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Diablo 3 Review
Diablo 3 is a hack-and-slash action RPG developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment.
- Many in-game classes
- Great dark fantasy atmosphere
- Friendly community
- Monthly Seasons for those who want to take up the challenge and get unique items
Diablo 3 Gameplay
Diablo III continues the story of the previous parts. The plot takes place in the fantasy world called Sanctuary, 20 years after Diablo II events. From earlier parts of this game, you may know that Sanctuary is tearing apart by a war between Heaven and Hell. Archangels stand on the side of Heaven, and Great Evils lead the hell creatures. In each Diablo game, you have to protect Sanctuary then slay Great Evils and Diablo himself.
The main plot of the game divided into four acts. There you’ll visit New Tristram, Caldeum, Bastion’s Keep and even High Heavens. Additional Act V from DLC Reaper of Souls takes place in Westmarch.
First of all, you have to pick one of seven classes; five of these are core, and the last two are additional. Each class has its background and features, so you can choose any style of gameplay and create a unique build, even though you can create only-PVP build if you want to battle with other players. Depending on the class, your character will have two resources located at the bottom of the screen: on the left side placed Health and on the right side is an additional resource that used for character’s skills.
The game has a combined leveling system. You can level up your character by earning experience, then level up your Paragon Levels after you reach the max level of 70. The first type of leveling is well-known by everyone, but the second needs an explanation. Paragon levels give paragon points that are common to all player characters. You can spend them on improving specific characteristics, divided into four categories: Core Stats, Offensive, Defensive, and Utility. Each new level can be spent on only one characteristic. Every category in Paragon has a cap. After Paragon 800, all of the skill points can be put only in Dexterity and Vitality.
Diablo 3 has a classic isometric system of view. Most locations are dungeons and similarly structured places. Depending on the chosen complexity of the game, each area fills with various mobs and mini-bosses. Some of them will be found only at high levels of difficulty. Each act contains lots of unique locations, mobs and NPC’s so you’ll always have something to see and investigate. If you carefully examine every corner of the game, you can not only enjoy the side stories and work done by artists but also get the opportunity to open the secret level of the game, added as an Easter egg.
The game also has monthly challenges — Seasons. The primary purpose of Seasons is to climb to the top of the leader board. In this event, you have to complete achievements, to earn Conquests, or to run Greater Rifts. After the Season ends, your seasonal character will become usual. All season-exclusive items will be transferred into normal loot tables.
Gameplay in Diablo 3 is easy and more casual than in previous parts, so it won’t be hard to play if you’re new to this game series. Unfortunately, this did not benefit the gameplay. The third part of Diablo is less about exploration than the first games precisely because of this reason. You still have a great variety of things to do, but it’s much more straightforward. ‘Trail’ design of levels helps to concentrate on the main storyline, but a bit distracts you from side quests and hidden things. So you have to choose your game style yourself: you can jump into the game and run straight to Heaven to kill Diablo as fast as possible, or look around this world and visit all places on the map.
Diablo 3 is an excellent choice for those who want to try the Diablo series without much effort in leveling and creating complicated builds. You can play the game at the easy difficulty and still enjoy the story and atmosphere of this world.
Diablo 3 Classes
There are seven classes in Diablo 3. All of them can be played as female or male characters.
- Barbarian - a physically strong melee class. It specializes in brutal close combat. Barbarian uses Fury for their skills.
- Crusader - a hybrid tank class added in the DLC Reaper of Souls. It has both melee and medium-range skills. Many of their abilities require a shield. Crusaders use Wrath to cast spells and use skills.
- Monk - a fast and light melee class. They have complicated combinations of quick attacks. Also, monks can cast Mantras to protect and heal themselves and allies. All skills of this class based on the Spirit reserve.
- Witch Doctor - a “pet class.” They surround themselves by dead souls and zombies and then attack the enemy with curses or poisons. Skills of Witch Doctor require mana.
- Demon Hunter - a long-ranged class, which uses both offensive and defensive skills. Despite the existence of melee builds, this class is usually based around ranged combat. They have bows and hand crossbows as a weapon. Their skills bases on two resources - the Hatred and the Discipline.
- Necromancer - a second “pet class” added by DLC Rise of the Necromancer. This class also uses shields and melee weapons. Unlike Witch Doctor, Necromancer has a complicated system of skills; some of them require Health points along with their unique resource called Essence.
- Wizard - a long-range class. Wizards use wands as a weapon. They don’t have healing skills but can make magic shields and absorb damage. Their additional resource is Arcane Power.
On the one hand, Diablo 3 has almost no character customization: you can change only class and gender. On the other hand, you can customize your armor as much as you want and make your character’s clothes look creative without a hard choice between the quality of things and their appearance.
Diablo 3 System Requirements
- Memory: 2 GB
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
- File Size: 25 GB
- OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10
- Memory: 4 GB
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or ATI Radeon HD 4870 or better
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.8GHz
- File Size: 25 GB
- OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10