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Diablo 4: Is It Worth Your Money? In-Depth Review by Rhykker (No Spoilers)

  • Опубліковано 22 вер 2023
  • NO SPOILER Diablo 4 review. Rhykker dives deep into Diablo 4's gameplay mechanics, story, graphics, and more to answer the ultimate question: Is Diablo 4 worth your money?
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    0:00 Introduction
    00:32 Reviewer intro
    1:58 Diablo 4 Background
    03:45 Story and Lore (No Spoilers)
    04:33 Gameplay & Mechanics
    11:16 Progression
    15:33 Loot & Itemization
    19:45 Multiplayer
    22:18 Graphics and Art Direction, Sound Design, Technical Performance
    24:55 Replayability and End-game content
    26:53 Value
    30:14 Pros & Cons
    30:54 Conclusion
    Whether you're a seasoned veteran of the Diablo series or a newcomer to the world of Sanctuary, our comprehensive review has you covered. We leave no stone unturned, from the depth and diversity of character classes, to the new open-world aspects of Diablo 4, and the endgame content.
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  • Rhykker
    Rhykker  3 місяці тому +411

    NOTE: Diablo 3 technically does have an overlay map, but not really. When we talk about an overlay map, we mean a map that that can overlay on top of your active gameplay while continuing to play. In D3, when you bring up the map, yes it is transparent atop your game, but you cannot play with the map up like in D2 or other aRPGs.

    • Jon Evans
      Jon Evans 3 місяці тому +18

      Then it should have that the D3 map, and a full overlay, and the option to not use either, as well as a less zoomed out version because for pities sake, we moved up to much larger monitors and graphics card so let us see true devastation across the map. It's not the biggest reason I'm not buying the game though, to be fair.

    • Brandon Reda
      Brandon Reda 3 місяці тому +8

      It's fine. You already have an overlay map on the top right and all you have to do literally is press... "M"

    • Martin Ivanov
      Martin Ivanov 3 місяці тому +3

      yeah we need a real overlay map in d4 that i can turn on/off every 10 sec lol

    • Andy Paris
      Andy Paris 3 місяці тому +7

      It's great the way it is all because of the waypoint/gps system. If they didn't have that, then yeah, it would be a nuisance without a traditional map overlay. The UI is super smooth too, so bringing up the map is fast and easy.

    • Jon Evans
      Jon Evans 3 місяці тому +12

      @Brandon Reda or we could just have an overlay map that works how we want it to work, and also the map you get when you hit M. Computers can do so many things you know, they're not limited to one UI option.

  • David Cardimen
    David Cardimen 3 місяці тому +1488

    can you imagine reporting on a game EVERYDAY FOR A DECADE then it finally coming out? I'm happy for Rhykker

    • Observient1313
      Observient1313 3 місяці тому +24

      Yea but.. what now 😂😂..

    • Rhykker
      Rhykker  3 місяці тому +485

      Honestly I'm lowkey losing my mind, it's crazy

    • Maurice Browder
      Maurice Browder 3 місяці тому +21

      @Rhykker you and me both along with many others. 48 hours can't tick by fast enough!

    • D DoubleO Z
      D DoubleO Z 3 місяці тому +16

      ​@Observient1313 Now he can finally play the game.

    • Martín
      Martín 3 місяці тому +5

      @D DoubleO Z he already finished the game.

  • Achilles
    Achilles 3 місяці тому +27

    I'm so happy for you man. Your videos are the ones I always go to first for tier lists, build guides, game reviews/updates, etc... So happy you can finally churn out a ton of good stuff now that the game is available! Looking forward to your future content.

  • Dana Bell
    Dana Bell 3 місяці тому +5

    I played two of the beta events and I really loved what I saw so far. The combat system and the skill tree felt like there were more ways to play the character than I could get to and that was awesome. I loved the dark and gritty story a lot too. The 'open world' part was jarring as heck though and that's going to be a leveling issue for me.
    They took great care crafting a wonderful story. It built a fantastic 'you and a couple NPCs against the great evil' vibe (at least the part they let me play) and then as you run to your next objective. . . there's 8 people fighting stuff in some random event. It totally killed immersion for me every time.
    I'm banking on pushing myself through all that annoying stuff until endgame. I've played a lot of MMOs over the years and once the leveling story is over, I suspect the open world will be welcome then. I just wish they'd given me some sort of option to turn it off when I'm playing the story-line because it really does harsh the experience. So I'll just tolerate the damage they do to the story experience and hope it works as well as I hope come endgame.

  • TkTronix
    TkTronix 3 місяці тому +50

    What a fantastic review! I played the open beta, but then zoned out on purpose to not spoil myself too much. This video was great for decisionmaking without spoiling anything. Very well done!

  • The Real Stormycrusader
    The Real Stormycrusader 3 місяці тому +15

    I think the reason you have to open the map more is because its an open world, where d3 had lots of linear submaps that can read themselves

  • Cartoon Box
    Cartoon Box 3 місяці тому +26

    What a brilliant and honest review from a Diablo veteran. Thanks!

  • P P
    P P 3 місяці тому +629

    Rhykker, it's time you start covering Diablo 5 leaks and make your predictions on a release date based on previous Blizzard releases.

    • Vhnori Valmos
      Vhnori Valmos 3 місяці тому +34

      Well seeing as it took 10 years for D3 to release after D2, and 11 years for D4 to come out after D3, my estimate for D5 would be 12 years. Just some simple math I learned in elementry school, XD

    • Jason Voorhees
      Jason Voorhees 3 місяці тому +22

      @Vhnori Valmos Goodjob man but you're basically saying I'll be 45 years old and I highly doubt i will still be alive at 45 so play it for me

    • Boris
      Boris 3 місяці тому

      Sounds pointless..

