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  • Geekology 101: So finally, my 'Diablo 3' review

  • I know, I know, when am I going to stop talking about "Diablo 3"??Originally, last week, was going to be my review of the game but, sadly, the game didn’t cooperate with me as error codes reigned supreme.

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  • I know, I know, when am I going to stop talking about "Diablo 3"??
    Originally, last week, was going to be my review of the game but, sadly, the game didn’t cooperate with me as error codes reigned supreme.
    Since then, Blizzard has been really stepping up to get a lot of the problems fixed with the game, and finally I was able to spend a lot of time within the world of Sanctuary.
    First off, let me say that I really do like the character classes that "Diablo 3" provides.
    The one thing I really don’t like about selecting the character is that there is absolutely no personalization like in "World of Warcraft," another Blizzard game.
    This is a minor issue, but when you co-op with a friend and you are the same class, you tend to look the same. Determining where he is at and where I am at can get a bit confusing at times.
    Now once you start getting different armor and weapon drops the character takes on a whole different look but early on, it just bugs my eyes out.
    Plus, you know what, I would spend about three hours, in game, building my different characters. If Blizzard is looking for server time clocked, having personalization of characters would help that. I?know I?am not the only person who is very specific on what they want their character to emulate.
    Now the game play is superb. I know most people think of this as a hack and slash game but "Diablo 3" has taken it to a different level and made it more than that.
    Take for instance, my wizard. With one part of the game, I may be able to blast each bad guy over and over again with the same spell. Then I entered into a dungeon and, literally, that spell became almost useless as the baddies in this area were able to dodge and jump over those blasts.
    Basically you have to be able to evolve from location to location. You can’t just preload some spells or attacks and know that they will work at ever level of the game.
    This makes the game more of a chess match than previous games in the series.
    I think the best part about "Diablo 3" is how easily it is to co-op (play with friends). I can just be playing along, grinding a dungeon by myself, then suddenly hear the triumphant announcement that a friend has joined my quest.
    Gone are the days of having to log into Battle.net to play with friends. Since you have to log to play even the single-player game, it means that your session can go from single-player to multi-player without hassle. I like that part of the game a lot.
    Page 2 of 2 - Then there is the Auction house. *Groan.* Really, do people believe that I am going to pay 100,000 gold pieces for a basic armor piece that is worse than what I?found on a dungeon crawl?
    I?really find it fascinating what some players will put on their Auction prices. I?know that getting the best gear is one of the goals of the game, but I?am not about to pay an extreme amount of gold to achieve that.
    Plus I like it when I?find my own gear or trade with a friend when I?have a bunch of Monk “specials”?and he has Wizard gear.
    Overall, the game is every thing I wanted and more. I?am excited to see where it leads me as each act plays out. It was well worth the wait. Bravo, Blizzard!
    Gary Darling is the geekiest employee at the Maryville, Mo., Daily Forum. His online blog address is justanewdad.blogspot.com and his email is gdarling@maryvilledailyforum.com. Drop him a line sometime!

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