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Diablo 3 Skeleton King gameplay video

I checked Gamespot’s coverage for Diablo 3 and there was a video called something like “two friends looking for the Skeleton King“.

If you think the title is bad, you should’ve seen the video! Ten minutes of mindless dungeon crawling with NO actual sighting of the Skeleton King.

So if you are interested in the Skeleton King, check out the video below. If you only care of the King, fast-forward to 22:00.

I am a bit disappointed with the boss fight. The mercenary was able to tank the Skeleton King with no issues. The adds that the King summoned died in 3 strikes. The whole fight lasted a minute. I hope other bosses are more of a challenge.

Diablo 3 beta video (streaming)

As you know, the closed Diablo 3 beta has started for some LUCKY game journalists and all Blizzard employees (about 5000). Btw, if you know a Blizzard employee, page him because he has additional invites for family and friends.

For the rest us, we could follow several beta testers feeds that provide streaming video as they play. The quality is not superb but you can get a pretty good idea of what’s happening. Ignore the coala at the start… (imagine it’s a panda, i don’t care).

I have two channels so far that have more than a character selection video:

Official Blizzard Quote:

FYI, we’re getting very close to starting the closed public beta test for Diablo III. You might start seeing some new reports about the beta client as we’ve begun limited external testing with employees and their families, and there is no non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for that. We look forward to sharing more info about the beta test in the near future. Stay tuned.

If you have a beta license, you are free to show, share, or talk about any portion of the beta content to which you have access, as this beta test is not confidential.

Diablo 3 at Gamescom

Blizzard has hinted that Diablo 3′s playable beta will be available for gamers attending Gamescom 2011.

Two conclusions based on this little piece of news. First, all German gamers and especially ones living in Cologne are lucky bastards as they will get a chance to play Diablo 3 early.

Second, it signals that Diablo 3 beta is ready in terms of the single player and Blizzard are probably just tweaking with the network code. 2.0 is one of the best multiplayer platforms and offers amazing features, so I bet Blizzard would like to integrate them with Diablo 3. Things like chat, invites, etc.

So why we are waiting for the Diablo 3 release, I leave you with this fun video about Diablo 3′s Purgatory.

Diablo 3 Followers

Now, we have been Diablo 3 followers for the last 5 years but we aren’t going to be talking about that. Followers is the name of the revamped Hireling system from Diablo 2.

First off, it’s important to state that these guys will only be hirable on Normal difficulty. Back in Diablo 2, I only hired these guys for Act II because Duriel killed my Sorceress in something like 2 hits. So the first point will be if they are going to be useful at all. Who needs a crutch at Normal?

Second, they’ve reduced the choices to the three core RPG classes: the Templar, Scoundrel, and Enchantress. You get the archetype, right? Warrior, Ranger, Mage.

You can customize your follower by choosing four out of their twelve skills. You can upgrade their equipment as well. Each follower has two weapon slots, two ring slots, and one of their own unique class-specific item.

In conclusion, I like the system but frankly, I’ll be done with Normal difficulty pretty quickly. Btw, the official excuse for keeping them only to Normal difficulty is that followers die to quickly in Nightmare or Hell. Well, beef them up!

Diablo 3 skill caps

Diablo 3 skills are capped at 5, so no more Blizzards at skill level 25. Or is it?

In Diablo 2, you could have skills as high as 20
and additionally augment them with items that boost skill levels. In Diablo 3, all screenshots and videos show a cap of 5. Which raises the question is this cap permanent?

Official Blizzard Quote:

Did we not already talk about that? Think we did. Like the cap raises another five every difficulty level? So when you reach hell difficulty the caps would be at 15? No? Did we not say that at the last BlizzCon? Think we did.

So the skill cap will be 15 at Hell difficulty. I think that makes perfect sense, you need more damage per skill depending on the difficulty level. Unless there’s a fourth difficulty introduced. Then it will be EXACTLY like Diablo 2 with skills capped at 20!

I hope there’s a bit more Diablo 3 info and gameplay videos at Blizzcon come October.

Diablo 3 skills animations

Blizzard’s GFX team has been hard at work re-doing the effects: from the humble magic missile to more serious stuff like the Slow Time skill (Wizard).

It does look very much like the same skill in Starcraft II – the one that the Protoss mothership had. Anyway, it’s a fine animation, hopefully the finished game isn’t too heavy… I don’t want to upgrade my hardware so I can stop time.

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