Diablo 4′s Hardcore Mode is a pretty simple concept. You create a Diablo 4 character (as usual), you level them up (as usual), and you try to get the best loot possible (as usual). The difference is that when you die in Hardcore Mode, your character is deleted from the server. It doesn’t matter how
Blizzard has, unfortunately, lost a lot of clout in recent years thanks to shady business decisions and related controversies. Their recent reputation cast a shadow of doubt over the otherwise highly-anticipated release of Diablo 4. Specifically, fans wondered if Diablo 4‘s microtransactions would result in a dreaded pay-to-win ecosystem. Those fears have only grown since
Like many dungeon crawlers, the meat of Diablo 4 is saved for the post-game content. The game’s best activities and strongest weapons are reserved for players who have achieved max level. The game will feature powerful world bosses, Nightmare Dungeons, PvP arenas, each with their own rewards. While you can level at your own pace,
The Diablo franchise started its life on the PC. Early attempts to port the series to consoles were…mixed. However, Diablo 3 and the Diablo 2 remake both showed that Diablo can actually work on controllers and consoles. Now that Diablo on consoles is an established norm, Diablo 4 is releasing on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation
This article appears in the new issue of DEN OF GEEK magazine. Get your copy here. In the early ’90s, game designer David Brevik took the beloved but financially struggling computer role-playing game (CRPG) genre and stripped it for parts. No elaborate character backstories, no morality system, and no dice roll-based decision-making. In Brevik’s words, he wanted to
While Diablo 4 will soon be released following about a decade of anticipation, some will actually be able to start playing the game sooner than others. That’s because, like many major modern new releases, Diablo 4 will allow some players to gain early access to the full game ahead of its official June 6 launch.
I never really had any doubt that Diablo 4 would be a fun game. It was easy to lose hours (even days) to Diablo 4’s betas. Through ups and downs, the Diablo games have long been fundamentally enjoyable to play. What worried me most about Diablo 4 was the game’s live-service structure and all of
This article is brought to you by Fanatical. As part of their annual Bundlefest event, Fanatical have launched a wide range of gaming bundles for both Steam gamers and VR fans. Building that Steam library has never been better. Whether selecting from AAA titles to Steam Deck verified games or grabbing a great title for
It’s almost time for gamers to once again let their digital fists do the talking. Capcom’s Street Fighter 6 is almost here, and we think we have a pretty good idea about when you’ll actually be able to start playing it. During The Game Awards 2022, Capcom released a new trailer for Street Fighter 6.
The names of the great RPGs are etched into the history of gaming like caricatures of a civilization’s most legendary heroes upon the walls of a great city. The incredible adventures they take us on often set a standard that many other games try to equal. For as famous as some of the greatest RPGs
Open-world games are a difficult balancing act. Crafting a large world for gamers to explore is completely detached from creating a world worth exploring. If a game’s world is devoid of content, then it doesn’t matter how much digital square footage the developers crammed into the title. In fact, a lack of worthwhile side adventures
Nintendo recently released update 1.1.2 for Tears of the Kingdom (the game’s second major post-launch update). While the update’s patch notes are traditionally sparse, players are discovering that the update seems to have removed the most useful glitches in the game. As we previously discussed, Tears of the Kingdom launched with several glitches that allowed
There are still so many potentially great games left to be released in 2023. Diablo 4, Final Fantasy 16, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Starfield, Baldur’s Gate 3, and more will finish up one of the best years for new releases in recent memory. In the minds of some gamers, though, the 2023 Game of the Year
The World of Warcraft Classic team recently announced that they are adding Tokens to Wrath of the Lich King Classic. A modern staple of the “Retail” WoW experience, Tokens essentially allow players to convert in-game gold into subscription fee payments. Crucially, though, those Tokens can be purchased with real money and then sold to other
The 2023 PlayStation Showcase was a bit of a disappointment. Sure, plenty of our predictions came true, but the whole event was a very “meh” affair. Quite frankly, the most exciting part of the showcase was the final game, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, and that’s mostly because its trailer showcased some actual gameplay. Despite the many
The rumors finally proved to be true. Konami is publishing a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater that was just revealed during the PlayStation showcase. While we’re still waiting to learn so much more about the project, most people really want to know why the game is called Metal Gear Solid Triangle: Snake
One of the biggest surprises of the recent PlayStation Showcase was the reveal of Bungie’s new Marathon game. While Marathon is Bungie’s first new project in quite some time, the game’s name is obviously a nod to 1994’s Marathon: the game that put Bungie on the map. So how closely connected are those two titles?
It is time once again for a PlayStation Showcase. What games will be announced? What surprises does the stream have in store? You will never find out unless you know when and where to watch. The PlayStation 2023 Showcase stream will start on May 24 at 1 pm PST, 4 pm EST, and 9 pm
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has only been officially available for about five days. However, early sales reports for the game are slowly coming in, and they tell a story that the rest of the industry should be paying attention to. At present, Tears of the Kingdom‘s sales are setting a record
For decades, fans have struggled to lay out the Legend of Zelda series’ chronology. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild didn’t help matters as it introduced a Hyrule ravaged by Calamity Ganon. Nobody really knew which part of the timeline the game fit into; just that it took place in the far future
Gaming has long existed at the intersection of art and technology. The same could be said of movies, television, and music, but gaming is uniquely susceptible to the collision of concepts that often occurs at that crossroads. Art is timeless, and nothing ages worse than technology. Most modern entertainment is subject to some degree of
Weapon durability can be a decent idea on paper, but it requires additional mechanics and tweaks to balance out the experience. While Nintendo hasn’t quite gotten the hang of replicating the classically enjoyable weapon durability system, it created an alternative that is pure chaotic fun. It’s no secret that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of
Fighting game fans are eating well right now. We are weeks away from Street Fighter VI being released. Tekken 8 is coming out sometime soon. King of Fighters XV and Guilty Gear Strive are still cranking out DLC. We even have new installments of Fatal Fury and Under Night on the horizon. Adding to the
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a bold new direction for the Zelda series. The game sported an open world and semi-survival genre mechanics that helped refresh and recontextualize the franchise. However, while the title was fantastic overall, it dropped the ball in several places. Most notably, the game lacked proper dungeons.
This article contains spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Despite pre-release speculation, Princess Zelda is not playable in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. That news will undoubtedly come as a disappointment to some fans. After all, a series of rumors and fan theories strongly suggested that Tears of
Early reviews for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom were glowing, to say the least. However, the praise for the game hasn’t exactly slowed down since the first wave of pre-release reviews was released. Actually, a recent review from a notable source just put Tears of the Kingdom in some rare company. Recently,
Like its predecessor, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom straddles the line between open-world adventure and survival simulator. Players don’t have to maintain Link’s hunger, thirst, and sleep levels, but they do have to collect tons of items to stand a chance against dangerous monsters and even deadlier extreme biomes. The game doesn’t
Weapon durability in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sucks, no two ways about it. To make matters worse, items are probably even more fragile than their counterparts in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. To help make up for that issue, Tears of the Kingdom includes a bona fide repair
In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, players can farm three elemental dragons for materials that either upgrade special amiibo armor or fetch a pretty Rupee at vendors. These dragons return in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom along with another dragon known as the Light Dragon. For reasons that we’ll
In the old days of Zelda, “abilities” were tied to items players usually found in dungeons throughout the game. The Hookshot let Link grapple far-off targets, the Roc’s Cape let Link jump, and so on. Not only did these items let players solve puzzles in their respective dungeons but they opened up new avenues in
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