Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Diablo III Cinematic Black Soulstone - "Evolution" of terror in Diablo III

Diablo III Cinematic Black Soulstone - "Evolution" of terror in Diablo III

Another fantastic Diablo III video released. Apparently, this is the opening of the game, or some other in-game video that will serve as a transition between the chapters. The video shows Deckard Cain's niece, Leah, trying to decipher the secrets of a black soulstone from the writings of his old uncle. Notice in the video the old book, how fantastic it looks, apparently an authentic medieval codex, full of illustrations and Prime Evils lore. I would definitely love to put my hands on one of these. Would you not?

Well, maybe not after seeing what happens to the poor Leah long after diving into the secrets of this devilish book. The helpless girl has a vision which shows a scene from hell, and she being tormented by the devil Azmodan, Lord of Sin, who promises to go after the black soulstone and take the world of Sanctuary with his hordes of demons. Azmodan is one of the Lesser Evils which led to the banning of the Prime Evils (Diablo, Mephisto and Baal) to Sanctuary. The video leaves us in doubt whether Azmodan is one of the main bosses, and we can only wonder how things will go between him and Diablo, as the two big devils are, in principle, mortal enemies. What do you think?

Diablo losing its "soul"?

With the progress of the game towards its launch, some criticisms arise from old fans of the franchise, who would compare Diablo III to its previous versions. Many say that the game is so far very "colorful" and "light" compared to Diablo I and II, and would be losing much of its gloom and appalling "feeling". Many say this is an influence of the huge success of World of Warcraft (another Blizzard title). Diablo III could have been "contaminated" by the more cartoonish style of World of Warcraft, a Blizzard's attempt to replicate the massive success of WoW with Diablo III, by bringing some WoW concepts to DIII, including the "lighter" and unpretentious feeling of WoW .

In the opinion of a fan of this franchise that spent much of his adolescence playing the two previous versions of Diablo, this is likely to happen.

For those who have forgotten how were these games or for one reason or another did not know Diablo I and II (probably because they were too young to play. After all, it's been ten years since the last version), I highly recommend the video below, in which Chris Metzen, Senior Vice President of Story & Franchise Development, talks about the 15 years of Diablo and its "evolution." Watching this video not only brought me good memories, but left me with the impression that Diablo I had a heavier atmosphere of terror than we saw in Diablo III so far (as "faux terror" it may be).