September 21, 2016

How Much Fun is Diablo 3?

diablo-3-image-2Unfortunately, I wasn’t thoroughly interested in Diablo’s story, and whilst I’m sure it was a worthy ending to the saga, I was far more interested in the dynamic loot system and hack n’ slash combat.

Surprisingly (at least it was to me), the loot system in Diablo is radically different than those found in traditional MMOs (Diablo is not an MMO).

For example, when I killed the Lich King (in World of Warcraft, for those less informed), I had X chance of getting the drop that I wanted (let’s just say some one handed sword).

That sword would have set stats on it, so I’d know exactly what I was getting if the weapon dropped. In Diablo, things are quite a bit more chaotic–you never really know what you’re going to get.

First of all, there’s a way smaller chance of you actually getting a 1 handed sword from any given encounter–instead of each boss having a pool of 7 or 8 potential drops, they can drop any piece of loot in the game.

Now, let’s say that a rare one handed sword does drop. You’ll now have to “identify” (right click) the weapon, which is essentially analogous to unwrapping a present. After opening the item, you can finally see what phat (or fat) loot you received.

 What’s crazy is how useless (or amazing) the stats / damage on the weapon can be–the disparity between two of the same item after identifying is staggering.

I could get two of the same weapons (same name, etc.), and after identifying the loot, one does double the damage of the other! While this sounds irritating and unpredictable, it makes the search for loot thrilling.

It’s like opening up a pack of Pokemon cards when you’re 12–getting that holographic Charizard was simply amazing.

How far games have come! Sadly, fire still looks like crap

The loot isn’t the only thing that drives this game forward though. The combat is blissfully brutal, making the process of mowing down your foes all that much more satisfying. The way in which you do this can also vary greatly depending on your chosen character build. Each class has 22 abilities, with each ability having 5 runes.

These runes can drastically change each move, adding a slow effect, fire damage, etc. You can only have 6 abilities active at any given time (using one rune per ability), so you must consider the synergy between moves when you make your choices.

It’s also really nice that you can switch these abilities easily, encouraging players to find out what works. Experimentation is crucial on harder difficulties, namely Hell and Inferno, where the wrong build will get you killed almost immediately.

This replaces the traditional “talent system,” where the player makes mundane decisions that gradually affect the stats of your player, certain abilities, etc.

Sure, that means there’s less customization, but who honestly cares? Instead of making menial decisions throughout leveling, you’re provided with abilities / runes that actually change the way you play–I like this a helluva lot more than simply choosing to add 3 percent to your damage with swords.

There are countless aspects of this game that I have yet to mention, like the randomized dungeons, incredibly varied enemy types, fantastic art direction, and much more. I have only scratched the surface, but I definitely feel that Diablo has been carefully crafted to perfection–it’s no surprise that the game took over a decade to surface.

September 1, 2016

Batman: Arkham Knight Review

firstBatman: Arkham Knight has been one of the most anticipated games of the past couple of years. After a series of delays pushed the game from its original release date in October 2014 till now, is the game worth it? Is it a fitting conclusion to the Batman series that Rocksteady started?

The story of Arkham Knight is a very well-crafted thrill ride from start to finish with plenty of twists and turns. All of Batman’s friends and allies show up at some point in the story.  

The story itself is a revenge plot with a focus on dismantling Batman and making him suffer as much as possible. Scarecrow is working with a mysterious new foe called the Arkham Knight. Without spoiling the story, I will say that the Arkham Knight is well written until the reveal of who is really behind that mask and what their motivation was for causing all of this destruction.

It didn’t seem to be fully fleshed out. Scarecrow, on the other hand, felt scary and always a step ahead which led to an epic final confrontation that didn’t seem to go the way I had expected, which is a good thing. The rest of the characters all have their part to play and most of them have a great role that is very fleshed out.

