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Platform Win, Mac, PS3, PS4, 360 Publisher Activision Blizzard Developer Blizzard Entertainment Release Date 2012-05-15

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Diablo 3 review: angels and demons

Diablo 3 makes scandalous departures from previous games From a thousand feet up, Diablo 3 resembles Diablo Past, more or less. It's still a game defined almost entirely by clicking on things - you click on the ground to move your character to that point, you click on items to pick them up, you click on enemies to make them dead. Enemies yield randomly generated loot. Loot, more than levels or character progression, remains the beating heart of Diablo 3. While all of this is familiar, Diablo 3 quickly makes scandalous departures from previous games. Skill points and attributes are out. Instead, each class's attributes increase automatically when a new level is gained, and new skills unlock over time at specific levels. Potions are a thing of the past - replaced by...

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor enters alpha testing

World of Warcraft's next expansion, Warlords of Draenor, has entered the alpha testing phase, according to a Battle.net blog post. Those wishing to participate in the expansion's upcoming alpha test are invited to opt in through the beta profile settings on their Battle.net account. Blizzard will also introduce a new proprietary file format called CASC (Content Addressable Storage Container) during the Warlords of Draenor alpha and beta tests. CASC offers better support for streaming data, increased performance, faster and more reliable game updates, client hotfixing and prevents file corruption. The company aims to convert all players to the new format in a pre-expansion patch. Blizzard also released alpha patch notes today. The update introduces tweaks across numerous classes and...

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls sold 2.7M copies in its first week

Diablo 3 expansion Reaper of Souls has sold move than 2.7 million copies since its launch one week ago for Mac and Windows PC on March 25, Blizzard announced today. This number includes both physical and digital copies sold at retail and online. Blizzard also reports that Reaper of Souls players have "stopped Death" in the expansion more than 1.5 million times over, and the number is continuing to grow. Numerous Twitch gameplay livestreams held worldwide on launch day for Reaper of Souls also garnered more than 2.4 million viewers, according to the company. Reaper of Souls adds on to Diablo 3's storyline with a new arc that will take players across the world for a showdown against a vengeful Angel of Death, Malthael. The expansion also gives players access to the new spells and...

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Overview video

The expansion, and the mechanic-tweaking overhaul that preceded it in the form of the "Loot 2.0" patch, moves faster than its vanilla counterpart. More than ever, the game turns enemies into legendary-item-filled piñatas, and gives players larger and larger broom handles with which to bash them open. Whoa, hey! There's some Rolos in here, too! How did you know Rolos are my favorite, Diablo? Join Arthur Gies and I as we smash our way through the expansion's new offerings, like the heavily armored Crusader class and bite-sized Adventure missions. Watch as I give Arthur invaluable fashion advice, like, for instance, how to make his character not look like Ronald McDonald.

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Check out Sony's list of PS4 games hitting in 2014, DriveClub is TBA

A post on the PlayStation Blog blog today by social media manager Sid Shuman corrals a list of the games headed PlayStation 4 in North America this year. The list is broken down into six categories, beginning with Out Now, which contains games already released. Spring releases include Child of Light, Sportsfriends and Watch Dogs. Summer releases include Destiny, Murdered: Soul Suspect and The Elder Scrolls Online. Fall's releases contain Dragon Age: Inquisition, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and The Witness. This winter, games scheduled to hit PS4 count Assassin's Creed Unity, Guns of Icarus Online and Ray's the Dead (pictured above) among them. Games with release dates to be announced include Batman: Arkham Knight, Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor,...

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' The Mystic abolishes the 'Christmas Tree effect'

Players can customize the appearance of an item — armour, weapons — while maintaining its properties by paying the Mystic gold to transmogrify it. Speaking to Polygon, lead character artist Paul Warzecha explainedthat through transmog, players can dictate their own style and create for a more harmonious look, diminishing the Christmas Tree effect created by mismatched armor and weapons. "Transmog is actually one of the most exciting things for me as a character artist," Warzecha explained. "We try to make the gear look as bad-ass as possible and the gear looks bad-ass when you first get it. But when you pick it up piece-by-piece, you have a look that doesn't necessarily go with the glove, that doesn't go with your pants: you get what we call the 'Christmas Tree effect.' And transmog...

