Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How to Unlock Diablo III Cinematics without Finishing the Game

Since I am among the eager fans of the much anticipated sequel, I bought a digital copy of Diablo III right when it became available. I won’t deny the fact that it is absolutely fun and brings back the old days of hack-and-slash and dungeon crawling entertainment the franchise popularized more than a decade ago.

Diablo III Login Screen

But then again, I – having undergone a lot of changes in my life – have become easily tired of the game after two chapters. As of this writing I still haven’t defeated the Lord of Terror. Maybe once the real-money auction house is launched I may have enough reason to play once more: earning while playing.

Because of this, a lot of the in-game cinematics have yet to be unlocked. Even if they are locked still does not convince me to finish the game though. Not even the wasted money I spent to buy the game bothers me at all. The game is not at fault here, I know. I am just that lazy.

Too lazy to finish the game but still eager to watch how it ends through the cinematics – that’s why I bothered finding out how to view the video without completing the game.

How to Unlock Diablo III Cinematics without Finishing the Game

All you have to do is edit the config file D3Prefs.txt. It is not found in the installation directory of the game, but rather in My Documents/Diablo III folder. There is always your computer’s search function if you cannot find it manually.

Once opened, you’ll see a lot of settings. We only need to edit four lines among them:Diablo III D3Prefs.txt

PlayedCutscene0 "15"
PlayedCutscene1 "15"
PlayedCutscene2 "23"
PlayedCutscene3 "143"

The numbers enclosed by double-quotation marks in your config file may not be the same as the numbers above. To be able to view all cinematics, regardless of game completion, all you have to do is match those numbers.

The PlayedCutscene0 stands for Act I cinematics, PlayedCutscene1 for those in Act II, and so forth. Don’t bother asking me what the numbers stand for. I don’t have any idea myself. Just match it!


Note that the cinematics have only been unlocked to the computer you’re currently using. It does not bind to your account. Chances are when you run Diablo III in another computer, you will need to modify the numbers in the config file (or finish the game) again to unlock the cinematics.

Alternately, you can just search for the videos on YouTube.

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  1. I'm thinking of playing Diablo III but I need to upgrade my PC specs first :-(

  2. Mine can't handle good FPS at higher settings. And this is supposed to be a high-end laptop last year. T_T


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