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  • RedSwirl 3:11 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink
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    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.

     
  • bowlisimo 6:33 pm on August 4, 2012 Permalink
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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.

    Lastly, the music. The music, guys. THE MUSIC. Jesper Kyd is on top of his game here, and it is the best it has ever been.

    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.

     
  • mjpilon 3:28 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink
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    Dwarf Fortress…….. ummm… I watched the video Giant Bomb posted last week and I’m sorry but I can’t do it. I literally sat there faced with the insanity that was on the screen and tuned out. It’s interesting and I respect those who enjoy it but I don’t have the time to sink into a game like that.

    With the vacation/ work/ holidays craziness, I haven’t had the chance to comment on my recent gaming time, so here we go *cue brain dump*:

    Gears of War 3: Finally got to this a few months ago. I respect Epic for getting out of the brown grays and working in some color to the Gears world. The gameplay is still classic Gears which still drives me insane at times (I seem to have a tendency to get stuck on cover for some reason) but it was quite enjoyable. Happy I finally got to it but I harbor no real desire to return to that world again.

    Child of Eden: Arrived from Game Access after Gears and “finished” it in about a week. I don’t own a Kinect but wanted to play it anyway. I don’t think lacking the hand waving capability really impacted my experience anyway. I loved the variety of visual styles and the accompanying music for each level although for the life of me I couldn’t really tell what the heck is going on in the overall “narrative” but I don’t think that is really the point anyway. Gameplay is “meh” but worth getting through for the audio-visual ride. Biggest negative however is the game’s artificial way to lengthen playtime by essentially requiring you to replay levels to advance to the final levels. NOT COOL GUYS. I understand that 5 levels makes for a short game but in that case, make more levels instead of forcing multiple replays. All in all, a worthwhile rental. Nothing more.

    Diablo 3: I enjoyed my time with it so far but I didn’t get past Act 1 and haven’t had the desire to go back in a few weeks. Now part of that may just be my natural aversion to gaming on my Mac/PC but maybe not….

    Assassin’s Creed Revelations: Enzo’s story should have ended at Brotherhood. While I still enjoy the core elements of the game, it feels so tired and stale after the previous two ACs. Ubisoft’s response to complaints about the mechanics from AC2 and Brotherhood seems to have been “let’s just add more mechanics and gameplay elements so that people ignore the fact that we didn’t change anything”. The tower defense stuff is pointless and not very fun. The Desmond’s journey is interesting from a background info perspective but just feels bolted on at the last minute. The “notoriety” meter is a cheap trick to slow down your progress. The fact that I still need to go to the Bank to collect my money and that I still need to go back and forth from the map screen to the game screen to navigate after this many iterations is a joke. At least there was some global storyline closure/ progression in the end but really….Assassin’s Creed 3 can’t come soon enough to breath some new life into this series.

    Saints Row 3: Only played about 15 minutes of this but quite possibly the most ridiculous, over the top, insane first 15 minutes I’ve ever played in a game. You know you’re in for a ride when the game starts with a parody Star Wars-like scrolling text. This should be the kind of crazy fun that I hoping it is…. will get back to it once I complete the next game which just came from Game Access…

    Rayman Origins: First the positives. I LOVE the art design and the music. I could sit there and stare at the screen for hours. Love the originality of the first 3 worlds so far and just how much detail Ubisoft put into each level. However, I have been quite frustrated at times with the controls. Maybe it’s just the Mario jumping “feel” that is built into me but I have blown many jumps just because I haven’t fully picked up on the momentum on the characters as they move. Very much enjoy the game and will get through it but no chance in hell that I try to fully medal each level. Would probably drive me to insanity.

    *brain dump completed*

    I will try to avoid waiting so long between updates next time :p

    And I’m 30 minutes early but whatever….Happy 4th to the American contingent of the Squad. May it be as awesome as the 1st was for us Canadians 🙂

     
  • Pete Davison 12:31 am on June 3, 2012 Permalink
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    @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.

     
  • impynickers 12:20 am on June 3, 2012 Permalink
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    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.

     
  • RedSwirl 4:39 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink
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    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.

     
  • Pete Davison 10:37 am on May 11, 2012 Permalink
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    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.

    Remember, you can always find past mission threads here, past podcast episodes (from Season 2 onwards) here and past Squad Music Mixes here. These links are also in the sidebar.

    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!

