Welcome to our review of the amazing, highly anticipated and critically acclaimed DIABLO III. Today we will be bringing you not only our analysis and review, but a starting guide for the game. We will tell you all about the game and walk you through starting up your experience.

As you launch up the game, you will be asked to login to your Battle.Net Blizzard Account. After you’ve logged in, you will have the chance to choose your character type.

Deciding on Your Class

BARBARIAN: The Barbarian is a massive, heavily-armed warrior, a wanderer from a tribe that once guarded the sacred Mount Arreat.

DEMON HUNTER: The Demon Hunter is the survivor of a demonic attack who has dedicated body and soul in an unending quest to rid the world of the influence of the demons that threaten Sanctuary.

MONK: The Monk is a holy warrior, a servant of the divine whose body has been honed into a deadly weapon.

WITCH DOCTOR: The Witch Doctor weaves the power of the spirits of the Unformed Land, summoning creatures from beyond the grave.

WIZARD: The Wizard is an arcane prodigy who commands time and the elements in the pursuit of destiny and power.

The class you choose is very important in the game. Each have their own exclusive skills, powers, abilities and personalities, so make an informed choice before starting your game.

Review Comments #1

Diablo III is a very addictive game. It has not only an interesting story, but, the loot system draws you in to continuing the game. You may sit there on your PC for several hours and not realize how much time has passed.

Graphics in terms of the UI up to this point are beautiful. I am infatuated with the UI graphics, the buttons are gorgeously made, backgrounds on loading screens and selection screens are lovely and the HUD elements are exquisite, especially the action bar which has beautiful textures:

Classes are very important. As a fan of magic related attacks, I picked the wizard personally. Make sure you make an informed decision.

Weapons and Armour

Here is the weapons guide as provided by Blizzard:

Items

Weapons like swords, bows, and wands affect your damage – how deadly your attacks against opponents are. The higher the number is, the more likely you are to gravely injure your enemies. As you improve your weapons, you’ll kill weaker foes more quickly and deal greater damage to even the most nightmarish invaders of Sanctuary. You can see your damage rating in the Attributes section of the Character menu (default key “C”).

When you find a new weapon, you can get an idea of how it compares to your current gear when you move your mouse over the weapon (you’ll see text that says “Stat Changes if Equipped”).

Armor like helms, shields, and suits of plate mail, affects your armor rating – how resistant you are to damage. The higher your armor rating, the less damage you’ll take from incoming attacks. As you improve your armor, you’ll not only look better protected – you’ll be able to shrug off attacks that, in the past, would have instantly killed you. You can see your armor rating in the Character menu (default key “C”).

Properties – Damage, Condition etc…

Not every weapon or piece of armor is right for every hero. Just as skills are restricted by classes (the Witch Doctor will never master the Barbarian’s leaps, and the Barbarian will never learn to animate the dead like gruesome puppets), so too is equipment.

Most equipment is restricted by level. If you do not meet the level requirements, then you simply can’t equip it until you gain more experience. For example, a level 3 Barbarian cannot wield an axe that requires level 8.

Similarly, some equipment is restricted by character class. For example, certain ranged weapons are usable only by Demon Hunters, and massive mighty weapons can only be used by Barbarians. Each hero has unique, class-specific equipment. These items are tailored to that class, and can provide bonuses to one or more of that class’s skills.

Each piece of equipment also has a durability rating: a measure of how much damage it can take before it breaks and is no longer useful. As you use a piece of equipment, its durability decreases slightly; when you take damage, the durability of your equipment decreases more noticeably, and, when you die, the durability of all of your equipped items drops significantly.

When an item runs out of durability, it no longer provides you with any bonuses, even if you still have it equipped. The merchants who hawk their wares in town can repair damaged items for a price.

Quality of Equipment

Every item in Diablo III has a quality level, indicated by the color of its name and accompanying text.

Common items are colored white. Typically, they are the weakest items. They have low level requirements and contain few special properties.

Magic items are colored blue. They are uncommon, and they tend to be improved versions of their common counterparts. Magic items always contain at least one special property.

Rare items are colored yellow. These items are tough to find, and there is a good chance that they’ll be extremely useful. Rare items contain multiple special properties, but they need to be identified to reveal those properties.

Set items are colored green. These items are like rare equipment, but with an added bonus: individual pieces are part of a complete set (for example, a sword, shield, and helm), and they provide additional powers when equipped with other items in that set.

Legendary items are colored orange. These items are the things of myth, and are extremely rare, but immensely powerful. If you are fortunate enough to find one, rejoice!

Newly discovered rare, set, and legendary items must be identified to reveal their properties. You can do this by right-clicking on the item in your inventory.

Beyond straightforward attribute bonuses, there are other properties available on equipment: weapons that leech the life of monsters, boots that increase your movement speed, armor that improves your rate of health regeneration, and many more mysterious abilities.

Review Comments #2

The range of different items in Diablo III is spectacular. Obviously developers spent a lot of time making sure this game would be packed full of content. The game will keep you very interested if only by item and gold hunting. Very soon after starting the game, you will begin diverting course to explore another area, only to make sure you don’t miss out on a few pieces of gold.

Legendary items are hard to acquire, however, everyone has an equal chance of finding these prestigious pieces of loot due to the fact the map is randomly generated EVERY time you quit and re-enter the game. This does sometimes prevent you from getting a rare item.. you may have been on course to find one but then decide to quit and take a break. Next time you boot up, the items scattered on the map will have been re-selected randomly and your rare item will not be found.. but… what you don’t know can’t hurt you.

Currency System

Diablo III’s currency system is well built. Most items that you find are almost worthless, however, when you do find rare items, you have a few choices. Auctioning items to other players online is available, you can auction them for gold. Another choice is to sell them to in-game merchants, however, if it isn’t wealth you are after.. the blacksmith of the town can break down items into other materials which can be used in crafting.

The auctioning system is very intuitive. It allows players with lots of gold to get the rare items that just don’t seem to be appearing in their games. It is an interesting concept and adds a new gameplay element which can be very attractive to anyone who isn’t an experienced rarity hunter.

The Auction House was not implemented at launch, however, it has since been added (except for commodities temporarily), so, you will be able to sell your stash of rare items to players and reap the gold from the sales. Start collecting up rares and you are sure to be rich in no time!

Crafting System

The crafting system is well integrated into the game. New weapons that are made from scrap materials are usually bad at their job, BUT, when you start paying your blacksmith nice sums of gold, he will upgrade your weapons so they can really pack a punch!

Review Comments #3

The level system in the game is excellent. It takes quite a while to level up, so, each level feels well earned. As you level you unlock new abilities (called Skills) for whatever character race you chose which have further enhancements known as Skill Runes. These are things which assist the skill in becoming more powerful, similar to an attachment for a firearm.

The game’s online capabilities are excellent. The map items are randomly generated (just to clarify, the map layout stays the same, only the items stashed on the map are random) online too. You can play online with others and work through any of your missions with strangers online or get together a party and play with them. Public games are available for every mission and the items you find offline are usable online and vice-versa. It really is a great system of play!

You can change which abilities are equipped as often as you like, so, experiment and find which one suits your play style.

I think that’s all for this review. Thanks for reading, here are the final scores: