Now Playing: Diablo 3

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I stumbled upon this game accidentally, never having played much in the Diablo series.  I was messing around with World of Warcraft and saw the digital ads for Diablo 3’s free trial on the PC.  I downloaded it and played with it a bit and thought that it looked pretty cool.  I googled some reviews and learned that it was available for consoles.  Knowing that I wasn’t playing much on my Xbox 360, I went over to Gamestop and grabbed a cheap used copy.   I am very happy that I did.

Jumping into the first Act, I picked a Sorcerer as that’s where I tend to begin any type of fantasy game.  My sorcerer, Ferrow, began the game with a standard magic missile spell and I traversed the short path to New Tristram.  As I made my way through Act I I realized that this game has the feel of the old school PC dungeon crawlers of the 90s like Dungeon Siege or Baldur’s gate, albeit a bit easier on the out set (I’m unable to play Hell or Inferno mode due to not having them unlocked yet).

The voice acting is cheesy, Deckard Cain reminds me of the holiday armadillo from this scene on Friends.   I was expecting him to tell me of the Maccabees and their plight in Egypt once he was done explaining the Horadrim.   That aside, the story is super generic at first…of course there’s a mysterious stranger and of course Deckard Cain foresaw the upcoming devastation of the planet, but playing through the game, cleaning out dungeons and fighting groups of mobs sure is a lot of fun.   I’m a  loot  junkie, so I am constantly looking for ways to upgrade my gear and change the way my character looks.  Without any options to customize your character when you start, gear is the best way to achieve a more unique look.

Halfway through the first act I decided that I wanted to get up close and personal so I created a Barbarian whom I’ve stuck with through the third act which I’m currently close to completing.   I named him  Rygar, after one of my all time favorite warriors from the 1980’s NES game.  Yes, the gamer is that old.

I have achieved level 30 currently and will continue to play through attempting to reach level 60 and I’d like to unlock the higher difficulty modes.  On normal mode I’ve taken out The Skeleton King, The Butcher, Maghda and Belial.  I’m working on Belial’s brother Azmodan and I expect to take him down today.

Has anyone played this?  Does anyone want to team up on Xbox to coop on a higher difficulty?

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Dark Souls : COMPLETED!!!!

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It took me 50 hours of exploring, farming, fighting, dying, dying and dying but I have finally completed Dark Souls.  I figured out how to beat the Bed of Chaos and then decided to warp around killing things for PS3 trophies.  Griggs of Vinheim was first, I needed the Hush spell to complete the “Wisdom of a Sage” Trophy.  He was pretty harmless.

Next a quick warp to Anor Londo to fight Gwyndolin, the effeminate son of Lord Gwyn.  Another very easy fight and he was sent packing.

Lastly a warp back to Firelink where I fed the final lord souls to the vessel and walked into the Kiln of the First Flame.  Having never seen this, I wasn’t sure how hard it would be.  Not terribly, my crystal soul masses easily took down the knights and Gwyn was waiting for me.

A few Crystal Homing Soul Masses and some Crystal Soul Spears and Gwyn was finally dead leaving the final bonfire for me to light.  I chose to light it, earning the Link the Fire ending to the game.

I began NG+ and killed the Asylum Demon in two shots with Crystal Soul Spears.  I truly doubt I’ll be going through it again.  Time to move on to one of the other 24 games I’m waiting to play.

Thanks for staying with me.

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Stay stubborn folks.

Dark Souls : Lost Izalith Fun, Almost Done!

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I have made my way into one of the final areas of the game that I need to complete, Lost Izalith.  I know I’m working towards facing the Bed of Chaos, but along the way there are a few more bosses that I had to take down, so I slayed both the Firesage Demon and the Centipede Demon, both fiery foes whom died pretty simply to my magnificent spells.

I seem to have screwed up the salvation of my good friend Solaire, though I doubt he’ll remain my friend much longer and this bothers me, he’s an NPC I really like having on my side, he’s joined me on some huge fights with the Bell Gargoyles, the Gaping Dragon and Smough/Ornstein.  Now he seems to have gone a bit mad in his obsession for the sun.

I have found the Bed of Chaos and it has killed me a number of times, I’ll continue to play today as I really want to beat it and finish this game.

RIP Firesage and Centipede.

Stay tuned!

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Stay stubborn folks.

Dark Souls : Boss Killing Rampage!

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Hey gang, this is a really quick update because I’m tired and dont feel like typing, but I hunkered down and went on a boss killing spree.  My sorcerer is now SL 91 and pretty darn powerful.  With an INT of 45, the crown of dusk, the bellowing dragon crest ring and Logan’s Catalyst my spells seem to hit like a Mack truck.

I made my way through New Londo and visited the 4 Kings.  They stood no chance.  Without being hit on my first try they fell very easily.  Quickly picked up the trophy for their death.  I warped back to Undead Parish and took out an old nemesis, the Hellkite Dragon with a few soul spears and then made my way to the Demon Ruins.  There I met the Ceaseless Discharge and there he fell.  Now I’m making my way into Lost Izalith to wind down the rest of the game.

It’s been a blast so far as I creep close to the 50 hour mark.

Stay tuned!

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Stay stubborn folks.

Dark Souls : The Duke’s Archives/Crystal Cave

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So I finally found the Crystal Caves and they suck.  Seriously, annoying to a fault.  The invisible platforms drive you mad.  Not the ones that go straight, those are easy enough, but the ones that turn left on you can be very frustrating.  I must have died 25 times trying to get across to an item and fell and fell and fell.

I finally got the Blue Titanite Slab, which led me to upgrading my enchanted weapon to a +5.  Hello trophy: Enchanted Weapon

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After the upgrade, I made my way to Seath the Scaless, through his annoying army of clams (?), yes…clams.  They have legs and are ugly.

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Once past these, there’s a cutscene and the battle with Seath follows.  I’ve been trying to cut off his tail to obtain the weapon, but I’ve had no luck in the ten or so times I’ve attempted which is why this update is short….I will continue to try my hand at obtaining the sword and then killing him.  Ugh….

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Stay stubborn folks.

Dark Souls : The Duke’s Archives

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The Duke’s Archives seemed rather welcoming, with crystal skeletons shooting me with arrows, large blue crystal golems attacking me and soul spear shooting channelers in each corridor.  Fantastic.

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After a couple of elevator rides and some easy fighting I got to the room with Seath the Scaleless.  Apparently, the first encounter with him is impossible and you must die to progress.  I obliged and found myself in the library prison.  Now there’s lizard guards, crystal skeles and weird octopus dudes, all of whom are easy to handle and give tons of souls.  The octo guards also drop humanity at a pretty good rate, so I’ve been bonfire farming them.

I found Big Hat Logan stuck here, but I cannot help him yet.  I’m making my way through the library avoiding the channelers that keep shooting at me from the various levels.

I’m going to keep fighting my way through as I want to take out Seath the Scaleless and acquire his soul and dragon tail weapon.  I’ll update as soon as I can.

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Stay stubborn folks.