|Platform Win, Mac, PS3, PS4, 360||Publisher Activision Blizzard||Developer Blizzard Entertainment||Release Date 2012-05-15|
By Arthur Gies on May 24, 2012 05.24.12
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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By Ben Kuchera on Aug 26, 2014 08.26.14
Hearthstone is actually a game that's very parent-friendly. The matches are relatively short, and the ability to play on a tablet means you can take the game with you while rocking someone to sleep. You’re given a relatively long amount of time to take your turns, which means someone getting up to get a drink of water or to use the bathroom in the middle of the night won’t ruin the game. Keep in mind that children have the bad habit of sometimes waking up suddenly, only to vomit all over themselves. It's a thing. With five kids there’s around a five percent chance that it’s going to happen on any given night, give or take. I'm sometimes tempted to ask developers how easy it will be to leave their game if this happens, and I'm stuck on bath and laundry duties while cleaning said puke...
By Owen S. Good on Aug 25, 2014 08.25.14
PlayStation Network is back online in North America following a daylong siege by hackers who even communicated a bomb threat to an airline in order to divert a flight carrying a top Sony executive. PSN and Sony Entertainment Network returned to service about 3 a.m. ET. A statement on the PlayStation Blog said the system was taken offline because of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. "We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users' personal information," the statement said. Because of the outage, the regular maintenance scheduled for PSN in North America has been postponed. It was to have lasted from about 12 to 7:30 p.m. ET. The outage began sometime in the early morning Sunday; a hacker group claimed...
By Griffin McElroy on Aug 20, 2014 08.20.14
Once again, Diablo 3 has buried its brimstone claws into the gaming community — this time in the form of the Ultimate Evil Edition on consoles. What's changed since the action-RPGs last, insidious incarnation? Well, for one thing, the font looks far less menacing, falling far short of the "Ultimate Evil" designation promised on the box. For more insightful insight, check out the Overview video posted above.
By Ben Kuchera on Aug 20, 2014 08.20.14
The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions of Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition have just been released for $60. For that price you get the full version of Diablo 3, a bunch of social features, the Reaper of Souls expansion, and visuals that are much improved from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version. I’m happy to report that it’s the best version of the game so far, as I spend my evenings wrecking shit with my Demon Hunter. It goes further than that, though. The original PC version was a bit of a mess. It needed to be online to work, the real-money auction house was a controversial choice, and the loot was overwhelming. Every aspect of these flaws has been addressed in the console version, along with the ability to directly control your character and play almost as an action game. If...
By John Tarr on Aug 19, 2014 08.19.14
Today marks the launch of Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, a bundle containing the original action-RPG and its expansion, Reaper of Souls, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. How do these ports stack up to their PC predecessor? For an example of how the Xbox One version fares, check out the comparison video posted above.
By Ben Kuchera on Aug 19, 2014 08.19.14
It's a magical bullet point on a list of features that proves that your game is next-generation, and there are groups of players online who sneer at anything that can't quite hit that goal. Diablo 3 on the Xbox One, for instance, couldn't quite get there. The original response was to drop the resolution down to 900p and keep the frame rate. A smooth game, many would argue, is worth sacrificing a few lines of resolution. The problem is that this solution created a PR problem for Microsoft, a company that is scared of consumers seeing the Xbox One as a less-powerful console compared to the PlayStation 4. "That's what we demoed and were showing around E3 time. And Microsoft was just like, 'This is unacceptable. You need to figure out a way to get a better resolution.' So we worked with...
By Samit Sarkar on Aug 07, 2014 08.07.14
Diablo 3's resolution on Xbox One will be bumped up to native 1080p with a launch-day patch, developer Blizzard Entertainment confirmed to Polygon today. "With a day 1 (August 19th) patch the Xbox One version of the game will display in 1080p at 60 fps," said a Blizzard representative in an email to Polygon. The update was first reported by GameSpot. Prior to installing the patch, the Xbox One version of Diablo 3 will run in 900p. Earlier, Blizzard had expressed hope that it would eventually be able to boost the resolution to 1080p, but indicated that it didn't expect to be able to get there by launch. The studio previously confirmed that the game runs in native 1080p on PS4; both versions feature a frame rate of 60 frames per second. Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, the console...
By Ben Kuchera on Aug 06, 2014 08.06.14
Blizzard is launching Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 on August 19, and the package contains the original Diablo 3 as well as the Reaper of Souls expansion that has already hit PCs. This is also the first time the game will be available on next-generation systems, so what do you do with your saved game and carefully constructed character from your PS3 or Xbox 360 if you decide to jump to another console? In an interesting, and increasingly common, move for consoles, Blizzard will allow you to export your save and bring it over to another console. "Played Diablo 3 on the PS3, but want to pick up and slay with Ultimate Evil Edition on the Xbox One? No problem!" the blog post states. "Previously mowed down some...
By Danielle Riendeau on Aug 05, 2014 08.05.14
PC juggernaut Diablo 3 has sold over 20 million copies since its 2012 launch, according to a press release expounded upon in Activision Blizzard's second quarter earnings call today. That number includes expansion and digital sales, and is accurate as of June 30, 2014. The figure makes it the No. 1 PC game (in terms of dollars) in North America and Europe. Read Polygon's Diablo 3 review here.
By Michael McWhertor on Jul 03, 2014 07.03.14
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...