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Diablo III – hands-on “beta” preview

What follows is the “beta” (v1.09.2) of GamesRadar’s hands-on preview for Diablo III’s upcoming beta phase. Please note that this beta preview is a work in progress and does not necessarily reflect the final version of this article. No release date has been announced for the complete version of GamesRadar’s hands-on preview for Diablo III. It will be “ready when it’s ready.” Expect to see it on the site soon.

Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [everything you loved about the original Diablo, only better!] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [no need to reinvent the wheel] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [what made dungeon crawling great] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [all five classes playable in beta] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [we create a Witch Doctor!] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click!

Click, click, click, click, click, [New Tristram] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [Fire from above] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [Defend the gates first quest!] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [Deckard Cain’s adopted daughter, Leah!] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click!


Above: Cick, click, click, click, click, [Defend New Tristram gates] click, click, click, click, click!

Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [Quest to find Deckard Cain!] click, click, click, click, click, click, click! Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click!

Shift-click to click while clicking still to click [combat gameplay], click, click, click! [We find Deckard Cain!] Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click! Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [We stay a while, and listen!] click, click, click, click!


Above: Cick, click, click, click, click, click, click, [a Witch Doctor] click, click, click, [they use pets!] click, click!


Above: Cick, click, click, [dungeon with staircases!] click, click, click, click, click [verticality!] click!

Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [gameplay] click, click, click, click, [Witch Doctors use pets!] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [no more skill trees!] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [more gameplay] click, click, click, click, click, click! Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [abilities mapped to number keys] click, click, click,1!2!@ !@! click, shif-click! 12@, click, click, [nice!] click!

Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [loot] click, click, click, click, click, click, [more loot] click, click, [shared stash between characters], click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [stash space not a problem] click, click, click, click, click, click, click! Click, click, click, click, click, click, [remember mules?] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [remove donkey punch joke] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [Waypoint found] click, click, click, click!

Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [graphics!] click! Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [“painterly” art style] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [heaps of gold falling] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [good graphics] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [fat monster dies and explodes into worms] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click. Click, click, click, click, [more gold!] click, click, click, click, click-ity, click!


Above: Click, click, click, click, click, click, [Battle.net real money auction house] click, click, click, click, click, click!

Click, click, click, click, click, click, [Hardcore=playing with your left hand]. Clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack!

Click, click, click, click, click, click, [first rune drops], click, click, click, click, click, click, [explain crafting] click, click, click, click, click, click, [Artisans] click, click, click! Click, click, click, click, click, click, [breaking down items for raw materials] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [blacksmith] click, click! Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [improved trading with Battle.net] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click!


Above: Click, click, click, click, click, [Skeleton King after Leoric’s Crown] click, click [beta boss fight]!

Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [more loot!] click, click, click! Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [look for King Leoric’s crown] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [put crown on corpse] click, click, click, click, click! Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [Skeleton King Boss] click, click, click, click, click, click! Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [Skeleton King Boss summons skeletons] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click! Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [victory!] click, click, click, click!

Click, click, click, click, click, click, [Blizzard polish] click, click, click, click, [if you want to play the beta] click, click, click, click, click, click, [Battle.net account, Beta Profile Settings, opt in] click, click, click, click. Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [no official launch date announced] click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [end of 2011/early 2012?] click! Click, click, click, click, click, [worth the wait] click, click,

Click, click, click, click, click, click, click, [real money auction house] click, click, [more screens] click, click, click, click, click, click, [GamesRadar] click!

Aug 1, 2011

29 comments

  • oldschoolgamer - August 5, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    @ultrabonz "Why does Blizzard make every game look like WOW?" this made me laugh soo hard.. it reminds me of the time i read a think with someone complaining that Lord of the rings was a so cliche' as it basically had been done to death over the last 20 years. It really dates the poster, they have no idea it was actually the reason why all that stuff was made.. The real question is why blizzard makes every game nothing but a diablo clone with slightly better graphics.. Ohh wait, thats cause diablo rocks!! Click, click, click, click, click... atleast this game doesnt bother my carpal tunnel, but no help for the pain in my index finger :P
  • gondarpwns - August 5, 2011 6:01 a.m.

    i will indeed when i play that game click and clack that much.......WITHOUT BLINKING!
  • Dragonofsobe - August 3, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    They also forgot that you need a perma internet connection to play this game, and Single player is online only. infact the whole game is internet only.
  • Yeager1122 - August 2, 2011 2:31 a.m.