    In the meantime, have you listened to Chris and Jeff’s new show “Too Old For This” yet? Find ’em on Facebook here and Twitter here. Or just subscribe in iTunes here.

     
  • Pete Davison 10:26 am on May 11, 2012 Permalink |
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    Diablo III

    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.

    BattleTags
    zegolf#1213
    AngryJedi#2260
    CptCarnage#1483
    MrN1CKERS#1922
    Bowlisimo#1728
    Beige#1834
    mjpilon#1415
    KonradBeezo#1109

     
    • Pete Davison 10:38 am on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      If you’re on the front page, click the “Reply” link at the top right of the post to comment.

    • zegolf 1:47 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      Very much looking forward to this! I nearly failed out of my freshman year of college due, in part, to LoD. I’ll be on, pretty sure I’m zegolf on battle.net, too.

    • Pete Davison 2:48 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      My BattleTag (which is how Diablo III is handling friends lists) is AngryJedi, or AngryJedi#2260 if you need the full thing, which I think you might as they’re non-unique.

    • RedSwirl 3:02 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      I’ll download the trail whenever I have time. That’s all I can promise at this point.

    • Pete Davison 3:15 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      I don’t think there is a trial, Red — it’s not an MMO. You buy it or you don’t.

      If you played and enjoyed any of the following, you will dig the game. If you didn’t, you probably won’t.

      • Torchlight (PC)
      • Titan Quest (PC)
      • Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance (Gen6 consoles)
      • Dungeons and Dragons Heroes (Xbox)
      • Dungeon Hunter I and II (not III) (iOS)
      • Drakensang Online
      • Everquest: Champions of Norrath
    • zegolf 3:16 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      Also, if you’ve played Diablo or Diablo II, you may enjoy Diablo III.

    • Pete Davison 3:17 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      I figured that probably went without saying. 😉

    • cptcarnage 7:00 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      Preorder hasnt been placed yet and I’m on the fence.

      I loved Torchlight but never gave Diablo the benefit of the doubt, whats the similarities/differences?

    • beige 8:42 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      I’m 100% in for Skeleton Click. Waterkanji on Steam, send a friend request.
      Haven’t played Torchlight, but as I understand they’re basically the same game. Diablo invented the skeleton clicking genre, and the DIII marketplace looks to take lewt whoring into the stratosphere with its insane real-money market for items and equipment.

    • zegolf 8:49 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      Updating with my Battle.net account name. zegolf#1213

      See you all in Sanctuary.

    • Pete Davison 9:23 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      Torchlight was, in fact, developed by a bunch of ex-Blizzard bods who worked on Diablo, hence the similarities (particularly in the distinctive ambient music, which was the work of Matt Uelmen). If you loved Torchlight, you’ll love Diablo. The only major difference in Diablo III is the revamp they’ve done to the ability system — I read an interesting post on the subject here.

      I saw a TV advert for it tonight. I know it’s going to be huge, but I never figured Diablo for a game that would fit in with the TV advertising demographic.

    • Pete Davison 9:52 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      This is Wal-Mart’s actual description for the game from their website, reproduced here verbatim. Their copywriter wants firing.

      The Diablo III PC/Mac Game revolves around an interesting plot which will keep you spell bound. while you are playing. This Strategy Video Game also has some similar setting as the Diablo II like Tristram. The Witch Doctor is a new character in this game, is reminiscent of the Diablo II Necromancer, The Barbarians in this strategy video game have a variety of revamped skills at their disposal on the basis of the use of their incredible physical prowess. Bring home the PC video game to solve the mysteries of the mighty Barbarians.

      Diablo III PC/Mac Game:

      • The Witch Doctor is a new character reminiscent of the Diablo II Necromancer
      • The Barbarians will have a variety of revamped skills at their disposal based on the use of their incredible physical prowess.
      • 1-on-1′ dueling system coming into play.
    • impynickers 9:57 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      @Pete lol! I do want to solve the mysteries of mighty barbarians in a strategy video game.

      Really looking forward to this game. BattleNET name I believe is ImpyNickers, at least it was for Starcraft 2 months ago.

    • Pete Davison 9:59 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink

      @impynickers You’ll need to make sure it’s a “BattleTag” (you can reserve it now on the Account page on Battle.net) and I think you need the “#number” bit after it too. I think it’s to distinguish you from all the other ImpyNickerses out there.

