It’s a little known fact. As fun as League can be at times, it can also be infinitely more frustrating. So as gamers, I’m sure we all have other games that we turn to when we’ve been trolled enough to last for a lifetime (or at least the week). With this in mind, I figured it might be a good idea to do a weekly post on games other than League, just to keep you Summoners interested. There’s a whole world of MMO’s, hardcore and casual RPG’s, and RTS’s out there and I sure as hell wouldn’t mind discovering what each has to offer.
So that brings me to the topic of this week’s post, Diablo 3. If you’ve played it, you know how graphically intensive the game itself is. Therefore, I wasn’t exactly surprised when I found out that my old POS computer couldn’t even shake a finger at it, let alone run it on the game’s lowest settings. Thus my motivation for building a new computer. I wanted something that could play this game, because I knew if it did it would play all the other games I wanted it to as well.
Now that my new computer has been built and I’ve played Diablo III with all the video settings maxed out for quite a few hours at a time, let’s just say that my old computer didn’t exist in comparison. The animations are crisp, the spell effects are beautiful, the action is intense and the cut scenes seem straight out of a blockbuster film. If you haven’t played Diablo III yet, I highly urge you to at least try the now free Starter Edition, which is essentially a demo that you no longer need a friend’s code to play.
You probably need more proof that this game is awesome besides me salivating over its graphics. Well, it’s also extremely fun to play. If you’ve ever played Diablo II, you’ll recognize the style of game play from the outset. You can choose between five different predefined classes. The demon hunter takes advantage of range and maneuverability, the monk focuses on hand to hand combat and speed to stay ahead of their enemies, the barbarian uses brute force and survivability to outlast foes, the wizard commands the elements to deal insane amounts of damage, and the witch doctor calls upon the dead and plagues enemies with curses and diseases to gain an advantage. Each character is so unique that I bet every play through will feel like an entirely new experience. I can’t wait to play the classes I’ve yet to touch.
I’ve only played a monk and a demon hunter so far, but I’m definitely enjoying my time with them. My monk currently holds most of my attention, but I’ve only leveled her to 26 (work doesn’t allow me to play much during the week), but it’s been a fun 26 levels! I’m so engrossed in the story and building this one character, that my urges to try out the other classes have been kicked to the curb. This is probably the best compliment I can give the game, because in any other case I’d have five character right now, if only to test the other classes out. The monk is so well made and so much fun to play (the Demon Hunter is as well, but I started a monk so I could be the same level as a friend), that I know all the other classes will be, too.
The over worlds feel just as expansive as they were in Diablo II and the fact that they spawn randomly makes revisiting them less of a nuisance. The dungeons are crawling with enemies, swarms of weaker monsters and larger, boss type monstrosities to boot. Being able to play with Ashling (or anyone else I know with the game) is only a plus, because it makes the experience that much more fun. With the introduction of the new Paragon system, I’m sure the Diablo III will be just as rewarding once I reach max level…if I ever do, at this rate.