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Explore a fully-realized Sanctuary – the living, breathing gothic fantasy world of Diablo III rendered in gorgeous 3D.

Battle the unholy forces of the Burning Hells with all-new character classes like the otherworldly Witch Doctor, or with re-imagined warriors from Diablo’s past: such as the fierce Barbarian.

Rain Hell on your enemies wielding the interactive environment as a weapon: lay cunning traps, turn destructible objects against your foes, and use environmental obstacles to your advantage - all powered by the Havoc physics system.

Experience the intensity of multiplayer Diablo III over an all-new, wickedly-enhanced Battle.net platform with numerous enhancements to make connecting with your friends easier – and cooperative gameplay more fun.

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Diablo 3


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Classification: CRPG Subgenre
Subgenre: Action, Hack & Slash, Rogue-like

Design: High Fantasy, Clean
Theme: Good vs. Evil
Setting: Mythic, Metaphysical Place
Combat Style: Real-time, Pauseable Real-time
Reward System: Experience
Play Style: Single-player, Multi-player
Multiplayer: Online Co-Op, PvE, Co-Op Campaign, Drop-In / Drop-Out
Point of View: Isometric
Color Palette: Whimsical
Control: AI Control
Voice Acting: Fully Voiced
Character Backstory: Predefined
Playtime: 40-60 hours
Funding model: Publisher





I. Defining Features


The three core categories Character Development, Exploration and Story that need to be applied and quantified to determine if an interactive computerized game can be labeled as a Computer Role Playing Game (hereafter referred to as CRPG) are listed to show the necessary component elements and qualifying factors.

Any proposed or purported CRPG must contain all three core categories and their essential necessary Must Have conditions fulfilled to achieve the (minimal) CRPG status.

These core categories must maintain some form of progressive nature that will improve from when the game starts and leads to a conclusive game ending.

1. Character Development
Describes ways to create, change or enhance your characters in order to increase their effectiveness in the game.
  • MC1: You can control and role-play one or more unique characters (➙ avatar or party, not only uniform units.) Yes
  • MC2: You can progressively develop character stats or abilities (➙ e.g. through an in game value (usually exp. points) gained by quests, exploration, conversation, combat, ...) Yes
  • MC3: You can equip items to enhance character stats or abilities Yes
  • MC4: Stat checks are required (➙ you need to develop your character in order to progress and finish the game) Yes
2. Exploration
Includes how you can move through the game world, as well as everything you can find, see, manipulate or interact with, like locations, items and other objects.
  • ME1: You can find new locations Yes
  • ME2: You can find and collect items (➙ There is an inventory. There must be more item types than quest items, weapons, ammunition or consumable stat boosters) Yes
  • ME3: You can find information sources (➙ e.g. NPCs, entities, objects that provide info) Yes
3. Story
Concerns all narrative elements like setting, lore, plot, characters, dialogue, quests, descriptions, storyline(s) and similar, including how you can interact with them.
  • MS1: You can get information from information sources (➙ e.g. hints, goals, quests, skills, spells, training, ...) Yes
  • MS2: You can follow quests (➙ there is at least one main quest) Yes
  • MS3: You can progress through connected events while playing your character's role. Yes
Each core category and the auxiliary category Combat also have related Should Have conditions; the reviewer should make a comment if a sub list item is not fulfilled. Should one or more (SH) not be fulfilled the game is most likely a special CRPG (see Tags) or a CRPG light.

If all (SH) are fulfilled too there's no further discussion necessary -- the game is a true CRPG.