    • P P
      P P 3 місяці тому +7

      @Boris It was a joke.

  • iFARTyouDIE
    iFARTyouDIE 3 місяці тому +18

    I totally agree with the progression feels. Sure the destination is somewhat all that matters in the long run but the journey for me is more important. if i dont feel like im getting stronger during the journey then it makes me question my destination build and also makes me consider other endgame builds or make me question my my first character choice and maybe will make me play a different character... oh its gonna be a long journey.

    • Heather Riede
      Heather Riede 3 місяці тому +2

      @Vampiric Bard Just buy it! It's good, and this is part of the fun is learning what works best and what doesn't!

  • Vokun
    Vokun 3 місяці тому +1

    My character is about lvl 26 and so far I've been having a blast. I love that the bosses feel challenging and the classes all seem so cool and I feel like there are so many different kinds of builds you can do

  • Lökin Sławomir
    Lökin Sławomir 3 місяці тому +1

    I love the evade feature but it feels pointless at times when some mobs that aren’t even huge in size have a 30meter melee swing. In cases where I’d have though I easily dodged an attack being out of reach it still ended up hitting me, and that is extremely frustrating when it feels like a waste to use evade compared to other mobility options that will actually get me out of the enemy melee range. Either their melee range needs toned down or there needs to be a .5 or .25 sec period to guarantee a dodge when using evade and timing it correctly. That’s my hope for that new feature.

  • jay wyse
    jay wyse 3 місяці тому +2

    You've got my subscription! Loved your in-depth review! You give a good sense of what the game will actually be. I hope you do other games as well.

  • Gnofusnomuss
    Gnofusnomuss 3 місяці тому +5

    Just wanted to say how much I appreciated this review. Excellent talking points, mechanics descriptions were exceedingly well done and you were objective where needed but honest about your own point of view which gave perspective. This video is pure gold.

  • TheCleverNoob
    TheCleverNoob 3 місяці тому +56

    Rhykker I just want to let you know that I appreciate how you refrained from spoiling things for those of us who want to experience the game blind I feel that after seeing this video I have no gameplan but to play and enjoy the game, Thank you for being such a great Diablo content creator.

    • manga3040
      manga3040 3 місяці тому

      Same I can't wait to just take it all in. Lear. Will be so much fun to just learn and explore ad I go.

  • Cory Irvin
    Cory Irvin 3 місяці тому

    This was the review i was looking forward to. You made D3 more enjoyable with your content, so I'm happy to hear your thoughts to the game. i will be picking D4 up, I know this is a starting point and am looking forward to being part of the game as it evolves.

  • handgun559
    handgun559 3 місяці тому

    I wanna add that I think for most people the map will be fine. Most people are accustomed to that kind of compass map in the corner, and honestly I'm personally a lot more comfortable reading that than an overlay map. Which is weird. I remember playing D2 as a kid and using the overlay, but now I prefer the mini map.

  • Xeo7
    Xeo7 3 місяці тому

    Fantasticly comprehensive review! I've pre-ordered the game and eagerly await my time with it. I just hope I don't have a miserable time leveling a Necromancer. I didn't play them when they were strong as hell before, only got to try one in the Server Slam when they got hammered. And it felt kind of lacking, even if the skills and flavor were awesome. Most especially against Ashava though, I felt damn near worthless, even when switching over to a Bone build. But all the same, they've been my favorite class since D2, so I will play one.

  • dwight skittles
    dwight skittles 3 місяці тому +2

    My biggest concern is how they will handle upcoming season passes. They originally said there wouldn't be power scaling in Immoral's season pass and we know how that went

    • justnTime077
      justnTime077 3 місяці тому

      They will sell you to them and make them a stupid decision to not purchase. Obvio.

  • Juuso Santaoja
    Juuso Santaoja 3 місяці тому

    Great review! Much appriciated that there were no spoilers at all for those of us who want to enjoy the story. I only hope that they wont sneak in something akin to pay to win into the battle pass post launch. I feel like Diablo Immortal has been a bad influencer. I have been following this channel for many years now and hope that the release of D4 will bring even more people here. Keep up the good work Rhykker and enjoy D4!

  • Carrie
    Carrie 3 місяці тому +79

    I was a little hesitant to watch this cuz I want to go in "fresh" but this was absolutely perfect. Just enough information without spoiling any thing, story or gameplay wise. I've been binging your Diablo lore series in anticipation for D4. You're truly an S tier Diablo content creator.

    • Dylan HG
      Dylan HG 3 місяці тому +4

      Yes, I haven't played a single Diablo but was seriously looking into playing this one. Not having the story spoiled or giving too much a way but also feeling comprehensive/balanced earned an easy like.

  • Albert Nonymous
    Albert Nonymous 3 місяці тому +1

    Regarding always opening the map, I think it's because levels are now prebuilt and most are rather labyrinthine. The solution I found was to set a map marker and follow the path to reach your objective

    • Mia Le Roux
      Mia Le Roux 3 місяці тому

      What I like about the markers is that once you get to the location it automatically takes the marker away.

  • Nik
    Nik 3 місяці тому +3

    Fantastic review. Very detailed. Well done, Rhykker!

  • Roger Bruere
    Roger Bruere 3 місяці тому +2

    What a great review! Clearly outlined key aspects of the game. I prob wont get at this point due to $$. But instead i will later in the year thanks to this review. Keep up the great content.

