Recent Articles: Diablo III

Sony @ E3 14: Diablo III to crossover with The Last of Us

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A quick snippet during Sony’s E3 Press Conference revealed that the upcoming dungeon-crawler Diablo III: Ulimate Evil Edition (which will include the Reaper of Souls expansion) will receive a downloadable expansion which includes enemies from The Last of Us.

No release date was announced, but expect more info soon as the Ultimate Evil Edition launches this August.

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Here’s a gameplay trailer for the PS4 version of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

Hey, wanna take a look at the PS4 version of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition? Specifically content from the Reaper of Souls expansion? If you said, “It probably looks like every other gameplay video of Diablo III we’ve seen over the last three years,” you would be correct. Still, there are worse ways to spend a minute and 41 seconds, as actiony Diablo III trailers are usually pretty fun.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition will be released for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on August 19.

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Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition comes to PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One this August

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Blizzard has announced that Diablo III‘s “Ultimate Evil Edition,” which includes the original game and the Reaper of Souls expansion, will be released on August 19. Before today, the Ultimate Evil Edition was officially only in development for the PS4, but Blizzard has confirmed the compilation will be available for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One as well.

“The Ultimate Evil Edition brings Reaper of Souls to console gamers for the first time, and wraps all of the content, features, and updates we’ve released for Diablo III into one epic package,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Whether you’re a veteran of the crusade against the forces of evil on PC or are just stepping foot into Sanctuary for the first time, there’s never been a better time to experience Diablo III from the comfort of your couch.”

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition adds a sixth character class, The Crusader, to the main game as well as a fifth Act that pits players against the Angel of Death, Malthael. Other new features added to the game courtesy of the Ultimate Evil Edition include Adventure Mode (“A new game mode that gives players the freedom to go anywhere and slay anything”), Bounties (“Randomized objectives that reward players in new ways for exploring Sanctuary”), Nephalem Rifts (“Fully randomized dungeons offering endless replayability and heaps of loot”), The Mystic (“A powerful new artisan who provides heroes with loot-customization options”), and a raised Level Cap.

If you’ve already got Diablo III on the PS3 or Xbox 360, you’ll be able to transfer your previously created characters into the Ultimate Evil Edition. PS3 owners can make the jump to the PS3 or PS4 versions while Xbox 360 owners can likewise transfer to the Xbox 360 or Xbox One editions.

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Diablo III is unofficially officially coming to Xbox One

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Officially, Diablo III‘s exclusive next-generation home is the PS4. But unofficially, the game’s Lead Producer, Alex Mayberry, has told VideoGamer that the game is definitely coming to the Xbox One as well:

“I don’t know where we are with Microsoft right now so I can’t really comment on what that contract looks like,” Diablo 3 lead producer Alex Mayberry explained to us this morning while discussing tomorrow’s launch of Reaper of Souls. “The point is we are developing for Xbox [One] and PS4 simultaneously. We hit those major platforms and then our goal as a development team is to make them run.”

Because of the ongoing contract discussions, the only thing that Mayberry can officially say is that Diablo III might never be released on the Xbox One. That said, development on both versions of the game is being done at the same time within Blizzard, so a simultaneous launch (similar to the PS3 and Xbox 360 release of Diablo III) isn’t out of the question.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will be released for the PC tomorrow. According to Mayberry, the PS4′s Ultimate Evil Edition “[isn't] too far off.”

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Blizzard @ PAX East 2014: Heroes of the Storm, Diablo III PS4, Hearthstone, WoW: Draenor

blizzardlogoBlizzard will have plenty to showcase at this year’s PAX East expo, including playable demos of the PS4 port of Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.

Players who get a chance to visit booth #848 will be able to play as The Crusader in Diablo III’s “Ultimate Evil Edition” with a DualShock 4 controller for the first time. If they slide over to the WoW: Warlords of Draenor demo, they will experience “updated character models” and the expansion’s “intro experience.” A brand-new demo of Heroes of the Storm will also be on hand, with never-before-seen heroes to try out. And finally, the iPad edition of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be playable at Blizzard’s booth.

As always, PAX East will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. This year’s expo will begin on Friday, April 11 and run through Sunday, April 13.

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Get to know Diablo III: Reaper of Souls’ new character class: The Crusader

Diablo III‘s first expansion, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, will be available exclusively for the PC at the end of the month. In addition to a higher level cap and several new gameplay modes, the expansion will give players the option of a new character class: The Crusader.

The Crusader’s origin, and his/her ability to dole out divine justice, is explored in a new trailer for Reaper of Souls that was released today by Blizzard.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will be available for the PC on March 25. The expansion will also be released for the PS4 sometime this year as part of the “Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition” bundle.

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Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us wins ten statues at 2014 DICE Awards

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When Santa Claus asks if you’ve been naughty or nice, if you’re a game developer, you might want to answer “naughty.” During last night’s DICE Awards in Las Vegas, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us took home the top prize in ten categories (out of 13 possible nominations). The only other game to win multiple awards was BioShock Infinite, which took home two (Action Game of the Year and Oustanding Achievement in Original Music Composition).

With such a big haul, The Last of Us naturally took home Game of the Year honors. The game also won Adventure Game of the Year, Oustanding Achievement in Game Direction, Oustanding Achievement in Story, Oustanding Achievement in Animation, Oustanding Achievement in Art Direction, Oustanding Achievement in Visual Engineering, Oustanding Achievement in Sound Design, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, and Outstanding Character Performance (for Ashley Johnson’s portrayal of Ellie).

A few other games did manage to wrestle a few awards away from Naughty Dog, but that’s mostly because The Last of Us didn’t qualify for every category. For example, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons won Downloadable Game of the Year, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds won Handheld Game of the Year, and Plants vs Zombies 2 won Casual Game of the Year.

The complete list of winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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Diablo III Console Review: Why Buying It On A Console Over the PC Is A No-Brainer

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Blizzard teased console gamers with the possibility of a Diablo III port for over a year before they made it official in February 2013. According to the developer, this cloak-and-dagger approach was because they weren’t sure a console version of the game could ever be up to their standards, and they didn’t want to officially announce anything until it was ready for prime time. But when Blizzard did deliver the game to the public at last year’s PAX East, it was met with rousing support from the press and players alike. Finally, In September, the console release of Diablo III gave non-PC gamers their first chance to take on the Lord of Terror since the heady days of the original PlayStation.

Was it all worth it? A veteran of the PC campaign and a Diablo newcomer find out… (more…)

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