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[Diablo 3] Diablo walks the Earth in 5 days. Single digits omg

SkabSkab Registered User regular
edited May 2012 in Games and Technology

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Eleven long years after Diablo 2: Lord of Distruction, Diablo 3 is finally upon us. Story wise, Diablo 3 takes place 20 years after the events of Diablo 2. But first, lets get everyone up to speed on the story so far. If you are new to the series and have no idea what happened in the previous two games, or you are an old vet who just wants a refresher before diving into D3, the following playlist serves as a great refresher on what has taken place in the world of Sanctuary.

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So what's different from Diablo 2?

The gameplay is what you would expect from Diablo. While the game is still an isometric click fest where you slaughter hundreds of demons in the enternal search for better loot, several of the mechanics/game systems have been changed. The game is, as you have surely heard by now, online only. You can set games to be private (invite only), friends only, and open to public. With friends only games, your friends will see a quick join button on their main screens, letting them drop in any time as long as there is room. The max player size is also 4 now. Skill trees, skill points, synergies, and manual stat placement are all gone. Instead, all of your stat points (you get more than 5 now) are gained and placed automatically with each level up, with distribution based on your class. Skills are now broken into Actives and Passives, and are all gained as you level up, along with the new skill runes (see below). The potion belt is also gone, and potions themselves now have a 30 second cooldown, so no more chugging to stay alive. Instead, enemies drop Health Orbs, which simply heal you (and all your allies within range.) when you walk over them. The bigger the orb, the more it heals. Runes and Runewords are also gone, and have been replace with a proper crafting system. Hardcore makes a return, but the requires you to have one character reach level 10 in normal before you can create any Hardcore characters. And last, but not least, Hell is no longer the hardest difficulty in the game. That duty has been taken over by the Inferno difficulty, which Blizzard promises will be absolutely brutal. There is plenty more info, with a lot more specifics, available at the official community sites game guide, which currently serves as Diablo 3s Mount Arreat. You can find a skill calculator there as well.

Game Guide
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/game/

Skill Calculator
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/barbarian

The Classes
Only 1 class returns from Diablo 2, the Barbarian. There will be 5 classes at launch, and they are:

Barbarian


Witch Doctor


Wizard


Monk


Demon Hunter




The Interface
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Skills and Skill Runes
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Crafting and the Artisans
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Followers
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Auction Houses
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I'll be adding more to this OP over the next few weeks, especially after release and we have all had some time to dig into it. So, if there is anything I missed, or just something you would like to see added, please let me know!

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    So, like, I couldn't care less about Diablo multiplayer, I'm one of those lore freaks.

    I just want Tyrael stabbing people, and me, helping him stab people.

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    Faces will be wrecked.

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  • onesixty2onesixty2 Registered User regular
    so excited. barbarian or witch doctor. prolly both, one for solo play one for my group of RL friends. we've all made the agreement to level atleast one character with each other only.

  • Zen VulgarityZen Vulgarity Ask me about Super Propane and Super Propane accessoriesRegistered User regular
    So apparently you still can pre-order from Walmart and Best Buy the CE.

    Dunno if that interests anyone.

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  • GnomeTankGnomeTank Registered User regular
    So apparently you still can pre-order from Walmart and Best Buy the CE.

    Dunno if that interests anyone.

    Yeah, I pre-ordered the CE from Best Buy earlier. Like I said in the last thread, I figure there is a 50/50 shot I ever actually see the CE :P

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  • CorriganXCorriganX Registered User regular
    I originally preordered from Bestbuy, but they charged me $15 for release date delivery. Ended up just ordering from Amazon and got free release date delivery. Saved $15.

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  • GnomeTankGnomeTank Registered User regular
    They charged me 8, but since I can't get a CE from Amazon, I wasn't left with a ton of choices.

    Sagroth wrote: »
    Oh c'mon FyreWulff, no one's gonna pay to visit Uranus.
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  • nealcmnealcm Registered User regular
    i dunno if this new talent calculator has max numbers and runes

    but if they lowered Grappling Hook Ancient Spear from 8 spears to 3 and butchered the CHUNKTAPUS i will be FURIOUS

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    onesixty2 wrote: »
    so excited. barbarian or witch doctor. prolly both, one for solo play one for my group of RL friends. we've all made the agreement to level atleast one character with each other only.

    All about the Monk, I like Holy classes in RPGs and this one is apparently speedy.

  • onesixty2onesixty2 Registered User regular
    onesixty2 wrote: »
    so excited. barbarian or witch doctor. prolly both, one for solo play one for my group of RL friends. we've all made the agreement to level atleast one character with each other only.