  • Castortroy89 Gaming
    Castortroy89 Gaming 3 місяці тому

    Thank you very much for your honest review, I as well started out as a young teenager playing D1 and D2, then D3. I've spent countless hours on them all and have been watching with baited breath on D4. Appreciate the overview of the game without spoiling it.

  • Nerubico
    Nerubico 3 місяці тому +1

    Thanks for another informative video about D4 ! I enjoyed playing in the early Beta, Beta and Server-Slam-weekends to get a glimpse of the upcoming gameplay and I really liked what they did in terms of talents etc.
    Looking now at your Cons-table about the "forced Multiplayer" is really concerning me - I was hoping that MP was only during the Beta-testing and that in the final game, one would be able to at least start a "private session" as it was the case with D3, which already forced to be permanent online.
    My experience during the Beta was that my game got slowed down very much especially as soon as I was in a town (after using a townportal), as many people were in the same region at the same time, which in the ServerSlam even froze the game several times, although I did not experience this in the (early-)Beta-weekends !
    Furthermore, the fact that many players are also out there in the open world and doing events, was partially frustrating, as I often got the "near an event"-alarm, rushed there and had to watch as the event had just been cleared by other players, leaving me with disappointment :( I had to experience these situations already in World of Warcraft a lot, though this game is an MMO!, so it is okay there to experience this... but Diablo was always an actionRPG where I could play solo in MY PACE, killing mobs and doing events etc whenever I wanted to and not being rushed by other players !! In the Beta, several regions in D4 were simply overrun by players, leaving almost no mobs alive for Quests, which is/was another factor that I was really not enjoying in the Beta !!
    So in short: I really hope that there may still be a singleplayer-mode available, leaving only certain regions for MMO/raid-battles like the Worldbosses, but the rest of the regions being untouched by other players as in previous Diablo-games ! because if I would WANT to play with other players, I would have chosen the Multiplayer-mode already in previous titles of this game series...

  • P M
    P M 3 місяці тому +49

    Bravo Rhykker! Great content, awesome sequencing and pace, super polished delivery. "Professional" can sometimes be taken as damming with faint praise, but in this case it is meant as a high, high compliment. Many thanks for all your invaluable Diablo coverage over the years, bring on 1-June!

  • Greg C
    Greg C 2 місяці тому

    I felt the skill progression, instead of gaining higher skill levels, was focused in skill alteration from legendarys. On druid I've been using pulverize since early game but then found 2 legendarys along the way to 50 that drastically improved the effect and strength of the skill.

  • M Alvarado
    M Alvarado 3 місяці тому

    I think map opening is simply something that comes with the territory in large open worlds. I like that. I don't like feeling guided. In reality you would need a map, or get lost.

  • Brian Fantana
    Brian Fantana 3 місяці тому

    Pre-downloading it now :) Thanks Rhykker for a great summary of what we can expect from D4. One of my first PC games was D1 and I absolutely loved it, D2 took it to the next level in many ways. D3 was a huge bummer apart from the combat. I've been following the development of D4 for many years and I'm so happy to see high scores all around. Ultimate edition, collector's edition shipping soon, it's gonna be a great time! This is gonna be the only thing I game for a long time :D
    Will be even better when Paladin/Dark Knight arrives with first expansion.

    • ScG
      ScG 3 місяці тому

      what about D3 was a bummer for you? I started with D3 absolutely loved it. would love to hear from the perspective of someone who started with the first diablo

  • madestro
    madestro 3 місяці тому

    I really liked Diablo 3 (after all the fixes) and I consider myself a casual, even logging in tons of hours in Diablo 2 and 3 however I do really like the new direction (or back to old core elements) since diablo 3 does become really really easy even before finishing the campaign. Thus you have convinced me to play Diablo 4 and further more, your amazing voice, calm demeanor and huge knowledge has earned you a subscriber

  • Mindaugas Navickas
    Mindaugas Navickas 3 місяці тому +3

    A very high quality review. I watched a lot of Diablo 4 reviews in the past day but nothing gets even close to this :)

  • SDS Wood
    SDS Wood 3 місяці тому +54

    The skill progression aspect hit me the other day; you essentially have your 'build' completed by like level 25 to 30, and all the rest is just buffing the numbers. That's a fairly short window of ability progression. One thing Rhykker didn't go in to here though, is that the more points you spend on a skill, the skill's visual graphic itself subtly increases in effect point per point.

    • CDSAfghan
      CDSAfghan 3 місяці тому +3

      I think that depends on class, the druid might be better as one build till 30 then another after. DM says it's not "built" until 50 and doesn't get good till 60

    • Travis H
      Travis H 3 місяці тому +17

      Theres also literally only 5 skill points you can put into a skill. In Diablo 2 youre talking 80 levels to max out a skill and all of its synergies. Diablo 4 has the depth of a shallow puddle.

    • Hashim Rahman
      Hashim Rahman 3 місяці тому +3

      It’s all about the aspects, which can radically change builds.

    • C. Clark
      C. Clark 3 місяці тому +55

      ​@Travis H 80 levels and you're using one skill with enigma. Yeah, super deep there bud.

