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  • Diablo III – Xbox 360 review and giveaway + bonus F1 2013 giveaway [gaming]
    Posted by on Nov 6th, 2013

    Dungeon crawlers and loot junkies rejoice! You will struggle to find greater joy than slaying a Diablo III monster and seeing the tell-tale yellow beam of light shooting up from a Legendary dropped item. Checking your inventory to see what it is only to find that it’s not immediately displayed heightens the feeling few non-gamers can understand. Hitting the reveal button sets off a unique loading timer that makes you wait a few seconds before being shown your legendary weapon, ring or helm that comes with massive bonuses to experience, strength, speed or armour. Most gamers will need no introduction to the Diablo series, but this is it’s first foray onto the Xbox console and the transition works like a charm. The action RPG has all the elements so many loved about the series…masses of increasingly difficult enemies, weapon and armour upgrading, unlocking new skills and of course the dropped loot.

    You’ll get to choose your classes from a Witch Doctor, Barbarian, Wizard, Monk, or Demon Hunter and have to work your way through multiple levels to ultimately defeat Diablo, the lord of terror.

    One of the many not-so-friendly chaps you’ll be encountering.

    Now as always with my game review i’m not gonna go in-depth hey. I’m a firm believer in experiencing it for yourself and giving too much away is just sh*tty in my opinion. If you want a serious critique including all character details, gameplay mechanics and plot history etc. then go look at one of the millions of other game sites. I’m just here to give you my 2 cents and you must trust my ass.

    Right so listen up:

    The low down: Diablo III is an action role-playing game, and a true continuation of the Diablo series. You choose between a male or female from five distinct classes — barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter — each equipped with an array of different spells and abilities. You adventure through rich and varied settings and engage in combat with hordes of monsters and challenging bosses in a bid to defeat main evil bad guy Diablo. Along the way your hero will grow in experience and ability and acquire items of incredible power.

    I chose the Barbarian class, but that’s just me and my need to pick up unique swords and smash sh*t. The learning curve is rather quick and you’ll soon learn which enemies you can just stand and fight and which you will need to dodge or employ different tactics against. Defeating the masses of enemies equals new loot, gold and expierence. Equip new items, buy better ones and upgrade skills. Standard procedure.The console interface is very simple and you’ll spend most of the time there comparing items to see which ones give more attack or defensive bonuses and which ones provide you with better abilities like faster speed, elemental damage or health. Or which ones just make your ass look cooler.

    As with all the Diablo games the map remains clouded until you explore that area, but the lure of getting better loot will no doubt force you to explore every inch to make sure you don’t miss anything. The standard difficulty level is challenging, but not long into the game you will have collected enough rare or unique items and health potions to avoid dying in most battles. Anyways you have the option of respawning where you died or at one of the basecamps.

    Here’s a gameplay trailer to give you a feel of what you will experience and what options you’ll have.

    More loot. Always more loot.

    Here’s my standard breakdown of the game. Use it don’t use it.

    Presentation: graphics are as good as you’ll get from a top down view hey. Not realistic, but the graphic novel feel is there.  Environments range from gloomy cemetaries to deserts to castles. Music, voices and sound effects are nothing to write home about.

    Gameplay: depends on the class you choose so it’s either close quarter combat or ranged attacks. You’ll often get paired up with a computer controlled ally that you can equip with class specific weapons and limited skills. Enemies come at you non-stop and increase in difficulty as you progress with end of level bosses being the most difficult interspersed with some extra loot dropping mini-bosses here and there.

    Storyline: is kak. Seriously don’t expect any jaw dropping moments or Oscar worthy perfomances. It’s about as linear as you will get. Speak to someone, get told to go there. Kill badies on the way.

    Lastability: the campaign is not very long, but the replay value is huge. Once completed you can opt for the hardcore level and then the inferno and nightmare levels. More loot, new enemies and new legendary items. If you’re really looking for a challenge then the most difficult level won’t allow you to respawn. Once your character dies that’s it. Co-op with friends is also more enjoyable.

    Final thoughts: Dungeon crawlers and RPG fans will love Diablo III. You can loot to your cold hearts content and the variety of different weapons and skills available will keep you happy for ages. I give it a solid 8 out 10.

    And now for the GIVEAWAY: I have a Xbox 360 copy of Diablo III to give away to one of you fine readers and all you have to do is leave a comment saying why you’d like it and also tell me what other current or upcoming game from Megarom HERE you are most amped to play.

    *BONUS – i also have an Xbox 360 copy of Formula 1 2013 to giveaway. If you’re a Formula 1 racing fan then put that in a seperate comment and i’ll give it to someone other than the Diablo III winner. * I was gonna review it ,but hey. It’s a F1 racing game with improved graphics that are amazingly realistic. What more do you need to know.

    UPDATE: winners have been notified. Copy of Diablo III went to Jason Lewis and F1 2013 to RichardAtUCT. Thanks for leaving comments everyone. As always i wish i could give you all a copy.

    marius says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I need this to reinstill my belief in the series. I was disappointed with the PC version that was designed to be pay to play rather than kill and loot.

    also excited for WWE 2K14

    Savage says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Ya the PC version got mixed reviews especially coz of the contant online requirement and that damn auction house

    RichardATUCT says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I’ll skip Diablo III. Why do I want it? Cos only a formula 1 fan can find 0.009 of a second exciting.
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=30e_1319632033

    Mario says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I have been an F1 junkie ever since I watched the duels between Senna and Prost.
    F1 2013 with the inclusion of the classic cars will certainly bring back memories of an era when technology was only starting to put a mark on the sport.

