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Diablo III is Amazon's most pre-ordered PC game of all time

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It's definitely more than 100.

Diablo III, which hits digital and retail shelves this coming Tuesday, May 15, is now Amazon.com's most pre-ordered title in the history of the universe, according to an Amazon rep who spoke with Joystiq.

Blizzard's upcoming sequel hit that milestone today, said the rep, after exceeding both titles that held that crown before it. Coincidentally, those two titles are also Blizzard games: StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. The rep, however, didn't offer a solid number -- or even an estimate. My guess? It's definitely more than 100.

So that's a nice milestone for Diablo III. Congratulations are in order for the good folks at Blizzard.


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Staff article by Jonathan Davila (May 11, 2012)

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bbbmoney posted May 11, 2012:

launch day is going to be a nightmare, and i'm going to sit on the computer all day regardless.
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Suskie posted May 14, 2012:

Hey, I have three guest passes for this in case anyone wants one.
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honestgamer posted May 14, 2012:

I am so sadly out of touch when it comes to this spectacularly relevant and important game that I don't even know what good a guest pass would do me.
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zippdementia posted May 14, 2012:

I, too, am out of touch with this monumental event. And too broke to pick it up after Max Payne 3. However, I believe the guest pass is good for a demo of the game and some amount of online time... that's how it worked with Starcraft 2.

I'm not too interested in Diablo but I will say this for Blizzard... they put together some DAMN nice trailers.
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bbbmoney posted May 14, 2012:

I thought the TV spots were the best, but I'm really not a fan of the game's dialogue so far. Much like SC2 it's becoming very hollywood and rather corny.

Anyways, putting the coffee on now -- no sleep until I get to Inferno.

Of course those pesky Koreans have already downed Diablo.
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Suskie posted May 14, 2012:

"The guest account allows you to play Diablo III for free up to the Skeleton King boss in Act 1. Note that certain game features are restricted on quest accounts -- to remove these restrictions, please upgrade to the full version of the game."

So basically just an extended demo. But hey, playing a StarCraft II guest pass was what ultimately got me to buy the full thing.

And Holdthephone, how are you able to play the game when the servers aren't up?

Edit: Oh, I suppose you're not in North America, then?
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bbbmoney posted May 14, 2012:

Oh, no, I'm waiting like everyone else in the states. I suppose that post was ambiguous.

One more hour to go!
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Suskie posted May 14, 2012:

I have never been so happy to not have to go to work until 3pm.
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Suskie posted May 15, 2012:

Servers are packed... wheeeeeee.

Not surprising in the least, but infuriating for the simple reason that you still need to be logged in even if you're only doing single-player.
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Genj posted May 15, 2012:

A lot of people don't seem to really like this game.
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zippdementia posted May 15, 2012:

The same thing happened with Starcraft II. We were all happy it came out and then we just... sort've... played it and moved on. It's just hard to make the same impact on the gaming world these days. Things move more quickly. It's harder to really stick. That's not an excuse for Blizzard's sake, more an observation.
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bbbmoney posted May 15, 2012:

I actually never bought SC2 because the beta was a huge turn off. D3 is a good time so far though, took 8 hours to down diablo.

On to Nightmare ^_^
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Suskie posted May 15, 2012:

Diablo III is exactly what I expected it to be. Nothing more, nothing less. People don't like it because they enjoy being disappointed in things.
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WilltheGreat posted May 15, 2012:

Personally, I don't like it because all the spawns and drops are handled server-side in a single-player game.

Which granted wouldn't be a problem if my ISP were a little more reliable, but here I am.
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Suskie posted May 15, 2012:

I had server issues last night that included some unbearable lag, which is to say that certain actions, dialog and cutscenes wouldn't trigger until looooooong after they were supposed to. The problem was fixed as soon as I signed off and then signed on again, but it was worrying.

This is my first personal encounter with "always on" DRM. I do not like it. But the game itself is pretty fun.
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WilltheGreat posted May 15, 2012:

Hopefully it'll get resolved in the coming weeks as Blizz brings their servers up to par.
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zippdementia posted May 15, 2012:

In more interesting news, Max Payne 3 has been sitting on my desk unplayed for a good hour now. That is to be remedied soon.
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Suskie posted May 15, 2012:

Diablo III's servers are down for the next two hours while they sort things out.

Man, reviewing this game is going to be so difficult. I like it when I'm actually playing it and everything's in working order. On the other hand, you're completely at the mercy of Blizzard's competence, or lack of. It's a good game, but it's also an unstable product.
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zippdementia posted May 15, 2012:

To be fair, most games have server issues on release month. It doesn't make it any less annoying. Max Payne 3, in related news, is incredibly addictive and I'm shocked to find is the first release day game I've played in a long time with no server issues. Granted, it doesn't have 3 million users like Diablo III, but shit... even Twisted Metal (with a very limited player base) had huge release day issues with multiplayer.
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Suskie posted May 16, 2012:

I get that, but the issue extends to the single-player game since you have to be logged in no matter what.
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zippdementia posted May 16, 2012:

Right, that DOES suck.
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Halon posted May 16, 2012:

Game seems pretty cool, and I was a big fan of the second game back in the day. The only problem is the servers not yet being able to handle the large amount of players. My average connection is around 300-350ms which can at times be borderline unplayable.

I'm playing a demon hunter since the Assassin and Amazon were my favorite classes in the second game. Think I'll give the monk a try next.
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zippdementia posted May 16, 2012:

Server issues will level out. I've learned never to pick up a Blizzard game on release day. It's insane.
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bbbmoney posted May 16, 2012:

the multiplayer is so fun that i don't think id know what to do offline anyways
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espiga posted May 16, 2012:

I'm interested in Diablo III, but not $60 and broken-ass server-level interested. Maybe I'll try to snag a demo invite off of somebody.

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