    • Mathieu Raquepas
      Mathieu Raquepas 3 місяці тому +15

      ​​@Travis H lmao praising synergies when it killed the creativity of D2 builds.
      Pick a skill, level up synergies, build done, D2 IS SO DEEP

  • Lionel Vanormelingen
    Lionel Vanormelingen 3 місяці тому

    Hello Rhykker,
    Thank you for the review. For me the itemization and progression issues are probably a deal breaker (Also the fact that I decided to stop giving money to Blizzard after WC3 Reforged came out).
    Although I am a well informed ARPG player, I am not a massive consumer of it. However, I constantly jump back to your channel, specially because of your honesty on your reviews, your background, the professionalism and passion you put in your videos. I wish I could see you review other type of games!
    Cheers and have fun playing

  • Harold Cole
    Harold Cole 3 місяці тому

    Awesome job with the review....I have played it for about a day and just like you, I have been playing Diablo since the start! I absolutely love it! I think Blizzard done a good job in taking their time and making sure they got it right!

  • Blues
    Blues 3 місяці тому

    love your review! expecting more great d4 content

  • DaddyFatBat
    DaddyFatBat 3 місяці тому

    Played D3 since launch, and D4 blew my mind. The world feels alive and terrifying sometimes.
    Codex of power dungeons are my favorite new mechanic a giant loot dungeon with a guaranteed buff at the end is a pretty awesome experience even when it wasn't for my current character.

    • MRkriegs
      MRkriegs 3 місяці тому

      how do u feel about powerful items not really feeling unique anymore? u can change the stats of items and upgrade them so much that getting that one item u need feels less powerful because any high level item can be molded into an item u want. maybe thats just me and I am not high level enough yet

  • Brandon Turner
    Brandon Turner 3 місяці тому

    As someone who has loved Diablo since my 8th grade year. This game looks magnificent. I hear you about druid, but I still wanna try it!🎉 Thanks for this ! Mad respect to you, bro hope to see you in game bro!

  • Neapolis
    Neapolis 3 місяці тому +27

    That was just a really well done review. Excellent job Rhykker.

  • Jen Duncan
    Jen Duncan 3 місяці тому +1

    I spent a lot of time in D2 and still play it at times to this day as i bought the remastered version, i played D3 when it came out but was hugely disappointed that the treasure hunting aspect in D2 was lacking in D3. I mean the gear in D2 was so different and versatile, the rare things were fun to look for and even after playing for years there is still that thing you are looking for which will get you to turn the game on and play again. With D3 it seemed that each class had an uber set of armour which made them powerful and then that was it, i did log on to do the monthly stuff for about 5 months and get the rewards, but then that got tedious as well. My great hope, is that they have brought back the fun treasure hunting aspect in D4 so that there is always a reason to keep going back.

  • William Johnson
    William Johnson 3 місяці тому

    I do genuinely enjoy the game play and all the dungeons/side objectives you can do in the game a big gripe I have about the game is balancing issues and how heavily reliant certain builds can be on specific uniques and legendaries bit gameplay wise as well as combat has kept me on the game for hours upon hours but hopefully blizzard listens to the community to fix certain issues with the game but overall an enjoyable experience

  • Tim Kingston
    Tim Kingston 3 місяці тому

    Such a great review, love your content!

  • Eren Yeager
    Eren Yeager 3 місяці тому +1

    well put review, thanks for putting your time into reviewing different aspects of the game

  • Tobias Paulun
    Tobias Paulun 3 місяці тому +1

    Hay Rhykker, I just notice while preordering the Ultimate Edition you actually get more than the Wings of the Creator Emote but also 1 extra mount called Light-Bearer and Caparidon of Faith Mount Armor in adddition to the Temptation Mount and the Hellborn Carapace Armor. I dont know if this is new but the Ultimate Edition has a little bit more to offer with this. :)

  • Ulfric Stormcloak
    Ulfric Stormcloak 3 місяці тому +510

    i have to say of all the DIABLO content creators, i respect Rhykker the most. he has put the most time and love in to the franchise, from way back.salute.

    • moguu
      moguu 3 місяці тому +7

      He has consistently produced such comprehensive content, I doubt anyone would be able to match it at this point. His lore videos have been invaluable in helping me understand the games, and only now Blizzard is finally releasing their own.

    • Jo Johnson
      Jo Johnson 3 місяці тому +11


    • Alexander Nunes
      Alexander Nunes 3 місяці тому +7

      I really really hate the lvl scaling, for me it feels horrible progressing weaker than feeling strong, at least the combat is great

    • Big Yoshi
      Big Yoshi 3 місяці тому +4

      100% agree

  • Sebastian Sanchez N
    Sebastian Sanchez N 3 місяці тому

    Rhykker, awesome review! As much as I'd love to give it a try, Blizzard has adjusted the price for some regions and their games cost more than what it's affordable. I'm not sure about the price of D4 before, but Hearthstone prices were increased by a ~600% in some places. I'm sad to say that I rather spend my money in a better way.

  • Robert Jones
    Robert Jones 2 місяці тому

    A brilliant set of diablo videos really well presented and explained, excellent review to. I'm new to diablo and watched 4 of this channels D4 videos. It looked overwhelming on other channels, but I carn't wait to play it now. Thankyou and best wishes all.

  • MegaBoomshanka
    MegaBoomshanka 3 місяці тому +2

    Really great insight into the game. Excellent content

  • Hyperpig Gaming
    Hyperpig Gaming 3 місяці тому +1

    Been with this guy over god know how many years..great content as usual Well done Rykker!

  • Chronor007
    Chronor007 3 місяці тому

    Now that you mention it, the D4 Minimap is ALOT more zoomed in than in previous games. A more zoomed out slightly larger minimap that would give you some rough overview of the outline of the area you are in. The general need for looking at the map alot is unfortunately a symptom of game world development aswell. Certain subconsciously active elements in the world can lead you to where you need to go without having to look at the map. Best example is probably Elden Ring, which makes great use of notable vistas and light sources etc...

