😦 Looks like the old geezer has finally snuffed it?
I’ve just played my first hour of Diablo 3 and thought I’d jot down my first impressions!
I normally hate cinematics in a game, however, I REALLY enjoyed the animated introduction film. Bloody fantastic! The artwork is really stylish and completely sets the scene.
I have acquired the full soundtrack and listened to a few tracks. I briefly touched on this in my entry regarding the D3 beta, but the full soundtrack is immense. Not only does it nicely capture the essence of Diablo 1 and 2, it also sounds like Jimmy Page dusted off his plectrum and got busy with the fizzy. That is to say, it sounds like he played guitar. I really hope they release a soundtrack CD seperately, it’s only available as part of the collectors edition and I can’t justify paying out that kind of money for a load of chintzy crap.
It was fun to see so many people running around the two in the game, firing off weapons and fnding their feet. I could not wait to try the 1-9 numerical keys to see what my player would ‘say’ when pushed in sequence. I think my favourite is 6, basically, you insulting someones mother, I think that’ll come in very handy! Nice touch!
I created a Wizard (which seems to be the most popular class online) called….yes, you guessed it?
The screenshot below is taken just outside of Tristram, I really love the ‘hanging tree’ dungeon that you can click into and explore a sub-level on. Really reminded me of Conan the Barbarian?
First impression. Pukka!
With the Diablo 3 launch date (05th of May, 2012) rapidly approaching, I felt that it was prudent to double check the system requirements to see if my ageing PC was capable of running the game.
I can’t be having my ‘puter conk out, just as I’m about to cleave big D’s face off with a flamberge now can I?
Upon logging into Blizzards page Saturday night, I stumbled upon the announcement that there was an open beta test over that very weekend; what smegging good fortune?!?! I downloaded the beta client and sat patiently as I waited for the Diablo 3 game to update; it reminded me of when Blizzard released a patch for Diablo 2 and it took forever to download on a 56k modem???
I did not read the ‘3 stage’ readiness bar that indicates that the game is 1) downloading, 2) playable and 3) optimum. I decided to try and play the Beta at ‘playable’ when the files were still downloading and my PC jumped around like a twat; I had no idea that the game needed to download further for stability and real panic set in that my RAM was shagged or that I needed a new graphics card.
I then proceeded to overclock my PC in the BIOS, check the RAM for voltage and functionality problems along witht he defrag of both my hard drives. Ran the game again…stut..t.sttt..stutter!!! ARRHGHGHG Was I to be denied Diablo 3? NO!
Once I logged back in, I realised my error and the game loaded fine. All that time wasted poncing about with the PC…….cunt.
Anyway, back to the review. Wow. What a game this is going to be. It reminded me of a cross between the original Diablo (there seems much more emphasis on the story and questing than D2) and Baldurs Gate 2. There is such a familiar tone to the game, anyone who has spent countless hours on either of the Diablo games or Baldurs Gate will hopefully know what I mean.
I played a few levels as a Wizard (you can choose male or female which is quite smart) and it was like popping on a pair of old slippers. The GUI is very familiar, as are the navigation hot keys which are pretty much the same as they were in Diablo 2.
I shudder to think how much of my life was spent questing on behalf of Deckard Cain, speaking of which; it was absolutely fantastic to hear the same actor play Deckard Cain return.
“Stay a while and listen!” <——– Give me the Horadric Cube old man or you’re going to get it!
I am happy to confirm that my PC was able to play the game with the rendering and texture settings to maximum (My PC is overclocked to 2.7ghz at the moment with 4gb or RAM) and the use of lighting (particular for dazzling spell effects) is amazing; I absolutely loved walking back into ‘Old Tristram’, what a nostalgic feeling!
My final point of praise has to go to the people behind the game music, top notch chaps. The dulcet tones of the original score have been fused with new compositions and I will definitely order the soundtrack at some point; I have spent most of today considering whether to cancel my pre-order and buy the ultimate edition!
Time to die, well, almost!