Please welcome, as a guest reviewer, TheMav666 . Not being a huge RPG fan, I have been able to find a man who is as passionate about RPG’s as I am about Assassins Creed and Batman. He recently purchased Diablo 3 for the PS3 , a neat, feat that he has been waiting for, for a very long time. He thankfully agreed to write this review about his beloved Diablo and allowed Gamers Therapy to post it on his behalf. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did. – Vitosal
So, after waiting 13 + years I finally get the opportunity to play the next chapter in the Diablo franchise, and it is on the only place I wanted it, my PS3!
The game is set twenty years after the events of Diablo 2, and in this chapter your goal is to kill the two remaining evils, the Lord of Lies, Belial and the Lord of Sin, Azmodan. Who if played on the harder levels are worthy foes, if played on normal or easy are disappointingly easy and quickly become ones bitches. Here is where I’ll give you most of the important pieces of the story and not play by play of every side quest and dungeon, as there are quite a few. So if you don’t want spoilers, maybe now is not a good time to read this. OK, now those who don’t care about spoilers, here we go.
The story starts in New Tristram which is a stone’s throw away from Tristram and the monastery in which part one is set and what I found really cool was that they kick off old school, paying respect to where arguably one of the greatest franchises of all time was started. As you enter the monastery your character ( one of 5, Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Wizard and Witch Docter ) will say that he/she is now walking where Diablo himself first wrought terror upon the world. Your mission here, to find out what fell from the heavens into the monastery ( which turns out to be a stranger ) and to rescue wise, old man, Deckard Cain, the last of the Horadrim.
In this act, you will face some old foes from the original game, namely The Skeleton king, King Leoric and The Butcher, who is like 10 times bigger than what he once was. Once rescued he tells you how to kill the Skeleton king and plays a pivotal role in the story arc of the first act as he helps you with knowledge and helps his niece Leah, master her powers that she has dormant inside her. Once Leoric and The Butcher are dead you begin act 2 and the search for Belial carries on. First though, you must bury Deckard Cain as he gets killed by the sub boss of act 2. Maghda kills him to which revenge is sworn, and ultimately finds out that the stranger is none other than the archangel Tyrial.
Act 2 plays off in Caledium which is by Lut Gholein, the desert area of Diablo 2. Here after defeating Maghda, you must rescue Leah’s mother Adria, the witch from Tristran in Diablo and then resurrect Zoltan Kulle, an old Horadrim priest that became obsessed with the powers of Heaven and Hell as he has what you need to trap both remaining evils once and for all. The Black Soulstone, which contains the rest of the lesser evils souls, Andarial, Durial, as well as the Prime Evils souls, Mephisto, Baal and Diablo himself, once resurrected after journeying through the Desolate Sands to find his head, body and blood, you pretty much kill him again as he has no interest in helping mankind as much as he wants to rule it. Once you have the Black Soulstone you make your way to Belial who once easily killed is trapped in the Soulstone, to which ends Act 2.
Act 3 plays off Bastions Keep which is by Mount Arreat, home to the barbarians and the area of Diablo 2’s expansion. Hear is where you must fight Azmodan. You first meet his subordinate Cydaea, the maiden of Lust, who is not the hardest sub boss in the game nor the easiest. Then off to slay Azmodan. Once dead, he also gets trapped in the Black Soulstone and you think great, the world is safe, well Adria had other plans as she takes the soulstone and releases Diablo who has absorbed all the other evils into himself becoming the Prime Evil and it is revealed that Leah is the daughter of not only Adria but The Dark Wanderer from Diablo 2 that ended up being Diablo and is sacrificed by her mother to become the vessel for Diablo. Marking the end of Act 3.
Now, Act 4 begins where Diablo games normally DON’T begin. Instead of Hell you are now in Heaven, as Diablo intends on destroying the High Heavens before the world. Tyrial in this act is close to giving up as he is now a mortal and feels responsible for Heavens impending doom to which you now must end. After defeating a myriad of sub bosses and ultimately Diablo the game ends with Tyrial staying in Heaven as a mortal as the Aspect of Wisdom who is trying to build a new alliance between angels and man.
All in all, the game is brilliant, story is good, gameplay is great, graphics are good for the genre, as let’s face it dungeon crawlers were never known for great graphics. Well the cut scenes have great graphics definitely. However I was only disappointed with two aspects of the game, one being the length. Although this game is re-playable to the max, I find the main story could of been longer and that I wish we could of had to face both Mephisto and Baal again. However that doesn’t take away from what I think is a great game and I give it my seal of approval. – Enjoy the game people.
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Feel free to leave comments and if you love this review let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments below. Maybe we can persuade TheMav666 to join our little blog here, and contribute to ongoing reviews. -Vitosal
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