    Also looking forward to Assassin’s creed 4 Black Flag!

    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    First off, of the upcoming MEGAROM catalogue, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag is a must play in my books.

    But more importantly, I need Diablo III because I recently finished GTA V and am now stuck in a sort of limbo where I am fairly certain no other game is ever going to compare. I beg of you to prove me wrong.

    Is Diablo III the cure to this post GTA depression?

    Only time will tell.

    Justin Bradfield says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I would like diablo 3 because it is pretty flippen awesome. Gave many hours of my childhood up stuffing around in the previous versions of the game so i may as well keep the trend going. Also I am amped for Assassins Creed IV because I have played all fifteen thousand of the assassins creed games and they are the business.

    Dev_ZA says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I am really amped to play Assassins Creed: Black Flag arrr..

    Couch co-op and beers is missing one vital part.. Diablo III, everyone knows its a party when the devil shows up.

    MikeC says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of friends talking about Diablo III, more a while back when it came out but still seems to be a favourite of a lot of people so would be great to try it out and try my luck at it. I don’t often play with my 360 so would be cool to play Diablo III and also F1 as new games !!!
    Assassin’s Creed : Black Flag out of the upcoming games sounds like it will be real good fun to play.

    Pick ME!!! says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I was born in the Kingdom of Khanduras. Born with the purpose of vanquishing the Lord of Terror, Diablo! I have battled my way through the dungeons of hell only to be possessed by the evil i meant to conquer.

    That’s why i should get the diabolical Diablo 3. So i can slay myself and slaughter the evil!

    P.S I’m only amped for Diablo 3!

    Pick ME!!! Jason Lewis says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I was born in the Kingdom of Khanduras. Born with the purpose of vanquishing the Lord of Terror, Diablo! I have battled my way through the dungeons of hell only to be possessed by the evil i meant to conquer.

    That’s why i should get the diabolical Diablo 3. So i can slay myself and slaughter the evil!

    P.S I’m only amped for Diablo 3!

    Neil Basson says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I have fond memories of playing Diablo 1 & 2…waisted lots of hours on the couch and remember the thrill and excitement of trying to defeat the butcher in diablo 1…was scary and challenging at the same time!

    New releases to look forward to are Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Call of Duty Ghosts

    Brett says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I was a bit late on the diablo 3 train last year as being a student kinda meant the only diablo I could play was the free trial up to level 10 and the skeleton king! I played the demo on xbox and PC just to get the most out of it haha :) been dying to play the full game so would Love the opportunity to waste more hours on the couch! Since my exams are almost done!:D looking forward to watch dogs when I can get some cash money together and order from megarom!

    xdvd says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I love dungeon crawlers but no pc, so this xbox version will suffice.

    xdvd says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I wouldn’t mind giving Xcom the Bureau a try.

    Gustav says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I NEED IT. But… for PS3. Dammit. Clocked Diablo I and Diablo II.. few times. Need to get my game on. Get it. GAME ON. Yeah.

    Matt Burke says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Call Of Duty: Ghosts for sure. Got my copy! Going to start it on the weekend.

    Played the Diablo demo and loved it. Different from playing it on the PC but still sooooo addictive

    Matt Burke says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Or F1 2013, played the previous one and its totally different from regular racers like NFS.

    Excited to Start playing the new Assassins Creed too these holidays.

    Nicola Meyer says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Would like either of the xbox games for my son as he is the gamer. I know he is desperate to get his hands on Call of Duty Ghosts.

    Question? says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    SO, how will we know when we the competition ends and who wins??

    Savage says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Good question! Forgot to add that ill pick winners on Friday 8th November. Which is today..so check back around lunch time

    Question? says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Kewl beans! I’m anxiously waiting…

    Die Jason says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Been looking at getting Diablo III so I can join my 2 mates to do some dungeon-crawling. Quite stoked that the game seems to be better suited for console.

    Mostly amped for Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, love that franchise. COD: Ghosts also looks alright, going to a Mweb launch for that tonight (along with Battlefield 4).

    PS: Not interested in F1 2013, but for those who are, you can’t go wrong with a Codemasters racing title.

    kat says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Mr savage himself!
    Now you ask why oh why would a young adult such as myself desire Diablo lll ? Well in all honestly I don’t. ..I do have a little ( but not really little ) brother who really digs this stuff and us a little to old to pull teeth for pocket money whehehe. So what I do ask is for you Mr Savage, to help me be the greatest older sister ever !

    PS I might make you some pancakes

    Oh and call if duty: ghosts 😉

    Thomas Cunningham says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Diablo 1 was the very first game I ever played and I was instantly hooked. I was young at the time so I played through it with my Father. It was a great bonding experience, little did we know another game had come out years later which he bought for us to both play. It was even better than the first!
    Unfortunately my Father passed away before we could play Diablo 3 together so in the end I never made the purchase, but Id love to play it and see if we would have enjoyed it together.

    Also could you possibly review WWE2K14 next? Thanks!

    Thomas Cunningham says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Also id love to play Formula 1 2013. I’ve never had an F1 game before, but it looks really realistic!

    And I’m still excited for WWE2K14.

    Jason says:
    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Any 1 winners announced?

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