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 on: December 30, 2017, 04:03:18 AM 
Started by James - Last post by James
Diablo III is an odd duck. It has that core hack and slash and gather loot premise that the first two games had and it is enjoyable game, but at the same time it doesn't hold a candle to its predecessors and really doesn't even feel like a Diablo game. The cartoony art direction that it inherited from World of Warcraft does it no favors, robbing the game of that grim and gloomy atmosphere that the series had in spades for the first two outings. Now it is more akin to Torchlight--a good game, as well, but something you play when you desperately need to fill that Diablo-shaped hole in your heart and can't get Diablo II to run on your computer.

The difficulty is weird, too. I remember playing the first two games and always needing a potion or several on hand for those many moments when things got out of hand and I found myself in over my head. This is not really the case for Diablo III. Once you level up a little and get some skills under your belt, you no longer need health potions. You rarely even need the health globules dropped when you defeat enemies. As I progressed through the game's Acts, I got curious about whether or not I actually took any damage in battle and started keeping a closer eye on my health bar. Sure enough, I rarely saw it diminished at all and it was always back to full in no time at all. Between the life-steal done by my weapons, the passive skills that gave me life whenever I did damage or used a certain skill, and the skills that straight up regenerated my health... there was nothing to fear. Even the big end-of-chapter bosses couldn't touch me; they just stood there, battering me to no avail, while I yawned my way through their giant health bars.

I boosted the difficulty up to hard when I friend decided to join me for the last chapter and battle with Diablo and it was the same thing, except occasionally my health bar almost fell to 3/4 full before immediately filling back up again and the bosses were even spongier.

Diablo III is an enjoyable game, sure, but much like all the other ARPGs that came after those first two games... you play it because you have a Diablo-shaped hole in your heart that needs filling. It can call itself Diablo all it wants, but it doesn't live up to the name.

 on: December 27, 2017, 06:39:45 AM 
Started by Great One - Last post by James
Pretty much all of my gaming is being done on the PS4 these days, even though most of my games are on PC. I just received several more PS4 games for Christmas, too, so that will keep things going for a while. Some of the ones that I have played lately, but have not come close to beating, are:

Horizon Zero Dawn - I've come to realize in recent years that open world games are no longer part of my wheelhouse, but Horizon Zero Dawn stands out as one that I actually enjoy playing. I'm somewhere close to thirty hours in and I enjoy the heck out of it, but I have been pacing myself so I doubt that I am as far in as I could be. Good game. I look forward to maybe finishing it one day.

Romancing SaGa 2 - The latest SNES-era Squenix JRPG to get a port to mobile/consoles/PC. I'm not familiar with the series since I avoided JRPGs like a plague for well over a decade (Mystic Quest was a poor choice of introduction to the genre), but I'm having fun with it.

Persona 5 - I put fifty hours into this game when it was released and haven't come close to finishing it. Just picked it up again recently because it was time to do so. Love it.

Blue Reflection - Kind of like Persona 5, except with magic girls. I was given this for Christmas and playing it was fun, but reminded me that I needed to actually finish Persona 5. I'll get back to it after.

Diablo 3 - I played this one back on the PS3, but switched over to the PS4 before I ever finished it. I picked it up cheap recently because several of my friends are also playing it. Decent game, I guess, but it doesn't hold a candle to Diablo 2.

 on: December 27, 2017, 05:28:15 AM 
Started by Great One - Last post by Gorath
Keeping to the classics, that works, all great classics too.

I bought a puzzle game called Opus Magnum, it's by the same guy who did SpaceChem and Infinifactory if anyone ever played them. His games specialise in being kind of easy to do any solution, but insanely difficult to make a nice elegant solution which is where all the challenge lies. Very much enjoy all his games.

 on: December 27, 2017, 04:39:46 AM 
Started by Alrin - Last post by James
I saw Event Horizon the other day. Reminded me a bit about DOOM3 storyline. Not a good movie b.t.w. unless you like (bad) horror. From a sci-fi perspective it is shit. Although one scene with a guy going out the airlock into the vacuum of space was fairly accurate despite a little over the top.

Event Horizon is very much a nostalgia film. It released in 1997 and my parents decided that it was a good idea for 10 year old me to watch that sort of thing. It scared the crap out of me and also, unfortunately, damned Sam Neill to forever reign as the creepiest motherf**ker around. When it came time to watch it again a few years ago, I hesitated because I knew there was no way the film would live up to the film I had in my head. I watched it anyway... and I was right. You are right. It is a bad film. Ten year old me though, already in a little bit of love with horror, thought it was fantastic. I kind of wish I could go back to that.

 on: December 22, 2017, 12:20:24 PM 
Started by Alrin - Last post by Ghuda
Finished The long road home recently, was pretty good

 on: December 22, 2017, 12:15:34 PM 
Started by Darkon - Last post by Ghuda
It seems to suffering in both the recent books and show....I don't think George knows how to get to the end

 on: December 22, 2017, 12:13:26 PM 
Started by Great One - Last post by Ghuda
Mobile - Star wars galaxy of heroes

PS4 - GTA5 Online

PC - Red Alert Yuris revenge, Day of defeat, Europa Universailis 3 and Age of empires all get replayed often

 on: December 17, 2017, 06:58:53 PM 
Started by James - Last post by Aurian
Almost a month ago.... And I didn't buy it. But for my birthday I was gifted a raspberry pi loaded with all the old ones and SNES roms. I'm very happy. I now have many many many games to play 😂😁

 on: December 09, 2017, 10:31:34 PM 
Started by dreeken - Last post by Great One
Good to see you, mate! Hope you're keeping well.

 on: December 07, 2017, 06:11:18 PM 
Started by Syrion - Last post by Syrion
The forum is back in action! It has also been updated to the most current version where possible.

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