Destroying virtual evil to be more exciting in Diablo III

November 2nd, 2008 - 10:13 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) It’s hacking and slashing like never before. Computer gaming freaks are eagerly awaiting the release of “Diablo III”, being developed by leading US video game company Blizzard Entertainment, and from rave reviews the game demo has received it promises to pack quite a punch.Though the release date of the very elaborately designed ‘Hack and Slash Role Playing Game’ (RPG) has not been revealed yet, it has attracted immense curiosity and interest as it will introduce superb graphics and will use Havok physics for more life-like simulations.

A demo of the game held Oct 10-11 in California attracted 15,000 people. Fans simply loved the game and said they were looking forward to playing it. Work started on the gaming project in 2004.

In India too, avid computer gamers are equally enthusiastic and following every development closely.

“It’s going to be simply brilliant. The game promises to be even more enticing than its two predecessors,” said Praveen Singh, a college-goer who has been hooked on to “Diablo II” since it was released in 2000 and “Diablo” (1996).

“I’ve downloaded the promos of the new game on my system and the graphics are mind blowing. I am looking forward to playing the character of the Witch Doctor,” Singh told IANS.

Like in “Diablo II”, the new game will have five characters for the player to choose from. Three have been revealed - the old favourite Barbarian, who is burly and uses brute force to smash his opponents to pieces; the mysterious Witch Doctor, who lacks physical combat abilities but makes up for it by casting voodoo spells to magically create strange creatures to destroy his enemies; and the Wizard, who like the Witch Doctor is weak in direct combat but casts elemental spells and controls time to decimate whatever comes in her path.

Unlike the earlier version of the game, a player can choose the gender of the character. The character one chooses is supposed to fight the ‘Minions of Hell’ - who comprise the Undead, the Goatmen, the Cultists, among many others - all hideous looking creatures with warped and gnarled bodies and faces.

Rahul Chandra, a Class 12 student, wants to play as the Barbarian as he had done in “Diablo II”.

“I hope the game releases fast. I’m dying to use the Barbarian’s new abilities such as Siesmic Slam, by which he can slam the ground to create an earthquake. I’ve seen the game play video and I wish I was among those who got to play the demo,” he said.

The promo shows blood splashing liberally during a fight, which takes place quite frequently, heads being chopped off and limbs getting dismembered to the accompaniment of crunching sounds.

Like Chandra, his other friends too are equally keen to get their hands on the game and choose their characters.

They are dedicated gamers and never fail to update each other on the latest developments in the gaming arena in India as well as in the world.

Blizzard’s official game site describes the story as: “The game takes place on Sanctuary, a world of dark fantasy. Unbeknownst to most of its inhabitants, Sanctuary was saved some twenty years ago from the demonic forces of the underworld by a few brave and powerful heroes. Most of those warriors who directly faced Hell’s armies - and were fortunate enough to survive - went mad from their experiences. And most of the others have buried their haunted memories and pushed the horrors from their thoughts. In Diablo III, players will return to Sanctuary to confront evil in its many forms once again.”

Unlike in the earlier Diablo versions, Blizzard is keen to make the new game more multi player savvy so that many can play the game at the same time.

The current favourite games that young adults like to play include “Warcraft III” (by Blizzard) which is five years old and has acquired the status of a classic Real Time Strategy, “Assassins Creed” (by UBISOFT, a US game company) and “FIFA 2009″.

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