    All about the Monk, I like Holy classes in RPGs and this one is apparently speedy.
    Only class I don't have interest in (at this time, with zero beta playtime) is demon hunter. Historically I can never enjoy a ranged melee based character.

    But i'll prolly have atleast one of each eventually. Hell, i had all 90s for every d2 class.

  • GnomeTankGnomeTank Registered User regular
    I didn't like DH either until I played it in the last patch. It's actually a lot of fun, but you really have to master the shift-click stutter step to do it correctly.

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    Oh c'mon FyreWulff, no one's gonna pay to visit Uranus.
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  • Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    GnomeTank wrote: »
    I didn't like DH either until I played it in the last patch. It's actually a lot of fun, but you really have to master the shift-click stutter step to do it correctly.

    I didn't like DH until I got grenades. It's a shame they ended up putting those out of reach in the beta. That ability was so much freaking fun.

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  • reVersereVerse Never odd or even Registered User regular
  • Forever ZefiroForever Zefiro Frame Runner Registered User regular
    So my Diablo III client still won't update, it just stays at Updating Tools (0%)

    Is the new patch out yet or not?

    Had the same issue. You need to delete your battle.net folder in the hidden folder "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ ... Once " I believe. I did that, ended the agent*32 task in task manager and restarted the launcher and it worked fine.

    Oh and when you do that it will attempt to redownload a bunch of stuff and your install bar may freeze for 5-10 minutes, don't close it, just let it go and it will be fine.

    I can't find this mythical folder

    Also, I'm really excited for the lore stuff

    Book of Cain hints at what we'll see
    Spoiler:

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  • onesixty2onesixty2 Registered User regular
    reVerse wrote: »
    Ranged melee, huh?
    lols. ranged predominately physical dps.

  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    So my Diablo III client still won't update, it just stays at Updating Tools (0%)

    Is the new patch out yet or not?

    Had the same issue. You need to delete your battle.net folder in the hidden folder "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ ... Once " I believe. I did that, ended the agent*32 task in task manager and restarted the launcher and it worked fine.

    Oh and when you do that it will attempt to redownload a bunch of stuff and your install bar may freeze for 5-10 minutes, don't close it, just let it go and it will be fine.

    I can't find this mythical folder

    Also, I'm really excited for the lore stuff

    Book of Cain hints at what we'll see
    Spoiler:

    While I like Diablo lore, I haven't had much interest in its EU, though I've heard there is some good stuff here and there.

    I just hope there isn't an overload of 'rage against the heavens' plotline, because while yes, most angels in Diablo are dicks or just don't care it's a plotline that has been done to death in recent years. Having some angels stick around and stay good would be a subversion of expectations at this point.

    Though this is Blizzard so we'll see how far away from cliche central they get.

    Also, why is the Barbarian hero suddenly immune to going crazy? I thought it was that all the heroes of prior games were crazy or died. Heroic sacrifice and all that.

  • RozRoz Let the Storm follow Nap TimeRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    So my Diablo III client still won't update, it just stays at Updating Tools (0%)

    Is the new patch out yet or not?

    Had the same issue. You need to delete your battle.net folder in the hidden folder "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ ... Once " I believe. I did that, ended the agent*32 task in task manager and restarted the launcher and it worked fine.

    Oh and when you do that it will attempt to redownload a bunch of stuff and your install bar may freeze for 5-10 minutes, don't close it, just let it go and it will be fine.

    I can't find this mythical folder

    Also, I'm really excited for the lore stuff

    Book of Cain hints at what we'll see
    Spoiler:

    While I like Diablo lore, I haven't had much interest in its EU, though I've heard there is some good stuff here and there.

    I just hope there isn't an overload of 'rage against the heavens' plotline, because while yes, most angels in Diablo are dicks or just don't care it's a plotline that has been done to death in recent years. Having some angels stick around and stay good would be a subversion of expectations at this point.

    Though this is Blizzard so we'll see how far away from cliche central they get.

    Also, why is the Barbarian hero suddenly immune to going crazy? I thought it was that all the heroes of prior games were crazy or died. Heroic sacrifice and all that.

    The better question is: Why would anyone bang a person who has a giant crystal sticking out of their skull? I think we can confirm that Adria was completely off her rocker.

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  • SkabSkab Registered User regular

    Also, why is the Barbarian hero suddenly immune to going crazy? I thought it was that all the heroes of prior games were crazy or died. Heroic sacrifice and all that.

    It isn't the same Barb from 2 anymore. They changed their minds on that a while back.

