PVS MMO: A look at Diablo 3’s Beta Weekend

This weekend Jeff and I got a chance to try out Blizzard’s upcoming game Diablo 3. Though it’s been some time since the previous installment was released, the hype for this game is still as hot as Diablo himself.

Initial Impression: While it has been a while since I have played Diablo II, Diablo III hold true to the feel of the previous games. It has large dungeons with lots of room to explore, allowing you to dive ever deeper into the abyss in search of evil and treasure.

Graphics: Lots of details in and great artwork for the graphics. D3 has more of a realistic feel then many other MMO games, with a dark atmosphere that really makes you feel the evil that is consuming the land.

User Interface: Very straight forward and easy to use. Menus are limited and options few, but enough to help you feel like you’re progressing. Your two main spells and movement are point and click with your supplementary spells occupying the 1-4 number keys.

Performance: Game play was very smooth, even when working co-op. I did have a hard time logging in a couple of tries but I guess that is why they run stress test and I was warned. When I did log in I did not have any trouble running the game.

Things I Liked: I enjoyed the game play and the story. The game was intuitive and easy to play.

Things I Didn’t Like: I could see someone that is more into the mechanics of a game getting bored easily. With the simplicity of the controls it is more like a point and shoot and not to difficult.

Conclusion: I was originally really excited to play this as I had signed up for the year membership for WoW which got you Diablo III. However as I lost interest in WoW’s end-game, I also lost interest in Diablo III. Did I really want to play WoW for a year just to get Diablo III? …Probably not. After the Beta however, I may just need to splurge and get a copy on its own. I don’t really need flowers and chocolate, just a good game to play with my guy…well bring chocolate too, I might want a snack while I play.

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