We return from the depths of hell long enough to bestow some Diablo III wisdom in 140 characters or less.
Armageddon is a tough time for most, but for the heroic adventurer, it's like Christmas and your birthday rolled into one. There are hordes of monsters to slay, magical artifacts to find, and helpless villagers to rescue. We've been knee-deep in Diablo III goodness since launch and would like to share a few nuggets of wisdom. Each tip comes in handy-dandy Twitter size, perfect for sharing with your friends. Some of these may seem obvious for seasoned adventurers, but if you're interested in maximizing the Diablo III experience, read on!
Use elective mode: it lets you assign any skill you want, even if they are in the same school or tree, to the various skill hotkeys #D3Tips
Play with friends, earn more XP. Voice chat can help tremendously with coordination, and a diverse group can swap gear between classes #D3Tips
Save time and gold by assigning each player an artisan--focusing on one lets them hit max level faster and then trade with friends #D3Tips
For bosses and stronger mobs, be mindful of what skills they're using against you. Learn the modifiers and how to guard against them #D3Tips
In the auction house, be mindful of quantity when selling items. Do not flood the market with duplicates because it only drives down the price #D3Tips
Keep an eye on the auction house; you might find superior items for an equal or lower price than at a vendor. Be a smart shopper! #D3Tips
If you craft an item that lacks desirable stats, you might turn a profit by auctioning it off if those modifiers are strong #D3Tips
Save gems! It's cheap to unsocket gems, so there's no reason you shouldn't do it. Don't be wasteful, and save gems when possible #D3Tips
Study your environment and lure large groups of enemies into tight spaces to gain the advantage, and use the environmental traps #D3Tips
You are going to die, but a loss isn't truly a loss if you learn something. Unless you're playing on hardcore; then you're just dead #D3Tips
As far a sI know Diablo games never shared XP. When grouping together the mobs get stronger which leads to more XP. Never the less its always balanced out, so even if we share the XP we still get a chunk back.
:/ You don't get extra experience if you group, it's shared. Don't disregard tip 6, if you filter out what you want with your ideal buyout, then you can maybe find a great deal. Though the Softcore AH is very different from the Hardcore AH I'm accustomed to, I'm sure it should be easy to find some low selling upgrades for those on Softcore. Wouldn't be a the first time I hear from a friend that he bought a legendary for dirt cheap while having decent stats.
I totally ignore tip 6, actually all the other tips too but 6 mostly. For bosses and stuff I have at level lvl 34 Monk with just 130 life regen, 15 life steal, 1.3k armor only with 1.6k hp at lvl 34, and the stuff I have on give me 70% magic find and 30% gold. Everyone else were running from Diablo I just stand there and hit it. Same thing I did in DII in cow level with 50% life steal and epic zealot.
Hold up guys why am I seeing so many people compaining about how easy it is then i find out there level 20 or less and still in normal mode some playing for up to 25 hours.... Do they know anything about this game or did they see a random cgi advertisement and said oh that looks cool.
repeating content at increasing difficulty levels is not content..but I'm sure bliz is happy that you think it is and was worth paying $60 for...they're probably laughing their tails off
@Voqar Well, that's what playing with friends, 5 different classes, random monsters, abilities, dungeons, and loot are for right? If a 7 hour single player campaign and a couple of multiplayer map is good enough for a shooter to sell for $60, then Diablo 3 is worth much more than that.
Anyone know for GS's 2nd tip-- playing w/friends... is voice chat supported? I don't see any options for it. I plugged in a headset + mic.
@jazzyrider There isnt a in-game function but there are different programs on-line that you can use. Google has a great one if you are only doing a two party game.
@xBlueBonnetx I know some people use Skype too but I'd rather just type even for harder difficulties where you might need to chat with others
Just started Act II, and, if you're playing on Normal, I'm not sure how many of these tips you're going to need. Thus far the game is too easy. Hopefully it gets harder.
Good game, but horribly over priced. it's just like buying an Apple product, it has mediocre hardware, and you're paying mainly for the name.
@henrykczypionka Good game and horribly priced don't seem like they belong in the same sentence. $60 is the standard for new games these days, when you consider that fact D3 actually gives you a lot of bang for your buck. (and with the RMAH maybe you can get some of that back)
@henrykczypionka This is one of the best games I have ever played in my life. Opinions my man, opinions.
I am in still in two minds about the game.
Pros - Nightmare level is great, Really feel like you are playing the real game.