  • Matt s
    Matt s 3 місяці тому +3

    Thanks Rhykker. Really appreciate all the work you put into your channel and content.

  • Vexor
    Vexor 3 місяці тому

    I have skeleton mages casting blizzard over everything on my Necro. Tons of fun! Personally very happy with D4. The game also has built in voice chat enabled (optional) for your party or your entire clan.

  • David Tibor
    David Tibor 2 місяці тому

    I used Storm Druid and feel I got pushed into a Stone Storm Druid. It's actually my favorite. By as you said you like range , so could be the reason... Then again I never played beta and I am also On ps5. It does seem the gear drop, and abilities seem to Push you more down a route. example Sorc feels like your better off picking an element and staying that route.

  • J*nxyCast
    J*nxyCast 3 місяці тому +1

    Never seen your content before.
    This was an excellent video.
    I've loved diablo ever since i first entered tristram in 96.
    I played the beta for D4. I really enjoyed it. I'm totally stoked for full release.

  • Carnage Theory
    Carnage Theory 3 місяці тому

    I appreciate that, whereas they gave you access, you're still remaining loyal to your fanbase and you're telling them your real opinion; like, it's not a bought and paid for opinion. It's the good and the bad. I've followed you for a long time, but I super respect your honesty and it's nice to see; and it's really nice to see you're still loyal to your fans, beyond anything else.

  • Heather Riede
    Heather Riede 3 місяці тому

    I just love the nostalgic classic, Diablo music. I love that they keep the same sound effects throughout all diablos too, at least I know the female demon screams are the same as from D2. Can't remember D1 as much as i was so young then and can't replay it like I can D2 still. But I think it is the same! Great review! I'll always buy Diablo games as a mega fan, and the last two times I bought the collectors editions, and just got my D4 collector's package in the mail! Very cool packaging and loving the red Lilith candle. They even included some Lilith blood rose petals!

  • Dawed Octopus
    Dawed Octopus 2 місяці тому

    Best channel. Depth and honest opinion. GREAT review, thanks.👍👍

  • b04620k
    b04620k 3 місяці тому

    Excellent review. Consistently great content big bro ✊🏾

  • Panhammer64
    Panhammer64 3 місяці тому +26

    You are THE diablo content creator,. Super thankful for you and love your channel. I won't be buying D4 but I hope you have nothing but fun and success.

  • Curtis Nielsen
    Curtis Nielsen 3 місяці тому

    I am planning to get it and am confident I will spend hundreds of hours in the game. I spent hundreds of hours in D2 and was stoked when D3 came out and played less than 10 hours as they killed my favorite part of the game: buildcrafting in skill trees. Now that it's back I am stoked.
    I'm already nostalgic theory crafting all 5 of my previous sorceresses in the game, then my necro and Druid builds! Never been big on the barbarian, but rogues are fun too.

  • Vasago
    Vasago 3 місяці тому

    As a D2 player mainly this was a very balanced review and after playing for a couple days I found most of this to be my experience. Its really quite polished, it feels to me like a WoW version of PoE the way WoW was to EQ.

  • Tharg
    Tharg 3 місяці тому +3

    Dang, what a great overview! So well-spoken too, really makes it easy to follow and even the auto subs are correct. I'm even more excited to start playing (in about 58 hours from now) after this

  • Jason Evisceration
    Jason Evisceration 3 місяці тому

    I appreciate your honesty and authenticity. It is why your content, in my opinion, is a cut above the rest. Nice work.

  • Magnus
    Magnus  3 місяці тому

    Question: Do you think the lack of visual gear progression is due to the battle pass system, where gear cosmetics plays a big role? Like, it incentivizes people to spend money on the battle pass, as it is the only way to make your character look like a chad?

  • StillWeRide
    StillWeRide 3 місяці тому +1

    So 2 weeks later and Diablo 4 has settled for me. Im blown away. I had alot of meh going in from beta and now im playing an endgame starter druid build. I was real hesitant about the map. After finishing the campaign and working on all the sidestuff. Im hooked. You just want to explore the map. The side content is better than the campaign. It tells the story of the map and its people and monsters. They ooze with lore and cool diablo mini stories. You even have a quest about the translator from the trailer. Sure they can be a little "samey" but thats just the limits of the arpg genre. These quests are so well done...they just pull you in and immerse you. Every zone feels unique and different. The monsters...npcs..animals. i love just wandering the map and blowing packs up. Diablo 4 is a big big win and im ready to let go of 3. Well done Blizzard

  • Mathias Giovanni
    Mathias Giovanni 3 місяці тому

    I agree on nearly every point. It’s going to be a great game.

  • Icebear2012
    Icebear2012 3 місяці тому

    Amazing review. Just what i was looking for. Thank you.

  • TheRealZahyra
    TheRealZahyra 3 місяці тому +17

    I think the reason we need to open the map more now is because the game isn't linear. Being an open world, we can go from one side of the map to the other, and having to know where you're going to get there, you need the map open. I would really prefer the overlay map, especially because you can mark places on the map, so it would be so much easier to navigate that way.

    • Digimortal
      Digimortal 3 місяці тому +1

      Sounds like we just need to use the pin system to sat nav our way around.

