Everything you need to see is on that link. Check out the trailer, it nothing short of "you gotta be kidding me" rediculous. Blizzard finally spends some time on a title other than Warcraft, which makes me very excited. I have completed Diablo 1 and Diablo 2, and they were both awesome games. For all the console gamers out there, I can easily relate what this game is gonna be. Mix God of War with Gauntlet, enough said. The coolest thing about this game is that you can play with other people, using Battle.net, and experience the pure carnage together. To all the online gamers out there, this will merely seem like a red headed step child to World of Warcraft, which is exaclty what it is. Diablo is NOT a MMORPG, it is an action adventure game that can be enjoyed with multi players. The funny thing is that you get item sets, complete quests, and travel a vast world, exactly like the fundemental basis of World of Warcraft.
They way that Diablo sets itselfs apart from the RPG genre is what makes the game so incredible. You can beat this game by yourself, if you choose. You can come home, sit down, and enjoy this game til end, without every needing a group to proceed. Its basically Gauntlet, to be honest, with a much wider range of gear and skills. Add some God of War gameplay, and combat situations, and you have Diablo. The graphics on the trailer look good, not great, and I have never been a fan of the loot dropping system Diablo offers, but my overview of the game so far has been awesome. In fact, I am eager to learn when this game is released. From what I can read, I am asuming the game is about 25% complete. I would think they would aim to get this out near Christmas time, but I highly doubt that will happen. They have not even started beta testing yet.
My prediction is that the game will begin beta testing by Q1 2009, and we will be able to get a realistic release date by that time. My guess for an actual release date would be May 1, 2009. Of course, I am hoping for sooner. This game is creating alot of buzz with old Diablo fans, and in a way reviving Blizzard from a World of Warcraft overplay. Everyone is super excited, but lets see if Blizzard can produce the game fast enough to please. The longer they wait, the better the game will have to be to satisfy its audience. Im sure no matter what, this game will do fine. Diablo jump started World of Warcraft, so old and new Blizzard gamers have to at least be curious how the title has evolved itself.
This game will give MMORPG players a nice break from the hardcore raiding atmosphere, and allow them to relax and just kill stuff. Console gamers will surely want to take a peek into this, especially if they have yet to venture into the PC gaming world. This game is the perfect balance of PC power matched with console gameplay. Trust me, any gamer needs to give this game a try. If they whole mouse and keyboard thing is bothering you, I understand, but still try it. If this game can't get someone into PC gaming, I expect nothing would. I will keep you all updated as soon as I hear anything. GAME HARD...