Updated Wed, May 16, 2012 by Mem
In case you missed it (although with all the hullabaloo, we don‘t know how you could have), Diablo III, one of the most anticipated games of 2012 has launched with much fanfare. Gamers from around the world waited with baited breath for the second they could log into the world of Sanctuary and hack and slash their way through hordes of ravaging demons. Many of those gamers came fresh from other Blizzard games, especially World of Warcraft.
If you are a WoW player and find yourself wondering if you two should take up the banner of Sanctuary and assist in the battle between Heaven and Hell, the answer is most likely a resounding yes. However, there are a few things you should take into consideration before you make the decision to fork out 60 big ones on this game. Read onward to see five things every WoW player should know about Diablo III.
Despite the fact that Diablo III and World of Warcraft both share a parent company in Blizzard, Diablo III is not and never will be World of Warcraft. While there are some similarities, the universes of Diablo and WoW are totally different animals. Where WoW is bright and beautiful, Diablo is dark and gritty. The bad guys in Diablo are badder and the storyline is far more sinister. Not to mention that in typical hack and slash style, Diablo III is filled with blood and gore, something that is largely glossed over inside WoW. So if you are looking for an updated version of World of Warcraft in Diablo, this is probably not going ot be the game for you.
Even though Blizzard as a company is tried and true and the latest Diablo is the third in the franchise, it is still a brand new game. What this means is don’t go into Diablo III expecting everything to run smoothly. While Blizzard has become pretty adept at foreseeing problems, they simply cannot prepare for everything. Things will go wrong, servers will go down, and game play won’t be perfect right away. There is no need to break out the nerd rage though, as these things are part and parcel of taking on any newly released game in the industry. If the game in a years time still has tons of annoying problems, then we can get a little upset but as for now, Diablo III has yet to have a chance to really spread its wings.
In WoW, it is easy to find yourself skipping quest text and moving through the game rather unaware of the storyline surrounding you. Diablo III is totally the opposite. Diablo III is entirely about the story. When you enter the world of Sanctuary, you will find yourself enthralled with the story telling, so much so that you will play not to advance in levels, but to find out what happens next. As the story progresses you will find yourself introduced to tons of characters both big and small that you will learn to love and hate with a passion that most don’t experience inside a game.
While it is entirely possible to walk into Diablo III without playing any of the other games, or understanding the storyline behind them you are doing yourself a great disservice. If you want to play Diablo III, read up on the story of Sanctuary thus far, and walk into the game understanding what is going on in this war torn world. You won’t regret it.
MMOs or massively multiplayer online games are games like World of Warcraft that can support hundreds or thousands of players simultaneously playing together. WoW players are familiar with this model as they experience it firsthand as they encounter unlimited amounts of players on their servers throughout game play. While there are literally millions of users playing Diablo III at any given time, for the most part you will not be playing together. That is not to say that multiplayer is not possible in Diablo III, it just happens in a slightly different way.
Players will log onto Battle.net and find that they will have the option to either join a game or create their own. Each game is limited to four unique players and when all players have left the game the game world will “close”. This is vastly different from WoW, where players can log in to a server and interact with thousands of different players in a game world that is constantly open and evolving. This difference in multiplayer style could either be a perk or a total downer for any WoW player considering Diablo III.
I’ve found that while talking to many gamers considering the purchase of Diablo III, that they are a bit intimidated by the game. They have this image of Diablo being this set of games that is hardcore to the max and something that the average player cannot simply pick up and play. While this may have been somewhat true in the first two games in the serious, Diablo III has been revamped and updated into a form that even a person brand new to the gaming world could play with ease. The controls are simple, game play is fast paced but not overwhelming, and the game basically moves itself along so the player is never left wondering exactly what they are supposed to do. The best part of Diablo III is that, while it can be insanely hard, the game scales itself to the number of players playing. This means that completing the game totally on your own is entirely possible, which should be very appealing to the casual player.
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