Banner Warp system.

Just to be clear, NOT the Banners, but the ability to warp to your allies in an instant.  I cant imagine a game where you would have to manual find your friends in an open field.  This new system made it so much easier & faster to quest with your friends and not have to waste time searching for each other.

 

Death of Deckard Cain

Character deaths in video games are always hard to do.  I never imagined that Blizzard would kill off one of the most beloved characters in the Diablo universe.  After saving him the 1st time, Cain couldn’t escape his ultimate demise.  It was sudden, unexpected, and very well done.

 

Cinematics

Raising the already high bar of Blizzard Cinematics, Diablo 3 goes above and beyond with the amazing cinematic visuals.  All of the fully rendered cut scenes look amazing and even the lesser animated shorts are great too.  Blizzard has the best cinematics in the business and it definitely shows in Diablo 3.    Here is one of my favorite scenes:

 

Gem System

Building upon the amazing Horadic cube in Diablo 2, the new gem system is nothing short of amazing.  We now have 14 distinct gem quality levels and the system progresses and stays relevant throughout the entirety of the game.  The 4 gem types have clear roles, look great and are fun to collect.

 

Followers

In Diablo 3, Blizzard has improved the companion system by adding 3 distinct classes to choose from.  Each of the 3 followers has their own short story line and commentary as they travel with you in the game.  Furthermore you can interact with the followers in between quests and it’s a great improvement from the D2. Although they arent very powerful or game changing its always fun to have a buddy watching your back.

 

 

Covetous Shen

Covetous Shen is my favorite character in the game.  If you listen to all of his dialogue in the game you’ll find out that he is more that what he seems.  Shen seems to be extremely old and in face is rumored to be a “God” of sorts.  When you chat with him he claims that he has hooked up with Zakarumm priestesses and claims to have met Zoltun Kulle at some point.  During his travels, Shen came to search for a cursed jewel, said jewel containing a terrible creature named Dirgest.  It had killed thousands, and could not be held without harm by anyone bar himself. The jewel had, in Shen’s own words, taken everything and everyone from him that mattered, its danger on par with the Black Soulstone.  On par with the blacksoul stone!?

 

Character Profiles

Although it’s not directly in the game, you can log into your bnet account and access a whole slew of information.  You can use these profiles to compare  gear, stats, & skills.  You can also track your game progress and the status of your artisans.  Most importantly these profiles serve as bragging rights and concrete proof that you have indeed slain Diablo in Inferno.

Check out my profile:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/ZeroEcho-1905/hero/4319012

 

Amazing Sound Effects and Voice Acting

The voice acting for Diablo 3 is superb.  I thought the voices of Tyrael & Leah stood out above the rest.  Also the sound effects for all of the skills and weapons are spot on.  I play a Barbarian and its real satisfy to hear the crushing blows as I smack around a treasure pygmy.

 

Progression feels good & looks good

From the start of the game to the end Diablo3 has very satisfying progression.  It’s great to see your humble barbarian grow from his meager rags into a monstrous creature with power weapons and equipment.  Each level offered a brand new skill, rune, or allowed you to equip better gear.  This dangling carrot keeps you invested in your character progression until the end of the game and it makes you want more once you hit 60.

 

 

Nephalem Valor

Nephalem Valor is one of the major new systems in Diablo III and it kicks in at level 60. The philosophy stated by Blizzard is as follows: “Rare and Champion packs already have great loot on them. By killing a Rare or Champion pack, not only do you get their loot, but you’ll also receive a buff granting you increased magic find and gold find. However, if you change a skill, skill rune, passive, or leave the game, the buff disappears. As an extra reward, if you kill a boss while this buff is active, you’ll receive extra loot drops from that boss.” The exact amount of magic find and gold find provided by the buff is 15%. It can stack up to 5 times (to a total of 75%) and will last 30 minutes. The duration can be refreshed by killing additional elite packs, but the buff will not grow to more than 5 stacks.  This is a great addition to the game and it really keeps you playing.

 

 

What about did you guys like about the game?  Did I miss any of your favorites?

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