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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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Blizzard's chief creative officer Rob Pardo leaves after 17 years

Rob Pardo, chief creative officer at Blizzard Entertainment and one of the lead designers of World of Warcraft, announced he's leaving the company today. "After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career," Pardo wrote in a farewell message. Pardo, 44, joined Blizzard in 1997 after a stint at Interplay. His game design credits include the original StarCraft, StarCraft: Brood War, Warcraft 3, Diablo 3 and more. Prior to being named chief creative officer, he held the position of executive vice president of game design at Blizzard. In his goodbye post on Battle.net, Pardo said he's not ready to announce what his post-Blizzard plans are just yet. "I'm...

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Diablo 3's auction houses are gone for good on Tuesday

Diablo 3's ill-fated auction house shuts down for good on Tuesday, concluding two years that brought more controversy and abuse than value to the game. The real-money auction house was effectively closed back in March, and no transactions have taken place since then. June 24 marks its total removal from the game, so any player with items or gold still in the Auction House (undering the "completed" tab) must retrieve it by Tuesday or lose the goods forever. Diablo 3's auction house had a mostly troubled history since their introduction shortly after the game's 2012 launch. The auction house was taken offline more than once because of bugs and exploits, the most notorious incident being a gold duping bug back in May 2013 that caused major problems with the Diablo 3 economy. At Game...

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How bringing Diablo 3 to consoles made it better on all platforms

Diablo 3 is already available on PC and the last-generation consoles, and it's coming along with its expansion to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One this August in the Ultimate Evil Edition. According to Blizzard Entertainment, the console version was developed somewhat separately from the PC version, and that has allowed the studio to make important improvements to both sets of platforms. Blizzard launched Diablo 3 on Mac and Windows PC in May 2012 to a mixed reception from longtime Diablo players. Some fans were immediately skeptical of Blizzard's plans to port the game to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but that version of the dungeon crawler was well-received upon its release last September. The studio proved that it put a lot of thought into adapting the title...

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The Last of Us and Shadow of the Colossus guest star in Diablo 3 on PS3 and PS4

The Last of Us and Shadow of the Colossus will both feature in the Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition, with special enemies, skins and a playable level for PlayStation 3 and PS4 users. Announced at Sony's E3 news conference on Monday, Blizzard has since shed a little more light on what the inclusions mean. In a nephalem rift inspired by The Last of Us, the player may battle the stalker, clicker and bloater infected from the game in a randomized dungeon level. Shadow of the Colossus appears with the "Guise of the Colossi," a set of plans that unlock six armor appearances inspired by the PS2 game. Every class in Diablo 3 may wear the armor. The Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition launches on Aug. 19 for PS3 and PS4.

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There and back again: the games returning to E3 this year

But seeing a game at E3 is no guarantee that you'll find it on retail shelves or in digital marketplaces the same year. Or, in some cases, the next. As games get bigger, development timelines get longer, and some games make more than one appearance at E3. Here are the games we've seen before, set to return to on stages and booths this week in Los Angeles. BAYONETTA 2 Bayonetta 2 has been around and unreleased for almost two years years. First revealed in September 2012, we learned last year at E3 that the Wii U exclusive is scheduled for a 2014 release with a two-player mode. We also went hands-on with the game at a pre-E3 event last year, so be sure to check out our impressions of Bayonetta 2, which is headed to Japan this summer. BELOW Microsoft and Capybara Games revealed...

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Diablo 3 to retain bonus buff beyond second anniversary celebrations

Blizzard will retain the increased Legendary drop rate once the Diablo 3 Anniversary celebration ends, game designer Travis Day announced on the Battle.net forums. "Once the buff is disabled tomorrow morning, you will find that the new base line drop rates for Legendary items will be the same as those you have all enjoyed for the last week," Day wrote. Blizzard introduced the "bonus birthday buff" from May 15-22 to celebrate Diablo 3's two-year anniversary. The buff awards players with double Rift Fragments and a 100 percent boost for their chances to find Legendary items. The buff applies to "all characters and stack with similar bonuses" but was only made available to Windows PC and Mac editions of the game. Launching in 2012, Diablo 3 received expansion Reaper of Souls in March. A...

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Blizzard unveils the official Story of Diablo game guide

Blizzard unveiled its detailed retrospective of the Diablo franchise via battle.net this week, with the introduction of The Story of Diablo to its Game Guide available digitally through its official website. The Story of Diablo features a re-telling of all major events in the Diablo franchise up to Diablo 3's Reaper of Souls expansion. Check out the new spoiler-riddled game guide in full here. This digital release marks the two year anniversary of the launch of Diablo 3. It coincides with an in-game event offering a community buff on Windows PC and Mac servers, doubling the drop rates of Legendary items while giving players twice as many Rift Fragments. This event runs until May 22. The Ultimate Evil Edition of Diablo 3 — a console-exclusive package that includes Reaper of Souls —...

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Diablo 3 awards week-long bonus buff to celebrate second anniversary

In honor of Diablo 3's two-year anniversary, Blizzard is rewarding players with a "bonus birthday buff" from May 15 to May 22, community manager Stephanie "Lylirra" Johnson announced via Battle.net. With the buff, players receive double Rift Fragments and a 100 percent boost for their chances to find Legendary items. The buff will only be available to players on the Windows PC and Mac editions of the game, but "will apply to all characters and stack with similar bonuses." Diablo 3 launched in 2012. Its expansion, Reaper of Souls, was released in March and sold 2.7 million copies in its first week. The Ultimate Evil Edition of Diablo 3 — a console-exclusive package that includes Reaper of Souls — will be released Aug. 19 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition launches Aug. 19 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, the console-exclusive package that includes the Reaper of Souls expansion, will be released Aug. 19 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Blizzard Entertainment announced today. The bundle will cost $59.99 on PS4 and Xbox One, and $39.99 on PS3 and Xbox 360. Blizzard released Diablo 3 itself on PS3 and Xbox 360 last September, but this will mark Reaper of Souls' debut on consoles. Existing console players can continue playing their characters in the Ultimate Evil Edition — PS3 characters can be transferred to the PS3 or PS4 versions of the upcoming release, and Xbox 360 characters can go to Xbox 360 or Xbox One. In addition, the Ultimate Evil Edition allows for four-player multiplayer, local or online, and includes some features that...

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Blizzard's Reaper of Recipes challenge seeks culinary-minded Diablo fans

Blizzard Entertainment's Reaper of Recipes challenge is underway, asking Diablo fans to design "a meal fit for any demon-fighting hero," according to a post today on Battle.net. The contest is a collaboration between Blizzard and kierpanda from Eat Game Live, a blog dedicated to what "happens when you let a gamer into the kitchen." Blizzard featured her Reaper of Soles recipe (that's the black sesame crusted sole over stir fry that you can see above) on Battle.net earlier this year. Culinary warriors can submit their creations to an email address available through the link above. Blizzard will send "the most creative, tasty, and aptly-named recipes" to kierpanda, who will choose her favorite to feature on Eat Game Live. The winner will also receive copy of Diablo 3 Collector's Edition,...

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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