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Diablo III Reviews: Batch V

Posted 28 May 2012 by

Our fifth news post with a batch of Diablo III reviews is a heavy one, as I just added upwards of 50 more to the already burgeoning DiabloWikiDiablo III reviews article in the DiabloWiki. It’s got more than I can easily count (literally). There are about 129 on the wiki page now, but honestly, I counted while clicking down the page very quickly and I might be off by a couple. MetaCritic currently lists just 66 Diablo 3 reviews, if you wanted a comparison.

These are all proper reviews too; no forum posts or 3 paragraph blog entries. Included in this new batch is the IncGamers Diablo III review from our parent site — a lot of you guys said you found it very fair and intelligent, in comments last week.

No scores on the following bunch, because their opinions and judgments are just too nuanced and subtle to be reckoned with such blunt tools.

  • Sleepy Eye News.
  • The Washington Post.
  • The Guardian UK.
  • Gaming Union.
  • MacGasm.
  • ShackNews.
  • Fearnet.com.
  • SlashGear.
  • RipTen.com.

While collecting this bunch, I saw this article on Gizmodo, which reports on some study of Amazon.com reader reviews of books and concludes that in aggregate they are as good or better than major, paid reviewers. Their scores are similar, and the Amazon amateur reviewers are quicker to rate new authors well, and less likely to give inflated scores to bad books by established authors.

That’s about books, though, and it’s no doubt skewed when it comes to controversial titles, where haters and fanboys and ideologues get involved. Which is certainly a problem you see in the aberrant Diablo III fan review scores on Amazon or Metacritic.

As always, the GameTrailers review was a video feature. It’s well-edited and narrated, but I didn’t feel the writing said anything new or imaginative. It’s pretty though, and if you click through you can watch it embedded.

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