1. Character Development
Describes ways to create, change or enhance your characters in order to increase their effectiveness in the game.
  • SC1: You can create your characters. No -- Pick one of 5 classes, enter name, go.
  • SC2: Pre-planning is required for character development Yes
  • SC3: Tactical use of abilities is required (➙ primary means of problem solving, gameworld interaction and overcoming challenges. The player's physical coordination skills are secondary.) Yes -- Different skills for different purposes, pretty important in later difficulty levels.
2. Exploration
Includes how you can move through the game world, as well as everything you can find, see, manipulate or interact with, like locations, items and other objects.
  • SE1: You can find NPCs (➙ non-player characters who you can interact with.) Yes
  • SE2: You can choose a path (➙ there is at least some branching.) No -- Depends. In campaign mode, no: You simply move from area to area. In adventure mode: maybe.
  • SE3: You can interact with the game world (➙ e.g. you can pull levers, push buttons, open chests, hack computers, ... appropriate to the game's setting) Yes -- There are some levers and stashes.
  • SE4: The gameworld can affect your characters' conditions or circumstances such that you have to learn and adapt to overcome these challenges (➙ e.g. weather, traps, closed doors, poisoned areas, ...) Yes -- There can be environmental damage you'd better avoid, like flamethrowers or poisonous blood.
  • SE5: Inaccessible areas can be reached due to character enhancements or by solving quests or puzzles (➙ e.g. unlock locked areas, overcome obstacles, repair bridges, dispel barriers, ...) Yes -- Need to get stronger to get past bad buddies (campaign) or unlock later game areas (adventure).
3. Story
Concerns all narrative elements like setting, lore, plot, characters, dialogue, quests, descriptions, storyline(s) and similar, including how you can interact with them.
  • SS1: You can interact with information sources (➙ e.g. NPC conversations, riddle statue questions, ...) Yes
  • SS2: You can make choices in those interactions. No -- Just click and listen.
  • SS3: Some of those choices have consequences. No
  • SS4: Thinking is required in order to progress (➙ e.g. irreversible choices, moral dilemma, riddles, ...) No -- Everyone tells you what you need to do.
  • SS5: The story is influenced by your decisions and your characters' actions and stats or abilities. No
4. Combat (Meta)
Describes how combat (or more general: conflict resolving) corresponds to elements of Character Development, Exploration and Story.
  • SF1: Combat is influenced by character stats or abilities (➙ e.g. amount of damage, chance to hit, weapon access, ...) Yes
  • SF2: Combat involves random elements (➙ e.g. game internal dice rolls.) Yes
  • SF3: Combat provides some challenge (➙ e.g. requires preparation, use of tactics or environment.) Yes
Diablo 3 belongs to a CRPG Subgenre. See tags below.


II. CRPG Elements


Optional elements are listed in the Nice to Have (NtH) list. With it you get precise information which optional CRPG elements are implemented in the game. A general game info questionnaire is added too, to do some rating.

