I don’t consider myself a gamer. The extent of my video game experience in my youth came from playing Duck Hunt with my dad, then later Tetris on my Gameboy. The first time I was fired from a job, I picked up Diablo 2. My husband (who was only my boyfriend at the time) had been playing it religiously for about 2 years, so I decided to give it a try while he was at work. By the time he came home that evening, I had managed to play through the first two acts and was starting in on the third. He later had to buy me my own computer and copy of the game and subsequent expansion pack. I played online nearly every day for at least a year or two, amassing multiple characters at the max level cap before finally tearing myself away to rejoin the real world.
I didn’t play another video game until World of Warcraft. Which I initially had no interest in playing, but after some persuasion from my husband and watching him play, the Diablo 2 process began all over. New computer, new game, hundreds of hours of time dedicated to pixelated exploration and destruction of evil.
Even though I left Warcraft nearly 4 years ago, I still keep in touch with a few friends and the rumor mill was buzzing about Diablo 3. I considered playing it because of my love for Diablo 2 and Warcraft, but decided I probably shouldn’t because I have so many other things to occupy my time. I watched the game trailer and decided that even though it looked like fun, it didn’t really seem that inventive. It looked like Diablo 2 and World of Warcraft had a baby.
Yesterday I came home from visiting with family and my husband had set up a gaming station in our living room. Diablo 3 had been installed and he was already testing it out.
“You should go get comfortable, grab a glass of wine, then come create a character and check this out,” he says.
Wine, pajamas, enabling husband – how can I say no to just checking out a video game?
I sat down, created a demon hunter and proceeded to watch the opening cinema.
The game play is simple, mouse to move, click to kill. The game menus aren’t much different from Diablo 2, the inventory set up, character set up, and skill screens are all familiar to those who have played before; it’s just a little more polished. The game play itself is well done. It’s responsive, easy to learn (especially if your like me and lack basic video game hand/eye coordination). The story lines seem interesting so far – though not far off track from previous games. The landscape and ambiance of the game allows you to immerse yourself in what is happening on screen and with each completed quest and enemy foe defeated you feel a sense of accomplishment and a desire to fulfill your obligation of becoming a hero, even if it is only in a virtual realm.
My only complaints so far are the inability to change camera angles (Really Blizzard? 12 years and I still have to suffer with a horrible bird’s eye view of my adventure?) and the lack of character customization. It’s great that they have male and female characters and classes available, but when I create a female character I want to make her look like me. Call me vain, but if I’m going to immerse myself in an interactive world – I want my character to resemble me, or at least what I would want to look like given the option.
Blizzard has a successful system with it’s Diablo and Warcraft games. The work vs. reward set up, along with constantly updated content, makes regular dungeon crawlers and adventure games quite addicting. Add that to an online community in the millions and you have an absolutely winning combination. Even though I haven’t explored the game enough to review it from the perspective of a hardcore gaming website like IGN, I feel confident in saying that I will be ultimately impressed with this game. Mostly because I had to literally force myself to turn off the computer and walk away so that I could watch Game of Thrones.
I admit, I only played for a short while. I think I completed about three of four quests, but my first impression can be adequately summed up with “If I disappear for a few days and no one hears from me, there is a good possibility I’ve locked myself in the house with junk food and my computer. If you don’t hear from me in a week, send more junk food.”
Are you a gamer? Are you playing Diablo 3? What are your thoughts so far?
Camicia Bennett: Founder of The Well Written Woman, Florida Native and cerebral creature, she loves her husband, yoga, red wine, potty humor, swearing superfluously and putting hats on her dog. If given her druthers she’d be surfing the web and writing randomness from someplace sunny and tropical whilst sipping her favorite vino. Oh wait, that’s exactly what she does.You can find her tweetingincessantly or randomly sharing her own brand of slightly pretentious propaganda at her personal blog.