Review Round-Up: Diablo III

It's time to end the fight against evil. A few demonic lords remain and its up to you to put a stop to them and their invasion.  Words cannot express how brilliant Diablo III is, lets take a look at what the critics had to say:

MetaCritic:   88/100

IGN:   9.5/10
Twelve years. Twelve long years of waiting and fans are finally playing Diablo III, and, if my recent marathon sessions are any indication, they will be for the foreseeable future. So many systems from previous Diablo titles have been improved, making for an approachable, rewarding and deeply satisfying treasure hunting game. It's addictive on a level few games can match, so much so that it's easy to largely overlook its flaws. Sure, if you want you could really nitpick Diablo III’s design, but ultimately any minor grievances seem so trivial when compared to the enjoyment I had and will continue to have with Diablo III for years to come.
GameInformer:   9.0/10
Diablo III is a great game, and every bit the landmark achievement in the genre that everyone expected out of Blizzard. The presentation and combat are second to none, and the co-op focus is well-executed and a natural fit for the genre. It’s a shame that the online requirement is a deal-breaker for some, whether because of a moral stance or a crappy Internet connection. The uninspired stat design is a bummer, as is the cheapening of good items thanks to their ready availability on the auction house. Whether or not you stick with the game for the long term through Inferno difficulty, I can’t imagine the gamer that wouldn’t have a great time with Diablo III for a trip or two through the story.
GameTrailers:   8.8/10
While Diablo 3’s fundamental flaws are few, they certainly bear mentioning: some of the series’ less desirable design aspects seem stubbornly set in their ways, and for a lot of folks, the continuous online DRM requirement is a clear cut dealbreaker no matter how many ways you slice it. Even so, with an immersive world, crisp combat, and a venomous gameplay hook that refuses to let up, Diablo 3 delivers a slick revitalization of the action RPG, even if it isn’t a complete re-invention of it. If you’ve yet to repent for your grubby, loot hoarding ways, consider this your next guilty indulgence.
Destructoid:   8.5/10
Even if it's not a perfect game, there's something special about Diablo, and it's something that keeps people playing beyond just a basic addiction to loot. That I've already sunk over 40 hours into the game in just over a week and I'm not even close to being bored of it yet is a testament to the magic of Diablo, and something that can't be ignored.

At the end of the day, fun is what gaming should be about, and Diablo III delivers.
GameSpot:   8.5/10
There's a good chance you've played games a lot like Diablo III before, and at no point does it dare to surprise you by tinkering with its tried-and-true formula. But it creates such an enticing world and offers up such enjoyable abilities that it makes that formula feel fresh again. You may ultimately be victorious at vanquishing the forces of hell, but if their true mission is to give you a compelling reason to sacrifice sleep as you keep clicking your mouse into the wee hours of the night, then they have won a decisive victory.


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