survived the longest.

Bioware? Was recently bought by EA. But they stand for quality and they would never ruin a project for the quick money. It's not why EA bought them and what they stans for.
Same goes for Blizzard. No matter what you say, Diablo 2 is still played very much. And your patch example proves they are interested in the game themselves too. How many companies still support an 11-year old game?

And, no matter how you look at it, World of Warcraft offers far more then any MMO has offered before. It's quality. Fact. That is't not everyone's cup of tea is a whole other story :)

I full agree with most people here. This product has the 'qualoty' mark stamped all over it. Already.

mur'phon
07-03-2008, 08:30 AM
And, no matter how you look at it, World of Warcraft offers far more then any MMO has offered before.

Too bad at least one who came after offer more:D

Ztalker
07-03-2008, 08:41 AM
Mjeah, if you're refering to Guild Wars you're right. It's without a fee.

But still, Guild Wars is considerably smaller then WoW. And less...interactive. :)

Doc Valentine
07-03-2008, 11:16 PM
You know, being an avid fan of the Diablo series, I have to say that I am a little bit dissapointed at from what I see at the moment. While the gameplay does look great and the Cinematic trailer was good, there are some key elements that I see missing from the game, or at least what we have been shown.

Firstly, from what I have heard, Matt Uelmen (the composer for the music of D1 & D2) will not be composing the music for the game, and I must say I am very skeptical that someone else will be able to pull off his unique style and ability. Without it's great music, Diablo just won't be the same.

Also, I am a bit disappointed at the lack of Gothic architecture/atmosphere from the game (or at least what we are shown of it). The dark Gothic style is what really gave Diablo it's feel. Again, I don't see Diablo being the same without it.

I just hope they are able to make it amazing. I have my fingers crossed one way or another.

-Doc

Darth InSidious
09-14-2009, 12:02 PM
Ausgamers.com interviews the developers. (http://www.ausgamers.com/features/read/2784168)

Leonard Boyarsky, for those who don't know, was also one of the founders of Troika.


"The Monk is the Holy warrior of the game," he explains. "He is a member of a sect... a position in society where they report directly to the priest-kings. They're raised from an early age in secluded monasteries where they're taught to become pure expressions of their gods through the perfection of fighting techniques. So, to them, fighting is a way of praying, or giving thanks to god.

"Everything they do, for them, is sanctified. To prove how dedicated they are, they get a tattoo put on their back that is a symbolic representation of their one thousand and one gods - it takes their whole life to complete. Everything in their life is dedicated to their religion, their gods."

No doubt the Holy Order is headed by Gen. Eric...

cire992
09-14-2009, 05:14 PM
Never gave much time to the fisrt two Diablos, but I'm pretty excited about D3 nevertheless.

ChAiNz.2da
07-24-2011, 10:19 AM
Diablo 3 Runestone System:
http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/712959/diablo-3-runestone-system-detailed-by-blizzard-customize-your-character-with-shiny-gems/

http://us.blizzard.com/diablo3/world/systems/runestones.xml

Seems they've also added an updated follower system this round.

The Followers will all appear at a specific point in the game one at a time and you have to earn their trust through loyalty quests; think Mass Effect 2. Wilson mentions that if you do the Followers personal quest but you don't want him to follow you, you can send him to town where he'll always be available for you to play with. There is no penalty for choosing one Follower versus another; it's all about how you like to play. Plus, if you decide that you want to fly solo you can opt to not have a Follower at all...

...But how exactly will the Followers work in combat? Player won't be able to actively control them like they would a pet; instead they have a complex AI that drives them. How players contribute to Followers is the abilities, weapons, and items that the players give them. Also, unlike hirelings in D2 where it was a pain to heal them, any health or mana pots that players consume will also heal their Follower if they're nearby for the full benefit (yes!!).

http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/712625/diablo-3-follower-system-detailed-enchantress-templar-or-scoundrel/

http://us.blizzard.com/diablo3/world/systems/followers.xml

ChAiNz.2da
08-01-2011, 09:59 AM
Double post, I know.. sorry, but MAJOR Press Event was just released detailing quite a bit.

Source (http://www.diablofans.com/topic/26249-diablo-3-press-event-visit/)

New Skill / Trait System, now just an active/passive skill tree to prevent "wasting" points and allow build experimentation without respeccing
D1 Protagonist (Dark Wanderer) Back-History retconned, apparently Leoric was daddy :eyepop
Introduction of Leah, Cain's adopted niece and Daughter of Adria the Witch
Increased 5 page stash (hell yeah!)

and....

Here comes the bombshell: he also introduced to us the auction house. The real money auction house. Yes, an auction house that you pay/sell items for real cash and vice versa. As soon as this dropped, it was silent, though I couldn't stop myself from spitting out "Bwhat?!" to break the silence permeating throughout the room.

....

It seemed to me like he waited a few slides before he actually let us know that there would also be a gold-based auction house, as well as in-game trading... Maybe just to see our reactions or something, but do not fret! You will not be forced to use real money.

Wow. I had mixed reaction.. but this was a LONG time in coming seeing as how D2 had a very thriving and active economy. Auction sites existed for it.. and now it seems Blizzard is finally doing it "right".

If you're a Diablo fan, I'd highly suggest the read as it's hard to really convey the bullet points. I'm excited about it. Looks like late 2011 and 2012 is going to be a fantastic year for gaming. Between ToR, Skyrim, ME3, Batman:AC and D3.. I'm gonna have my hands full.. hehe

stoffe
08-01-2011, 12:01 PM
D1 Protagonist (Dark Wanderer) Back-History retconned, apparently Leoric was daddy :eyepop


The skeleton? :wonder: Did they say who the mother was too? ::


(real money auction house)
Wow. I had mixed reaction.. but this was a LONG time in coming seeing as how D2 had a very thriving and active economy. Auction sites existed for it.. and now it seems Blizzard is finally doing it "right".

I guess they figured they couldn't stop the real money traders anyway, so might as well join them instead and make it "legitimate". I'd never buy stuff that could be found in a game for money, but apparently enough people are willing to do that to make it profitable already.



If you're a Diablo fan, I'd highly suggest the read as it's hard to really convey the bullet points. I'm excited about it.

I played Diablo (1) and Diablo II (+ expansion) to bits, had several level 99 characters on battle.net. But somehow I find it hard to get all that enthusiastic about Diablo III from what I've seen so far. Maybe it'll come closer to release, or maybe "real" RPGs have lowered my tolerance for mindless hack and slash. :)