5. Diablo 3

Torchlight temporarily sated the rabid Diablo II fan. Diablo III will fill the dungeon-crawling, loot-snatching, character-building hunger. The closed beta for Diablo III has been active on and off since August, and the impressions are in. Delving deeper into castles and caves is just as addicting now as it was then.

Expected classes return with a few new warriors in tow: Barbarian, Wizard, Monk, Demon Hunter, and Witch Doctor. Skills are no longer governed by trees but by limited inventory slots (active and passive). Some essential processes have been streamlined, like selling items anywhere through the Cauldron of Jordan, and breaking down items into usable components with the Nephalim Cube.

Henchmen return as Followers, players can battle each other in the PvP Battle Arena, and cooperative online play allows players to form guild-like groups in the fashion of MMORPGs. And thankfully, Blizzard has kept Diablo III out of the diabolical reach of microtrans… oh wait.