    • cptcarnage 12:48 am on May 12, 2012 Permalink

      Done and preordered. In the meantime i’ll dust off my copy of Diablo 2 that i never played LOL.

      Battletag: CptCarnage#1483

    • bowlisimo 1:29 am on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      Wow, Walmart. They should have just written, “I think diablo is a pretty cool guy. eh brethes fire and doesnt afraid of anything.”

      Bought this on Newegg, paid $10 less, but have to wait to ship. Can’t remember the last PC box I bought.

      Bowlisimo#1728

    • RedSwirl 1:51 am on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      @angryjedi I kinda assumed there would be, I think I heard confirmation somewhere, I dunno. StarCraft 2 has a demo (which I still haven’t booted up because I insisted on finally buying the original StarCraft on the day SC2 came out, and have barely done anything in THAT game). This is all kinda hard for someone who hasn’t touched a Blizzard game since 2000.

      The only things slightly resembling Diablo that I’ve played are Torchlight and Phantasy Star Online. Torchlight’s nice but for some reason I can’t do a whole dungeon in one sitting. It’s almost like an iOS game to me – for short bursts only. It doesn’t even feel right playing the game on a desktop. Looks at Torchlight II and Path of Exile have me interested though if I deem them more important than my backlog. I don’t think I’ve seen any DIII footage at all.

      I really just want Sega to release an English version of Phantasy Star Online 2.

      And lastly, in this area I need to get in as much Demon’s Souls as I can before the servers shut down. I’ve already made peace with the fact that I won’t be beating the game before then (Stuck at the Penetrator and Old Hero). Once that does happen I’m thinking of re-rolling in Dark Souls, or just shelving that until Prepare to Die Edition comes out. I’ve made it through a lot of hardship in that game so far, but I keep hearing talk of areas that I’m still nowhere near (I’m stuck at the Gaping Dragon).

      Oh, and I’m finally about to finish Final Fantasy IV, I think.

      Basically, I am behind-as-fuck in dungeon crawlers.

    • feenwager 2:47 am on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      I’m so torn as to whether to purchase DIII. On one hand, I know I’ll love it. On another, there’s the whole ‘sitting in front of the computer’ thing all over again. I really want to play it though, so…

    • Pete Davison 10:23 am on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      Do it. DO IT. Surely some hack and slash clicky combat will be ideal for those times when the little ‘un wakes up in the middle of the night and you’re waiting for peace once again. Or whatever it is you child-bearing people do in the middle of the night. 🙂

      Also, Squad multiplayer.

    • Pete Davison 10:44 am on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      Anyone going to be having a go on Hardcore? My love of roguelikes makes me want to at least try. I’m going to have a character reserved exclusively for playing regularly with my buds in this time zone, but outside of that I’m going to experiment a bit and see how long I can survive. That sounds like fun. Or possibly infuriating. I won’t quite know until I try it.

    • cptcarnage 3:11 pm on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      Probably not until I get the feel for it.

      Any class preferences? Huntress sounds cool I like ranged combat but I may roll a wizard or a barbarian.

    • bowlisimo 3:32 pm on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      You’re going to do hardcore mode? In Diablo?

    • RedSwirl 5:28 pm on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      I don’t even think I’d survive in Diablo multiplayer since Torchlight had none for me to practice with. Closest thing I know is PSO co-op.

    • mjpilon 9:54 pm on May 13, 2012 Permalink

      Admission time: I never played Diablo II. I actually bought a copy years ago but my old family PC couldn’t handle it and I forgot about it.

      I’m still not sure I’ll buy Diablo III but I am very intrigued. In case I do take the plunge (which won’t occur until June anyway since I’ll be on vacation), I signed up: mjpilon#1415

    • zegolf 10:29 am on May 14, 2012 Permalink

      I’m pretty excited that my physical copy (due to ship this afternoon, here by tomorrow) is actually Mac-compatible. When Blizz basically abandoned Mac users with Diablo II, I was worried I would have to boot camp this game. As much as it’s nice to have the ability to bootcamp, it’s still a pain in the ass to have to reboot every time I want to play.

      Looking forward to tomorrow!

    • zegolf 1:11 pm on May 14, 2012 Permalink

      @RedSwirl Rumor has it (the early copies that have already shipped) that the game is shipping with a “Guest Pass” that will allow you to get on Diablo III “Starter”. I’ve got a physical copy coming tomorrow that has a guest pass with your name on it, if you want it.

