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Diablo III Beta results conflicted thus far
Colleen Rutledge
St. Lawrence College

Diablo III Beta results conflicted thus far
It’s been fourteen years since the last release in the legendary Diablo series. Diablo III was announced in 2008, and fans have been anxious for any news on the subject since then. After four years of waiting, the beta for the newest installment was recently released and fans have had very mixed reactions.
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Cornwall - February 14, 2012 - It’s been fourteen years since the last release in the legendary Diablo series. Diablo III was announced in 2008, and fans have been anxious for any news on the subject since then. After four years of waiting, the beta for the newest installment was recently released and fans have had very mixed reactions.

Some of the more die hard fans have claimed that Blizzard has conceded to demands that the game was taking too long, “They’re rushing it last minute because fans complained, but I’d rather wait for an amazing game instead of getting an okay game early.” Says Alex Milton, a fan of the previous two Diablo games.

The official Diablo battlenet forum is a flurry of conflicting opinions, some finding the less than two hour long beta entertaining and worth waiting for. Others say that the beta should be a full game beta so that players can test the entire game for bugs. “The game was moderately interesting. I found setting up the action bar to be a little frustrating, however my largest gripe is this: We are supposed to beta test the game. How are we supposed test a game in a campaign that took a little over an hour and a half to complete?” says one beta tester.

“I found the game good so far. I didn’t like the stash being so close to the town portal though. Accidentally went down my town portal when I was trying to click the stash a couple of times. Something that would be immensely helpful is more accurate ability and skill descriptions.” Beta testers are encouraged to post their feedback on the forum, giving developers chances to change things they feel would be worth changing. Fans often notice things that developers miss due to the amount of time they spend playing the game.

“I like how the Templar will not only have idle chit chats with your character, but will also react to quest events. Very nice touch! I really hope this extends to all companions throughout the game.” Says another beta tester, “I really like how the armor looks different on each different class. Very great piece of cosmetic flair that adds a lot.”

Another thread asks fans to post their feelings towards Diablo III using only two words. “Pure awesome.” Says one fan, while another counters with, “Already uninstalled.”

Blizzard has not yet posted a release date for the full version of the game, but some fans hope that they will use the beta make the game everything they’ve waited so long for. For more information, visit Diablo3.com


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