Let’s face it, with Blizzard, you will likely see another birthday before you see another update about the release of an upcoming game. If you are lucky (as in, have been struck by lightning twice, won the lottery once, and born with infrared vision), then you got into the beta for Diablo III. Even all star bloggers, like ourselves, can’t get into the beta without pulling in a few favors from Thessalonian Gods and Diablo, Baal, and Mephisto themselves.
Q: So what are mere mortals without deep connections to the underworld or relatives of Blizzard employees to do from now until Diablo III comes out?
To help winnow down the selection to choose from, let me give you five suggestions to start with (hit the jump):
Title: Dark Souls
Platforms: PS3, Xbox360
Metacritic Score: 89
Why?: The Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls series may be the last of the dark and gritty Action-RPGs we see for awhile, and you’ll want to put some hair on your chest (guys) before you get too soft with Diablo III.
Title: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Platforms: PS3, Xbox360, PC
Metacritic Score: 96
Why: The near perfect score and open-world quest-driven story is epic in proportion and can easily spend 100+ hours alone in a single playthrough of this entry into the series, which should help get you a lot closer to Diablo III’s release date before you need another game.
Title: Blizzard DotA
Platforms: PC Only (must have Starcraft II)
Metacritic Score: –
Why: It’ll probably be the only Blizzard release that we see between now and Diablo III, but you’ll need Starcraft II to play.
Metacritic Score: 91
Why: Despite Diablo III’s absence of Rainbows and Unicorns, the game’s art can still be beautiful and engaging. Perhaps no game is as notorious for its art as Shadow of the Colossus.
Title: Minecraft 1.0
Platforms: Xbox360, PC, Android, iOS
Metacritic Score: 96
Why: No game genres kill time like sandbox type games, and Minecraft may is the most innovative in recent years, and with the recent graduation from beta into 1.0, it is worth its inexpensive price tag for the Indie-developed game.
About the Author
|I was introduced to video games on the Atari 2600, and quickly moved to a Nintendo, where The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Dragon Warrior dominated my early non-Mario years. Now days, I do mostly PC gaming, and some console gaming. I’ve been in and out of rehab, and there’s no saving a nerd like me.
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