Conclusion: Diablo 3's biggest problems have been solved, and though there are still some network kinks that need to be worked out, it's finally at the stage where I can recommend it wholeheartedly to any fan of the franchise.
Pros: Loot system is exciting, Strong presentation, Console version is a very strong port
Cons: You won't care an ounce about the story, Network issues persist, years after release, Grinding to defeat harder difficulties lacks the excitement of the quest to hit 99
Excerpt: Honestly, I wasn't sure what to think of Diablo III. Scratch that, actually I was pretty sure it was going to suck so hard I'd end up chaffed. The previews online didn't really impress, and the characters that were shown over about a two-year span were mainly the same old ones as before or just hacks (the witch doctor being an obvious copy of the necromancer, for example). Lots of pretty colors in a more World of Warcraft-styled look.
Excerpt: Like many of the one-sided NPCs that appear within Blizzard’s third summer-vacation‑to‑Hell, it sure feels as if there’s something special lurking beneath Diablo III —once you get behind all the odd trappings and poor design decisions, that is. If you’re new to the series, the game goes something like this: See evil, click on evil, kill evil. Repeat 100,000 times. That’s Diablo. Diablo III beautifies this formula by combining artistic flair with rote gameplay.
Pros: Addictive gameplay, beautiful graphics, and challenging scenarios will keep you thinkin’ and clickin’ for a while.
Summary: Blizzard's long awaited Diablo III arrived with much fanfare. If you're a fan of action-RPG click-fests, then you owe it to yourself to pick it up. However, if you've played the previous Diablo games, keep your expectations in check and you'll enjoy the game. If you're not a fan, then Diablo III won't do much to make you one.
Pros: Polished gameplay, Great graphics, Immersive sound
Cons: Constant internet connection, Too easy the first time around, Best gear outside of the world of Diablo, in the Auction House
Conclusion: Diablo III is a bit of a disappointment. We would have liked to see more choices available for character development instead of the “use any skill at any time” gameplay mechanics that are in place. The story, which is constantly being referenced via quests and cut scenes, is average at best and clichéd at worst. Diablo III is not a bad game, though. The core gameplay, which revolves around hitting enemies until they drop items, is still a lot of fun.
Pros: The combat is fast paced and satisfying., The sound effects really hit the spot.
Cons: Diablo III ’s story falls flat., Every character will have the same skills at the end of the game – only items differentiate you from others.
Conclusion: The presentation has the same level of quality that Blizzard games have come to be known for. The visuals are excellent, mixing together the game’s in-engine cutscenes with pre-rendered cinematic sequences. While this does work well as a whole, it’s easy to spot the difference in art style between the two mediums. The game itself has a stylized, animated look to it, while the cinematic scenes have a darker and more realistic look to them.
Review: SteelSeries Diablo III Gaming Mouse And Headset.
4 June 2012
Conclusion: For $69.99, we think the Diablo III branded mouse is a pretty decent deal for the Diablo-loving gamers of the world. The custom design, great design and awesome performance of the mouse mean it’s a potent weapon in any gamers arsenal. That said, if Diablo III isn’t your cup of tea, there’s still plenty to love.
Excerpt: “It’s just clicking,” they harp, they being the collective mind called The Internet. It’s not true, of course, at least not strictly speaking, as there is plenty of tapping the 1, 2, 3, and 4 keys, and sometimes even Q. If we’re not speaking strictly, then yes, it’s very true. Diablo III , like the Diablo games before it, is really just a lot of clicking. Click. Click. Click. In Sonic games, players just hold right and press the jump button from time to time.
Pros: A refinement of the familiar, Action-RPG satisfaction that feels personalized
Cons: Always-online DRM is as belligerent as it gets
Conclusion: Has Blizzard created a game that can last as long as Diablo 2 has? I don't know, but Diablo3 is an absolutely stellar game that everyone can enjoy, provided they've got a stable internet connection, and the time to find all that sweet, sweet loot.