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Diablo 3 being developed for Xbox One 'simultaneously' with the PS4 version (update)

Diablo 3 is in development for Xbox One, producer Alex Mayberry told Videogamer. Mayberry said that, although an Xbox One version being created, he doesn't know the specifics of any contract between Blizzard and Microsoft. "I don't know where we are with Microsoft right now so I can't really comment on what that contract looks like," Mayberry said. "The point is we are developing for Xbox [One] and PS4 simultaneously. We hit those major platforms and then our goal as a development team is to make them run." Diablo 3 launched first on Mac and Windows PC and later made its way to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. An interview with developers published last June said that the game was in development for next-gen systems, though it was later updated to clarify that they were referring to...

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Diablo 3 servers now live in Australia

To coincide with the upcoming worldwide launch of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls on March 25, Australian servers are now live for Diablo 3 players, Blizzard Entertainment announced today. The servers will be available to all Diablo 3 players and those who purchase the expansion, which users can begin to play from March 25 at 3:00 p.m. AEST. Characters, gold and experience will remain unaffected by the new server rollouts and product activation and initial authentication will still be handled by American Battle.net servers. Those who play on the Australian servers will still be able to interact and communicate with U.S. players. When a game is created by a U.S. player, the game will be hosted on American data centers, while Australian and New Zealand-created games will be hosted...

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls gameplay trailer shows off new piranha attacks

This week Blizzard launched the debut gameplay trailer for Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, offering a look at some of the zones, Crusader class and abilities that are being introduced in the expansion. The video features glimpses of Westmarch, Blood Marsh, Battlefields of Eternity and Pandemonium Fortress, which make up the backdrop for the fifth chapter of Diablo 3. Also featured in the footage is a closer look at the combat techniques used by the new playable Crusader class, and new powers Epiphany, Avalanche, Piranhas, Vengeance and Black Hole. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, the first expansion to Blizzard Entertainment's 2012 action role-playing game, is set for a March 25 release on Mac and Windows PC. To get prepared, you can listen to the Blood Marsh theme.

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Blizzard bringing Diablo 3 PS4, Hearthstone iPad, more to PAX East

Blizzard Entertainment's PAX East 2014 plans include playable demos of the PlayStation 4 version of Diablo 3, the iPad version of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, the studio announced today. Visitors to the Blizzard booth on the PAX East show floor, booth #848, will be able to play Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, the PS4 version of the game, which includes its first expansion, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. The expansion will be available on Mac and Windows PC by the time PAX East rolls around — it is set for release next Tuesday, March 25. And a Warlords of Draenor demo will allow booth attendees to play the expansion's intro and see its updated character models. Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion for World of Warcraft, is scheduled to be...

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Diablo 3 gets 50 percent bonus XP ahead of Reaper of Souls

Diablo 3 patch 2.0.2 is live in North America, rolling  out alongside a temporary 50 percent XP bonus for players. According to a post on Battle.net, the bonus XP applies to the Mac and Windows PC versions of the game and ends March 24, 2014. Patch 2.0.2's primary focus is on squashing bugs in Diablo 3's recent 2.0.1 update. Press play above to see an eight-minute video from Blizzard Entertainment community manager Stephanie "Lylirra" Johnson, in which she walks through each of the features that arrived in 2.0.1. Those include the Paragon Leveling system, which allow each account's characters to contribute to a single Paragon level; Loot 2.0, a revamped system that enters the game as the real-money auction house is set to shut down March 18; as well as the game's new difficulty...

Diablo 3 Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 05/15/2012
    • Publisher Activision Blizzard
    • Developer Blizzard Entertainment
    • Score 10
  • Mac
    • Released 05/15/2012
    • Publisher Activision Blizzard
    • Developer Blizzard Entertainment
    • Score 10
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 09/03/2013
    • Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer Blizzard Entertainment
    • Score 10
  • PlayStation 4
    • Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer Blizzard Entertainment
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 09/03/2013
    • Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer Blizzard Entertainment
    • Score 10
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