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Game of the Month May 2012: Diablo III
Every aspect of Diablo III has sparked intense discussion. The agonizingly long development time, the introduction of a more diverse color palette, an in-game real-money auction house, always-online requirement, and various post-release issues and commentary are all as frequently discussed as the core game itself.

And what a game it is. Taking the core click-click-clickery of the previous two games in the series and marrying it with a number of new and controversial design decisions (like removing much of the up-front character customization) was a bold move on Blizzard's part, but it has paid off. The moment-to-moment gameplay in Diablo III is fine-tuned, compelling, and (most importantly) addicting. There are various opinions regarding the features and systems surrounding the main gameplay itself, but it's hard to deny the enjoyability of the game Blizzard has created. Combat and looting are satisfying, and acquiiring new skills and runes is constantly rewarding to the player. The game's balance has been subject to constant tweaks both before and after release, and if the developer's track record is any indication, players can expect the balance to be honed for many years to come.

It's a controversial game, and anyone who followed it prior to release could have seen that coming. But the simple fact of the matter is, the core game is a sublimely polished and absolutely addicting iteration on this series, and you'd be hard-pressed not to mine many hours of enjoyment out of it. For that reason, we've decided to (belatedly) bestow upon it our Game of the Month award.

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November 2013: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds October 2013: Pokémon X & Y September 2013: Valdis Story: Abyssal City August 2013: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn July 2013: Shin Megami Tensei IV June 2013: Muramasa Rebirth May 2013: The Night of the Rabbit April 2013: Soul Sacrifice March 2013: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk February 2013: Fire Emblem: Awakening January 2013: Ni no Kuni December 2012: Crimson Shroud November 2012: Persona 4 Golden October 2012: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward September 2012: Borderlands 2 August 2012: Guild Wars 2 July 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] June 2012: The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinov May 2012: Diablo III April 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles March 2012: Mass Effect 3 February 2012: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning January 2012: Final Fantasy XIII-2 December 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic November 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword October 2011: Dark Souls

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