Cons - Single player game should be offline. I understand the arguments for always online. I like to travel and want to take the game with me on my laptop without the need to connect online. Skills system is still bad. It needs more work.
Overall - Nightmare level should be available immediately as normal level. A lower level should be made available for those who want an easier time.The story is really spoilt right now beause I already know what is going to happen in each chapter. However, now I am in nightmare level the game is really good if not GREAT.
you know that this is not a good moment to say anything about D3 while the servers are/were down, it can make people rage about it on and on..... remember that we pay for a service that is unusable now.
Diablo couldn't even lay a hand on my monk I made a better tank then the Barbarian (thats with dodge above 50% not health). Belial is probably the only difficult boss in the game. This game will use 1 gigabyte of download per 20 hours of game play... thats if you care. The challenge is with using the ranged fighters on single player. But if you have a full party then just watch the endless slaughter.
I'm loving it so far. Really....really loving it. All those years waiting for that ultimate successor to Diablo 2 has not been in vain. I haven't been so invested in a game for a long time. I strongly recommend this game to anyone who's even slightly interested in the hack'n'slash genre.
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Sorry to sound full of myself with that notice, but there's something I need to clear up here.
Metacritic User-Score for this game is 4.0 at time of writing. This alone is causing a huge amount of people to not purchase the game, but let me make this clear; Diablo III is an excellent game all over with the one and only problem being the always-online single-player.
So that means if you, like almost every single user of this forum, have a broadband always-on connection, you will not have a single problem with this game. You may occasionally see a few lag spikes. You may occasionally have to wait whilst the game is updating. You may have had connectivity issues on the release day. These problems were annoying and frustrating for most, but there's something you need to understand. We live in the age of unlimited internet bandwidth and hard drive space and because of this the majority of PC games are downloaded illegally from sites such as ThePirateBay.
What does this mean? It means that if Blizzard were to make the Single Player mode offline, they would lose out on a huge amount of sales for the actual game from those that find ways to crack the single player to allow multiplayer. Yes, the game is available to torrent already but not without issues. If the torrented version is not perfected and the only imperfection of the original is online-only single-player, then I say good on Blizzard for creating a game that is actually stopping torrenters from succeeding.
TL;DRThe game's amazing. It's literally the benchmark for Action-RPG and I encourage you to spend a couple of minutes thinking of any other game in the same genre that can deliver as well as this.
Sure, you get those complaining that the game is too easy and that it's just not fun - but consider this; those that are giving metacritic scores of 0, those that are criticising what is in my opinion the game of the year, those that have actually bought the game and gave it a negative review five minutes within getting it home purely because they couldn't get online straight away... what do you think they are doing right at this minute?They're playing the game.
So, if you have any doubts about whether or not this is worth your $59.95, just take it from me that if you're a fan of the genre there is no alternative. The Torchlight series is very good and I have no doubts that the sequel will be great, amazing even - but it's not the same game and there are a huge amount of differences.
The last thing I have to say is regarding the difficulty. Yes; the game is fairly easy on normal difficulty but once you have completed it on this, which is extremely fun by the way, you get the chance to play on Nightmare mode. After this comes Hell and Inferno. I guarantee if you like your games hard you will love Inferno.
That's all I have time for. I know this will all be in vain as you'll all just dislike it because I'm all for the game, but this is what I think of the current situation. If you're hating on the game without even trying it, like many of you below me commenting on the DRM used, you have no place here.
The game is a wreck with its WoW-expansion like numbers. Characters hardly gain stats when lvl, its totaly up for gear to stapple in MASSIVE vitality from gear.They couldn't balance the game so they just tossed it all on items to leave it to the players. Once you get past the awsome image and march into deeper difficultys you can see the flaws. IMO health should be built in, not geared towards with every character obtaining 40,000 health. The game is really great, but its sadly very flawed that could brind tears to how good it should and could be,.. but ppl rather be ignorant towards others as the trend grows in the gaming community.
There really isn't any room for imagination when playing beyond normal mode since champions can "CHEAP" you in a mere second or while you have no control at all.The game is severly built around no balancing and multiplayer.I really have no problem facing these rediculus gameplay ... mechanics?, but its srsly not so much fun when you are always gearing and selecting stappled abilitys and stats just so you survive the Champions in the game.
