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cant comment .. stopped buying blizzard products after frozzen throne. Never entered wow (have a friend who lost quite the grib on life with that thing- makes me feel guilty for making a game, every time i think of him) - never even considered going back to sc2 or diablo3. Seperate beds, seperate ways, seperate planets (as i keep it with EA).
I dont like how this industry ages. Just looking at the games buisness news letter, where they talk about how to avoid legislation beating them up, once its gets to obvious that the biggest spend income from free2play are teenagers bleeding mums or dadys credit card dry...
Yep. Now after playing the D3, TL2 and PoE beta I know that I have invested my money correctly on Grim Dawn's developement. Why? Because I know Grim Dawn is going to be medieval Titan Quest on steroids, and Titan Quest was a good game. Period.
After spending the first day on troubles with the various parts of that online-only infrastructure I played it for most of today. The game's fun but your options feel very limited, I'm playing as a mage and find myself using a very small number of spells even compared to the ones that I have unlocked because of the equipable skill slot system and the effort needed to switch to a more situationally appropriate spell. I keep using a spell selection that works for most cases and I don't want to change it up because it works (also because most slots only offer alternatives that suck). Unlocking new spells only results in a glance whether that spell is more useful than my current one (usually no) and then continuing using one spell. I got charged bolt with death explosion as my attack skill (very good spam killer) and an ice beam on the heavy attack (seems to be the best option for killing high HP targets), that covers the regular mass combat plus the occasional big monster so it seems like the optimal combo. Trading the charged bolt for something else would sacrifice my spam killing ability and changing the ice beam means I get worse against heavy targets.
rationally speaking, a huge amount of the decision to allow the auction house comes from difficulty of farming in Diablo. It's going to be a hard game to Bot items of any actual value. It's been designed as a skill based and a loot based game, meaning, you need skill to get loot.
China isn't as fertile a farming market as it used to, it might be India or Indonesia or something like that next, but I think this is a reasonable economic decision for blizzard to make right now.
It's gonna hurt the PvP market to some degree... but to be honest, PvP has always been an afterthought in Diablo games... And it's not impossible to work around this type of stuff to some degree.
to be fair(or unfair) they did have many developers leave(hellgate team) and they have been bought-out by a soulless conglomerate. A pedestrian arpg should not be a surprise. They are not the company we once loved as gamers :\.
Trading the charged bolt for something else would sacrifice my spam killing ability and changing the ice beam means I get worse against heavy targets.
I don't know how it is in Diablo III, but in Diablo II (esp. on higher difficulty levels) enemies with immunities were quite common (very often immune to 1 element, sometimes to more than 1). If that is still the case, some spell variability will be enforced that way.
Joined: 01 Jun 2006, 12:15 Location: Banned user for reason “Do not post pictures of people fucking cars”
So here's my Torchlight 2 review in a Diablo 3 thread!
The beta has its share of bugs, but overall it's Diablo 2 with skills that scale the damage with your level. Gameplay is very fast paced and team based play is pretty fun.
The game is the most difficult hack'n'slash I've played today on it's hardest difficulty, that being Elite. So difficult you cannot play it with any kind of melee class.
Anyway, the bad: Many, many useless skills. You pick about two skills and the rest of your points go into passives. Level cap is at 100 so you can probably max out 6 skills and have some points left over for "one point wonders". The beta ends at level 21 though.
This game does not have free respec either. In the beta you could respec up to level 10 for free. No more respeccing after that. Skills unlock at Level 1, 7, 14, 21, 28, etc. I do really like free respec options, i.e. in TQ you could buy back your skills for loads of money.
Next up, attributes: you get 5 points each level á la Diablo
Strength = +x% total damage
Dexterity = +x% evade, +x% crit rate and +x% fumble recovery (I have not figured out what fumble recovery is in my playthrough yet)
Focus = +x% magic damage, total mana and +x% execute (chance to dual strike with two similar weapons)
Vitality = increases hitpoints, +x% total armor
So anyway, any damage dealing character wants strength, even the ranged ones. If you play the game on Elite you can totally forgo Vitality because Mobs will one or two shot you anyway.
So if you plan on playing the game on Elite it leaves you with very little choices for character builds, I did not like this at this point. Right now HC Elite was only feasible with the Mage due to incredible amounts of long range damage and a high mobility spell. Anyone else is a glass cannon.
What I did not really like, similar to the first game, was the cartoony graphics. It turned me down back in 2004 when WoW came out. Turns me down still.
Right now there are way too many spell effects that make it difficult to see what is going on. Very confusing at times.
Also, right now what you kill stays dead forever. You'd have to join another persons game to reset an area to wipe it clean again.
The good: Graphics, regardless of the style of presentation as this is my own taste, were alright. Definitely on par with Diablo 3, because Diablo 3 is a mess with mediocre models and blurry textures. Except for that Torchlight 2 isn't really ugly at all. It's alright I'd say.
The best thing about the game probably is the soundtrack so far, which is pretty fucking awesome.
Even though I feel that many of the skills, resistances and the attribute system are gimped in many ways the gameplay was there. It's fast-paced action especially with other people in the party. Monsters increase in strength as numbers of players grow. So Elite mode becomes a whole lot harder when people join your game.
Also, watch out for easter eggs. Like, Silence of the Lambs. ;)
I've had my fun in the beta but it was only the first act of the final game limited to level 21. I was not put down by it compared to the Diablo 3 beta is all I can say.
Things that are going to be in the final game: New Game+: last time I've seen this was in a Super Nintendo game Post game teleporter room: for boss runs Many more easter eggs! Hopefully some polish on the rough edges. Developer tools, so you can make your Diablo on the improved engine. Torchlight runs OGRE I believe.
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