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#1 Jul 24 2011 at 5:25 PM Rating: Good
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Well, we all know what "Soon" means when a game developer says it.

But a news post on a popular WoW News site claims that we'll be playing the beta in less than a month's time.

If you're interested and haven't, I recommend you take this opportunity to create a battle.net account and update your Beta Profile (found under the Account button at the top). You have to download a quick app that sends your computer specs to Blizzard. We're not sure how they select it, but they likely want a wide variety of computers to see how well things run. Luck is obviously very heavily involved.

Anywho, invites will be going out most likely a few days after August 1st, according to the news post. And while things can always be delayed, MMO-Champ has proved to be very accurate on these kinds of things before.
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#2 Jul 24 2011 at 5:47 PM Rating: Decent
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Never played any of the Diablo games, so I have nothing else to add.
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This, plus the facepalm in lol's avatar.

Seriously, WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU?

Go download them and play, now. Seriously.
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#6 Jul 25 2011 at 11:02 PM Rating: Default
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Can we please stop acting like Diablo is the greatest game to ever grace a PC yet? It had it's moments, but games have moved on quite a bit in the last fifteen years. At this point I wouldn't even put it in the top ten.

Edited, Jul 26th 2011 8:08am by Turin
#7 Jul 25 2011 at 11:13 PM Rating: Good
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Turin wrote:
Can we please stop acting like Diablo is the greatest game to ever grace a PC yet? It have it's moments, but games have moved on quite a bit in the fifteen years. At this point I wouldn't even put it in the top ten.


Nobody here was. You have to admit, though, that it does have quite a spot in gaming history. It's the definitive dungeon crawler.

And I just made this post because maybe a few people here want to be in the beta. I dunno.
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#8 Jul 25 2011 at 11:33 PM Rating: Good
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Can we please stop acting like Diablo is the greatest game to ever grace a PC yet? It have it's moments, but games have moved on quite a bit in the fifteen years. At this point I wouldn't even put it in the top ten.


Diablo II has actually aged remarkably well. It would be totally worth playing it now for someone who has never played before. Deep and interesting character development? Check. A unique experience each time you play? Check. Easy to understand, but difficult to master combat? Check. Variety in ability and class choices? Check. Variety in ways to play styles, even within each class? Check. Interesting gearing choices? Check. Variety in enemy types, abilities and strategies? Check. Decent graphics (though you'll need to play it windowed on any modern system)? Check.

Quite frankly, it might be one of the best aging games outside of the handheld genre (or games that could move to the handheld systems) that there is.

And afaik, there is still online support for it.

I'll grant that Diablo I hasn't aged as well, though. Then again, Diablo II was better in every conceivable way from the first one by a pretty big margin.

Most importantly, your comment as stupid. Just because modern games might have improved on certain things doesn't mean that a game, at its release, wasn't extraordinary. And just because technical skills have improved, it doesn't mean that an old game has to have become far worse by comparison.

You are like one of those people who reads a modern review for an older game and agrees with the reviewer that it clearly deserves a 3/10.
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#9 Jul 25 2011 at 11:34 PM Rating: Decent
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And thanks for posting this IDrownFish, it got me quite excited.
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#10 Jul 26 2011 at 6:12 AM Rating: Default
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You are like one of those people who reads a modern review for an older game and agrees with the reviewer that it clearly deserves a 3/10.


I was playing Diablo back and Diablo II at release, and I've played them both in the last year, no they did not age well. Their point and click game play hasn't been interesting in years. But hey, let's just completely gloss over the fact that I did mention it had it's moments. A decade ago it was good, but that doesn't mean that it still is.

Edited, Jul 26th 2011 9:19am by Turin
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You are like one of those people who reads a modern review for an older game and agrees with the reviewer that it clearly deserves a 3/10.


I was playing Diablo back and Diablo II at release, and I've played them both in the last year, no they did not age well. Their point and click game play hasn't been interesting in years. But hey, let's just completely gloss over the fact that I did mention it had it's moments. A decade ago it was good, but that doesn't mean that it still is.

Edited, Jul 26th 2011 9:19am by Turin


I haven't played D1 in a very long time, but I played D2 through again last year and still enjoyed it immensely. So I'm going to have to disagree with you.
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You are like one of those people who reads a modern review for an older game and agrees with the reviewer that it clearly deserves a 3/10.


I was playing Diablo back and Diablo II at release, and I've played them both in the last year, no they did not age well. Their point and click game play hasn't been interesting in years. But hey, let's just completely gloss over the fact that I did mention it had it's moments. A decade ago it was good, but that doesn't mean that it still is.


I haven't played D1 in a very long time, but I played D2 through again last year and still enjoyed it immensely. So I'm going to have to disagree with you.


