Friday, 11 May 2012

Diablo 3 Class War - Barbarian Break Down


With Diablo 3 just around the corner (taunting us with its absurdly close release date), I feel we should look at what we can expect from the game's classes. 

A summary of how the characters would play, and possibly compare them to Diablo 2. So without further ado...


Diablo 3 Class War - Barbarian


Diablo 3's Barbarians apparently play similar to that of  Diablo 2, being a melee fighter for the most part and pretty much taking a beating and dealing a lot of physical damage in return.

However, the skills of the barbarian are more focused on combat this time, and not as much on crowd control (like they were in Diablo2)

Regardless of this, Blizzard has still left the player to customise incredible play styles by master or by mixing up their skill trees. 


The Barbarian's skill trees are Berserker, which seems to focus more on Damage Per Second (DPS), the Juggernaut, which seems to favor stuns and rushes, and finally the Battlemaster which could almost be considered a Tank class. 

In comparison, Diablo 2's Barbie (yes, that is what we called him at one point) used Combat Skills - ranging from heavy damage to stuns, Combat Masteries - which gave massive passive bonuses to damage and speed, and Warcries - which basically allowed you to control the field and shout at dead bodies for health potions.


Along with these new tech trees, the Barbarian no longer relies on Mana to "cast" his skills. Stamina now plays a much larger role, along with Rage. 

Rage builds up as you slay your enemies, and once you've gathered enough Rage you can then use certain skills. 

World of Warcraft players may remember this from the Warrior class, or Diablo 2 veterans could see this as a more refined form of the Assassin's martial arts skills. 



So, while you may hack away with your standard skills which use stamina, Fury is an additional resource that builds up and allows the player to use stronger skills.


The Barbarian, in essence, has remained a stalwart, heavy hitting warrior-class.

If you're wanting to wear the biggest, shiniest armour while brandishing the deadliest looking longsword you can find...then you can't go wrong with the Barbarian.

Flex those pecs and strike down evil!



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