Despite being a tremendous critical and commercial success, Blizzard has spent much of the year following the release of Diablo III apologizing for its auction house, required Internet connection, and weak finale. Personally, I loved the game, even though it didn’t grab me with quite as firm a grip as Diablo II, which I continued to play off and on even a decade after its release. It’s a great game, and if the controversies bothered you enough to keep you from playing it on PC, the upcoming console version may be the one to get.
For starters, its impending release on the PS3, PS4, and possibly one or more of Microsoft’s consoles, will not bring with it a required Internet connection to play. The auction house, which for me, made the experience of finding loot less satisfying, also won’t be coming to consoles. Blizzard showed off some brand new gameplay footage taken on the PS3 at PAX East, which you can watch after the break. READ MORE
Because so many websites and publications have Game of the Year awards that cover many games across many different genres, we created the FEAR Awards, which since its inception back in 2009 has recognized the best and worst horror (and horror adjacent) games of the year. Unfortunately, this means we miss many excellent games. To remedy this, I’m going to recognized this year’s best non-horror games right now. Check them out after the jump! READ MORE
Yep! It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, which means dutiful consumers are already preparing for the Holiday Shopping Season. If you think you’re exempt from that, think again. Either you know a fellow horror fan (or family member) in need, or you want something for yourself! You can take this as advice for what to buy, or what to ask for.
This third installment is all about games, toys and merch. The stuff you buy for the real horror fans in your life. We’ve got collectibles, clothes, sheets, apps and video games! Many thanks to BD Video Game guru Adam Dodd who shot over a few blurbs with some of his suggestions, he’s credited as “AD”.
It took over a decade to get here, but the undisputed king of the dungeon crawlers is back, and oh my fuck does it taste good. Being a fan of this game is like being in an abusive relationship. You’ll invest your time, heart, and soul into this game–possibly ruining your social life in the process–and in return you’ll get one of the best gaming experiences available, peppered with the occasional Error 37 and a mean case of carpel tunnel. Head past the break for my tale of delicious terror. READ MORE
If you thought that some of the die hard Diablo fans have moved on over the years, you my friends are wrong. Amazon is reporting that Diablo III is the most pre-ordered PC game of all time on Amazon. It even beat out such games at Starcraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Want to help bring that pre-order number up even higher? Pre-order it now from AMAZON! And get it in time for it’s release on the PC and Mac on May 15th.
12 years is a damn long time to wait for a sequel. But a game like Diablo and Diablo II people are still playing to this day. But finally coming out on May 15th is Diablo III for the PC and Mac. Past the break you can check out an awesome TV commercial for the game that you may have already seen if you watch TV a lot. Obviously the trailer looks nothing like the game, but it’s still epic and awesome. Enjoy!
Finally, fans who have spent the last decade in eager anticipation of Diablo III can enjoy some fantastic news. The long-awaited follow-up to one of the most renowned dungeon crawlers of all time has a release date, and that day isn’t that far away. Come May 15, you can all just go to hell. If you want to make sure you get a copy, you can pre-order the game on Battle.net right now.
For any World of Warcraft players out there — and I hear there are many of you — purchasing an Annual Pass for that game will get you Diablo III for free. Just make sure you do that by May 1st. READ MORE
This is terrible terrible news. Especially for a certain Mr. Adam Dodd, who has been waiting seemingly half of his life for Diablo 3. Via a POST on the official Diablo site, the PvP will not be released with the game. Instead it will be later released in a patch. Yes for some this is the end of the world. But others will realize it’s all for the better.
