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Diablo Immortal is a game designed to exploit your love of Diablo

The truth about Diablo Immortal is that it’s a Diablo game for people who pick all the M&Ms out of the trail mix. It’s built around the dopamine that comes from whacking demon piñatas for loot, meticulously designed to give you a jolt of satisfaction every 30 seconds—and then, when that’s not enough anymore, it charges you for it. For Diablo Immortal and games like it, the fun parts of games are money extraction devices (opens in new tab).

Diablo Immortal started first as a mobile game, and its PC beta makes little effort to hide that. The buttons are big, there are almost no graphics options, the camera is way too zoomed in on your character, and the levels are empty. Despite all that, it plays just like you’d expect Diablo to. You click or WASD through sprawling levels and poke demons until they pop into loot. And then you do that over and over while accumulating weapon and armor upgrades.

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