    • armorvil
      armorvil 3 місяці тому +4

      I'll reiterate what I've said a bunch of times already : they created a beautiful and immersive game and basically you guys want to ruin this for everyone with an ugly grey overlay that makes you look at icons and outline strokes. And yes, I said "everyone" because even if it was an option, EVERYONE would use it because it would be the most efficient way to play the game. So no, it was very clever on the devs' part not to add this "option".

    • ach
      ach 3 місяці тому +2

      ​@armorvil nobody is going to give a shit about the "immersion" when they're 100 hours in and their honeymoon period with the game has long been over. It'll just become a huge pain in the ass.

    • Ethan Beattie
      Ethan Beattie 3 місяці тому

      Except you can just drop a pin, and the minimap gives you a line routing you there in the shortest way possible. Opening the map frequently is only an issue the first time you explore an area. Once it's revealed on the map, you have a GPS to that spot whenever you want. Plus, the over world map is no longer randomized, you'll get to know it given time.

    • TheSleepyLamp
      TheSleepyLamp 3 місяці тому

      Interesting, Haven't really thought about it that way. Makes a lot of sense, actually. I don't think that the overlay map is entirely necessary, but being able to mark your map and have it show up on the minimap will help out a lot

  • Julius Corvus
    Julius Corvus 3 місяці тому +1

    I am very glad to hear it seems to be most of what we expected and more. Especially given Blizzard's recent history.
    I am still going to wait until some time passes to see how it goes on, but I am definitely excited about it.
    Thank you for your perseverance in bringing us your content and keeping Diablo interesting over the years, Rhykker.

    • Honeyball Lecter
      Honeyball Lecter 3 місяці тому

      Preach brother. I'm happy that it didn't turn out to be dogshit.

  • KevinKoolx
    KevinKoolx 3 місяці тому

    This video just got me even more hype for the game! Can't wait to play D4!

  • Jason Alexion
    Jason Alexion 3 місяці тому

    I love Ryker's videos and awesome amazing job as usual and congrats I did some open beta still haven't gotten D4 yet now after watching this video I'm well informed and gonna jump in. One thing to mention is cross play option as console and computer or PC is coming together as 1 so if you have both or you play at home on co-op console or visit at a friend's house you can pick up where you left off solo from any platform which I think is cool. Ryker is the legit best stuff out there!!

  • luckystriker
    luckystriker 3 місяці тому

    Awesome review. But then I expected no less from my main man Rhykker 👍

  • Alex
    Alex 3 місяці тому

    I already bought d4, I've been waiting for this game for so long, and am thoroughly enjoying yet i still watched this video in its entirety, because honestly who could get bored of listening to rhykker talk :). I cant wait for the all the rhykker d4 videos to come!

  • Blue Mungo
    Blue Mungo 3 місяці тому +5

    I’m abit concerned about using the same skill as a core dmg delivery from level 1 - 100. That would get insanely mundane fast.

    • Serhii Slyvka
      Serhii Slyvka 3 місяці тому

      Don't be concerned - right now in D4 it is like that. Maybe this will change in a future with the seasons/expansions/runes/etc
      There is some exceptions thou - in the endgame you may be able to gear up to a level when it may be possible to get rid of lvl1-5 abilities and swap them for some other that have to high cooldown early on.

    • Aegis Shallock
      Aegis Shallock 3 місяці тому

      Diablo 3 was like this what do you mean? Whirlwind barb, leap slam barb, mystic ally monk, fire blades/disentegrate wiz, the list goes on.

  • DragonsFlame3476
    DragonsFlame3476 3 місяці тому

    I will definitely be picking this game up. I would have gotten the digital deluxe for early access but I will need to wait a few paychecks to grab any version of the game. I have played every version since they released Diablo. I am looking forward to cutting my way through the hordes of hell!

  • Honeyball Lecter
    Honeyball Lecter 3 місяці тому

    You've done this so many Years Rhykker, I've been checking out every new video for every new season for D3 and it's wild to think that I can watch your videos on D4 now ;D

  • No Strings
    No Strings 3 місяці тому

    I'm on the fence about the pace, progression feel and trading restrictions but we'll have to see. The flaws can be worked out in time

  • Michael Clay
    Michael Clay 3 місяці тому +8

    “I can’t tell you how much you should value an imaginary pair of pants”. One of the greatest quotes from Rhykker right there.

  • Super Pagal
    Super Pagal 3 місяці тому

    For those who are new. Rhykker is part of content for diablo games. Like an encyclopedia. You gonna visit him a lot for builds and customization. Can't wait to start diablo after years of PoE. Good luck everybody

  • David Justice
    David Justice 3 місяці тому +23

    I'm excited about the release of Diablo 4, but I have to say that I'm excited about your videos about equally so or maybe even more so. You've been someone I have followed for many years and when Diablo hit rock bottom and you made that video about worrying about the future of your channel, I felt like it was over or at least a very likely possibility.
    But now, it's starting a whole new chapter and I'm glad I'm here for it.

    • Southern Guy
      Southern Guy 3 місяці тому +2

      I've played every Diablo game to date, including Immortal, though I refused to spend a penny on it. That said, Blizzard has really regressed in the past decade, and I'll never buy another game from them, Day 1, EVER again!
      I'm sad that there's no unarmed martial artist in D4. The lack of a D2 Assassin or a D3 Monk-type class is a HUGE turn off for me.
      Always online is another turn off, just like it was for D3, though I played thousands of hours in D3 anyway. Still, a turn offs a turn off.
      The story in D3 was terrible. I have to know they've done better. The way they killed off Deckard Cain is something I don't think I can ever forgive. Not that they killed him mind you, but that he died so pitifully. Almost like his death was an afterthought. It disgusted me at the time and it still does!
      Everything I see tells me that they've really dropped the ball on itemization, too! PoE's itemization is the best in the ARPG space, hands down! The fact that they think their customers are too stupid, lazy, or... I dunno, simple-minded to deal with a more robust itemization and character creation system is very sad to me.
      I won't be buying D4 any time soon. Maybe after some more classes come out and they balance the early game better it will arouse my interest. But until I hear that the story doesn't suck as badly as D3s did, which can only happen after the review embargo drops, I refuse to touch it!

