Diablo III Beta Gameplay Screenshots & Movie

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It’s been years in the making, but finally fans all over the world are getting their first look at the newest Diablo title from Blizzard Entertainment. The Diablo III beta was launched late last week and Blizzard was kind enough to let us check it out firsthand.

Official Diablo III Logo (Courtesy Blizzard Entertainment)

Diablo III Logo (Courtesy Blizzard Entertainment)

To call the Diablo franchise a success is a huge understatement as many fans are still playing Diablo II nearly 12 years after its original release date. Some gamers might recall seeing these long, long wait times for sequels in the past. In some cases the new games were worth the wait like Return to Castle Wolfenstein, which took up several years of my life. However, other games, like Duke Nukem Forever, turned out to be a major flop. Only one way to find out whether Diablo III shares the same fate, let’s dive into the gameplay.

The beta is made up of the short segment of the first act of the game and ends at the defeat of King Leoric. All character classes are available, including Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor and Wizard. I was able to grow to about level 10 before completing the beta, and I will say it was a solid 3 hours or so of excitement. Movements, attacks, potions, items, and inventory are all very similar to its predecessor.

From a performance standpoint, I was able to play the game at the highest graphic settings available including 1920×1080 full HD with my unlocked Sapphire HD 6950 card. I also tested out the game with a HIS HD 6770 and was noticing some lag and artifacts at the highest settings. This card was not designed to handle HD gaming, so it’s not really a big issue. At lower settings, this GPU managed to handle the game flawlessly.

The graphics were outstanding, in my opinion. For a game of this nature, graphics are not usually a focal point but the effects were solid, especially the lighting and shadows. Although improvements can be made according to longtime Diablo fan and Overclockers.com editor Matt Green, who hopes AA and dynamic lighting are available in the final game release:

AA should be there since it’s an option in the settings, but there’s just no mode other than off. Dynamic lighting would be nice, to see abilities light up the environment, like a Wizard’s spell shot down a cave would light up the cave along the spell’s path.

As stated above, there are some settings that do appear in the graphics menu that cannot be toggled in the beta. It is likely that these enhanced effects will be added in the final version of the game, although we cannot confirm that.

For your viewing pleasure, we created a gameplay video to showcase the full experience of Diablo III (please note the gameplay was not created in HD resolution, so graphics may be less impressive):

Also, check out some screenshots:

To stay up to date on the latest game releases, rumors and performance data, keep a close eye on the OC Forums Games section. Currently there are several active threads on the upcoming Battlefield 3 beta, Resident Evil 6 trailer and the discussion that inspired this article, Diablo III NDA Lifted.

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If you have the beta, please share your impressions with us regarding GPU performance, gameplay, and anything else.

Matt Ring (mdcomp)

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  1. "Sapphire HD 6950 card. I also tested out the game with a HIS HD 6770 "
    And he said it lagged at the highest settings??? because it wasn't a HD gaming card??? really, then what chance does a GTX 460 have? since i'm assuming that the 5770 and GTX 460 were in competition with one another, (I was actually tossing up between the two when I built this comp) and since the 6770 is the next gen graphics card, would perform better than a GTX 460... unless someone can assure me otherwise that would be terrific.
    The 6770 is a mid-range card, I believe is what the newsposter was trying to say. I'd have to search around for some benchmarks for the 6770, but to give you an idea of what the 460 (1GB) is capable of (versus a 6850, which is a better card than the 6770)
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=313
    You can see in the graphs in the link above that the cards trade blows back and forth for the most part, so the 6770 would have less performance than the 6850.
    Or compare the 5770 (the 6770's predecessor, which ironically beats it in some benchmarks)
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/296?vs=313
    the 460 blows it out of the water.
    Don't quote me on this, but there was one card (and I'm pretty sure it was the 6770) that was not released as reference by AMD. Partners re-released an older generation card (maybe with a tweak or two...or not; I can't recall) and a new part number. I think that was the 5770 -> 6770. Basically, there is hope for your GTX460. :thup:
    On the game itself, it looks awesome. I played Diablo (the original) for a long time. This looks right up my alley. If only I had time to game!
    +1. 6770 is a straight up rebadge of 5770. Weird how nobody from the Nvidia camp is complaining about that................whats good for the goose isnt.........meh. :p
    The 460 is way faster than a 5770/6770/GTX 260 216, so you have a chance.
    Thanks for the vids, and pics mdcomp!
    I have done that in the past... used to play Oblivion at 800 x 600 with lowest settings, on a pentium D 2.8ghz, nvidia 7300LE, 1gb ram and i think it was just barely playing that, crashed every 10 mins or so so had to save often... I don't mind doing it, but would love it if I could play D3 on max settings.
    Subscribed to the youtube channel. I had no idea OC had one. Also, thanks for the article with game-play and pics! Makes me extremely excited for its release.
    Hit like on the video so it gets more popular and get more views :D
    And whoever controls that account. Put a link in the description to the OC.com article.
    I'm not sure when AA was added to the beta since I haven't been on in a while, but it's there now! Also, D3 Beta patch 5 was released yesterday with quite a few significant changes.
    Diablo III Beta Patch 5 – v.0.3.1. 772
    you probably won't notice much difference when moving around either... its a shame really... all this time and effort goes into making something like the shrine look good, and most people won't notice it because they're moving around.
    EDIT:
    Also is it just more or on the well, that root that's sticking out the bottom, does it look out of place? something just doesn't seem right about it to me. then again I'll probably miss it once i start playing the game.
    Ba!nesy
    you probably won't notice much difference when moving around either... its a shame really... all this time and effort goes into making something like the shrine look good, and most people won't notice it because they're moving around.
    EDIT:
    Also is it just more or on the well, that root that's sticking out the bottom, does it look out of place? something just doesn't seem right about it to me. then again I'll probably miss it once i start playing the game.

    The well looks like it was a tree stump. So no doesn't look too out of place.
    deathman20
    The well looks like it was a tree stump. So no doesn't look too out of place.

    What I meant was it looks like an old early 90's video game that had pre rendered scenes and the animations clearly stood out from the background in that the tree stump is an animated thing and the ground is part of the pre-rendered scene.
    if that makes sense.
    Ba!nesy
    What I meant was it looks like an old early 90's video game that had pre rendered scenes and the animations clearly stood out from the background in that the tree stump is an animated thing and the ground is part of the pre-rendered scene.
    if that makes sense.

    I understand exactly what you mean, but even blizzard can't be perfect I guess. If you did not mention it I would not have noticed at all and certainly would not have noticed if I was running around the lvl playing myself.