Ok, so it's been a bit since I've updated this thing. You all prolly think Diablo 3 has consumed my soul since that's all I've talked about recently, but no, you'd be wrong! I, much like many others I imagine, have actually stopped playing D3, for a couple of reasons.
Primarily I hate the choices they made with the difficulty setting/options. And no, I'm not talking about how hard Inferno is, I haven't even made it there yet. My primary hatred spews forth about Normal actually... How easy, slow and boring it is. And how I have to play through it again and again with every character/class I want to try... I was initially playing a Monk. He's almost to 60 now (57 I think) and I was getting bored with him so I figured I'd try out a Barbarian... Silly me thinking since I had beat Normal and Nightmare already I could choose between Nightmare and Hell when starting a new character... Wrong. Back to Normal with you! Which makes absolutely no sense to me, it isn't like it is separate/new/different content. All it is added hit points and damage modifiers on existing mobs, plus a few extra Blues and Yellows thrown into the mix... So yeah, as much as I'd love to try out some of the other classes, I have little to no desire to spend 10-15 or so hours of my life playing through Normal again.
Plus I found Krater... If you haven't heard of it, it's an indie title on Steam. It plays a lot like the Diablo style games, but it's set in a Post-Apocalyptic world/setting. I'm loving it. Great story, great crafting system, great world and setting. Just fun stuff. Oh, and it doesn't require you to be online all the time *cough*. No multiplayer yet, but that will be added in July sometime as a free update. Can't wait for that. It's a blast already, and playing with friends will make it even more fun. Go check it out if you haven't, trust me there are MUCH MUCH worse things you could spend $15 on out there.
I've also been spending a lot of time in The Secret World beta. This one kinda snuck up on me, I admit. I didn't really know what to expect going in. Funcom is VERY hit or miss with me... Loved Anarchy Online (yes, even with all the bugs, it was definitely ahead of its time) and hated Age of Conan. The Longest Journey was also an amazing title even if not an MMO. So really TSW could have gone either way for me, but I find myself really digging it. Sure, there are some aspects of it I don't particularly care for... That skill wheel thing makes my head want to explode... It was a bit disheartening to go back to typical MMO combat after the time I spent in TERA. But IMO, the world/setting more than makes up for the downsides I've experienced, and the story being told through their amazing quest/mission system is absolutely win. I've also heard great things about the PvP system though I haven't been able to try that out yet. Not that I'm much of a PvPer I admit, but even if I don't particularly enjoy it, even I have to admit how important it is for the success of a title in this day and age. I'm also a little curious how long it will be before the inevitable F2P talks and conversion. I definitely don't see myself shelling out the money for a lifetime subscription... But it is definitely a game I see myself playing for a while.
So there you have it. TL;DR version: No more D3, go buy Krater, and digging TSW.