      If Red doesn’t take it, anyone else is welcome to it.

    • RedSwirl 1:36 pm on May 14, 2012 Permalink

      @zegolf Sure, but I’m not sure when I’d use it.

    • impynickers 7:33 pm on May 14, 2012 Permalink

      Turns out I did have a battletag already
      MrN1CKERS#1922

    • cptcarnage 4:32 am on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      To bed, is it me or am I the only one who always gets tricked into thinking a midnight launch is midnight EST only to find out that its actually 3am EST.

      Too much bias for PST imho.

    • impynickers 4:56 am on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      @cptcarnage Yeah…….. … Yeah. I swear I was able to play Starcraft II around midnight EST at launch. I don’t know why this is a thing. Oh well.

    • RedSwirl 4:36 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      Heard about the server problems which reminds me of the always-online DRM. The system that I’d be running DIII on happens to be going through some internet trouble so I’m not even sure I’d be able to play the game.

    • cptcarnage 6:23 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      That Sums it up quite nicely.

    • bowlisimo 6:44 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      More reasons not to buy games on release, although that problem used to be solely an MMO problem.

      Hopefully this stuff is ironed out by the time I get home and install.

    • beige 6:45 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      Yo skeleton clickers, don’t forget to add Beige#1834
      I won’t be online for a day or two but I’m in there!

    • zegolf 7:21 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      So it looks like the game actually shipped with THREE guest passes. At least mine did. And one for WoW…because Lord knows I need to start playing that game again.

      If anyone is interested, feel free to email me. It’s just my screen name [at] gmail!

    • Pete Davison 9:08 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      Pro-Tip to anyone getting a physical copy of the game: If you have the bandwidth, activate your key on Battle.net and download the client rather than installing from disc, otherwise you will quite literally be there all day.

      I have two Guest Passes, too. If anyone wants one, Squad gets first dibs.

    • bowlisimo 9:14 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      Too late, already installing off the disk.

      Yeah, I have D3 guest passes coming out the wazoo over here (3 total) if anyone wants one.

    • bowlisimo 9:44 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink

      That wasn’t that bad, install off the disk, make a sandwich, read the lore. It’s fine.

    • Shingro 1:24 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      I’d love to get a guest pass =) my nick at Yahoo.com would much enjoy the chance to give D3 a whirl, there’s so many amazing games coming out that I’ve no shortage of distractions, but I’d love to take a spin in the zeitgeist of it for a bit =)

    • cptcarnage 3:34 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      Got a few hours in this evening before battlenet decided to kick me off for no particular reason.

      Running a Demon Hunter. Clicking skele’s like mad, got together with a party of 4 (all different classes) and its interesting to see the different dynamics that start appearing.

    • bowlisimo 3:43 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      Wow… All I needed to do was hit the boss literally 2 more times and I would have beat him “You have been disconnected”. !!! WHY? WHY IS SINGLEPLAYER TIED TO SERVERS….ughhhh. Welcome to the future.

    • feenwager 3:46 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      Clearly there is money to be made in server stress testing. It seems that no matter how open a beta anything runs, whether it’s a game or service, it immediately breaks the minute it goes live to the general public.

      Someone get on that so we can all be rich, mmmkay?

    • Pete Davison 11:17 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      @bowlisimo I blogged about this yesterday. Blizzard would have had a much easier time of it if they had actually set expectations for Diablo III correctly and said up-front that it was an online-only game, which it is.

      By “online-only” I don’t mean “has DRM”, I mean “MMO-style”, like Guild Wars or even World of Warcraft. No-one complains about games like that requiring you to always be online — even if you’re soloing — and Diablo III is structured in exactly the same way, albeit without the massively-multiplayer areas in which to congregate. The trouble is, past Diablo titles had a discrete “single player” option, so those who wanted to solo stuck with that and perhaps never ventured onto Battle.net, which is where a healthy degree of fun lies. In the previous games, you had separate characters for online and offline, too, which was a pain. People were expecting the old game’s clearly demarcated “single player” and “multiplayer” options, and those simply aren’t present here. When you’re playing solo in D3, you’re not really playing “single player”, you’re soloing online.

      Perhaps I’m putting too much of a positive spin on it, but that’s how I see it. I understand why people are angry, though — Blizzard haven’t done a great job of communicating about this. BLUE PLZ

      Personally, I can live with a few day-one server issues — I’ve come to expect them, in fact. I know it shouldn’t be like that, and they should stress-test their servers, but it’s the way it is with online titles at the moment.

