Fan First Hands-On Diablo III Beta Impressions


We saw some of the media first impressions of the DiabloWikiDiablo III beta yesterday. What do the fans think? Our Diablo 3 beta forum has been blessed by a substantial number of Friends & Family beta testers sharing their thoughts on the game, but now that more invites are shipping, other players are getting into the action as well. Here’s what DigitalForce thought, and he promises a larger report coming soon on DigitalHippos.com.

  • Best. Sound. Effects. Ever.
  • The Barbarian’s attack are BRUTAL
  • I explored EVERY inch of my first beta play through and it took me over 2 hours. If you rush through it 20 mins, you are missing 90% of the game IMHO.
  • Backgrounds/environments are FANTASTIC
  • This game will rule all
  • I want anti aliasing on my NVIDIA gad blast it!
  • I have liked every class so far… all have great pros and some cons.
  • Streaming and videos can’t do this game justice compared to seeing and hearing it on your own system
  • Random events are fantastic!

Vega also got his hands on some beta time, courtesy of another forum user, and here’s what he had to say:

The graphics, atmosphere, gameflow, sounds, music, pace… it all SCREAMS Diablo, in a way in which no other ARPG has ever made me feel. This is a Diablo game through and through, and from the first zombie slayed, the player gets that amazing “back home” feeling!

The DH is indeed rather unimpressive, as most testers comment, and the wizard is without a doublt a powerhouse in these early stages of the game. Despite that, the char that surprised and amazed me the most has to be the barbarian! a perfect tank who manages to both endure extreme crows surrounding him AND deal great DPS, while at the same time having the most impressive movement skill in the beta, what’s not to like? Hugely impressed to the point of considering actually starting with a barb upon release!

On my laptop, at 1600×900 with no shadows and medium on all the other details, the game runs rather smoothly. I have no idea regarding FPS but I would guess at least around 30 FPS is stable in single player games. when it’s a party of 4 and spells and bodies start flying around, the FPS count drops significantly at tight areas such as right before Leoric’s room.

From a single player fanatic PoV, I am also glad to report that despite around 200-300 normal ping (up to 1000 sometimes today, lots of people online!), the latency seems great, with no waiting before getting a reaction from the game. you have to remember this is the US server, while we are connected from here in the EU. we have encountered 3-4 times where the game disconnected from the server and we dropped out, but i think that is reasonable in the very first active day of the closed beta.

Other members of the Diablo community are welcome to add their first (or second, or eighteenth) impressions as well; we’ll be quoting them in main page news items (just like this one!) over the weeks to come.

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  1. GASP, GASP I say. A Diablo 3 post that is fully completly, 100%ly (or however thats written) positive, with no snarky remarks, pessimism or predictions of failiure of the most epic proportions. This is indeed GASP worthy.

    • If you don’t like Flux or the others news style why do you continue to read them?

    • Good job you’re here to pick up the slack then isn’t it.  Although you did over egg it a wee bit, there’s a subtlety to the skill.

      • “To be, or not to be, that is the question:
        Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
        The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
        Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
        And by opposing end them? ”

        why am I quoting Shakespear as a response to a critique of a critique? I have absolutly no idea.

  2. Edit: Oh, it’s okay. Site told me for a second that I was “logged in as Masjan” %(

    On topic: That kind of feedback is what I was hoping for. I do believe Blizzard can be trusted in making games that are truly immersive. I got immersed in SC2, though being as skeptic and pragmatic a programmer as one can be 🙂

  3. Since they started the F&F EU beta, they made me login into my Bnet account several times a day, hoping for getting access to the closed beta… And now someone says it even gets better when you play it yourself … Blizzard, I hate you …   Looking forward to a soon release, or for a chance to help releasing it earlier! 8)

  4. Edit: Oh, it’s okay. Site told me for a second that I was “logged in as Masjan” %(
    Edit 2: Site does not let me edit a comment. Can a passing maderaotr please delete my previous comment? Sorry 🙁
    On topic: That kind of feedback is what I was hoping for. I do believe Blizzard can be trusted in making games that are truly immersive. I got immersed in SC2, though being as skeptic and pragmatic a programmer as one can be 🙂

  5. with that many new beta testers someone should be able to answer this: is it possible to reconnect to your last game after getting disconnected? like getting a popup “sorry, connection lost [reconnect-button]”? or is my whole progress / loot lying on the ground lost? that would suck …

  6. with that many new beta testers someone should be able to answer this: is it possible to reconnect to your last game after getting disconnected? like getting a popup “sorry, connection lost [reconnect-button]”? or is my whole progress / loot lying on the ground lost? that would suck …

    • At the moment, there is no such option in the Beta. I have gotten disconnected a few times from both private and public games, and upon joining the next game, you are set into a new game with a new group. I believe the matchmaking system will be worked up before release.

  7. sorry for the triple-post … after the third post and still seeing only the first one by t-t-teunic i decided to try another browser … that’s when i saw this mess …

  8. It’s lost lordtyler

  9. Shit. I’ve triple-posted 🙁

  10. I just drooled my coke because I smiled xD

  11. Note to self: Dear mr. Vega… next time you write on the forums right after your first 4 hours session EVER with D3, use a freaking spellcheck.
    Sorry for all the typos, fellas… shaky hands of an addict finally getting some crack, you understand 😉

  12. Hmmm.. didn’t I post here twice already? Trying again…
     
    Note to self: Dear mr. Vega… next time you write on the forums right after your first 4 hours session EVER with D3, use a freaking spellcheck.
    Sorry for all the typos, fellas… shaky hands of an addict finally getting his hands on a dose of Diablocrack!

    • Tis OK, thanks for the report.  Following up on the laptop performance, what CPU and GPU are you running?  My desktops are fine, but I would like to know if I need to get a new laptop around, oh, say… December.

  13. UMM ok guys it starts to scare me – i am logged on as a different user than i realy am ??? just to let you knoiw – also, going to logout and try to relog on my acc again > < … some serious database issues ?

  14. This is not Flux, this site has been hacked  😮

  15. sounds like teenager impressions

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