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Roz wrote: »
    So my Diablo III client still won't update, it just stays at Updating Tools (0%)

    Is the new patch out yet or not?

    Had the same issue. You need to delete your battle.net folder in the hidden folder "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ ... Once " I believe. I did that, ended the agent*32 task in task manager and restarted the launcher and it worked fine.

    Oh and when you do that it will attempt to redownload a bunch of stuff and your install bar may freeze for 5-10 minutes, don't close it, just let it go and it will be fine.

    I can't find this mythical folder

    Also, I'm really excited for the lore stuff

    Book of Cain hints at what we'll see
    Spoiler:

    While I like Diablo lore, I haven't had much interest in its EU, though I've heard there is some good stuff here and there.

    I just hope there isn't an overload of 'rage against the heavens' plotline, because while yes, most angels in Diablo are dicks or just don't care it's a plotline that has been done to death in recent years. Having some angels stick around and stay good would be a subversion of expectations at this point.

    Though this is Blizzard so we'll see how far away from cliche central they get.

    Also, why is the Barbarian hero suddenly immune to going crazy? I thought it was that all the heroes of prior games were crazy or died. Heroic sacrifice and all that.

    The better question is: Why would anyone bang a person who has a giant crystal sticking out of their skull? I think we can confirm that Adria was completely off her rocker.

    Well, you know how it is for aging witches. A hunky warrior guy comes along, storms hell, kills the devil. Sure, he's got a crystal sticking out of his skull, but she loves him for beauty within. She's understanding like that.

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  • DelphinidaesDelphinidaes FFXIV: Delphi Kisaragi Registered User regular
    So my Diablo III client still won't update, it just stays at Updating Tools (0%)

    Is the new patch out yet or not?

    Had the same issue. You need to delete your battle.net folder in the hidden folder "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ ... Once " I believe. I did that, ended the agent*32 task in task manager and restarted the launcher and it worked fine.

    Oh and when you do that it will attempt to redownload a bunch of stuff and your install bar may freeze for 5-10 minutes, don't close it, just let it go and it will be fine.

    I can't find this mythical folder

    Also, I'm really excited for the lore stuff

    Book of Cain hints at what we'll see
    Spoiler:

    You need to go into the view settings and show hidden files and folders to find it. Tis a hidden folder. It also may be in a different spot based on your OS. I'm running Windows 7 so that's where I found it. YMMV but it should be in a similar location. Let me know your OS and i'll let you know where to find it.

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  • RoeRoe Registered User regular
    Local Gamestop + Diablo III midnight opening = awesome.

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  • AumniAumni Registered User regular
    They just gave out 275,000 betas.

    Check yo' accounts. I gots mine.

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  • SlimceaSlimcea Registered User regular
    So this sigil thing - I missed the Demon Hunter one. Anyone know if they will reopen it up for you to get those you left out just before launch?

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  • AumniAumni Registered User regular
    Slimcea wrote: »
    So this sigil thing - I missed the Demon Hunter one. Anyone know if they will reopen it up for you to get those you left out just before launch?


    They will be giving people a chance at the end to get the ones they missed.

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  • AumniAumni Registered User regular
    And of course Battle.net went down hard when 275,000 people got in simultaneously. Yay for testing stuff!

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  • TommattTommatt Registered User regular
    Aumni wrote: »
    They just gave out 275,000 betas.

    Check yo' accounts. I gots mine.

    Still no invite :(

    Would really like to see how this runs on my laptop before plopping down my moneys.

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  • Bobkins FlymoBobkins Flymo Nice day for a Waa WeddingRegistered User, Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited April 2012
    If you are excited about the lore, then prepare to be disappointed.

    WoW was the decline of their storytelling, and Starcraft II was just embarrassing proof of that. Diablo III will cement this, and the retcons have already begun.

    The loresmiths have left the building. All that's left is madman Metzen running the asylum.

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  • Page-Page- Registered User regular
    As if Blizzard lore was ever above the likes of grammatically correct fanfics and R.A. Salvatore drivel.

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    If you are excited about the lore, then prepare to be disappointed.

    WoW was the decline of their storytelling, and Starcraft II was just embarrassing proof of that. Diablo III will cement this, and the retcons have already begun.

    The loresmiths have left the building. All that's left is madman Metzen running the asylum.

    Hey, the final assault on Char in SC2 was cool. The stuff with Kerrigan? Meh, I'll give you that.

    Diablo in particular never had much story beyond a standard fantasy world with demons and angels. It's just that the heroes, demons and angels look so damn cool.

