Hey Game Clubbers, welcome to our first discussion of Diablo III. I hope that none of you guys had as hard a time as I did logging onto the game for the first time. If you did then, like me, you probably haven't spent as much time with the game as you'd like. Even those of us who haven't been able to play the game every waking hour since Tuesday probably have a lot on their minds, though. I'm guessing that fans who've only played for five minutes will have plenty to say about some of the game's major changes.
As with any story-based game, please note that there may be spoilers in the threads below: If you're concerned with hearing too much about the plot, than please come back at a later time.
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Counter to what you might expect, the new character-specific storylines make it harder for players to become attached to their Diablo III characters.
Imagination is a powerful tool in a game like Diablo III. Though the game has a tons history and a story to tie things together, the moment-to-moment experience isn't necessarily driven by plot. So how do we get connected to the game, through our characters: We customize them, level them up and do our best to perfect them because... well, each person has their own motivation. That's the point. This is meant to be our story, and the it's gaps we fill between the details the game provides that binds us to it.
In Diablo and Diablo II, knowing very little about the hero helps you step into the role of Sanctuary's champion. Regardless of your class or equipment, we're ourselves - No matter what the character is named, their identity came straight from the player.
Diablo III moves the series forward by turning each class into a distinct character, giving them a voice and a backstory: The player may give their female wizard a name, but she is who she is, regardless. There's less room for the player to project themselves onto their character.
We're only talking about Diablo III for two weeks, so the next meeting will also be our last! Make sure to come back to Kotaku next Thursday, May 24th, at 4pm Eastern for more Diablo III discussion!
Have fun everybody!