Diablo III is the third installment in the action role playing game series Diablo. The game holds a record for selling the fastest PC game sale time with over 3.5 million copies being sold within the first 24 hours of its release. It is currently available only for the Windows (PC), Mac OS X, PS 3 and Xbox 360. While the PlayStation and Xbox versions were released on 3rd September, 2013, the other versions were released on 7th June, 2012 (for Japan) and 15th May, 2012 (for the Americas, Europe, South Korea, and Taiwan). Diablo III has really connected with its fans and has the makings of a world class action RPG game. With the original plot of the game being continued, players have been given with an intriguing story line that not only promises of challenging gameplay but it also gives a fitting conclusion to one of the most sought after battles in the Diablo franchise – the ultimate battle with the Diablo himself. Due to the graphic nature of elements used in the game and the level of violence depicted in the battle scenes, ESRB has given Diablo III an M rating. Minors should review the ratings and play it only after considering the mental, emotional and psychological impact that the game could have on them.
The “Diablo” Gameplay Experience:
All instalments in the ‘Diablo’ series have similar gameplay which involves issuing commands to the playable character with the help of mouse actions and occasionally using the keyboard for providing additional commands. All equipment in the game have been randomized with different levels of the arsenal possessing varying abilities that range from functionality changes to modifications in offensive / defensive power. The best way to get precious upgrades and items is to defeat powerful monsters as they tend to drop such items when they are vanquished.
One often questions the monotonous nature of games where the levels are replayed in similar fashion. In order to overcome this issue, Blizzard Entertainment (the game’s developers) have come up with a random level generator and a random encounter generator which help in providing different gaming experiences even if the same level is played over and over again. This is by far one of the most significant changes that have been incorporated into the gameplay.
Diablo III’s Proprietary Engine Has Given a Much Needed Boost to Functionality & Graphics
Diablo originally made use of the Havoc physics engine which provided the characteristic gameplay which ‘Diablo’ fans had got accustomed to. However, with the third instalment, Blizzard Entertainment have made use of a proprietary engine which has custom physics features for delivering unmatched 3D rendering to the game. Diablo III requires 3D rendering engine for being able to provide an overhead player view with greater flexibility in controlling the characters. Even the environment has been rendered in 3D which helps to accentuate common actions such as climbing walls and coming out of a hole to enter the next battle scene.
Enhanced Multiplayer Mode in Diablo III
Blizzard Entertainment has its Battle.Net service into the multiplayer mode used in the game. When playing in cooperative mode with other players, it is possible for a player to join or leave the session without affecting the progress of the game. Other features are similar to the multiplayer mode of Starcraft II which uses the same technology for powering its gameplay experience. Now players are free to participate in any online game session without having to worry about losing or affecting any progress. Moreover, the players have to stay connected with the online servers for playing single as well as multiplayer mode for Diablo III.
Character Development and Customization
Diablo III offers 5 distinct character classes that need to be selected carefully as every class has special abilities that work best when used to their advantage during a battle situation. The classes comprise Witch Doctor, Barbarian, Wizard, Monk and the Demon Hunter. Unlike the previous installments of Diablo, this game allows users to select the gender of their selected character without being restricted to using per-defined gender roles of the character classes. As far as customization is concerned, the game offers some serious modification capabilities that enable players to really represent a part of themselves in the created avatars.
The Diablo III team have really taken the game up by several notches for providing a truly entertaining and challenging gaming experience to the players. Great customization options, versatile multiplayer experience, 3D rendering, and improved gameplay have made this game a blockbuster in the action role playing genre. If you feel that you have not had enough of Diablo III, then get yourselves a few DLCs including the Reaper of Souls expansion pack and hack your enemies with powerful weapons and new avatar modifications. This game is a delectable treat for the avid action game aficionado.