As most of you already know, Diablo III, the third installment in the Diablo franchise, is an extremely popular action RPG developed by Blizzard Entertainment and it’s not even yet released. Obviously, this game is irreplaceable and that’s not the point of this article, to find a Diablo III clone or a free-to-play substitute for that game. What we wish to accomplish is to highlight some free to play alternatives to Diablo III that contain some element that reminds us of the Blizzard game. So if you are a big fan of Diablo you will probably want to try the following games.
- Drakensang Online
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A beautiful hack and slash game, Drakensang Online has some lush outdoor visuals that are looking a lot like those from Diablo III. It is one amazing free to play browser-based action RPG with several elements borrowed from Diablo, including a familiar interface.
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- Fortune Online
This is a game that couldn’t be more Diablo-like… well, maybe except for the fact that it is browser-based, but that’s obvious from the start. Fortune Online has it all: three classes, dark dungeons and undead creatures. It’s the closest homage to Diablo a free-to-play game can get.
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Now, looking at Mythos, it couldn’t be more of a Diablo clone. Everything in it seems inspired by the Blizzard series, from the inventory to crafting and, mostly, the dark dungeons and fast-paced gameplay. Oh, and the interface, with the life and mana globes and the shortcut bar. Mythos is a nice hack and slash that isn’t ashamed of revealing its main inspiration at every minute.
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- Battle of the Immortals
Despite a logo and a main menu that looks like the one from World of Warcraft, Battle of the Immortals plays more like Diablo. The top view and fast paced action are reminiscent of the hit series, as well as the typical quests about killing a number of monsters or retrieving an item. A good game.
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Mytheon is another game that looks and plays somewhat like Diablo. The isometric view is clearly inspired by previous Blizzard work and the graphics are pretty cool. The keyboard and mouse control is essential to this Greek mythology-inspired game, where we can grab the usual tons of loot left from enemies. There is also mana and spells to be used.
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- The Legend of Mir 3
Not the newest game on the block, but The Legend of Mir 3 surely has some Diablo elements to it, such as the character screen, skill tree and inventory, for example. The isometric point of view is actually more reminiscent of Diablo 1 and the weak animation actually makes it more appropriate for players looking for old-school hack and slash games.
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- Eudemons Online
Eudemons Online mostly recalls Diablo due to its isometric point of view, but there are some spells to use and loot to pick up from fallen enemies. Combat is slower than a action MMORPG would need nowadays and graphics are outdated, so it’s not the most technically adept game for Diablo fans. However, the playerbase is large and that makes it a popular game.
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Dekaron (also released under the name 2Moons by Acclaim, before shutting down) is an enjoyable action MMORPG that is as much World of Warcraft as it is Diablo. There’s a pleasant mix of both genres, but the gameplay is mostly based on fast-paced PvP combat.
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- MU Online
MU Online has some years behind it and the graphics are proof of that. It’s clearly inspired by Diablo 2 and focused on PvP, with the grind being one of its major gameplay components. It’s outdated but has some clever ideas, such as the random items dropped by enemies.
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Hardly the best of the bunch, Cronous can be excused since it was first released in 2001 (global launch occurred in 2007). That explains the dated graphics and the stale combat, but it’s a fact that the mana and life globes, the hack and slash gameplay and pretty much everything else is based off Diablo.
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There are many other free to play MMO games with some Diablo elements, such as Dragon Oath, Warrior Epic and so on. So, we recommend you to go on the hunt for other valid alternatives in our free MMORPG area and keep an eye on upcoming games such as Path of Exile.