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Blizzard's Diablo III Legendary Item Improvements in 1.0.4

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Diablo III devs finally bring the buff-train to the game's Legendary items.

With the massive 1.0.4 patch just around the corner, Diablo III developers finally spill the beans regarding the highly anticipated Legendary item changes. Since its launch Diablo III has been heavily criticized for its lackluster "Legendary" items and after three months of listening, it seems like the developers are finally ready to make some big changes. But is it already too late?With PvP far from sight and a lack of additional content to keep players coming back, it's no surprise the amount of Diablo III players are dwindling. But perhaps the upcoming changes will be enough to pull players back into the game. Now it looks like the developers are finally taking some notes from the success of Diablo II:

Many of you commented, rightly, that the Legendary items in the game didn’t feel unique enough. Something that Diablo II did really well was to create some very memorable items, and they were called “Uniques.” While we call them Legendaries now, the word “unique” was something we tried to keep in mind when making these changes. The rarity of Legendary items combined with their color means that when they drop you should feel like you’re getting something special, something that isn’t just another sword. A truly legendary item should have history behind it, something that you can imagine a powerful wizard imbuing with special magics from within the depths of his musty library.

In addition to making legendary items much more powerful (see screenshots), Blizzard will be adding unique abilities to a number of them such as the Lidless Wall, now with "You have a chance to be shielded when hit by enemies", or Firewalkers now with "Burns the ground you walk on". Another change that is sure to make many happy is a promotion of build diversity through a number of legendary items.

1.0.4 Legendary Preview


Since the first Diablo game, a number of brave souls have dedicated their entire gaming experience to experimenting with unconventional builds such as the melee wizard or the range barb. Unfortunately, Diablo III didn't leave much room for too many of these builds, but now a handful of legendaries will encourage them. For example, melee wizards can have a weapon that gives a bonus to Spectral Blade damage while barbarians can have a weapon that gives bonuses to Weapon Throw and Ancient Spear.

For all of the juicy details, head on over to the official developer's blog. Are the upcoming changes enough to bring you back to the game?

 

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    Kami3k , August 16, 2012 1:34 AM
    Oh a article about a patch for Diablo 3!

    Where were the articles for the patches for Rift, BF3, Mass Effect 3, Shogun 2, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, etc.

    Articles about patches on a site like Tomshardware is stupid.
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    oraygungor , August 16, 2012 1:28 AM
    omg Tom`s Blizzard has started to advertisement again...
  • 15 Hide
    Kami3k , August 16, 2012 1:34 AM
    Oh a article about a patch for Diablo 3!

    Where were the articles for the patches for Rift, BF3, Mass Effect 3, Shogun 2, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, etc.

    Articles about patches on a site like Tomshardware is stupid.
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    dalethepcman , August 16, 2012 1:48 AM
    Next article will be about how WoW has gone free to play, you just need a battle net account and you can play for free. (until level 20) Huge news for the tech world!

    Oh wait they just did that, but remove WoW and replace with Diablo. Totally news worthy...
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    AznCracker , August 16, 2012 2:00 AM
    So they all glow now... cool
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    alidan , August 16, 2012 2:24 AM
    Kami3kOh a article about a patch for Diablo 3!Where were the articles for the patches for Rift, BF3, Mass Effect 3, Shogun 2, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, etc.Articles about patches on a site like Tomshardware is stupid.


    diablo 3, a VERY major game that was what, 10 or so years sense the last one. yea... keeping up with the early game patches is a waste of time...

    patches that are major changes in a game that sold as well as this... it broke pc only records didnt it, is to be expected.
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    bebangs , August 16, 2012 2:33 AM
    still a boring game...
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    teamcarlisle , August 16, 2012 3:16 AM
    I was done with diablo 3 after about 2 1/2 weeks after it was released. I was really dissapointed with the game. If they want us to come back to it, tell them to stop tweaking the stats and nerfing everything (other than the infamous error 37, I preferred the game the way it was at release), and actually make new content. Until then, I feel no need to reinstall the game and play more. Unfortuntely Blizzard got my money for diablo 3, but i will remember this experience next time a Blizzard game is released and choose not to buy it. Oh, and I thought Diablo the boss looked retarded
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    mortsmi7 , August 16, 2012 3:18 AM
    alidanpatches that are major changes in a game that sold as well as this... it broke pc only records didnt it, is to be expected.

    Unfortunately, number of sales doesn't equate to game quality.
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    jn77 , August 16, 2012 4:17 AM
    People actually still play this game? after beating it 4 dozen times its old news...... no new content...... this really should have been a stand alone game with an online portal.
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    Kami3k , August 16, 2012 5:19 AM
    alidandiablo 3, a VERY major game that was what, 10 or so years sense the last one. yea... keeping up with the early game patches is a waste of time...patches that are major changes in a game that sold as well as this... it broke pc only records didnt it, is to be expected.