Choice
  • You can name your characters. Yes
  • You can choose a gender. Yes
  • You can choose looks or voice. No
  • You can choose or create through play your own class, profession or race. Yes
  • You can choose traits, alignment or disposition. No
  • You can choose abilities. Yes
  • You can choose spells. Yes
  • You can modify primary stats. Yes
  • Lots of different equipment is available. Yes
  • Lots of different spells or abilities are available. Yes
  • Abilities can unlock or block others or branch. No
  • Character classes or development paths can be changed during the game. No
  • You can have pets as party members. Yes
Interdependence
  • (Story) Character stats can change NPC disposition towards the PC. No
  • (Story) Stats, abilities or spells can affect available dialogue options. No
  • (Story) Unique items are in the game or can be made. Yes
  • (Exploration) Stats, abilities or spells can affect available paths through the game world. No
  • (Exploration) Stats, abilities or spells can affect the amount of things you can see, find or know in the world. No -- Character development is completely combat-focused.
Interactivity
  • You can create combos with spells or abilities. Yes -- The monk as a few sort-of combo skills, although in practice it's very limited.
  • Your character's stats can be modified by using spells or abilities. Yes
  • Your character's afflictions can be cured by using spells or abilities. Yes -- Some abilities let you get out of a frozen state.
  • You can rest or sleep. No
  • Stats can limit in some way what you can equip or carry. No
  • You can control party members or pets like your main character. No
Immersion
  • You need to specialize (➙ can't have everything.) Yes -- You don't need to in earlier levels, but you do as difficulty levels increase.
  • You can create or choose a background story for your character. No
  • You can tweak your character lots of times over the whole game. Yes
  • You can wear normal clothes, not only armor. No
  • Factions provide prizes for your deeds (➙ e.g. houses, medals, ranks, ...) No
  • Magic is in the game in some form. Yes
  • Your characters can be afflicted with negative status effects (➙ e.g. diseases, fatigue, etc.) Yes
  • Your characters can eat or drink. No
Choice
  • You can follow different paths to reach a goal. No -- Not really. You basically move from entry to exit in each level.
  • You can reasonably go where you want. Yes
  • You can return to previously visited locations. Yes
  • There are few artificial borders, rare level loading. No
Interdependence
  • (Character) Char development choices can affect available paths through the game world. No
  • (Character) Char development choices can affect the amount of things you can see, find or know in the world. No -- Character development is completely combat-focused.
  • (Story) You can find and recruit new party members or tame pets. Yes -- Three different companions in single-player mode.
  • (Story) Exploring off the beaten path yields rewards, e.g. optional quests, secrets or interesting locations. No
  • (Story) You can visit and make use of social locations (➙ e.g. taverns, inns, marketplaces.) No -- There's only a single tavern in the first act.
Interactivity
  • You can collect items (➙ there is an inventory.) Yes
  • You can trade items for currency and better equipment. Yes
  • You can interact with items. Yes
  • You can break or destroy items. Yes -- You regularly destroy stuff in the environment while passing through. Not your own items though.
  • You can repair items. No
  • You can move items. No
  • You can combine or disaggregate items. No
  • You can gather pieces of flora or fauna for later use. No
  • You can craft equipment, spells or items (➙ e.g. alchemy.) No
  • Inventory size is limited. Yes
Immersion
  • There is a place you can call home. No
  • You can explore lots of unique, beautiful and interesting locations. Yes
  • Locations can evolve or change (➙ e.g. town / destroyed town.) No
  • There are non-hostile creatures (➙ e.g. wildlife.) Yes
  • Types of creatures make sense in the area they are encountered in. Yes
  • Creatures are wandering persistently (➙ no random encounters.) Yes
  • Looting makes sense (➙ no shield on a dead wolf.) No -- This game is all about random items.
  • Time is measured (➙ e.g. there is a day/night cycle.) No
  • Time affects the game world (➙ e.g. some things are only available at night.) No
Choice
  • You can reasonably do what you want when you want to do it (➙ quest order doesn't matter much.) No
  • Some quests depend on each other. No
  • Some quests rule others out. No
  • Quests can be solved in more than one way. No
  • You can join factions, though not all at the same time. No
  • You can make moral choices (or romance choices.) No
Interdependence
  • (Character) Character stats can change NPC disposition towards the PC. No
  • (Character) Char development choices can affect available dialogue options. No
  • (Character) Unique items are in the game or can be made. Yes
  • (Exploration) You can find and recruit new party members or tame pets. Yes -- Three different companions in single-player mode.
  • (Exploration) Exploring off the beaten path yields rewards, e.g. optional quests, secrets or interesting locations. No
  • (Exploration) You can visit and make use of social locations (➙ e.g. taverns, inns, marketplaces.) No -- There's only a single tavern in the first act.
Interactivity
  • Dialogue is fleshed out (➙ there are multiple options in one conversation.) No
  • There is more than one game ending. No
  • You can have conversations with party members or take care of pets. Yes
  • There are many side quests. No
  • State of the game changes in accordance with the player's actions. Yes -- ?
  • You can solve or create conflicts between factions. No
Immersion
  • Lore is provided (➙ context, faction rules, laws, history, ...) Yes
  • There are different factions (➙ races, groups, guilds.) No
  • NPCs or party members are well developed (➙ expansive background stories, etc.) Yes -- The main NPCs and your companions have quite interesting background stories.
  • NPCs or party members interact with each other. Yes -- Your companions sometimes talk to each other.
  • NPCs have schedules. No
  • There are surprises and twists. Yes
  • The storyline is character-driven (➙ character development within the narrative.) No
  • There is a proper ending or sense of closure. Yes
  • There are memorable antagonists. Yes
  • Your main character is defined. No
Units
  • Combat can be avoided due to stats (➙ e.g. enemies flee) No
  • You can control at least six characters. No
  • Your characters are specialized (➙ different battlefield roles.) Yes
  • Enemies are specialized (➙ require different tactics.) Yes
  • Resource management is necessary. Yes
  • Units have multiple attack options. No
  • Delayed attacks are possible (➙ e.g. counterattacks, attacks of opportunity, etc.) No
  • Movement-focused special abilities are available. Yes
  • Units have multiple resistance options (➙ e.g. armor, elemental resistance, etc.) Yes
Environment
  • Combat can be avoided through sneaking or gameworld manipulation. No
  • You can get a good sense of space (➙ e.g. there is a grid.) No
  • Combat can start at variable distances. Yes
  • Directional facing plays a role (➙ e.g. more damage from behind, flanking.) No
  • Terrain is variable (➙ e.g. natural choke points, cover, combat bonuses.) No -- Cover would just get in the way of steady monster slashing.
  • Terrain can be manipulated (➙ e.g. you can create barriers.) No
  • There are elevation effects (➙ e.g. combat bonuses from higher grounds.) No
  • There can be zones or items on the battlefield that reward units who get there in time. Yes -- Health globes can spawn that need to be sucked in.
  • There can be Zones of Danger on the battlefield (➙ e.g. environmental damage.) Yes
Scenarios
  • Combat can be avoided through dialogue. No
  • Combat can have different win scenarios (➙ e.g. keep NPC alive, defend town.) Yes
  • Combat can have side objectives aside from "win/loss". No
  • Characters don't die immediately but can be revived during combat. Yes
  • Decisions on the battlefield have character development consequences. No
  • There are memorable bosses. Yes
Roleplay Focus: Character : Exploration : Story = 0.53 : 0.43 : 0.36
Gameplay Focus: Choice : Interactivity : Immersion = 0.48 : 0.45 : 0.52
Combat Focus: Units : Environment : Scenarios = 0.56 : 0.33 : 0.50


