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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?

Tweet me @irreverentgamer to discuss.

Irreverent or Irrational? Ugh…

Being an irreverent gamer usually means I’m not playing the hottest game of the moment.  Usually I play a game, in it’s entirety, a few YEARS after it’s release.  I usually buy the game, and put it on my game shelf, where it sits until I decide I am ready to begin the play through.  This is usually fine, unless the game contains a popular online component such as Call of Duty which releases a new version every 12 hours or so 😉 although I don’t play much online outside of these.

Also, I’ve learned that this process of mine is dumb.  If I wait until I’m ready I can usually get the game for a heavily discounted price though eBay or used at Gamestop.  Maybe I’ll start using my brain….though I doubt it.

At any rate, I currently have about 20+ games waiting for me to play them, which is becoming a bit intimidating.  The current list of games I have to play is here.

Let me know if you’ve played or are playing any of these games.  I’d love to hear your SPOILER-FREE thoughts.

To discuss any  games tweet @IrreverentGamer

Stay stubborn folks.

Dark Souls : Funny Watching

It’s funny to watch an astute gamer plow through this game for the first time.  I have really enjoyed watching first plays on Twitch.tv and going on Youtube to see people’s reactions.  One of the best Youtube channel’s I’ve seen belongs to JunkedRobot (@JunkedRobot) though I do not believe he plays anymore.

His commentary throughout the videos as he sees more and more of the evils within Dark Souls has me laughing out loud as I had many of the same reactions.

Check out the first of his Dark Souls series: JunkedRobot’s Dark Souls Part 1

He also plays through many other games, and I plan to watch the Mass Effect 3 series soon, but Dark Souls being so evil makes for a hilarious experience.

Stay stubborn folks.

To discuss Dark Souls or any other games tweet@IrreverentGamer

Now Playing: Mass Effect 3

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One of my favorite game series of all time, Mass Effect 3 continues the path of Captain Shepard in his infinite quest to save the galaxy.  Much like other Bioware games, the game is quite heavily built on dialogue and player choices.  So much so that choices and relationships you built in the previous two games make just as much of a difference now in the 3rd.

Having a game that relies on relationships built with characters and being approximately 4o hours each leads to a real emotional connection with the players you’ve come to know.  For instance, I will not go on a mission without Garrus Vakarian, whom I feel is one of the best sidekicks in gaming.  Unlike traditional escorts, you’ll rarely have to save Garrus’ ass.

I keep hearing about the ending being poor and unsatisfying, but my experience with the series is that the journey is much more important that the ending and however Bioware (@bioware) decided to complete the game is fine with me.

How has your Shepard fared through the three games?

Please, leave comments to discuss if you are playing or have played.  I’d love to chat about it.

Follow my progress here.

To discuss Mass Effect 3 or any other games tweet@IrreverentGamer