Diablo Immortal on Windows

The TL;DR – It’s kind of okay, until it starts asking you for money.

If this were a $20 indie title with no cash shop, people would be praising it.

But it isn’t.  Instead it is a mobile title ported to Windows from a company that has previously prided itself on polish and who has set the benchmark for ARPG titles.  And while it is free to start playing, that state only lasts for so long.

Granted, it is still in beta, but the cash shop is fully up and running and, as I have said before, if you are doing that you are effectively live and should be treated as such.

Diablo Immortal on Windows

As such, there are still some issue and oddities that are no doubt artifacts of translating the game from the phone to the PC.  I keep getting told to tap on things and I don’t have a touch screen.

Tap? How? Also, clicking doesn’t seem to work reliably, or the hot spot is off or something

It also feels oddly sterile for some reason, the way Minecraft Dungeons did, where there is nothing particularly wrong with the title, I just don’t feel compelled to keep playing.  It has the sort of vibe you might get from a low budget clone of a Diablo title that repurposed the artwork and some ideas.

NetEase?  Is that you?

So things look familiar but don’t always feel right.

Kill streak

And the world is a bit weird.  You see other people on your server.

Other players with me

But out in the world things can seem oddly out of sync.  You’ll go fight an overland boss and see other people obviously fighting their own version of the boss but visibly attacking nothing from your perspective.

But if you’re dying for a freebie ARPG clicker, it isn’t bad.   And it has the usual online things to try and keep you coming back every day.

A reward for your first kill of the day

As long as it is free everything is fine.  And hell, even early on when it is offering you some low price items, it isn’t a big deal.

Spending some beginner money on a beginner pack for 800% EXTRA VALUE

Even with the one offer only, huge value pressure I was able to say “no” to that, though the fact that the game was very insistent on telling me about this offer was probably a sign.

Okay, game, can I just hang out with Juicybumbum for a moment in peace?

But it does get more persistent as you progress.  There are other items, a battle pass, and the whole “you could spend over $100,000 to max out a character” aspect of the game, which would really tick me off if the game was strong and compelling enough that I wanted to keep playing it.  But after a couple of hours playing over the last week… Diablo Immortal isn’t that.

I suppose, intellectually I appreciate a game I can put down at a moment’s notice and not feel deprived.  But playing… and paying… lives in the emotional part of my brain.  A game that is easy to put down is also easy to simply not pick up again.

So, barring any new controversy or big change, this will probably be my one post about playing Diablo Immortal.  It is okay, and not much more.

Others those, who have found it compelling enough to go deep on… well, they are kind of pissed.  Carbot has a video about the game already that, in his usual style, sums up the feeling of the masses.

Meanwhile, others have written more about the game than I will, so it is a chance for me to be community oriented and link out to others.  Go me.

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2 thoughts on “Diablo Immortal on Windows

  1. Mailvaltar

    Ironically I had the itch to play a bit Diablo II Resurrected a few days ago, and now I’m quite addicted again.
    It’s the only ARPG I’ll ever need, Blizz, thank you very much.

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  2. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Mailvaltar – I was thinking about ranking the various flavors of Diablo for a post, and D2R would be at the top of the list. I probably won’t do that post… the list is either really short or the distinctions are too fine depending on what I include… but it reminded me that D2R existed and would be my top choice to play today.

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