Very few games can earn the reverence that the Diablo series has earned, with the masses crying out for a sequel for so long and with almost no clue if and when the game would come. Then during E3 a few years back we got a glimps of what the new world of Diablo 3 would look like.
So after the long wait and the drooling over screen shots and character reveals the game was given a date and a price.
When I finally got my hands on the game I had to admit that I never got a chance to play the previous Diablo titles due to lack of performance hardware at the time and the fact that I was too broke to really buy games or gear. So when the game was released and all the official announcements were made about the “real money” auction house being delayed until further notice, the fact that the game will only play if the computer has an active internet connection at all times, and the limitations of item drops in group encounters, needless to say people were not happy with a lot of the elements of the game being changed so dramatacally or that some of the newer features would require so much from the Blizzard’s servers.
I personally took on the main campaign with the Barbarian and with just at 24 hours and 22 minutes, and my experience was fun but not impressive when it came to story telling or dialogue from the characters. The game is visually appealing and well developed with maps that can take almost an hour to clear and on top of that the surroundings of said maps have things moving and collapsing all around them. The armor, weapons, items, and enemies have tons of detail to them and the variety of stats offered by different items makes for an interesting experience since you never really know what the drops will be when it comes to chest, enemies, or bosses.
The music also adds a lot to the feel of the game, as always Blizzard does not dissapoint on some of the detials that bring their worlds to life. The biggest downfall for the game is the story and dialogue, it just does not really click for me and I went as far as reading the stories from the original games and well it just seems like it does not feel like a good flowing story line. But this does not stop me from enjoying the game experience at all, in fact now that I have finished the game at level 33 I will be going back and starting a whole new character and also continue leveling up my Barbarian till I max him out.
As far as the live auction house is concerned I will not be taking part in the real money option but I have taken advantage of the gold based auction house for many gems and items that I have needed or just wanted to use to develop my character even further. I highly recommend that fans of the old series try it out and for people who have never tried it out jump in or find a friend with a 10 day trial and well slaughter till you drop.