Thursday, March 29, 2012

What’s your Diablo III Character of Choice?

Diablo III is an upcoming dark fantasy/horror-themed action role-playing game in development by Blizzard, making it the third installment in the Diablo franchise.

In other words, evil is back!

“The game takes place in Sanctuary, the dark fantasy world of the Diablo series. This world was saved twenty years prior by a handful of unnamed heroes in Diablo II, heroes who, having survived the onslaught brought by the armies of the Burning Hells, have gone mad from their ordeals. It is up to a new generation of heroes to face the forces of evil threatening the world of Sanctuary.”

There will be five available character classes this time around, some familiar but mostly new ones.

The Barbarian

The Barbarian is the staple of the Diablo franchise and will have a variety of revamped skills.

This human tank will be able to whirlwind through crowds of enemies, cleave through swarms, leap across crags, and crush opponents upon landing. Fury is the fuel that powers the Barbarian’s skills which is generated through getting attacked by enemies, attacking enemies, and through certain other abilities.

Fury is used for certain strong abilities and degenerates over time which means the Barbarian has to keep fighting or lose steam.

The Witch Doctor

A new character reminiscent of the necromancer from Diablo II, the witch doctor has skills more traditionally associated with shamanism and voodoo.

The doc can summon monsters, cast spells and curses, and has great proficiency throwing poisons and explosives. Contrary to ongoing opinion among fans, the Witch Doctor is not another version of the necromancer (who, speaking of which, may or may not see a comeback with future expansion in the third installment of the franchise).

To power spells the Witch Doctor uses mana which regenerates slowly.

The Wizard

The Wizard is a new version of the Sorcerer from previous Diablo releases.

This master of magic’s abilities range from shooting lightning, generating fire and ice, slowing time (reminds of Neo in The Matrix Movies and his famous bullet time), and teleporting (around enemies, through walls, etc.).

The wizard fuels their spells with arcane power which is a fast regenerating power source which is probably a very good thing since they need to be dishing out a lot damage before the enemies can get close which is when a wizard is often most vulnerable.

The Monk

The Monk is a melee attacker, sort of like those Shaolin monks in those kung-fu movies (okay…a lot like those Shaolin monks in those old kung-fu movies).

These monks use martial arts to cripple foes (see what I mean?), resist damage, deflect projectiles, attack with blinding speed, and land explosive killing blows. It combines the melee elements of Diablo II's assassin class with the holy warrior role of the Paladin.

The monk is fueled by spirit, which has defensive purposes and is slowly generated through attacking, though it does not degenerate.

The Demon Hunter

The Demon Hunter combines elements of Diablo II's Amazon and Assassin classes (which I guess makes this class a sort of Ranger-type character).

Demon hunters use crossbows as their main weapon but can also throw small bombs at enemies. Some of their skills have been revealed and among them are arrow skills such as Chain Arrow. The demon hunter is fueled by discipline and hatred (which is kinda weird since hatred tends to have a negative light to it).

Hatred is a fast regenerating resource that is used for attacks.

So, which class are you going to play as?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Diablo III Collector's Edition

Gerry Alanguilan clued me in to the existence of the Diablo III Collector's Edition. I'm inclined to get it if only for the art book, "The Art of Diablo III".

I wonder if it's going to be available in the Philippines or do I have to order it online? Anybody know?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Diablo 3 Intro Cinematic

Check out the awesome opening cinematic for Diablo III!

The following video should give you an idea of what to expect from the actual gameplay.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Come get your dose of EVIL!

IP E-Games, an official Blizzard Entertainment games distributor in Southeast Asia, announces pre-order availability of Diablo III in the Philippines.

Diablo III is an upcoming dark fantasy/horror-themed action role-playing game in development by Blizzard, making it the third installment in the Diablo franchise.

The popular game, which retails at Php 3,145.00 will be available at select IP E-Games Philippine retail partners such as iTech, Datablitz, Brochiere, PCHub, PCQuest, and Digital Hub on May 15, 2012 Friday.

For the latest news from Blizzard regarding Diablo III, click here.

Friday, March 23, 2012


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I've been waiting for Diablo 3 ever since they announced it in 2008. I remember freaking out back then, so you can imagine how long this freak out has been going on. Now that I think about it, I've been waiting for Diablo 3 ever since I finished Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction in 2002. Now it's 2012!

Ten years, man. Ten years!

I've been distracting myself playing Diablo-like games since then, and I've played a lot: Dungeon Siege, Revenant, Torchlight, Drakensang-Online and a few others, just to get my Diablo fix. Now that Diablo 3 is almost here, I feel like a kid again just about to enter a newly opened comic book store.

I've been debating whether I'll buy this directly from Blizzard as a digital download or buy it on disc at a local store. Local stores here in the Philippines are now accepting pre-orders.
PRESS RELEASE: IP E-Games Announces Pre-Order Availabilty of Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo® III in the Philippines!

The cost comes out about the same any which way, which is just a little over 3 thousand pesos

Yep, I'll definitely be buying an original copy of this as I did back when I bought Diablo 2. I really don't even have to think about that.

May 15, 2012 can't come any sooner!

Evil Returns with Diablo III

It all started in the year 2000 (for me, at least).

A friend of mine introduced me to Diablo II (I think it was my good pal, Gerry Alanguilan) and the game consumed me like no other game before it did. I logged in many hours playing it on a daily basis, all week long. It wasn’t long before I began neglecting my work and started missing deadlines (definitely not good for a fresh graduate and a struggling comic book creator).

This was the status quo for about a year and then I started getting the addiction (this is what it was, honestly) under control.

But evil always returns: Diablo III is being released this coming May 15, 2012.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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