Game is too easy on normal. Yet you have to play all the way through to unlock the hard difficulties. I think at least the next higher level of difficulty after normal should be available out of the gate. Even making people get to level 10 to unlock hero is entirely pointless because there is no challenge in it. So then you just level another character to level 10 and do it all over again. You could just have people play farmville for 2 hours instead. What is this point of making you beat easy as pie levels that take hours to unlock something? I can understand completing something hard and challengeing THEN unlocking something like a hell mode that is just insane. But I have other games I play too and Diablo 3 is killing me with this one-sized-fits all game difficulty approach that forces people into hours of mindless clicking.
I'm serious when I say that there are probably four year olds that could play Diablo 3 all the way to level 10 without dying.
Blizzard needs to realize that not all gamers are the same. We can see people on this forum that are very happy with the normal difficulty. That option should be for them and I would not change a thing with normal if you want to allow daycares and nursing homes to use Diablo 3 as part of their daily entertainment. But in a single player game where I just want to play and have a challenge the next level of difficulty should be open for those who don't want to play all the way through on normal just to do it all again on a harder level.
Meanwhile I have my level 18 hero demon hunter that has never died once. Here's to keeping it easy Blizzard!
@DuaneDog Shit gets real only at the start of nightmare.
@DuaneDog ROFL this made me crack up I beat normal mode in 3 hours thats about the time of some tutorials. Level 18 hmmm thats easy in every game that has 60 levels except demon souls which from what I hear people were quiting on the first level.
@DuaneDog I have to agree with succumbus!! You are just level 18 and and you have to go through a lot!! Nightmare and hell need characters to be of higher levels in order to survive!! Blizzard team just managed to kill the disappointment of the game being too difficult by locking nightmare mode before you pass the acts in normal mode with a draw back of people calling it the too easy game!! how would it be the first enemy you encounter in the game that kills you three times before you even pass him!! Now that would be disappointing!!
@DuaneDog I think you're too far up your own ass to realise there are people out there that are better than you at certain games.
Diablo III is not easy. Diablo III on normal mode is easy. Diablo III is not normal mode, the core part of the gameplay and fun comes from a four-way co-op match on nightmare mode or higher. If Blizzard incorporated the Nightmare, Hell and Inferno modes right off the start you'd get the idiots thinking they can play the game like that, getting about an hour in and saying "*** this I'll go play something where I don't die every five seconds".
You people are so used to Oblivion style games where every creature just levels up with you so there's no real variation - this game requires you to put effort into it to get the most back.
Normal mode is for enjoying the story. Nightmare or higher is for really testing your skill.
Also, wait for PVP before you pass any judgement on what is already one of the most perfect Action-RPG releases since the start of time.
"Blizzard needs to realize that not all gamers are the same. We can see people on this forum that are very happy with the normal difficulty. That option should be for them and I would not change a thing with normal if you want to allow daycares and nursing homes to use Diablo 3 as part of their daily entertainment."
You're really full of yourself aren't you?
@DuaneDog Are you kidding? You're whining about being level 18 and normal difficulty. Just wait, Nightmare is entirely a new challenge. I'm pulling my hair out right now cause the enemies are such a pain in the a**. I'm also ahead in levels, since I realized the enemies were so difficult I stayed behind and grinded a little. Didn't help.
Normal mode is to filter out the lazy people from those who actually want to work for the challenge later on.
I completely agree. Im starting to lose more and more interest in the game just because i have to farm my way through easy trash. I for now on only do public games with 3 other people. However, unless all my teammates die, and im fighting the boss myself, do i feel challenged on nightmare. It is sad how blizzard thinks grinding = fun. Im never buying another bliz game again.
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@djseebee Isn't the exactly the same as the beta, just 1/4 of act 1...?
@djseebee Wasn't the Free Trial starting at release also? Thought it was supposed to be. If so just use that.
perhaps it's just me, but tip one, I just can't seem to get that to work! Been trying since launch, and figured it was just broken. But seeing as they posted it here it must have worked for someone.I click elective mode, and I see no way of adding skills to whereever I want on the skillbar. Nor can I add skills from the same tree. If anyone can shed some light on this, that would be awesome!
@teorist First select Elective in options, apply and save ....go into game, pull up Skills. Select any one of the, say a primary skill....the regular skill powers for that mouse key come up...on the left and right of the entire 'window' (still in the skill window not outside) are 2 arrow icons...click them, and the power set for that key will change to what is typically for the other buttons and keys. Can the put all four primary powers on each key, by repeating the above with each skill power key selection.
I wish this game had an offline mode though I have never ever played Diablo 2 more than an hour (back in 2002 when I was at grade 6)