Diablo III Countdown: Character Classes
By Remko Molenaar (Proxzor), OnRPG Journalist
From now on I will be writing a series of articles until the release of Diablo 3. I will be talking about several features in the game that are quite unique and aren’t used in many role playing games. Diablo is a known franchise made by Blizzard Entertainment and is popular because of its unique role playing hack and slash game style. Diablo 2 has been a very popular game throughout the years and still has a solid community playing it every day. Now the question is ‘What will make Diablo 3 much better than its previous title’? I will give you an introduction about the many aspects Diablo 3 has announced, and show you what might make this game one of the best role playing games ever released. The game was first confirmed on June 28 in 2008 and since then a lot of videos and screenshots have shown us some jaw dropping features that every RPG fan has been waiting for since the invention of MMOs.. In the first series I will be talking about the story and the current announced classes in Diablo 3.
The game takes place in Sanctuary, this is the dark fantasy world known in the Diablo series. This world was saved twenty years prior by a handful of unnamed heroes in Diablo 2. Warriors that have survived the onslaught brought by the armies of the Burning Hells have gone mad from their ordeals. It is now up to the new generation of heroes to face the forces of evil threatening the world of Sanctuary.
Diablo 2 was known to have the following classes: The Amazon, Necromancer, Barbarian, Sorceress and Paladin. Later in the expansion the Druid and Assassin were introduced into the world of Diablo 2. There are currently five classes announced for Diablo 3 but there might be more added into the game. The current five announced classes are the:
The Witch Doctor is a new character reminiscent of the Diablo 2 Necromancer, but his skills are different and are more associated with the voodoo culture. The Witch Doctor has several abilities that make this class a lot of fun to play. The class is able to summon monsters, cast curses, harvest souls and hurl poisons plus explosives at his enemies. Blizzard stated the following about the Witch Doctor, “The Witch Doctor is not another version of the Necromancer.” They may incorporate the Necromancer in a future expansion if they so desire. To power spells the Witch Doctor uses mana, which regenerates slowly.
Video youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMbagdEF1tc
The Barbarian is an original class played in the previous Diablo games and is known for his close combat fighting style. The Barbarian is a powerful melee fighter with several powerful skills that makes sure the player is always engaged in life and death action. This class is capable of dual-wielding weapons and his combat masteries allow him to specialize in different types of weapons. The Barbarian is able to use several awesome skills and powerful strikes such as whirlwind and leaping strikes. The Barbarian uses fury as his energy resource, which is generated by attacking enemies, getting attacked by enemies and through several abilities. Fury degenerates when not in a combat state.
Video Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byy723gTSQQ
The wizard is a changed version of the sorceress in Diablo 2. The Wizard has abilities involving casting lightning, fire and ice at their enemies, often resulting in terrible status effects. They are also able to slow time and teleport which makes this class quite versatile. The Wizard fuels his spells with Arcane Power. Arcane Power is a fast regenerating power source that will help the Wizard with his spells.
Video Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbsODnb1VYo
When you will think about the Monk you would probably think about a healing supporting class. This is not the case in Diablo 3; the monk is a melee close combat fighter specializing in martial arts. The Monk is able to cripple foes, resist damage, deflect projectiles, and attack with a blinding speed and land explosive killing blows. It combines the Diablo 2 assassin class with the holy warrior role of the Paladin. The Monk is fueled by Spirit, which has defensive purposes and is slowly generated through attacking, though it does not degenerate which makes this a powerful melee fighter to watch out for.
Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31VpcWV2R9E
The Demon Hunter is a class that uses crossbows as its main weapon; they are also able to throw small bombs at enemies as a means of defensive CC. Some of the skills have been revealed and among them is the arrow skill, Chain Arrow. The Demon Hunter is fueled by Discipline and Hatred. Hatred is a fast regenerating source that is used for his offensive attacks while Discipline is a slow regenerating resource used for defensive abilities.
Video Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6_eZgxWU24
Currently we haven’t seen everything about every class yet. We have seen some gameplay videos but it’s clear that Blizzard has quite a few tricks still up their sleeves. Since no Diablo III release date is announced yet, I still have time to bring you updates sharing the tid bits being thrown out to appease the masses. The current list of classes however look superb and I cannot wait to try them out. Every class has its unique style of playing that makes this game a different experience with each character you play.
Next article I will be discussing the extensive rune concept of Diablo III and how it can completely overhaul your skills!