  • WrenchingWarrior
    WrenchingWarrior 3 місяці тому

    I would say its gotten a lot better than d3. The mechanics of interactive dashing and dodge. It feels like a better beefed up version of immortal and d3. The monsters leveling up with you gives you more balance through out so you wont get too bored. Gives you the oshit a group of bats can take you out if you don't fight back kind of feeling. I'm sure they can patch up a few bugs here and there where curtains stretching out across the screen for elites being stuck in trees, and characters being stuck on one spot when attacking a group or horde. I would say it was worth buying the basic tier for new comers and like an OG diablo 1 and 2 guy I got the ultimate because I've enjoyed the lore and game.

  • El Rocky Raccoon
    El Rocky Raccoon 3 місяці тому

    Rhykker, what about performance issues?
    My biggest concern right now is if Blizzard fixed the issues regarding GPUs straight-up frying during certain portions of the game (such as when interacting with shop NPCs) and certain cutscenes (such as the chapel flashback).
    Even in the Server Slam I still saw reports of players with perfectly fine rigs (some even brand new) that got fucked up by this problem. During the closed beta it apparently affected only users of Gigabyte 3080ti, but other models were also reported to be affected.
    I'm super hyped for this game but I'm genuinely scared to risk my GPU playing it.

  • Seth Redfield
    Seth Redfield 3 місяці тому

    As someone who stumbled on your video, I want to say thank you. You clearly put a lot of care and thought into this video and haven’t forced ads on me after 20 minutes. I look forward to finishing the video

  • gimroth
    gimroth 3 місяці тому

    I appreciate your honest review. I've been avoiding this game ever since it was announced, since it's not a David Brevick game.
    Given what you've experienced in D4 so far, would you say that it at least does justice to David's original vision?

  • mikebulmer9823
    mikebulmer9823 3 місяці тому

    I love the combat system in d4. I wasnt a big fan of the meat grinder style in D3 where you just tear theough everything in seconds. Im only a little ways in, but between the beta and bow the actuql launch, this has the actual Diablo feel for me that 3 felt like it lost.
    Also, yeah can we please get an overlay map, i also find myself stopping constantly to check it

  • Neme5i5
    Neme5i5 3 місяці тому +61

    For your minimap issue: You can rightclick on a spot on the map, and the game tries to give you a route from your current location, so you don't always have to open up the map. Also I think it has to do with not knowing the world. Once we explored all of it, or big junks, it is getting easier. Reminds me of Ori and the Blind Forest, where at the beginning I had to open up the map as well, where later I knew where to go.
    In regards to having the main skills from the beginning: I always found it weird in PoE that you often have to level with different skills than you want to play. So I actually like that you can do that very early. And if you are new and low level, you can actually try out every basic and core skill and respec freely, because it starts to cost gold only at level 15 or something.
    A Clan or Guild house, or hideout, would be great, you could team up from a more immersive feature instead just via clan chat. But also some base features seem to be missing from D3, how long someone is inactive, setting up notes on members, renaming the name of the ranks as in D3. Hopefully it gets expanded later.
    The Pale Guys name was seen in the subtitles during the open betas, named Elias.
    One issue with the random other players you see is for World Bosses. We saw during Server Slam that only 1 or 2 "out of sync" players can ruin the fun for 10 others. Imo they need to let us make a party of 12 or a Warband like in Immortal for these events (that also has some sort of mini Warband camp btw.).

    • Powerfulshammy
      Powerfulshammy 3 місяці тому +1

      Map Issue is real remember Torchlight: Infinite had same map players suggested to change it XD studios and they changed it. It will also be the worst thing in D4 if Blizzard does not change it

    • JROCThaGreat
      JROCThaGreat 3 місяці тому +1

      ​@Powerfulshammy it's not real lol

    • SpeakeasyApex
      SpeakeasyApex 3 місяці тому +1

      The Ori games were instant classics...still play'em

    • Brandon Reda
      Brandon Reda 3 місяці тому +3

      @Powerfulshammy You press M for map and you already get and overlay on the top right of screen. End of story, deal with it.

    • ThatHandsomeDevil08
      ThatHandsomeDevil08 3 місяці тому

      Aren't the maps randomly generated?

  • AfriKenJedi
    AfriKenJedi 3 місяці тому

    Thank you for this really great review. I can't wait to play Diablo 4 and see any videos you upload for the game.

  • Puddin127
    Puddin127 3 місяці тому +1

    The art style has ALWAYS made Diablo top tier even with some of the shortcomings

  • Charles
    Charles 3 місяці тому

    What a great review. I remember watching you often during early Path of Exile, 10 years ago.

  • Mad Max
    Mad Max 3 місяці тому

    3 things im waiting for: ability to remove all upper right screen ui, remove arrows above enemies when using controller, and offline...with the last one not being as important. Thought combat seemed disconnected a bit. I did appreciate the ability to make highlight outlines go away...and all of the sensitivity settings. Art is def superb and really want to be able to see a full screen of it while just knowing my objective and moving foward with only that knowledge.

