Diablo 3 open beta began this weekend. I wish I could say it went off without a hitch, but it took five hours before I was able to best the cap Blizzard placed on the number of players. Graev had it worse than me because he can’t even get the installer to function properly. When he double-clicks the install file a window comes up saying something about updating files, then it goes away and nothing happens. We’ve tried everything from re-downloading, checking windows updates, running as admin, adjusting network settings, to deleting files, and nothing works for him.
What little I got to play today was enjoyable. I think I’m going to like the skill system, despite not being a skill tree. I would definitely prefer customization over being handed my skills when I level up, but something about the simplicity of it all empowers me to go kill monsters and have fun instead of fretting over every point I spend; There’s a give and take.
I love the art style and the direction the game took in terms of overall presentation. I was getting some minor hitching, though, and hope it was simply the beta. Being able to chat in-game like I would in a MMO to any of my friends online is fantastic. The chat functionality is way better than D2.
I played around as a Monk and liked the feel of the class. I’m a little perplexed by the ability system and how it plays into weapon use. My monk used a sword and a shield but when I actually attacked something he would put them away and use his fists for abilities. Since every attack I make is an ability, I never use my weapon. I’m told weapons increase ability damage and attack speed, but using a sword/shield on my monk was bizarre. Am I missing something?
As soon as I heard the Tristram music I knew I was going to pre-order. I can’t wait to see the places my character will go and the story Blizzard will tell. Give it a try! It’s open to everyone, if you can get past the log in screen.