    So theres a lot of clicking in the game got it.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 1, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    This is the best preview I've ever read. I am now getting this game.
  • aarongarbutt - August 1, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    click...
  • SideOfBeef - August 1, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    Journalism. Professionalism. GamesRadar
  • Chikubi - August 1, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    No other preview has ever captured the essence of a game before. Congrats, Tyler.
  • GuinnessGamer3 - August 1, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    fantastic, this definately sold me on it, gameplay of the year?
  • Haloman117 - August 1, 2011 3:43 p.m.

    Wait, so what are the controls?
  • Ultrabonz - August 1, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    Why does Blizzard make every game look like WOW?
  • Kermit1970 - August 1, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    {Hardcore=playing with your left hand] That means us lefties are always hardcore :D
  • Robx - August 1, 2011 2:28 p.m.

    Seems like an interesting clicking gameplay, with so much clicking variety.
  • keltar93 - August 1, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    This is pretty fantastic. I request that all previews be posted before embargo date like this.
  • bradmillow0 - August 1, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    After seeing the word click so much it started to look like dick. Just sayin.
  • ShadowFoxNinja09 - August 1, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    Ok so anyone who played Diablo 2 knows that the presence of Gold in that game was of no real consequence. It was used to revive your mercenary and buy potions. The only way you got good items was to find them and then make a Trade game and hope someone would trade you- ala the Barter System. This would lead to lots of "Wuw?" (What do you want?) and "Wug?" (What do you have/got?" conversations. So my question is, is Blizzard trying to make money have much more of a purpose in the game? Since apparently selling your items in the Auction House will only get you gold, not other items? Or will you be able to trade items for items based on an items pre-determined base value? If you look at other games with successful economic components like Runescape, gold does play a major role. To quote Pirates of the Carribean 2: Dead Man's Chest, "Currency is the Currency of the realm." Instead of items having all the power, the only way to really get good stuff is to buy stuff with cash. They did, however, implement a kind of central stock market known as the "Grand Exchange," or GE. This got rid of the whole WUW?/WUG? problem that plagues Diablo 2, and for a time, Runescape also. It did this by allowing players to put their items up for sale at the GE- like an auction house. This also kept new players from getting duped in bad trades because they could see the base value of their items. So is blizzard going to try this method? And if so, how will they balance the issue of the barter system still taking place? Will they encourage it or discourage it?? Furthermore, in Runescape the practice of "Merching" became a fairly common occurrence. Because the base price of items was based on supply and demand of that item at the time, a large group of players would get together and begin buying up all of a particular item that was fairly expensive. This made the Grand Exchange calculator to think the item was in extreme demand so the price would SKYROCKET by upwards of several million gold coins. Then they would sell back their bought up items back to the GE and- here's the kicker- PEOPLE WOULD BUY THEM BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THAT WAS THE NORMAL BASE PRICE OF THAT ITEM!!! So these groups of players would make fortunes in game through what was essentially what we call in the real world, Insider Trading. They were controlling the prices of the in game stock market! Will Players in Diablo 3 be able to run a similar racket? How does Blizzard plan to counter-balance these known issues of a centralized auction house? Please Games Radar give me an answer!!
  • Darkshine34 - August 1, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    This is why I come to Gamesradar everyday haha.
  • taokaka - August 1, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    for a bit there you were clacking and I was worried but then you started clicking again so it's ok.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - August 1, 2011 1:04 p.m.

    Wait, does this have Kinect support?
  • 20700npblvd - August 1, 2011 12:52 p.m.

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