Blizzard has many game series in their name, with the Warcraft game series soon to get its own movie. Another popular series from the company is the Diablo series, featuring angels and demons fighting it out for years and years now. Now 16 years after its original release, and a sequel, Diablo 2 gets a patch.
Diablo 2 last received a patch back in 2011, but now five years later the game gets its next update. First released in 2000, those who want to sit back and enjoy the classic game will now find it easier to play on modern systems.
The patch addresses several things but the major points are the ability to play the game on windows 7, 8 and even 10 without the need for “XP mode”. If you are more of an OSX user, the game should now also work on your system.
If you still need another reason to play it, the game now features enhanced cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities. In the original post, the author makes it clear that this is but the first step and that “it does not end there”.
Given the graphics update for Diablo III and now this, could the Diablo series be seeing new life soon? If you feel like trying out the game, check out the Blizzard store, where both Diablo 2 and the Lord Of Destruction expansion are only $9.99 each (£7).
Blizzard’s back catalogue contains a number of astonishing titles including Diablo II, Starcraft and Warcraft III. Sadly, many of these games struggle to run on modern operating systems and lack native support for high resolutions. As a result, it seems a cogent tactic to re-release these iconic titles with upgraded graphics and a more streamlined user-interface. According to a job post which you can find here, it appears Blizzard is preparing to remaster a number of old classics. The job listing reads:
“Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. Evolving operating systems, hardware, and online services have made them more difficult to be experienced by their loyal followers or reaching a new generation.
We’re restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.
So if you like wearing many hats, know small teams are the most effective, and look forward to challenges that will create millions of new adventures for our players: we would love to hear from you.
Responsibilities: Make gameplay first again on modern operating systems. Create conditions for experiences that look as good as they play. Own implementation and curation of features new and old. Combat hacking to improve multiplayer. Diagnose and fix all the things: crashes, deadlocks, overflows, heap corruptions, etc.”
This is a very exciting prospect although I’m guessing the games will remain exclusive to Blizzard’s store. Some of my earliest memories which made the PC platform so enticing revolved around Diablo II. Over the years I’ve tried to get to grips with Starcraft but failed miserably. Overall, I think this a sensible decision by Blizzard which allows a new audience to experience what makes their previous works so special.
It is that time of the year again, no it’s not Christmas yet, but rather the time where we see a lot of new games and codes bundled with selected graphics cards. Yesterday we could report that MSI bundled Assassin’s Creed Chronicles codes with selected AMD cards and today EVGA has something for Nvidia fans. For a limited time, EVGA is bundling an exclusive Kaija Diablo Bundle for Heroes of Storm with the purchase of selected graphics cards.
The exclusive Kaijo Diablo Bundle includes the Diablo hero, Kaijo skin, and a 7-day Stim Pack. The bundle comes with the purchase of a qualifying EVGA GeForce GTX 950 or 960 graphics card. The list below will show which cards are eligible for the bundle.
For MOBA gamers, the GeForce GTX 950 provides the competitive edge in every battle with blazing fast performance and an incredible level of responsiveness. Get 3x the performance of a GeForce GTX 650 and the power of NVIDIA Maxwell architecture to transform your PC into a full-HD gaming rig capable of playing the latest titles. Or choose the GeForce GTX 960 for even faster performance!
The deal is valid for a lot of retailers and you can check up on that here. The promotion runs from the 23rd September 2015 and until the supply runs out of the promotions gets canceled again.
Today marks the day for the 7th Annual BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2013. Where fans celebrate and hear about everything Blizzard. WarCraft, StarCraft and Diablo! Brought to us from Anaheim, California.
Tickets sold out in just seconds earlier this year. But you can check out the live stream or on DirecTV by getting the Virtual Ticket.
We can expect an expansion announcement.
Two trademarks have been floating around for possible games or products being offered by Blizzard this year.
The Dark Below and Warlords of Draenor, we don’t know what we will hear about either one of these just yet, perhaps a new race or even two different expansions announced at one time!
Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, StarCraft II and Diablo III.
There are a ton of computers setup this year, with demos of all the different games. This is a huge weekend for Blizzard. BlizzCon is the largest event that Blizzard has for the year.
There will be tons of panels today, Question and Answer sessions. Hearing about new game releases and expansions to be expected. Don’t forget about the different contests and eSports.
Tomorrow night we will be able to watch the closing concert, which will be performed by Blink 182.
If you are a fan of Blizzard, this is the place to be! Make sure you check it out!
11AM PT OPENING CEREMONY
12:30PM PT WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WHAT’S NEXT
2:15PM PT HEARTHSTONE: WHATS NEXT
3:30PM PT DIABLO III: REAPER OF SOULS: PREVIEW
4:45PM PT HEROES OF THE STORM: OVERVIEW
6:30PM PT FAN CONTESTS
Thank you to BlizzCon for providing us with this information.
