Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

Diablo III's long-awaited release this week—and its unfortunate launch-day server problems—demonstrated that PC-only titles have not lost the ability to dominate all of video gaming's conversation. And this was in a week that saw the release of Max Payne 3, another title that fans had been looking to for a very long time.

For better or for worse, this was Diablo III's week in the spotlight. Here are some highlights from nearly 40 stories Kotaku published about the game in the preceding week.

Yes, we know one of them was not the game's review. Rest assured that is coming very soon.

Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

Before You Start: Tips for Playing Diablo III the Best Way

Diablo III is upon us, and while the more dedicated fans of Blizzard's action role-playing franchise are well on their way to total demon domination, players new to the series might need a little help getting started. More »


Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

I Still Have No Idea What The Hell Class To Play in Diablo III

Diablo III comes out tomorrow. Which really means it comes out tonight at midnight. I'm excited to play it-more excited than I would have thought I'd be, to be honest. More »


Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

Last Night's Diablo III Debacle Demonstrates The Problem With 'Always-Online' Games

We were all excited last night. After a 12-year wait, Diablo III, Blizzard's much-anticipated action-fantasy loot-fest, had finally arrived. It was sitting there installed on our hard drives, waiting for midnight to come, for Blizzard to unlock the game so we could play it. More »


Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

How I've Been Playing Diablo III, You Know, Aside From Sporadically

While Diablo III's error codes are being raved over by the gaming press, they've also managed to add an exciting element of chance to the review process. More »


Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

Blizzard Is Giving You One Final Chance To Change Your Ironic My Little Pony BattleTag

It's a tricky thing, choosing an online handle. You've gotta stick with it forever, so the dumb inside joke or ironically stupid insult you choose will be your name forevermore. More »


Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

The Amazing, Official Art of Diablo III

To celebrate the release of what will probably be the biggest PC game of the year (sorry Crusader Kings II, I still love you), here's a big collection of concept and promotional art from Diablo III. More »


Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

When It Comes to Diablo III, Error 3003 Is The New Error 37

Aren't you cute, over there making fun of Diablo III's Error 37. So old-fashioned! Haven't you been following the latest trends? Everyone knows that Error 37 is yesterday's news. More »


Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

The "Best" of the Worst Diablo III Anger

The rigamarole is always the same: Big game is released, problems ensue. But for Diablo III, the launch was bigger-twelve years in the making. And the problems? More »


Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

What It's Like Playing Diablo III With A Crappy Graphics Card

You will die. Frequently. You will stare at your screen as it slows to a crawl, wondering when the whole machine will just black out and die. You will roll your eyes and groan as if somebody just cut you in line at the grocery store. More »


Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

A Warning From a Reformed Diablo II Scammer

On the eve of the release of Diablo III, I've been hearing chatter about the great Diablo series from office colleagues who I didn't even realize were fans. More »


Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

Report: Korean Players Take Down Final Diablo III Boss, But Can't Get Loot

According to reports out of South Korea, some of the country's most talented (and fastest) players finished Diablo III in record time. More »


Back From Hell: The First Seven Days of Diablo III

Remembering That One Diablo Thing Blizzard Didn't Make

Diablo is one of Blizzard's tentpole franchises, part of a Holy Trinity of PC gaming that includes the universes of StarCraft and Warcraft. It's reverence is well-deserved, as Blizzard has done a fantastic job with all three games. More »