    • zegolf 11:26 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      @angryjedi @bowlisimo I think it’s also important to remember the history of the series, as well as look toward the future for Blizzard. WoW was a cash cow for Blizzard, and now they’re staring down both diminishing numbers and the release of a game which has no real source of income for them. History dictates that this game could require support for upwards of 10 years, which is an eternity in the “gaming world”.

      Enter: The Auction House

      I mention the history of Diablo because, as someone who spent an inordinate amount of time on the old series, it was plagued with duping, hacking and other issues. If Blizzard hopes to make any money off of the Auction House, they’re going to have to ensure people continue to use it. In order to maintain that usage, they’re going to have to guarantee that it’s safe and that the economy won’t be disrupted by hackers and dupers. The easiest way to do that? Control every aspect of the game that is relevant to the Auction House on the server side. Want to hack your character on the client side? Go for it! But it’s not going to affect the server side aspect, which means that people can feel safe knowing their rare drops are going to continue to be rare, and Blizzard continues to make money.

      Pete’s right, Diablo has NEVER been a try single player game and I don’t think Blizz had any plans to change that. If anything, they’ve made the game easier to drop-in/drop-out for multiplayer. But it’s my belief that the real reason you’re seeing “Single Player DRM” is to protect the economy of the game, and to give Blizzard a viable business plan for running Diablo III servers well into the next decade.

    • Pete Davison 4:17 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      Chaps,

      In Blizzard’s infinite wisdom they decided that while they were absolutely fine with people being able to switch regions to play with international friends, they decided that The Right Thing To Do would be to keep friends lists, achievements and characters separate on each region’s servers.

      As such, if you see me playing Diablo III on Steam but I’m not showing up on the in-game friends list, it means I’m playing on the European servers. Feel free to shoot me a Steam chat, iMessage or whatever if you want to play and I’ll switch over.

    • impynickers 6:15 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      Been enjoying what I played so far, though there are many changes to the game that really seem to go further than I would have liked. The inability to actually use weapons is one thing that shouldnt bother me as much as it does. I mean… you have them right there. Why cant I see what this ultra awesome new weapon I picked up actually does? I dont care if it boosts my stats. I have no tangible feedback. Also, the game as far as I have played is really easy. Health is in great quantity, and damage is something that doesnt seem to come in great quantities. Other than that, things feel pretty good. But those are some major issues. That and the whole online requirement.

    • bowlisimo 6:36 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      I disagree with you guys. Diablo has always been a single player experience for me. Single player first, maybe some multi second, I doubt I’m alone on that. I think it’s fundamentally stupid, but I don’t have any fight in me on this one, and I’m sure we’ll never hear about D3 server problems ever again, so…whatever. I just don’t like it. *crosses arms*

      My $50 dollars is already spent, I would have spent it anyway, so my opinion doesn’t much matter.

      The game was fun otherwise, right up until it disconnected me one second before beating the first boss.

      The monk is cool. I don’t get why he holds weapons if his animation is a punch though. Kind of weird. Do my weapons even matter statswise? Howabout a monk with a shield? Questions to be answered.

    • zegolf 8:27 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink

      @impynickers So you CAN fight with just your weapons, it’s just a bit kludgy and takes away your primary attack slot. If you go into Options -> Gameplay and enable “Elective Mode”, you can then drag and drop your attacks to the various slots. You can also drag your primary attack OFF of the bar (but not to a slot) which will then enable weapon attacks.

    • mjpilon 2:45 am on May 17, 2012 Permalink

      Game has been officially purchased! Decided to start with a monk but I’m leaving for France for 10 days on Friday so hopefully you all haven’t burnt out on the game by the time I get back 😛

      Battletag : mjpilon#1415

    • impynickers 3:53 am on May 17, 2012 Permalink

      @zegold Oh hey! Look at that! I mean the game seems to have been designed around the skills, but I appreciate that it is possible to go back to traditional hack and slash. Even if it is a little out of the way.
      Maybe in patches they will make it easier, for now I am enjoying the game my way and that makes me happy enough.

    • Pete Davison 10:10 am on May 17, 2012 Permalink

      I consider it my divine mission to bring at least one of you through the secret level, which is a magnificently epic troll on those who were complaining about D3 being “too colourful”.

