PCGZine has just released a fantastic in-depth article about their big hands-on experience with Diablo III. Along with the article are a whopping 10 new exclusive screenshots for your viewing pleasure. What's really nice is that they've made the entire issue available as a free download without even requiring you to register. You can get the PDF here: http://www.gamerzines.com/downloading-pcgzine_23.html
It's a little over 30 megs, but it's definitely something any Diablo fan will want to download, especially with all those snazzy exclusive screenshots such as these two beauties:
I hope all Dungeon exits are as lush and ornate as this one.
A Barbarian doing some damage with his Hammer of the Ancients ability.
It's also noteworthy to mention that, at the very start of the article, it lists the ETA for Diablo 3 to be in Spring 2010. Whether that's PCGZine's own estimation or Blizzards has yet to be confirmed however.
For those of you who have been thinking of starting your own Diablo 3 fan site, Blizzard wants to help you get started. They've just unveiled a new Diablo III Fan Site Kit which contains a variety of goodies:
"The assets in our official Diablo III Fansite Kit are a potential bonanza for those who wish to build their own Diablo III related fansites. This downloadable package contains the following content, including some exclusive assets:
Art assets including concept art, hi-res logos, and wallpapers
Site design elements including borders, backgrounds, fonts, and stylesheets
Exclusive content: Forum avatars / Messenger images
Project XII of Hellforge has compiled a quick list of top ten of the dumbest features that made it into Diablo II, including the terrible nerfing of the Barbarian's Whirlwind skill (despite community uproar) to the horribly unimaginable but barely remembered Golden Axe-inspired "Thief" monster ability that all but lasted a single patch. There was nothing worse than losing your hard earned Windforce to an imp.
Here's hoping that current team has learned from the mistakes of Blizzard North, Diablo's original creators (which became the now-defunct Flagship Studios) and listen to their community for it most certainly be watching closely.
The Royal Photographic Society of Azeroth is renewing its competition in celebration of Halloween. In a longstanding Blizzard Entertainment tradition, this year we’re proud to announce our sixth annual pumpkin-carving contest.
Between 12:00 a.m. PDT on October 8 and 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 28, the RPSA will be accepting submissions for the pumpkin contest. The shutterbugs who submit the most outstanding photos of their work will have their pictures proudly displayed on WorldofWarcraft.com and Blizzard.com on Halloween. In addition, the five most interesting, original, and well-carved pumpkin designs will be recognized for their merits with a Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker System designed specifically for gamers. Special thanks go out to Logitech for these prizes!
Pumpkin submission tips:
The winning entries will display high levels of originality, craftsmanship, and humor.
Your pumpkin must be lit up by a candle or other light source in your photo entry. You can show another photo of the pumpkin unlit if you wish.
Pumpkins must be related to World of Warcraft or another Blizzard Entertainment title.
Try to take the best picture possible, as picture quality helps make a good impression on the judges.
Make sure you tell us what the pumpkin is supposed to be in the caption, just in case it’s not clear.
If you want to view some past pumpkin-carving contest winners, you can see them here:
Joystiq posted their in-depth hands on with Diablo III at BlizzCon about a week back with a crazy breakdown of the three known classes, as well as extreme close-up photographs of the game's gorgeous looking interface.
Here's a breakdown of the classes in point by point format. Be sure to check out the rest of the article for further information on the game's interface, character creation, inventory, the skill and rune system, quests and the rest of their experience.
Tough, big, powerful
Has skills like Battle Rage, which increases damage 100%, and Iron Skin, increases his/her armor by 20%, and a slew of other melee-based skills
Can dual wield weapons
Makes a perfect tank
Wasn't too different than the Barbarian from D2, although it sure looks a heck of a lot better, so we didn't spend too much time with the big brute. Still, when you just need someone to kick ass, you can't go wrong with this one.
Incredibly creepy and cool, and has a nifty Cajun dialect
Extremely fun and imaginative spells like Zombie Wall, where a wall of undead rise from the ground and both blocks and attacks your enemies.
Uses toads, locusts, and even spiders to swarm and vivisect enemies
The Skull of Flame spell makes an excellent ranged attack, and does area damage. Plus, it just looks cool. In the videos they showed us (but not in the demo), when you slot the Multistrike Rune in this spell, the skull bounces, and does big area damage with each bounce.
The Wizard was the only class that had the Rune system working, and we put it to extensive use. It truly changes your spell, and you'll be mixing and matching a lot.
Make sure you select Disintegrate early on, because it's an extremely powerful spell. Your character locks in place while you hold down the mouse button, and you mouse around in circles to aim at your enemies and melt them.