Released New Year’s Eve, 1996, Diablo popularized the loot-sweeping, action-role-playing genre and helped further establish Blizzard Entertainment as one of the world’s best PC game developers. Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction refined the oft-copied template in 2000 and 2001, respectively, and went on to sell over 18 million copies. Eleven years later and Diablo III is nearing release following a lengthy beta program. Fast paced clicking is the order of business, and knowing when and where to correctly use abilities is vital in the game's perma-death Hardcore mode. Compared to past releases, major changes include dungeons with far greater levels of randomization, random enemy encounters, drop-in drop-out online co-op, auction houses for the sale of items, and the use of a 3D engine allowing players and enemies to interact with the world, destroy scenery, and influence the outcome of battles. Diablo I and II continue to be played to this day, with the sequel’s online mode being particularly popular, so we have no doubt that Diablo III will become a way of life for many, being played as regularly as Blizzard’s world-conquering MMO, World of Warcraft. And just as it did back in the 90s and early 00s, we’re sure Diablo will once again be responsible for late homework, slipping grades and bleary eyes. If you like action role-playing games, you'll love Diablo III.