We only have two days before the beginning of BlizzCon 2013. We have only been waiting 2 years for it to be here, and here it is. If you are a Blizzard Entertainment fan, then this is huge news for you. Bringing us new information on their franchises Diablo, StarCraft, WarCraft.
If you didn’t get a chance to pick up tickets to BlizzCon when they were on sale, you can still pick up your virtual ticket so that you can watch all of the fun and excitement from the two full days of information, contests, concert and more.
Blizzard Entertainment has three primary franchises Diablo, StarCraft and Warcraft, all of which we will hear about during BlizzCon 2013. There are a few other projects that we will likely hear about as well, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Warcraft Movie and perhaps even the Titan Project.
Diablo 3 has been out for about a year and a half, and we will likely hear all about their expansion that will be released sometime in 2014. We can only hope that we get a nice demo, and hear about some of the awesomeness to come with this newest expansion. Will they give us a release date?
The StarCraft franchise will likely give us news on their next expansion, rumored to be called Legacy of the Void. Perhaps they will let us know about some cool new changes that we can see coming in later patches.
WarCraft has gotten itself bundled with World of Warcraft since I don’t really see Blizzard bringing WarCraft 4 to us any time soon, if ever. I am sure that we will hear about new changes that are evolving in Azeroth, and I am sure that the World of Warcraft team has some really interesting changes that are taking place, we may even hear about their next expansion. Will it be called Warlords of Draenor?
Hearthstone, still in closed beta we have heard very little about what is taking place in this card based video game, I hope that they will open the beta up so that I can play, because I would really like to give this game a run.
Blizzard DOTA, Blizzard All-Stars, Heroes of the Storm… Will Blizzard make up their mind already on what they are going to call this game? I mean we first heard about this in 2010 and it still isn’t released, though at first it was going to be a StarCraft 2 mod, now it sounds like it is going to be a freestanding game.
Warcraft the Movie, we have been hearing about this since 2006, and it looks like they might actually have some news for us, but will it ever really be released?
We can’t forget about “Project Titan”, in which Blizzard is creating an all new Massive-Multiplay Online Role Playing Game, in which they have given us little to no information on over the past few years. Though I doubt that they will tell us anything, they are going to be tight-lipped on the subject mater until it is further along in development.
What are you looking forward to at BlizzCon 2013? Question & Answers, Lore, Contests or Competitions?
Diablo 3 got off to a shaky start in life when it launched on PC. The Auction house was bust, the network suffered massive failures at launch, there were bugs, a poor loot system, the list goes on! Safe to say that many fans old and new came to the game and were left with a bad taste in their mouth. Yet like a Phoenix rising from the fire, Diablo III has been reborn and may now be one of the best co-op RPG’s in years!
When I heard about the console port of this game I thought “great, a broken game with worse graphics! That is just what we need”. Then in recent weeks I started hearing nothing but praise for the game, as well as a long list of improvements, fixes, tweaks and in some cases cut features that have done nothing but improve the experience. I decided to throw caution to the wind, obtained a copy and I haven’t looked back since.
While I’m sure Diablo III offers a great experience for the single player gamer, my purpose here was to play couch co-op, by which I mean player two was screen sharing and sitting next to me (the way co-op should be!). Things started simple enough with the difficulty and character selection. The game now gives you a choice of five difficulties as well as further tweaks to the difficulty of each level to make sure you get the most out of your experience, or the most experience out of your enemies, which ever way you want to look at it.
Gameplay in general is pretty straight forward stuff, it is an isometric hack and slash dungeon crawler at heart, with a huge pile of RPG progression and story telling layered on top to great effect. The game starts out with some stunning cut-scenes and some stylish animated story telling about the end of the world, evil and generally how there are a few people who can save it. It’s still typical, tried and tested RPG stuff and plays well off the original games in the series. The story is simple enough that new comers can get straight into the action, fans will enjoy the lore and for those that just want the action it’s even possible to just skip all the story, follow map markers and run around smashing things, perfect.
Everything has been overhauled here, the menu system has been completely redone and now uses a radial system that is better suited to the twin analogue sticks of consoles, allowances have been made to let you remap any skill to any button to suit your play style and co-op benefits from a smart map overlay. Online play is no longer essential and the whole game can be enjoyed over local network or screen share co-op, making this feel all the more like an old school RPG co-op experience, sitting with friends, a pile of snacks and a few drinks together with a game.
Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Wizard, Monk or Demon Hunter are all great characters and the level progression feels intuitive, after a few hours you’re working well towards having an awesome character build that benefits from the games less frequent loot drops, which now favour more rare and powerful items as opposed to endless piles of garbage that need to be sold or traded off. This new loot structure works incredibly well and it makes exploration and fighting a lot more fun very quickly, especially now that you no longer need to use an auction house whatsoever.
