Although I do like to follow my usual style of playing the game thoroughly and to completion before making my opinion, I felt as Diablo 3 is such a large game I would give details of my experience and have decided to document hours 0-10to give a first impression before making my final thoughts. Here are the hours 1-10. With as fewer story spoilers as can be. Remember, if something happens to me at 6 hours doesn?t mean it?ll happen to you. I have a slow play style and thoroughly explore my surroundings.
My first steps in Diablo 3 were familiar ones. As the level that was available during beta testing was used as the opening to the game, I knew pretty much what was going on. So I settled down into the game and hammered away at the first few quests. Mid-quest I was treated to a nice cut-scene that the beta had not allowed me to see so that eased my eagerness for new content and I continued forward slaughtering hordes of monsters in my quest to find the fallen star.
After completing the first quest line and thus reaching the beta limit, a new path opened up and it really felt as if this was it. Diablo 3 had put me through the test. I was ready to go forth and begin my journey. So to the next quest I went, travelling to new areas previously unseen and each as beautiful as the last. Encountering new enemies and slaying them for the glory and the spoils. I then reached my first pivotal moment.
Having encountered my first shock, I was only more determined to defeat the hordes that continued to battle me now not for the same glory as before but with a whole new reason to fight. My need to destroy them was only growing greater. I had a true foe and a blade to strike with. I was out for blood. All the time my experience was only growing deeper. I was delving into more places searching for answers, encountering new foes that picked a fight with the wrong adventurer. I was in the world in every way.
Through tough challenges I had begun to see what I was up against. This was no easy task ahead of me, but the hunt continued, and though I had failed many times before I remained undeterred, ready to fight. Through ever darker scenes I descended, slaughtering nightmare after nightmare finding gear that would help me in my quest. Then I was faced with a formidable foe.
Smashing and running. Burning and bleeding. Fighting with every last tactic I knew, through the relentless onslaught of the hell before me. This challenge I feared was going to cost me every health potion I had collected and then some. After feeling invincible I was humbled and beat down. Determination saved this adventurer, with a scene not too far from a last stand where I had one last burst of power before my inevitable defeat. I took my mouse aimed the cursor over the beast and fired? It was over, I had won. My reward? Act II.
After thought on first 10 hours:
The first ten hours I spent in the game were long enough for me to complete act 1. With plenty to explore and many different areas, Items and enemies the game was always fun and interesting. I can only think that further acts will increase the time I need to complete them as the difficulty increases and the levels expand.
Some of you may notice the dramatic change in writing style from hours 4-5 to 5-7 onwards. This was down to the fantastic narrative. I was really suckered in and felt like my adventurer and so began to write in that way. I hope this goes some way to showing how Diablo 3?s story evolves without telling you what happened. In short through my eyes as I had already experienced the beta, the beginning felt slower then maybe a fresh set of eyes would have seen it. Hours 5-7 reminded me of my first Diablo experience and how immersive it is.
Although I am not at a stage to recommend Diablo I will say this, I have gained a lot of enjoyment from my first 10 hours in Diablo and thoroughly look forward to the rest of my adventure.
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