Guys, Best Buy Black Friday deals just marched in, and Diablo III is gonna be $35. I checked out the trial back in the summer and decided I couldn’t justify $60 with the always-online DRM (I was having internet problems to boot then). Now, to be honest the Torchlight II demo drew me in much more effectively and now I’m more interested in that game than in DIII.
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I just want to give another late Squad-Nod™ to Assassin’s Creed Revelations. That is an excellent game, and in stark contrast to some reviews, is worthwhile FOR people who have been following the story all this way. This didn’t feel like a rushed cash grab. Sure, the forward momentum of the meta-plot is minimal over what you learned in AC2, but Altair, Ezio, and even Desmond come out as stronger characters in the end. This is especially true for their cross-century ties to each other, which is a part of this story that I’ve always loved (I’ll admit, I got slightly teary-eyed at Ezio’s final message). I don’t know, there’s something about this iteration, I feel like the writing stepped up a notch.
Of course, stabbing dudes. Constantinople is like a slummy Rome mixed with Jerusalem’s sandy Middle Eastern aesthetics. Whether you like this setting or not depends on you, but if you enjoyed Brotherhood, there’s nothing you’ll miss here other than horses. Hookblades and bombs are just gravy on top, and if you’re afraid of the much maligned tower defense addition, don’t be. Refrain from running around with 100% heat on you and THEY NEVER HAPPEN, besides they aren’t even that bad. Also, you should know this by now, but avoid collecting shit, because it does nothing for you. I finished with only like 70% sync, don’t burn yourself out and you’ll enjoy it.
This is the last big series that I am emotionally invested in that hasn’t wrapped up yet. I’m in deep. Please don’t crap your pants, AC3. PLEASE!
@impynickers Nice lineup. Yeah, Diablo… that was a flash in the pan this year, eh? Is anyone here still playing that? I had a lot of fun with it, played through 3 difficulties, but there’s no long term love there. Ditto for Blizzard’s sophomoric storytelling, though we’ll have to see how Starcraft plays out.
Tiny and Big is on my list, especially after that GB quicklook.
@impynickers Second Squaddie to get hit recently. That sucks. Sorry. Be sure to get in touch with Blizzard and add an Authenticator to your account if you want to play again — they should be able to roll back your character and recover your stuff.
People are scum.
So my Diablo 3 account was hacked. My highest level characters items were stolen, and all of my gold taken… It was a fun game … but this is just too much.
Kind of a shot in the dark here, but do you guys know what the problem usually is if only one computer on your home network is having shitty internet? Normally I’d investigate problems on the router-side but since literally every other computer on the network is fine I’m kind of stumped. I’ve tried every solution I can think of and am just wondering if anyone here’s been through this. Can’t play Diablo III with that always-online DRM in my current state.
Since a few of us are going to be playing Diablo III when it launches, I’ve opened a sticky thread at the top of the page so we can exchange Battle.net and character details and thoughts on the game.
I’ve also archived a couple of the previous stickies to keep things clean.
The SquadCast will return very shortly! It’s looking increasingly likely we’re going to do a lot more “mission” podcasts in the near future, as we have a whole heap of awesomeness queued up and ready to talk about. We’re recording the first of these next weekend (not this coming one) so you can expect something new to fill your lugholes with for several hours within a couple of weeks. Joy!
The official Squad crew of elite skeleton clickers
So it seems a few of us are picking up Skeleton Click III shortly. Post your Battle.net details/character names etc in the comments below, along with any thoughts on the experience.
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@pepperized We only tend to hang on Skype when we’re actually recording (at least I do) so exchanging Skype names will probably be a futile gesture. If you want to chat when we’re not hanging around here, Twitter is usually the best way to do it.
Bioshock Infinite delayed? Meh. Don’t care. Bioshock really didn’t grab me as much as I felt it was supposed to. It was certainly no System Shock 2, that’s for sure.
A big yes to Diablo III, though. The reason I am excited about a new Skeleton Click is it will be the first game in, like, for-fucking-EVER that I’ll be able to play online with friends in the same time zone. We’re going to have a party of characters just to play together with and then do our own thing on our own time. I’d certainly be up for playing with Squaddies, too. We’ll exchange Battle.net details nearer the time. There’s a weird system in place for international play from the sound of things, but at least it’s possible.