Graphics are really nicely done, plenty of lighting effects, physics to throw objects from the level around the screen as you smash up tables and barrels and plenty of optional graphics settings to toggle on screen health bars, attack numbers, subtitles and more to tailor the game to your liking. The only downside I ran across is that when you want to change your attributes or equipment you have to take it in turns, only one local player can access the menu at a time. The benefit of this is that you don’t have a cut down half screen menu, everything is nice and clear to read, it just takes twice as long to do it because you have to wait for each player to complete their time in the menu.
Combat is faster and more exciting than ever too, now that evade is mapped to the right stick you suddenly find the battles are more fluid that their PC counterparts. The main skills are mapped to the face buttons, with two more on the back right shoulder buttons, with target lock and heal on the left shoulder buttons. It’s a setup that works incredibly well and all fears of the game feeling “forced” onto consoles quickly dissipate once you start playing. I love playing with keyboard and mouse, but I have to admit that this is far superior an experience to the PC edition, although that could be due to the seemingly endless set of improvements to the games system overall, not just the controls.
The game has also been equipped with every patch and update that has graced the PC edition, so bugs should be at a minimum here, throughout the 20+ hours we’ve clocked on the game so far there hasn’t been a single issue with the game, characters or levelling system, so there has certainly been a lot of improvement in that area.
This isn’t a console port of a PC game, this is the Diablo III the fans wanted in the first place and while many may feel scorned by the original PC release, I highly recommend you check out the console release, although I must admit I haven’t tried the Xbox 360 release, so I can only vouch for the PS3 edition.
You don’t have to be a Diablo fan to enjoy this game at all, this is simply one of the best co-op experiences on the market today and if you’re looking for something to fill the void after completing Borderlands 2, this more than fits the bill.
Can be played completely offline
Troubled auction house feature has been removed
Revised loot and levelling system
“The console release is great, far exceeding the PC experience in many ways and while I admit, it should not be this way, both editions should be great! It is. However, this is a fantastic game on consoles and despite any past issues, it is well worth checking if you’re a fan of the series, felt scorned by the original release or you just want some epic co-op action”
Over the years we have heard about Blizzard and them striking their BAN HAMMER. Though they usually save it for special instances of hacking and abusing a game, this time it was for Diablo 3 players. Apparently players had found a way to duplicate or dupe items. With Diablo 3 having a Real-Money Auction House allowing you to sell in-game items for some cold hard cash lots of people want to make a quick buck. Unfortunately, some people decide to find ways to abuse the game, and it can affect us all.
Some may say that no one is really affected since it is all fake, but duping an item can cause issues across the entire game. Once Blizzard found out about the exploit they shut the auction house down, and investigated the issue. As it turns out there was a way to dupe gold with the auction house, which allowed a small number of players that had billions of gold to turn that into trillions.
Some of you who play might be worried that your account will be affected or rolled back because of the issue, but since there were only a select few who took advantage of the exploit (415). Blizzard is only going to go after those who were involved in the process. Blizzard is locking accounts that appear to have used the exploit then investigating further. Depending on how much damage they did they will either have their accounts banned or rolled back depending on their activity.
Blizzard stated on their forums “We’ll also be donating all proceeds from auctions conducted by the suspended or banned players—including all of THEIR sale proceeds that we intercepted as well as our transaction fee—to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”
Good news for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals though, they are getting a large donation from Blizzard Entertainment!
There are tons of internet personalities streaming live shows of them playing their favorite video games. Today I will tell you about Angel Hamilton AKA ZilianOP. Angel has been streaming for over a year now, playing World of Warcraft and Diablo 3 primarily, but also showing off other games. The issue with Angel isn’t that he was streaming, it is that he was lying to his viewer base. Last week he miraculously stood up and walked away from his wheelchair, shocking everyone watching.
Angel has been claiming for the past couple years to be disabled, and wheelchair bound. He told his viewers that he was paralyzed from the waist down, this could be for a few different reasons. He could have been trying to swindle money from softhearted people who were willing to give into his lies and donate money to him, or it could have been how he was wanting to portray his internet personality. Either way he has raked in over $20,000 in donations over the past couple of years. That is not counting the in-game items, in-game currencies that his viewers gave him. He received donations from fans to get a wheelchair valued at over $2,000 and $5,000 to move closer to his girlfriend. He also raised funds to purchase electronics.
I do not know the statistics on how much other personalities make from their shows, having their own websites, and blogging about their favorite games. But I do know that you can make a fair amount when you get big enough. On top of that with many accepting donations from their fan base, and even being sponsored by large companies, Angel could have started raking in some big bucks if he hadn’t burned himself by making this huge goof. He lost his twitch account which was banned, where he had over 26,000 fans which is small compared to other personalities.