Archive for April, 2009

Diablo 3 too cartoony?

diablo roperIt’s not just the fans anymore. Bill Roper is complaining that Diablo 3 isn’t Diablo enough.

Bill Roper is the producer of the original Diablo and Diablo II and he thinks that Diablo is a Gothic fantasy. He thinks the CLOWNs at Blizzard have took the game over and have repainted the graphics in their favorite cartoony colors.

I think that one of the things that we always tried to get across was that Diablo was Gothic fantasy and I think there was just a need that was put in there from the visuals that I didn’t necessarily get. I got it from the architecture and to a degree from the character design but not the feeling of the world. I can’t say that I dislike it. I didn’t look at it and go, oh my God that’s horrible. But I looked at it and went, it’s not really… to me as a player it just didn’t really ring with Diablo.

Admittedly, it could be that Bill Roper is bitter about the dismal failure of the Hellgate: London project. Frankly, though, I agree with him – we need MORE blood and guts and dark horrors, not LESS.

Diablo 3 Barbarian skills

Blizzard has put out some screenshots of the Barbarian skill tree. It’s part of the new (N8) Blizzcast. It covers a lot of ground, especially when it comes to Diablo 3.

Combat Skills Combat Masteries Warcries

Level 1 Bash Sword Mastery, Axe Mastery, Mace Mastery Howl, Find Potion
Level 6 Double Swing, Leap Polearm Mastery, Throwing Mastery, Spear Mastery Shout, Taunt
Level 12 Double Throw, Stun Increased Stamina Find Item
Level 18 Leap Attack, Concentrate Iron Skin Battle Cry
Level 24 Frenzy Increased Speed Battle Orders, Grim Ward
Level 30 Whirlwind, Berserk Natural Resistance War Cry, Battle Command

barbarian skills

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