    Look at the URL of this site.

    What does it say? HARDWARE. The recent apple spam actually makes sense.

    Good job at also not countering my point. Failure.
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    Anonymous , August 16, 2012 5:41 AM
    Haha, check out the related stories...
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    QEFX , August 16, 2012 6:20 AM
    so how many hours until somebody figures out how to dupe these and you'll be able to find 50 of them on the AH?
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    s3anister , August 16, 2012 6:28 AM
    teamcarlisleI was done with diablo 3 after about 2 1/2 weeks after it was released. I was really dissapointed with the game. If they want us to come back to it, tell them to stop tweaking the stats and nerfing everything (other than the infamous error 37, I preferred the game the way it was at release), and actually make new content. Until then, I feel no need to reinstall the game and play more. Unfortuntely Blizzard got my money for diablo 3, but i will remember this experience next time a Blizzard game is released and choose not to buy it. Oh, and I thought Diablo the boss looked retarded

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thought this. But really though, I thought the whole game looked retarded as it was basically Diablo: WoW
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    alidan , August 16, 2012 6:53 AM
    Kami3kLook at the URL of this site.What does it say? HARDWARE. The recent apple spam actually makes sense.Good job at also not countering my point. Failure.

    wow, there is a whole section of this site that is specifically for gaming, and in almost everything benchmark a game is brought in.

    tell me, do you think that cpus and graphics cards, hell even sound cards (now mostly integrated) got to where they are today just because of professional interests?

    mortsmi7Unfortunately, number of sales doesn't equate to game quality.


    i think people expected to see god when they played the game, than failed to look at blizzards current business model.

    wow has major expansions you pay for, but content and tweaks happen all the time in the game and its just expected at this point.

    as a hack and slash game, i dont think its bad, the problem is its not as good as everyone wanted it to be. some complain about the games graphics, which arent bad, and are made to be played on MANY rigs, not just the people who will sli 4 high end cards to get 30fps at even 800x600. the game was made a bit simpler because it really sucks when you get to a high level in the game only to relise that your build sucks and you have to restart.

    i can see good and bad with everything they did. the problem is they didnt have that carrot like the many other hack and slashes do. its not great, but its not the pinnacle of that genre any more.
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    kohvitass , August 16, 2012 7:27 AM
    alidandiablo 3, a VERY major game that was what, 10 or so years sense the last one. yea... keeping up with the early game patches is a waste of time...patches that are major changes in a game that sold as well as this... it broke pc only records didnt it, is to be expected.

    theres another blizzard game that was made 11 years since the last one...has more major patches (like ones that rework how the whole UI works), has still sold more than diablo 3, has been out 6x longer and still has more active users that diablo 3, got more favorable reviews than diablo 3 and is an actual national sport where you can watch it by just turning on the TV at any time and see athletes earn a million dollars yearly for playing it. but hey, i guess diablo 3 is somehow a more "Major" game.
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    giovanni86 , August 16, 2012 8:22 AM
    They obviously didn't beta test the game very well. And the fact it didn't ship with PVP already was a big no no. End game boring. Same bosses over and over again boring. RMAH mind as well get rid of the GAH because inflation took place to the point where the RMAH looked like a better deal then the 2000+ hours you'd have to put in just to get that amount of gold for one piece of gear. Take out the random drops, and the gear being the same name with different stats and you just might have a game worth coming back to. In the mean time for your next game release don't make these mistakes, because DB3 was bloody boring, was hoping inferno would be hard and take skill but it just required gear and tedious amounts of time that honestly this sounds bad but I just signed up back for wow because at least to me that was way more fun then DB3.
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    virtualhawk86 , August 16, 2012 1:30 PM
    After a couple of weeks of Launch, I got pretty tired of the game. Looking forward to Guild Wars 2...
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    tinmann , August 16, 2012 2:18 PM
    I played through the Starter Edition of Diablo 3 and un-installed it right away. I felt like after all this time they would have released something that was would revolutionize gaming as we know it. It felt like more of the same with a little bump in graphics. I'd been holding off because of the online all the time requirements but now after playing through the first act I feel like I can pass this up altogether.
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    Anonymous , August 16, 2012 3:17 PM
    @tinmann
    wtf... if that was the same as d2 with a little bit of graphics there wouldnt have been any complaints, especially from the die hard fans.

    d3 is a failure whos success is only attributed to Diablo 2 sucess.

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    jabliese , August 16, 2012 3:25 PM
    too late? Yes. It was pretty obvious after Hell the path through Inferno was through the AH. Not interested in grinding the gold just to see more of the same content.
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