  • SkabSkab Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    If you are excited about the lore, then prepare to be disappointed.

    WoW was the decline of their storytelling, and Starcraft II was just embarrassing proof of that. Diablo III will cement this, and the retcons have already begun.

    The loresmiths have left the building. All that's left is madman Metzen running the asylum.

    Leonard Boyarsky has been in charge of the world building and lore this time around though, not Metzen. Not that Metzen hasn't been involved though. Just saying it isn't just him.

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  • HonkHonk Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    Warcraft 3 was a great storyline, told really well.

    SC2 just sounded the MIGHTY CHEESE ALARM from the very first scene. I was utterly disappointed. Hope they got their shit together for this, it's important in my book.

  • Page-Page- Registered User regular
    Did you guys actually play any of their games? Strarcraft and Brood Wars were very well made, which is the only reason their stories and characters stand out to anyone. Same goes for Warcraft 2, Warcraft 3, and all the Diablo games. Craftsmanship manages to trump their derivative and cliched plots and so very standard worldbuilding.

    It'll probably be the same in Diablo 3.

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  • MvrckMvrck Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    If you are excited about the lore, then prepare to be disappointed.

    WoW was the decline of their storytelling, and Starcraft II was just embarrassing proof of that. Diablo III will cement this, and the retcons have already begun.

    The loresmiths have left the building. All that's left is madman Metzen running the asylum.

    Uh, Metzen has always been running the asylum. If you're referring to D2 as amazing storytelling, I hate to tell you, having literally just replayed it this week, it's fairly weak. It's not awful, and it is there, but it's not some masterpiece of fiction. If anything, I'd say Warcraft 3 was more of an aberration of Blizzard story wise, than anything else. That carried over to Wrath in WoW being actually really fucking fun and engaging story wise versus pretty much any other era of that game. And all of that was because Arthas and the whole Burning Legion saga more or less completely stole the show from Thrall in WC3, when the whole idea behind it originally was it was to be Thralls game, who is Metzen's little pet character (Not trying to be too judgmental of it, but, that's how it seems to me at least).

    Edit: As for SC2, I'm waiting until we see what happens in Heart and Legacy. Trying to take this as Act 1 of a 3 Act play. Hopes aren't terribly high right now, but if we find out Kerrigan is nothing more than a murderous bitch still, I will be pleasantly surprised.

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    I just think it's funny that Blizzard literally cannot come up with a way to keep old villians interesting.

    Warcraft: The orcs are evil warmongers, kill them all!
    Warcraft III and beyond: The orcs are really misunderstood and are just puppets and humans are nasty zealots. Oh yeah, the main enemies are now zombies!

    Starcraft: The Zerg are evil and will devour the galaxy!
    Starcraft II: The Zerg are really misunderstood and are just puppets and humans are evil bastards. Oh yeah, the main enemies are now hybrids!

    I know they're going to do the same thing with the High Heavens in Diablo III, and in Diablo IV, no doubt Angels and demons join forces to fight Ctuhulu. I just hope they don't do something awful like kill the T. man for the sake of 'drama'.

  • ChenChen Registered User regular
    Diablo 2 has amazing cutscenes though. Sometimes a story doesn't have to be brilliantly written for it to be well told. Cinematography goes a long way and that is how the main plot should develop. After each act.

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  • Page-Page- Registered User regular
    Exactly. The story will be as banal as it's always been, but the production values will be top notch. Just like in Diablo 1 and Diablo 2. It was pretty much the same in Starcraft 2, but by then other developers were starting to catch up with Blizzard so it was more obvious what they were doing.

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    Oh yeah, I totally agree. Many have tried to copy Diablo and few have succeeded.

    So who would make the best roomates? I say the female Witch Doctor, total slob and the Monk, bookish and serious. Hijinks ensue!

  • ForarForar #432 Already prepping for Toronto Fan Expo!Registered User regular
    Aumni wrote: »
    And of course Battle.net went down hard when 275,000 people got in simultaneously. Yay for testing stuff!

    Oh yeah, I'm sure the release will go off without a single hitch if that's all it took to put a dent in anything they're running. >.>

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  • HalfmexHalfmex Matter of fact... I didn't even give you my coat!Registered User regular
    Aumni wrote: »
    They just gave out 275,000 betas.

    Check yo' accounts. I gots mine.
    (Un)holy shnikies, I finally got mine.

    As promised, I will stop wishing syphilis on the lot of you beta-havers.

  • Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    I should actually play again. I'm sort of curious what they've been changing. It's just that you can only replay the same couple quests over and over so many times :P

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