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Diablo 3 – Initial Impressions

Nine days ago Blizzard released Diablo 3. I was planning on writing a full review for this game, however, instead I will just say this: it is awesome. Visually striking, fun, addictive and plenty of replay value. I cannot ask for much more than this when I pick up a game.

I should clarify, however, that I would not have bought this game if it had not been free through the World of Warcraft Annual Pass program. I had never played a Diablo game before, so the hype of this long-awaited sequel did not really make me want it. Additionally, the always-online DRM (Digital Rights Management) really turns me off any game. However, I had intended to remain subscribed to World of Warcraft for the year anyway, so getting Diablo 3 for free this way was appealing.

If you have strong feelings about always-online DRM, I would recommend you do not buy this game. The only way to get it across to a company that consumers do not want draconian DRM schemes in their game is to deny them your money. You may call me a hypocrite for saying this, however, I do not think I am being hypocritical. If you do not have issues with this type of DRM and you are looking for a fantastic ARPG (Action Role-playing Game) to play, you would not be making a poor choice by picking up Diablo 3.

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