Edit: I’ve gotten several requests for my macbook air spex so they are. Please note that i turned off all the graphic options because it is too laggy if they were left on:
Processor 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB
Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 (11C74)
As all of you might have known, Diablo III released an open beta version of the game for this weekend only (until Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT – US time), which means peeps in Asia have until Tuesday to meddle with the game.
Before we start, here’s where you can download the Diablo III client!
You’d also need to create a battlenet account and a battle tag at Battlenet
So let’s talk about the game! I first played it on the boy’s iMac, in all it’s wonderful graphics glory, and then we decided that my Macbook Air should be given a chance to shine too. At first, with all the graphics options on, the game was lagged quite a bit. So we turned off all the graphics options, and had quite a decent gameplay.
I chose to play a female wizard as I normally do when I play RPG games. It makes everything more whimsical in my opinion (now I’m missing my World of Warcraft warlock!)
So you start the game at Overlook Road..
And if you walk further down, you’d come to New Tristram, where you discover that zombies are rising from the dead and have to be killed!
Well I’m not going to do a walkthrough for the entire game because I’d hate spoilers (also because I’m still at level 8), but here are some screengrabs from the game:
I love that the wizard race seems so strong. For many creatures, it’s mostly a “one-hit-one-kill” attack. I love feeling all so powerful hahaha. My favourite skill for now is the arcane orb.
Though Shock Pulse is pretty good too.
Places in the game
I’m a scaredy cat by nature, and seriously the places that the character needs to walk through are creepy. I’d navigate slowly in fear something might jump out at me. Silly, silly Sha.
Don’t forget to collect “way points” (equivalent of flight points for you WoW players)!
From a girl’s point of view, some of the creatures in D3 are just disgusting, such as Grotesque who looks like the Fat Bastard in Austin Powers. When he explodes, worms come out of him. YUCK. No screengrab of him but here are some of other creatures I managed to capture in combat. Don’t ask me their names, I have no idea.
Dying and Resurrecting
Of course in every game, you die. In D3, it was actually difficult to die. But because I was chasing screengrabs, I died because my character was caught offguard. But resurrecting is easy. Note that once you’re level 10 and above, your items and equipment will suffer damages when you die.
I’m actually really enjoying all the quests! They are interesting with a great story line. No complains so far.
1) It is almost expected that there will be some connectivity issues at this beta stage. But even though I have some difficulty trying to login sometimes, the game is smooth sailing once I get inside.
2) When trying to install the game client, we had some difficulties as we faced errors. We found a quick fix for this:
- search for “agent.db” in your folder
- delete it delete it
- restart the launcher
It should fix it.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I’m just happy that I’m able to play it on my dainty Macbook Air!