They’ve stated that they didn’t want to hold back everyone from the campaign and the solo/co-op content since that it practically done. The didn’t feel the multiplayer was up to snuff just yet. Cheers to them for not releasing it incomplete. Past the break for a bit on the multiplayer. READ MORE
In case you haven’t been following this game as closely as you should, Blizzard is making some changes in the long in the making Diablo 3. For one, players who want to go dungeon diving will have to be online all the time. This means you’ll need a persistent internet connection to play the game, even if you’re going it alone. That was enough to get some fans in a tizzy, but the real frustration arose when Blizzard unveiled the Diablo 3 Auction House. Before we get into that, you should definitely watch as this socially awkward fan reaches a whole new level of mad. This isn’t just more incessant fanboy flaming, we’re talking about a someone just took my Mountain Dew Pitch Black level of mad.
Crazy, right? I like how he whips out the wad of cash near the halfway mark proving his potential as my future sugar daddy, or when he randomly takes out what looks like Thor’s hammer and starts whacking himself over the head with it. This video rocks. So is his reaction justified? Only if you don’t like progress. Anyone who’s familiar with the Diablo 2 probably remembers the constant spamming of bots inviting you to their website to purchase items for use in the game. Unless you set up a password protected private game there was no escaping these persistant bastards, and that’s part of the point for the Auction House. This feature is a fully-integrated marketplace where you can buy and sell items for real-world currency. So now you can make money, or you can skip that crap altogether and finally be free of the constant hassling by bots. Doesn’t that just piss you off?READ MORE
Adam is off trying to get some kind of a fancy job, so he can leave us forever as he soars like a majestic eagle into the mountains. So as much as I wanted him to post this Diablo III stuff, I felt it was time. Check out the video below, and tons of screens and art past the break.
There is still no official release date for Diablo III, however, in a sad note, it was recently revealed that the game can NOT be played offline. Not even the single player mode. You need a constant internet connection to play. More as it comes, probably from Adam, if he hasn’t gone away forever. READ MORE
If a brand new wanted ad from Blizzard looking for a lead designer, lead programmer and senior producer for its Diablo 3 team based here in the states is anything to go by, there might just be some hope for a console version of Diablo 3. Blizzard has said in the past, adamantly one might add, that they are first and foremost a PC and Mac centric developer (with an emphasis on the former), and that’s the reason their recent titles like World of WarCraft and StarCraft 2 haven’t seen any console ports. With the Diablo franchise however, things might change.
As I said these positions are for Blizzard’s US-based Diablo 3 team and in their ad they said, regarding a console-based Diablo game, that “with proper care the gameplay could suit the console platform, and we’re interested in seeing what talent out there might be interested in such a project.” This is all very exciting but should in no way be considered a confirmation of a long requested Blizzard title on home consoles. I haven’t had that scratch itched since StarCraft released on the N64 a decade ago so the thought of a Diablo game on my Xbox 360 (or PS3) is damn thrilling. Hit the jump for the full post, in all it’s rumor-rousing glory. READ MORE
BlizzCon’s going on right now and this year it’s all about Diablo 3 and World of WarCraft’s upcoming world-changing Cataclysm expansion. Regarding the former we’ve seen a few of the classes detailed so far including the Witch Doctor, Monk, Barbarian and Wizard that bring with them old school Diablo vibes mixed with something a little new.
The Demon Hunter looks like a fusion of Diablo II’s Amazon and Assassin classes, since she uses long ranged projectile attacks mixed with what look like traps and shadow skills. I loved the Assassin back in the day so this may very well end up being my favorite character. I’ll let you decide for yourself after you check out the very cool reveal trailer, after the jump. READ MORE
Creeping up on being a decade away from the previous games release, Diablo 3 will be coming out in September of 2009. Yes, that is a year away. Don’t you just love sitting around waiting? About 7 years you wait, then they say, oh hey Diablo 3 is coming, wait one more year please. Read on to check out more screen shots, and a very explanatory Diablo 3 FAQ.
Ok, so I overreacted a little, a lot of these videos are under 30 seconds. Video game company Blizzard announced at their Worldwide Invitational in Paris that Diablo 3 is confirmed. 1up was lucky enough to be there and they kind of give you a breakdown of the Diablo 3 introduction HERE. They also have a breakdown of character classes, the story, locations etc HERE. READ MORE