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Richard's Ramblings

Just because sometimes my mind overflows its brainpan. Figured this would make as good of an outlet to catch those overflows as any. No set theme, topic, or schedule, just whatever and whenever. :)

Author: RJCox

And Now for Something Completely Different...

Posted by RJCox Wednesday June 27 2012 at 4:03PM
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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.

Sarcan writes: A leaky brainpan is a good thing, especially when you share it with more people than me, will keep my brainpan from exploding. Agree with everything you stated, Krater is definately worth it but will be better with co-op and TSW FTW :) Wed Jun 27 2012 4:52PM Report
Trionicus writes: Excellent point about D3's replay value, or lack thereof. Krater looks like a little bit of fun, reminds of me Magika for some reason. Wed Jun 27 2012 8:01PM Report
RJCox writes: Sorry Sarc, didn't know your brainpan had such a low capacity... Must be a Navy thing... ;) Honestly the more I think about that aspect of D3 the more it pisses me off. If I had known that ahead of time, it very likely would have been a deal breaker for me... Thu Jun 28 2012 3:53PM Report
apb2011 writes:

i can believe you gotta do over diablo 3 all those times to get to the "end". Blizzard had 10 years to make htis game couldn't they have made it one long game...screw that

Wed Jul 04 2012 7:13PM Report

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