      In order to get there, you have to craft a Staff of Herding, which requires the following items:

      • Black Mushroom (Cathedral, floor 1 — Act I)
      • Leoric’s Shinbone (Leoric’s manor — Act I)
      • Liquid Rainbow (Mysterious Chest, Mysterious Cave, Dahlgur Oasis — Act II)
      • Wirt’s Bell (Squirt the Peddler , Caldeum — costs 100,000 gold)
      • Gibbering Gemstone (random drop from mobs in the caves in the battlefield in front of the bridge — Act III
      • Plans (random drop from Izual — Act IV)

      Nowhere near accomplishing that yet, but it’s something to aim for. 🙂

    • feenwager 1:11 pm on May 17, 2012 Permalink

      I added it up top, but in case you missed it: KonradBeezo#1109

      Go nuts.

    • RedSwirl 1:43 am on May 18, 2012 Permalink

      Got the trial client. Might be on tomorrow night. Managed to grab RedSwirl#1337 as a BattleTag.

    • RedSwirl 1:44 am on May 18, 2012 Permalink

      My internet still sucks though so I don’t know if I’m really gonna be able to play it.

    • impynickers 4:12 am on May 20, 2012 Permalink

      So I beat the game. It was epic.

    • Pete Davison 12:53 pm on May 20, 2012 Permalink

      Don’t spoil anything, but is the final battle better than in previous instalments? Fighting Diablo was always a big letdown in past experience, but Blizzard seem to have got wise to how to make a more “dramatic” encounter now — not least by actually adding some music for once.

      I have to say, I’m loving the game so far (about halfway through Act II with my furthest character), and the drop-in co-op, cloud saving and online profile gubbins is great.

    • impynickers 3:40 pm on May 21, 2012 Permalink

      @Pete Final battle was a lot of fun. Came slightly before I was expecting it. I mean the game is long and satisfying, but the final act has a lot of stuff going on. You knew it was coming, but I wasnt expecting it to happen quite when it did. It was a great battle though.

    • beige 7:42 pm on May 22, 2012 Permalink

      Started playing the skeleton clicks after podcasting on Saturday. Only played for maybe 2 hours total over the weekend, if that, but have many thoughts.

      a) The witch doctor seems unususally polite and generally nice for a guy who communes with loa and dark spirits all the time. Not that I was expecting anything in particular, mind — he just seems like a decent sort. Sort of empathic, generally calm and understanding when dealing with NPCs. To me, there’s a pleasing dissonance there especially since dude throws jars of spiders all over the place at everything. I want to imagine this dinner party where the witch doctor is politely discussing TED talks with his brother-in-law or something and then, just after asking if someone could pass the cranberries, he stands up and blasts everything in the room with flaming bats before sitting down to spoon a mouthfull of mashed potatoes.

      b) I missed that little fwufffwuff sound that the books make when they fall to the ground.

      c) Blizzard has come a long way when it comes to presenting their stories in a coherent way. That said, the multiplayer “narrative-based experience” is like trying to read a novel in the middle of that group of guinea pigs up there. I was trying — really TRYING — to stay with the nice girl who was telling me a sad story of her crazy uncle Cain — but at the same time there were three other people running cheerfully around the map waving their hands in the air like kids at a birthday party or selling loot while waiting on me to finish up already. Over here: gravelly voiced Scott telling me how he had to put old King Leoric down. Over here: Pishu, making up hilariously crazy names for randomly summoned Blizzard monsters. It’s like being fed a novel in the form of tweets. My brain was tired from trying to stitch it together.

      d) It’s hella fun to click skeletons together though, innit!. I felt bad for Zegolf who stepped into our kiddie pool around level 30 or so. “Hey guys! How’s it… eerr….. yeah.” To a level 30 character, our level 5 asses just look like high school kids slow dancing 2 feet apart.

      e) Disjointed or not, I still appreciate how they’re portraying the game as sort of a “Tale of Five Dudes” thing. It’s less about the quest to defeat Diablo big caps and more about the Witch Doctor and his SPECIFIC perspective on the whole affair. It makes the “pick up and play” part make sense in a sort of Team Fortress way. You can adventure around with your character of choice, hop over to a friend’s game and go down 10 levels and still feel like you’re having a good, novel experience. Do the male and female voice actors have the same dialogue? Is it the same monk’s story regardless of gender?

