Anybody attempting to play Diablo III last night may have been disappointed to learn that the servers were down for a spell, meaning that even those who wanted to play solo were unable to log in and play. As outrage abounds over Diablo III's "always-on" requirement (and subsequent errors), gamers have done what they do best -- they took to Metacritic's user reviews.
At the time of writing, Diablo III has 1839 reviews and a score average of 3.5. As expected, the negative reviews focus on Blizzard's DRM (or anti-cheating measure if you prefer), though a few twist the knife by damning its "cookie cutter" gameplay and "sloppy" graphics.
"If Blizzard demands that the user have an active online connection. The user should be allowed to demand an active online connection," wrote one review, quite elegantly.
In most cases of Metabombing, I tend to side with the game, usually because the grievances are silly or presumptuous. In the case of Diablo III, however, I find it difficult to be angry at people who are upset because they bought a game and couldn't play it.
I understand people saying "Diablo III isn't a single-player game," but you know what? It's not an MMO, either. It's simply not cool to be unable to play a game you just purchased, all because Blizzard has a problem with cheaters and decided to let that problem affect everybody.
In any case, here are a few highlight reviews from Metacritic, because whether they're justified or not, they sure can be entertaining!
|8:00 PM on 05.16.2013|
Diablo III uses the PlayStation 4 touchpad for inventory
In this video, Blizzard describes the work that's been gone into tweaking Diablo III for console gamers. In a strange turn of events, I feel as if every new detail we hear about the reworked title for PlayStation 3 and PS4 s...more
|1:30 PM on 05.16.2013|
Diablo III celebrates its one-year anniversary
Well, it's been a series of ups and downs (that could have all been avoided if the Auction House was taken down), but Diablo III is now one year old. To celebrate, Blizzard is adding 25 percent extra Magic Find and experience...more
|1:00 PM on 05.13.2013|
Diablo III auction houses return following gold exploit
Rounding out coverage of the gold-duplicating bug found in Diablo III last week, Blizzard has taken the game's auction houses back online following a fix for the exploit. Some players called for a full server rollback, but ul...more
|6:00 PM on 05.09.2013|
Diablo III auction house exploiters are being 'audited'
Let's take a quick jaunt through the recent timeline of this Diablo III "Gold-gate" crisis. First, patch 1.0.8 goes live, brought into the world as an innocent, doe-eyed update aimed at improving cooperative play. H...more
|2:00 PM on 05.08.2013|
Diablo III auction houses taken offline due to gold bug
Following the release of patch 1.0.8 for Diablo III, a bug that allowed players to duplicate gold through the auction house was discovered. And, naturally, some folks ran with the exploit. The auction houses were taken offlin...more
|7:30 AM on 05.08.2013|
Diablo III Patch 1.0.8 is now live, enhances co-op
As Blizzard outlined in the past, the new 1.0.8 update for Diablo III is multiplayer-centric, bringing enhancements like Magic and Gold find bonuses for having more players and notifications for Elite monster encounters. Ther...more
|3:30 PM on 04.29.2013|
Diablo III PS3 pre-orders include an exclusive item
Blizzard has opened up pre-orders for the PlayStation 3 version of Diablo III which is, rather strangely, starting to sound more and more like the Diablo I would've liked to have played nearly a year ago on PC and Mac. The pr...more
|2:15 PM on 04.03.2013|
Blizzard's plan for improving Diablo III's multiplayer
In a new blog post, Blizzard runs down a list of additions and tweaks to Diablo III's multiplayer that will roll out in patch 1.0.8. Running through the list, there's matchmaking tags which are intended to alert others t...more
|4:15 PM on 03.28.2013|
Diablo III director says the Auction Houses 'really hurt'
At a GDC talk today, Jay Wilson, director behind Diablo III, mentioned that both of the Auction Houses "really hurt the games," reports Joystiq. According to Mr. Wilson, almost every single one of the players in Diablo III&nb...more
|12:00 PM on 03.24.2013|
PAX: Diablo III on consoles 'was not compromised'
As pretty much everyone knows by now, Diablo III is coming to the PS3 and PS4 -- so naturally, I had to get my hands on it at PAX East. As soon as I tried it on the PS3, I felt immediately comfortable...more
|1:00 PM on 05.20.2013|
The odds are against you in Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel in the Arkham franchise, following a Batman who's more myth than legend at this point in his crime fighting career. This is a younger Bruce Wayne, more agile in combat yet still equipped w...more
|9:30 AM on 05.20.2013|
Warner Bros. announces Preorder DLC: Origins!
Warner Bros. has just announced a brand new game, a long-awaited prequel to its critically acclaimed Preorder DLC series. Preorder DLC: Origins has been revealed today, and it'll put players into the boots of the villainous D...more
|8:00 AM on 05.20.2013|
Batman and Joker have new voice actors in Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel, and as such developer Warner Bros. Montreal is changing the voices of Batman and Joker. "We went in our game back several years [and] we really wanted to cast people that sounded like t...more