III. Fun Features


1. Character Development
Describes ways to create, change or enhance your characters in order to increase their effectiveness in the game.
  • FC1: Are there useless skills? No
  • FC2: How would you rate character progression? Fast
  • FC3: Is there auto-leveling of some sort? Yes -- Some stats increase automatically when you level up.
2. Exploration
Includes how you can move through the game world, as well as everything you can find, see, manipulate or interact with, like locations, items and other objects.
  • FE1: Is Auto-Mapping available? Yes
  • FE2: Is Fast Travelling available? No
  • FE3: Are there quest markers? Yes
  • FE4: Is there a quest compass? Yes
  • FE5: How much realism is there? Little
  • FE6: How much looting is in the game? Much
3. Story
Concerns all narrative elements like setting, lore, plot, characters, dialogue, quests, descriptions, storyline(s) and similar, including how you can interact with them.
  • FS1: Does the story follow cliched paths? No
  • FS2: How linear is the game? Linear
  • FS3: How would you rate the suspense? Ok
  • FS4: Are there pre-selected options? (➙ Choice is reduced.) Yes
4. Combat (Meta)
Describes how combat (or more general: conflict resolving) corresponds to elements of Character Development, Exploration and Story.
  • FF1: How much fighting is in the game? Much
  • FF2: Grinding: Is filler combat necessary to develop your character? Yes
5. Interface

  • FX1: How often is gameplay interrupted with loading? Rarely
  • FX2: How would you rate the game's interface? Intuitive
6. Difficulty

  • FD1: How difficult is the game? Normal -- Very easy in the beginning, with lots of harder difficulties.
  • FD2: Can difficulty be adjusted? Yes
  • FD3: How balanced is trading? Good
  • FD4: How much reloading is necessary to beat the game? Little
  • FD5: How good is the AI? Medium
  • FD6: How much handholding is there? Much -- Even the bosses explain to you everything they have planned.
7. Gameplay Features

  • FG1: Are there Easter Eggs? Yes
  • FG2: Are there minigames? No

Conclusion: Diablo 3 is light on CRPG elements across the board. It's all about the hack, the slash, the item finding and the character tweaking. Lots of fun, though!
 
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