Commissioner Gordon in particular has a role (that I won’t spoil here) that heats up the tension between him and Batman considerably. The gameplay on Arkham Knight is top notch. Batman’s combat and movement is amazing and quite exhilarating.

When locked in a room with 20 guys and you just annihilate them with different combos and counters. It really does make you feel like Batman, and no one can touch you.

The grappling hook and gliding features have been expanded, making it easy to glide from one side of Gotham to the other. It feels fluid and easy to use.

Also new to the series is the Dual Take down actions. As you fight with your colleagues (Man is it a treat to fight beside Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman, even Oracle gets in on the action in her own special way.) you can press a button to swap to that character and do a take down.

This spices up the fight sequences and add more depths to combo systems in play. New to the series this time around is the Batmobile.

Graphically this game is simply amazing. Batman himself looks amazing, the way the rain falls on his cape and drips down is incredible. Gotham looks like a real city in crisis.

The map itself for this game is huge and highly detailed. In my play-through on my PS4 Digital copy, I didn’t notice any major bugs or any other graphical issues that popped up. I did have one glitch midway through the game, where I respawned under the city and kept falling, however I just reset the game and that issue went away. Other than that everything seemed to look and work as it should. I also have to mention the music and sound of this game.

The game play has its hiccups with the Batmobile, but Batman himself is fun and satisfying to control whether it is gliding through Gotham, or taking out the villains of Gotham.

Graphically, this game is one of the best looking games of the year, the characters and city are amazingly detailed and the animations are crisp. It is also a game that should keep you coming back for more.

The season pass announced has promised plenty of content for the next 6 months, including a story DLC where you can play as Batgirl. Do yourself a favor and pick up this must play game!

World Of Warcraft’s revival

World of Warcraft or popularly – WoW was the best game for a long period of time. This game is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) type of game. WoW is Blizzard entertainments pride and joy. They developed World of Warcraft from popular Warcraft series and upgraded the strategy game into MMORPG. When WoW first came out it was a revolution in gaming, nothing like that has ever been seen before. I remember first time I’ve seen it, I was amazed. It was back in 2005 when Vanilla was still going strong.
Warcraft world is an imaginary world created by Blizzard and it’s epic. There are around twenty books, called lore, telling the story of warcraft and describing legendary events. From this lore, World of Warcraft arisen. It’s a fantasy world inhabited by different races that forged alliances into two great factions – Horde and Alliance. Originally Horde was an alliance of Orcs, Trolls, Taurens and Undeads and Alliance faction – Humans, Night elves, Dwarves and Gnomes.
Vanilla, the first expansion of WoW was played only on two continents, Eastern Kingdom and Kalimdor, combined representing Azeroth, a World in which all races lived. Blizzard made it to look like a world where every race is equal and there are no good or bad ones. Both factions fight for their survival and sometimes even join forces against outside threats.
The game is still going strong and it hasn’t stopped developing. Each expansion lasts for around a year and a half and right now we are at expansion number five – Warlords of Draenor. In order to keep up with the story and keep players entertained Blizzard has to make expansions of the game, so the games by order to this day are – Vanilla, The burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor. Each of these expansions introduced something new, whether it’s a new continent, race or a class.
If you want to check it all out, Blizzard has made it very easy for you, they love advertising their products through explanation videos as well as trailers. They made many short movies in anticipation of new expansions, and if you want to check out the game play, you can always head to youtube, there are many people more than willing to upload a video of them playing the game. Currently Blizzard is working on a new expansion – Legion which is set to be released sometime next year. For this game they also have explanation videos and promo videos on what’s going to happen and what will new content be.
Despite all the great efforts Blizzard is making, competition is fierce and the number of players is at an all time low. So in order to boost those numbers and be the number one game again they are making a movie called – Warcraft. Working with Legendary pictures among other great film producing companies they are set to create a masterpiece that will revive World of Warcraft and bring it back to its former glory. So don’t write off WoW just yet, we may see it back next year as the number one game again.

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