This.

And if your problem is because you think a clicking game is stupid, then I'm guessing you won't like DIII.

I think that the claim that a game sucks in the modern world because it makes heavy use of the mouse is retarded. I mean, really? What, EVERY game needs to give you auto-attack? How exactly does that make things more exciting?
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#13 Jul 26 2011 at 6:06 PM Rating: Default
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Point and click is barely a step up from auto-attacking. Games that rely heavily on mouse clicks feel more like a webpage with a bazaar interface than a game. Mouses are great for picking your way through menus, and are somewhat useful for FPS, (though I would still prefer a controller if it could be as precise as a mouse for quick head shots) but when it comes to most games, I just don't like them.

Diablo is worse than most games for this since you use the mouse for both movement and combat. I honestly never would have played it at all if I used a standard mouse instead of a ball mouse. Pushing those silly little things around is terrible for your wrists.
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Well that's just stupid. You use your keyboard to use your ability/potion hotkeys, and use your mouse to move/attack. What's so horribly old school about that? Is it a tactical game? Yes. If you are looking for action-adventure, go elsewhere.
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#15 Jul 26 2011 at 7:01 PM Rating: Default
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Um, everything. It's been around forever and I've never been a fan of it. You can't lean back and relax while playing. I sit in front of a keyboard and mouse all day long at work, I'd rather not use the same tools to play games. There is nothing so complicated about Diablo that would preclude the use of a good control pad, all it needs is some support from the devs and it would make the game infinitely more enjoyable.
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How exactly do you intend to play a computer game without a keyboard and mouse?
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#17 Jul 26 2011 at 7:43 PM Rating: Default
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If you had read more than the first sentence of my post you'd alreaady have the answer to your dumbass question.
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I've never understood peoples preference of controllers, it seems like their built for people with tiny hands and like slow and clunky game play, even at the highest sensitivity settings. Although, I suppose that's why it's a preference.

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Mouses are great for picking your way through menus, and are somewhat useful for FPS, (though I would still prefer a controller if it could be as precise as a mouse for quick head shots) but when it comes to most games, I just don't like them.


I've always found Mice to be far superior in almost any type of game I play, espeically FPS games. Which is why I've been thinking about purchasing a XIM3, aside from the fact that I want to sell my xbox, and wish I hadn't purchased it in the first place.

The only problem I have with PC gaming is lack of people to play with, as all my friends are of the "lol you can play games on a pc?" mindset. It's frustrating.
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I just couldn't imagine anyone being retarded enough to criticize a PC game for not being designed to use a console controller.
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#20 Jul 27 2011 at 12:03 AM Rating: Good
I got an Xbox 360 controller for my PC and often play games that support it from Steam. I think it's nice to switch up my repetitive motions sometimes to give my hands a break.

Sometimes I even play part of the same game with both depending on which adapts better to a situation. It's nice to lean back in my chair with the controller but for sure nothing beats mouse for FPS headshots.

So yeah Diable 3 and stuff. woot
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#21 Jul 27 2011 at 12:22 AM Rating: Default
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It's fine to enjoy it. I just think it's absurd to criticize a game for not supporting it. That can be a lot of extra work for pretty much no gain on the part of the company.

Especially when, y'know, it was made before the xbox existed.
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The one I never understood was: Why does Oblivion for the PC not support an xbox controller?

I have no problems using the keyboard/mouse, it's just something that I've always wondered about.



As far as other games go- typically, I like the keyboard as I feel it gives me more control over the game, but a controller seems to be easier on the hands after long periods of time.

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Probably because it was originally designed with the PC in mind and then ported to fit the 360. Controller support was probably tied in with too many PC-specific changes to make it viable to offer it for the PC as well without just coding it in from scratch.

But considering it took an unofficial patch made by fans to fix thousands of glitches within the game... this isn't really surprising.
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The Elder Scrolls series is great, just buggy. But with it being so open sandbox-ish, I can't say I'm surprised. There's a lot that I think the Devs kind of just put in but didn't go back and test, because they were too busy putting in more stuff.

Basically, it's a pretty unstable game for such a major release. Smiley: dubious
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I never really understood why it was so popular. Or, rather, I'd agree that it deserved that popularity if it wasn't for the horrible leveling system, combined with the horrible mob leveling system, combined with the fact that you'd need to be lvl 25+ before you could start doing quests, because that's the point when leveled quest rewards would be their best. And simple quests could give quality items.
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Can we please stop acting like Diablo is the greatest game to ever grace a PC yet? It had it's moments, but games have moved on quite a bit in the last fifteen years. At this point I wouldn't even put it in the top ten.


Everyone is completely shocked that you don't like Diablo, I'm sure. Smiley: nod
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