As a new adventurer, you’ll begin your quest in Normal mode; as you progress through the game and level up your character by gaining XP, three additional difficulty levels will become available: Nightmare, Hell and Inferno.
Around the town of New Tristram is where you’ll investigate the fallen star, talking to villagers and other characters to activate quests that send you to undiscovered regions of the vast map. Completing these quests – by defeating enemies, retrieving artefacts and gathering information – rewards you with gold to spend and new items to equip, or XP to level up your character. As you level up, new abilities and powers become available; you’ll start the game with a basic attack, and soon each button will have a new power attached to it, which in turn can be upgraded. Playing to your attacking strength is only half the battle – blocking and healing are essential to staying alive, while tapping the right analog stick to dodge your foes can be key to a successful fight.
Collecting loot is essential to progressing in your quest. Defeat enemies, discover chests or trade with merchants to pick up new weapons and artefacts that bestow new powers and attributes to your character. Some will be more useful to your character class than others, so be sure to check the stats of each new piece of loot and equip the most effective – pressing the UP button will let you quickly equip any new item you’ve collected.