Have you read Game of Thrones? Lord of the Rings? I have one word for you: Diablo.
In the Burning Hells, there are three Prime Evils who rule the domain – Diablo being the greatest. Directly opposed are the valiant Archangels of the Angiris Council, rulers of the High Heavens.
Long before the existence of humans, The Burning Hells and the High Heavens were at war. Because both sides possessed supernatural powers, neither were able to destroy the other, resulting in a perpetual war known as the Eternal Conflict.
Both the Angels and the Demons were vying for control over the artifact of creation known as the Worldstone. As its name suggests, it had the profound ability to create new worlds and throughout the war, it changed hands several times.
Once it was safely in the hands of the High Heavens, a Seraphim named Inarius stole it and created a cloaked world named Sanctuary. Tired of the fighting, both Angels and Demons – led by Lilith, Queen of the Succubi – banded together to live peacefully.
Led by Inarius and Lilith, the Angels and Demons of Sanctuary bred the first generation of humans called the Nephalem. Having the potential to be a greater force than their parents, Inarius was slowly weakening the Nephalem over each generation so that no one could surpass him. But Lilith wanted to build an army, so she murdered all the other Angels and Demons in Sanctuary.
Inevitably, Sanctuary was no longer hidden from the havoc of Hell and the judgement of Heaven.
This is the lore of Diablo.
Blizzard Entertaiment released, Diablo, the first video game of the series, in 1996 which incorporated a simple point-and-click (or hack-and-slash) interface which defined an entire subgenre – its style of combat was “cloned” and used in many RPGs to come.
Translation: Spam Click Your Mouse And Get Treasure
Diablo II was released in 2000 and offered a video game in Four Acts. In order to move through the story, players had to defeat a Greater Evil at the end of each Act.
After selling over one million units in just two weeks (big numbers for that time), Diablo II was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fastest video game ever sold. Furthermore, it has been said that approximately 30% of the player base have been females – another huge milestone. In 2008, it was reported that the Diablo II Battle Chest (which included both games and an expansion) was among the top 20 best-selling PC games for 2008 – that’s seven years after Diablo II was released! People love it.
On May 15th, Blizzard Entertainment is releasing it’s third installment of the series: Diablo III. It was nominated for the VGA’s 2011 Most Anticipated Game of the Year alongside Mass Effect 3, Halo 4, and Bioshock: Infinite. Here’s the opening cinematic:
First of all, it’s really easy to jump right in. You just need a mouse — no having to worry about complicated controllers.
Secondly, as I’ve been playing the BETA, I really like the way the storyline progresses. You’ll be able to keep clicking away while hearing audio clips that divulge the lore.
Thirdly, it’s online, so you can be social and interact with your friends during gameplay if you so choose.
And lastly, it’s a clean and simple interface that allows you to play with much more simplicity than seen in many other RPGs. Honestly, it’s really refreshing.
As your character levels up, so will your skills via a Warcraft-eque “Perk” system. Advancing unlocks different skills and you may choose to enhance them with Runes. You’ll be able to access and manage your character’s inventory, armor, and attributes on one easy screen.
The most interesting thing about Diablo III is the RMAH. What’s RMAH, you ask? Well it’s the Real Money Auction House. As if eBay launched into your game, you are now able to sell items – like armor – that you FOUND in the game and sell them for REAL MONEY.
Obviously Blizzard takes a significant cut of transactions, but it’s kinda rad to think that I could actually make money by playing a video game. If you don’t want to play the game with this feature, you can use an in-game only Auction House that is much like the one in World of Warcraft. The higher difficulty you choose to play the game – Normal, Nightmare, Hell or Inferno – will reward better items to drop.
Bottom line, it’s simple and awesome. I think a Casual Gamer could find themselves enjoying a Mid-Core Gamer range with game like Diablo III. It’s a “Gateway Game” with replay factor that is built for Gamers of all types.
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