Diablo IV is on the horizon, and players are getting antsy to try the new ARPG (Action Role Playing Game), but is it worth your time playing? In this article, we will go over all things offered by Activision-Blizzard’s ARPG Diablo IV.
What is Diablo IV?
Diablo IV, the new Action RPG from Activision-Blizzard, follows the highly successful Diablo III in the setting of the town of Tristam, where demons have infested, and Nephalems are set out to destroy them. This highly explosive Action RPG has players crawling through dungeons with unique bosses and enemies to conquer, along with a huge variety of epic loot and challenges. Score up with your allies, challenge dungeons, or solo the vast depths of hell to conquer your glory.
If you are new to Action RPG-type games, the best way to describe them is through comparison with other popular titles in different genres. Borderlands is a perfect example of a similar but different genre type of game, as there are hundreds of enemies you need to claw your way through while receiving experience for unique builds and epic loot at the end of boss fights (Dungeons).
If any of the above sounds like a game for you, then Diablo IV is worth giving a playtest. Let’s go into the logistics of what it will cost and how much average play time you can expect to experience.
Cost of Diablo IV
Diablo IV comes at a hefty price of $70, which is $30 more than Diablo III’s release. We understand inflation is a factor to consider, so we highly recommend checking out SSEGold.com on Diablo IV news to get a full picture of the game before buying.
So let’s see what $70 will get you in terms of playtime. It’s estimated that there are over 50 hours of gameplay per character with good turnaround or replayability for new classes or characters. Compare this to other “AAA” titles with good storylines within the community. We can see that most of those “AAA” titles receive, on average, 20-30 hours per player. The comparison shows that Diablo IV, boasting over 50 hours of replayability, is quite impressive and offers enough content to pay for its hefty $70 price tag.
Diablo IV VS. F2P
Even though the $70 price tag may be justified in terms of playtime compared to other “AAA” titles, there is the argument that there are F2P (Free-To-Play) games out there that can offer similar, if not better, gameplay. The argument most people would compare this to is the popular Korean title “Lost Ark,” which boasts over 100k players and is F2P but with the same genre as Diablo IV. While this may be true, many gamers aren’t happy with the idea of F2P but P2W (Pay to Win), which Lost Ark has been accused of on many occasions. Diablo IV, however, has no “Pay to Win” aspects and will remain that way throughout the game, allowing players to receive all items simultaneously as others within the community.
There is an argument to be made for Path of Exile as it is currently leading the ARPG genre with its free-to-play model. However, most people in the community believe that Diablo IV, while being a paid-for experience, may be the better experience, especially for newer players in the genre, as Path of Exile can, at best of times, feel overwhelming for new players and be put off the genre entirely.
Diablo IV Gameplay
Diablo IV’s gameplay will be more along the lines of Diablo II, bringing back the more intricacies of builds and gear rotations, where Diablo III felt a little “too basic.” Diablo IV intricately melds the simplicities of Diablo III with Diablo II’s gameplay, a winning formula for many players.
You can expect many intricate builds without overly complicating everything, satisfying and reactive control schemes, vast enemies, and grandeur visual effects. It’s safe to say that Diablo IV has pushed the Genre to new limits.
Each class will have varying types of gameplay; the types of classes are listed below:
These classes offer unique gameplay for each type of player out there. If you enjoy the hack-and-slash type with loads of unique weapons and builds, Barbarian is the class for you. If you instead prefer ranged damage dealers with explosive style magic, then Sorceress or Necromancers are the class for you. We have guides on all builds for all classes in our news section for you to peruse to see which class best suits your gameplay style.
Choosing a class isn’t set in stone, as you may create multiple characters and test out what best suits your gameplay. We recommend giving each class at least a test by getting it to a relatively higher level because sometimes a class only truly shows how it will play in the late game.
First Impressions From Beta
From all players who were lucky enough to get a chance to test the Beta, Diablo IV has raving reviews from players saying it’s their most anticipated game from 2023. Diablo IV has impressive new features that improve upon Diablo III and is looking to be one of the best ARPGs since Diablo II. While not all features are discovered, as many things are said to change, Diablo IV’s Beta launch was a complete success, with the community praising the graphical enhancements and gameplay improvements since Diablo III.
So, should you buy Diablo IV and play it in 2023? Yes, we believe you should; if you’re a fan of the ARPG Genre, this should be an easy buy, and if you’re on the fence about it, feel free to check out our other articles relating to Diablo IV, and the fun builds you can make with each class. Check out our site to get your Diablo 4 Gold and items as soon as the game launches. We hope to see you there, and as always, Happy Hunting!