Any thoughts on whose reactions and insights would be most informative in a Diablo 3 review? Any wagers who will end up doing it?
(Can't possibly be Vinny, given the offspring, right?)
Brad and Jeff and Dave are known to have functional computers at home, so they're logistically in the mix, I guess. Also Drew, for that matter, with all the flight sim stuff.
Not to mention that in the Diablo3 beta QL Drew was very informative about Diablo 2 and LoD.
Ryan seems like the swing vote on the Supreme Court, sometimes.
Mostly because he just seems to like games that he has fun with. Which is probably the right way to go, it just makes it harder to generalise as to what "sorts" of games he prefers.
So I kinda hope Ryan does, though I find that doubtful
Source? If true, then a Brad review would be... troubling.
A year or two ago on the Bombcast, he mentioned that he was considering to buy the Diablo II Battle Chest, because it was cheap as hell and he had never played the games. I remember thinking to myself, "That's a terrible idea." But I was surprised to hear that he hadn't already played that shit.
Brad has said that he never even played Diablo II back in the day, so he definitely shouldn't review this.
Why? If anything, that would make him more eligible, since in his case, the game would be forced to stand on its own.
A good review puts the a game in its full context, which includes the developer's oeuvre, the game's generational peers, its genre, and (if applicable) its franchise.
No; a good review evaluates the game on its own. Not everybody playing the game will have played Diablo III or even other Blizzard games, so these shouldn't be treated as constants.
If the game fails to be as successful as its predecessor and its not remarked in the review than I believe that is the biggest oversight a reviewer can make. Games are not in a vacuum and especially games franchise such as Diablo or even in the same genre thats been struggling to find a face.
A.) Long running? It's three goddamn games. That'd be like calling Kid Icarus a long running series.
B.) How are we defining success here? I doubt you mean financial success (I'd love to see an argument there), but if you mean critical success (which I imagine you do), just because a game isn't as good as another game doesn't mean it's bad in any way. It can still be good. In fact, again, Diablo III is completely independent of II, so it's pretty strange to speak of the game in another fashion. But before I end this, I suspect you define success in terms of originality. Am I correct in that assumption?
Wouldn't surprise me if no one does. It's a huge game which can't possibly be reviewed properly in a timely manner. Sure you can do a review after playing through normal once but that's not what the game is about. Also, if it's like Starcraft 2 then they won't get an early copy thus delaying the review more making it even more useless.
I'm sure there'll be a quick look and probably other features surrounding the game but I don't think a review of it is something that can be seen as 100%.
Key is going to be someone w/a home computer..I do remember that being an issue once with Metro 2033. Ironically (because of that long-ago issue) but welcomed by me, I wonder if it will be Dave? I do bet you Dave probably has a box that can get up and dance...
And I kind of like Dave's PC opinion. Hell, even review judgement.
Have you guys SEEN how excited Brad gets about colour-coded loot, even in games that are complete shit? (All Zombies Must Die)
Brad is easily the guy who will be most excited for D3. Though there's still a decent chance that Alex will review it, because they seem to hand him half of the reviews so they can justify continuing to employ somebody on the other side of the country.
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