Review Snapshot
Pros

Great game made even better with the Collector's Edition package and all the extras.

Cons

The only downside is that it is expensive and if you didn't pre-order, most stores are sold out of the CE on launch day.

Verdict

If you can score a copy of the CE of Diablo 3, it's well worth the extra cash for all the bonuses and collectibles you get.

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Diablo III Collectorís Edition from Blizzard
Diablo III CE Review
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Why the Diablo III Collectorís Edition is Worth the Extra Cash

The big day is here and the long-awaited Diablo 3 has finally been released. If you were thinking of forking out the extra dough for the Collectorís Edition (or if you already pre-ordered yours), then youíre going to be really happy that you did.

Iím a huge fan of Collectorís Editions of video games that I play but the truth of the matter is that sometimes, Iím a little let down. Usually there is some sort of in-game pet, feature, title or benefit that other players do not get so thatís cool. You always have the bragging rights. And often there are books of art, posters or figurines that come with the CE. Most of the CEs Iíve bought over the years, I loved but there were a couple that I thought could have given a little more bang for the buck, so to speak.

  • The Diablo III Collectorís Edition will not fall into that latter category. Itís worth every penny and more.
  • Demonic USB drive including Diablo II and its expansion
  • ¬†An artbook (with lots of spoilers in it)
  • ¬†A behind-the-scenes DVD
  • A Diablo III soundtrack
  • 3 Diablo III guest passes, 1 WoW guest pass, and Diablo II codes for your Battle.net account
  • Diablo III Game Discs

So what do you get with Diablo III that is different from the previous games? If you had a chance to try the beta, then you already have a sneak peak of the game but hereís an overview of what you can expect.

Product Features

  • Five new character classes, including the otherworldly Witch Doctor, or with re-imagined warriors from Diablo's past, like the powerful Barbarian
  • Experience a new approach to in-game health as the previous reliance on mana and potions is appended by resource types unique to each class, as well as health globes
  • In single player quests utilize up to three AI followers, from three different classes who can be equipped with basic items and leveled up
  • The new Rune System in which skills and abilities are now automatically unlocked as you level
  • This special collector's edition contains exclusive physical and digital content including a 'behind the scenes' DVD, a Diablo Skull and 4 GB USB Soulstone, art book, soundtrack and more

About the Story

Two decades have passed since the events of the Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion pack, in which the demonic lords, Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, set out across the world of Sanctuary on a vicious rampage, twisting humanity to their unholy will. Now, 20 years later, the story is more fleshed out than ever before. You can feel it in everything from the lands, the NPCs, the quests and just the overall feel of the world. The story and the scenes show us that years have passed since we last played and it helps create the real RPG feel.

Review of the Game Itself

Graphics: The graphics are great in D3 but honestly, this is just a bonus because the game itself will capture your attention so much that it hardly matters what it looks like. Still, I wonít complain about a pretty game. I have a decent gaming system but itís not the top of the line currently available and the game plays beautifully for me.

Sound: The sound is great and dark and ominous music sets the tone where the sounds of battle are crisp and realistic. Playing with my headset or with surround sound speakers, the game sounds wonderful. I have a decent sound card but again, not the most top of the line.

Overall: Overall, itís just a great game. Whether you were already a Diablo fan or are just picking it up with this third game, youíre going to love it. The story is written in such a way that you will still enjoy it without playing the first two, however, if you are a longtime Blizzard and Diablo fan, all the better. All the features you want in a game, it has it and if youíre an RPG fan, youíre going to need to try D3 for sure. Music, voices, maps, questsÖ itís all polished and fantastic. Weíve waited 12 years for this game and we definitely got what weíve been waiting for.

I think itís a win for Blizzard with this one!

Key Game Features

  • Rediscover the enthralling RPG gameplay of the iconic Diablo franchises in its first game release in nearly 11 years
  • Explore fully realized realms of Sanctuary - the living, breathing gothic fantasy world of Diablo III
  • Battle the unholy forces of the Burning Hells with five character classes, including the otherworldly Witch Doctor, or with re-imagined warriors from Diablo's past, like the powerful Barbarian
  • Rain hell on your enemies and use 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 Havok 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
  • In single player quests utilize up to three AI followers, from three different classes who can be equipped with basic items and leveled up
  • Skills and abilities are now automatically unlocked as you level, and players are able to actively use more of them simultaneously than ever before
  • Experience a new approach to in-game health as the previous reliance on mana and potions is appended by resource types unique to each class, as well as health globes
  • The ability to craft unique items with found objects is drastically improved through association in-game blacksmith and Jeweler artisans
  • Sell unique items found within the game for in-game gold or real money via online Auction House functionality
  • Win/Mac media format ensures that the game is playable on most operating systems

The game just released today but here's what some other gamers are saying of their experience:

Amazing set! Even the box is awesome, all the details, material, artwork... Totally worth the price. I am a very very old Diablo fan and I liked the game so far very much. The atmosphere is just like old Diablo games. The music, the voices, demons, maps, awesome. You won't be disappointed by this set and game.- eginxxx, Amazon
Finally it is D3 day. This game is amazing. The collectors edition is more than worth it! I have had a great time leveling with my friends so far. Can't wait to PVP!- FatCat, Amazon
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2012, 11:15 am
Reviewed by Lisa Mason
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InstaKrits All in all, wonderful and thorough review! Having had the pleasure of purchasing this product upon night of release and continued enjoyment of its various accessories, not to mention the game itself, I felt this review epitomized the prodigious production that is the third installment to the Diablo Series of PC games. InstaKrits Rating
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