    • SgtAwesome97
      SgtAwesome97 3 місяці тому

      With diablo 4 being a live service game, offline mode is never going to happen, at least not until end of life, and even then it's doubtful.

  • Bartosz Milewski
    Bartosz Milewski 3 місяці тому +1

    As much as I was looking forward to Diablo 4, that price tag makes it not worth it anymore, seeing your in depth breakdown. I'll just wait for the sale 😊

  • Blake
    Blake 3 місяці тому +35

    As far as opening and closing map, just set a custom point of where you want to go while in the open world to avoid this. It will show a line of where to go on your UI map.

    • Karel Lyngstad
      Karel Lyngstad 3 місяці тому +6

      This feature is honestly better than an overlay map. I haven't played d2 much but having the map open all the time distracted me from the amazing art and world that blizzard created with ressurected

    • Edina Lewis
      Edina Lewis 3 місяці тому +3

      Yep, custom way points solve this for me. Although I’d rather see the direction indicators to your custom waypoint overlaid on the game world. I’d rather look at the world while navigating than look at the minimap.

    • thecommakozzi
      thecommakozzi 3 місяці тому +2

      Doesn't do anything to address this in dungeons, where we honestly want it more. Don't really care about it that much in open world, but the guide does help. I can't even think of another ARPG that doesn't have a map overlay for dungeons.... when your'e blitzing through end game dungeons, you want the overlay. you don't want to have to open and close your map.

  • Joe X
    Joe X 3 місяці тому

    I think we will feel progression in the end game. You don't feel like you are progressing because the mobs level with you. Once you reach max level the rares are going to become very interesting.

  • jedirayden
    jedirayden 3 місяці тому

    Thanks for the video Rhykker. Your insight is appreciated as always. And now i know that I will not be playing this game. Too complicated and slow to power up, and I still don't understand what the "endgame" is. Which is okay, since I've only played Diablo 3 in the franchise, it's really not a big deal to me either way. But I'll stick with D3. I like being able to start a character from scratch and be able to put together a high level build in an hour or two. And also, I've always preferred the "brute force" option in gaming. Probably because I grew up playing the OG Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior games, where the answer was often simply to grind and level up some more. Anything else is more complicated than I care to take the time for. So enjoy Diablo 4 everyone.

  • Travey
    Travey 3 місяці тому

    Love the more MMO aspects in arpgs. also love them moving away from the god awful overlay map !! So good

  • Scudds
    Scudds 3 місяці тому

    The reason why you didn't feel the need to open the full map in D3 as opposed to D4, is that D3 had much more linear maps. Even in the layouts which had multiple pathways, those pathways would often funnel you towards the next objective or next level. D4 being much more open world, like say, world of warcraft, you need the map more to explore more.

  • Thomas Ace
    Thomas Ace 3 місяці тому

    Great video man, keep up the good work!

  • menamgamg
    menamgamg 3 місяці тому +3

    How does it feel to build a character? What i love most about D2 and good RPGs in general is when i can get really immersed in building and progressing a character. I also think it's very important that the process to reach end game is a lot of fun and feels meaningful. D3 had the problem, for me anyway, where i didn't care at all about my character when leveling.

    • Slippers
      Slippers 3 місяці тому

      He touched on it i think, since the world levels with you the feeling of progression takes a hit.
      You can level up and feel weaker between large skills.

    • manga3040
      manga3040 3 місяці тому +1

      The world levels with you and there are so many characters and such to interact with so you feel like a part of the world.

  • Fllaffy
    Fllaffy 3 місяці тому

    I think the map issue isn't gonna be a big issue after running the maps a few 100 times. Take the D3 maps for example, after a few 100 runs on all the different maps atleast I had the maps pretty much memorized and I knew where I was going without looking at the map.

  • Michael B
    Michael B 3 місяці тому

    I also played from Diablo 1, I also played 2 and 3 but I found that D3 Running, with time-limits, it was to fast..which wasn't good for my health..lol.. I hope D4 gives a bit more of a chiller experience. Great video btw Rhyk!

  • Alcrian
    Alcrian 3 місяці тому

    I'm new to the Diablo franchise, never played any game before D4. Your video is awesome and i can tell you have pretty objective critiques even tho you're familiar with this franchise.
    As a Diablo newbie, this is what i'm currently thinking about D4:
    It feels more like a MMORPG to me rather thank ARPG. It brought me memories from Lost Ark.
    They're awful, honestly. I'm playing on PC and my hands hurt quite a lot with so much clicking going on (i'm playing as a Sorcerer). I haven't found any way to remap the basic ability key, which is shame. About the overlay map: i was just like you, constantly checking the map midgame. Now, i right click where i want to go and the game traces a path to me, which is quite convenient.
    Graphic/Sound Design/Art Direction/Level Design
    Everything is simply AWESOME, with the exception of Level Design. In multiple occasions i was in a dungeon and/or quest and my surroundings were - to no shame - repeated in patterns. It's literally the same terrain copied and pasted. This not only gives a sense of déjà vu but makes the game look 'cheap'.
    Loot and Progression
    The loot system has a lot of rng. There's an RNG for the rarity of it, for the type of it, for the aspect AND the aspect property. The progression is a bit overwhelming sometimes. I have to consider multiple subsystems that i'm not familiar with yet.
    It's ok... The cutscenes are the best part of it (i'm talking about the rendered ones) and the game made me search more to understand the lore of Diablo. I feel like the game is lore rich but i'm not understanding any of it because i didn't play the previous games.