    • feenwager 3:11 pm on May 23, 2012 Permalink

      It’s a small thing, but something Diablo 3 does better than many recent game is keep my attention on the main action. I find myself looking at the mini map much less often that usual. Kudos.

    • bowlisimo 6:28 pm on May 24, 2012 Permalink

      Completed normal a few days ago. Had a lot of fun, but I kind feel bad for the narrative in that game. They really try to make it serious and dire, but the on the ground action feels even more divorced from the whole good vs evil plot than I remember. I sat and talked to everyone, listened to all the lore,and paid attention. It’s jut not engaging on an intellectual level. Then there’s semi-beloved characters dying in isometric in-game cutscenes? Surely they deserved better?

      No, it’s totally fine, especially when everything else is so good. I said briefly to Beige last night (as he was summoning walking exploding zombie torsos) that I’m glad the game is pretty ridiculous and not serious in how it plays. This barbarian I started can swipe dudes clean off the map. The monk can punch monsters in half. Bad guys might as well be saying “Muahahaha” after all their dialogue when you get there too late to stop them for the 80th time. Practically everything on the map is attackable and blows up into splinters (that also go flying off the map) when you do, leaving money and presents behind. It’s satisfying.

      No idea how long I’ll stay on the treadmill, but as of now I’m still enjoying discovering new skills, finding new items, and in stark contrast to what I said earlier, running around with you guys in multi, so who knows?

    • zegolf 3:16 pm on May 25, 2012 Permalink

      Some potentially spoilery stuff here, so just a warning.

      Still spoilers….

      Ok, ready?

      http://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/u3w0z/diablo_3_potentially_has_an_arg_alternate_reality/

      Looks like there might be more to the D3 Secret level than people first thought. I love conspiracy theories in games.

    • scribl 2:04 am on May 27, 2012 Permalink

      Kroan#1518

    • zegolf 3:28 pm on May 29, 2012 Permalink

      Been trying to think of a way we can store information about items we might have that could help anyone else. I know I’ve picked up a few drops that have helped out @angryjedi, but it would be great if we all could share the love. Anyone have any thoughts?

    • cptcarnage 2:23 am on May 30, 2012 Permalink

      Well my account got hacked, all my gold, items and stash is gone.

      Talking with 2 other people that I play with they got nailed too. Anyone here?

    • zegolf 2:36 am on May 30, 2012 Permalink

      My account is unscathed. Change your password, get the authenticator and contact Blizzard. They’re able to roll back your account to semi-recent times and get your stuff back. For the most part.

      Did you notice anyone added to your friends list that you don’t recognize? Make note if you do.

    • cptcarnage 2:38 am on May 30, 2012 Permalink

      Already done, authenticator’s on my phone and one new user on my recents with a bunch of level 1 characters with dwadwadwa names.

      Don’t know how long ago it was, haven’t played for at least 5 days.

    • Pete Davison 10:15 am on May 30, 2012 Permalink

      @cptcarnage Crap, that sucks. Sorry, dude! Like Zach says, do all the usual security measures, ensure you have the Authenticator and contact Blizzard, they should be able to help. Unfortunately, they’re used to this sort of thing. People are scum.

      The account-hacking thing was supposedly due to some sort of exploit with public games. I believe it’s been fixed now, but be careful, all.

    • bowlisimo 2:48 pm on May 30, 2012 Permalink

      Damn, well that got me to order an authenticator. Crossing my fingers until I get this thing in the mail (no I don’t have a smart phone).

      Diablo 3 has become a chillout with itunes on shuffle timesink for me. Haven’t really played anything else since it came out. Feel like I can ride this wave to hell difficulty, maybe the beginning of Inferno, hit the level cap and then probably stop. Grinding for late game gear without any level progression is what will finally end this game for me, I think. Although there’s always the Barbarian I’ve been leveling up with Beige…

    • zegolf 1:57 am on May 31, 2012 Permalink

      I’ve taken the first steps in acquiring the items to enter Whimsyshire. I’ve found the Black Mushroom and I’m currently seeking out the remaining items. I’ll keep everyone updated!

    • Pete Davison 10:15 pm on June 1, 2012 Permalink

      Good work, sir. I successfully made it there the other night, and I believe Bowley has too. Be prepared for LOTS of farming.

  • Pete Davison 9:16 pm on May 9, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Diablo III   

    @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.

     
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