Things have been crazy at Destructoid since I became the Reviews Director. On my first week, I had to tackle a new Ratchet & Clank, Super Mario 3D World, and three other games. It hasn’t let up after that, and as a result, I haven’t had as much time to focus on my Carter’s Quest series.
Thankfully though I am often able to incorporate assignments into other works, and since playing a ton of Reaper of Souls on PS4 last month I decided to tackle its predecessors yet again. The Diablo series is among my most-played franchises, so it was an easy adventure to take.
Diablo has a special place in my heart for numerous reasons. It was one of the first co-op games I ever played with my pal Joey, who would end up being one of my go-to friends for gaming to this day, nearly two decades later. It was the first game I played over a [dial-up] internet connection. It was also one of the first games I really started theorycrafting for — or for those who aren’t aware of the term, basically obsessing over item values and statlines.
Diablo II came at a specific time in my life when I was going through some major family troubles. It also “clicked” with my group like wildfire. Slowly but surely Joey and I recruited tons of people into a massive collective, where we’d share secrets and tips, as well as loot farm together. I saw people go from “I don’t know what Diablo even is” to playing it for entire weekends.
You know that feeling when you’re playing a cool game none of your friends are in on? This was the antithesis of that. I’ll never forget a hilarious quote from a newlywed couple that was twice our age and started gaming with us when they said “dying in Hardcore Mode (where your character is deleted instantly after death) is like dying in real life.” Diablo II was one of the biggest group experiences I’ve ever had outside of the original StarCraft and the first Halo. I’ll never forget it.
Diablo III wasn’t nearly as life-changing as the first two, but it allowed my wife to get into the series, and we’ve enjoyed many hours of co-op together. However you slice it, Diablo has gotten me through a lot of tough times and created lasting memories.
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Blizzard Entertainment has revealed that legendary rock band Metallica will be performing at the closing concert of BlizzCon 2014, the fan convention at the Anaheim Centre in Anaheim from November 7 to 8.
Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime, in a statement on Battle.net, said, “We’re thrilled to announce that Metallica will be performing the closing concert at BlizzCon 2014, playing before a sold-out convention crowd on the night of November 8.”
BlizzCon gives attendees access to developer panels, exclusive interviews, and eSports tournaments featuring key titles like Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm. While physical tickets are currently sold out, virtual tickets can be purchased on their website, which lets you view the action online, live and in HD.
Some of the older readers would remember The Great Giana Sisters, a platforming title on mid 80â€™s home computers that was a shameless rip off of Super Mario Bros. the game was so similar that Rainbow Arts were forced to remove it from shelves under legal pressure from Nintendo.
It seems history may be repeating itself, as a Chinese company has made a game that bears more than a passing resemblance to a newer outing by everyoneâ€™s favourite moustachioed rotund Italian plumber. The game in question Duludubi Star is available for PC and does more than just borrow a few elements from a Mario game. Have a look at the pictures and video after and see if you can tell which one it is.
Originality then, not one of chinaâ€™s strongpoints. The videogame buffs among you would know that Mario himself is not innocent in this regard â€“ the US release of Super Mario Bros 2 was nothing more than a reskinned version of Doki Doki Panic, a Nintendo developed game released earlier in Japan.
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To commemorate the release of ‘Diablo III: Reaper of Souls’ Patch 2.1, consoles get twice as many treasure goblin spawns for a limited time.
Blizzard gave the console gamers of ‘Diablo III: Reaper of Souls’ 100% experience bonus. This bonus stacks with other existing bonuses, whether they get them from items, shrines, or Pools of Reflection.
A temporary in-game buff will be given to all players who will log into Ultimate Evil Edition this week.
For gamers playing the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, their treasure and fun will be doubled since for a limited time, Treasure Goblin spawns in the game will be doubled as well.
The bonus experience and double Treasure Goblin period started in all regions on Oct. 10, at 12:00 am PDT, and will end Friday, Oct. 17, at 12:00 am PDT.
Blizzard did not explain why they gave out different bonuses to console, but hardware limitations keep Blizzard from patching the game on seventh generation consoles.
The bonuses will only be live only until October 17. Gamers who want to earn as much treasure from these goblins as possible, can log in and start playing during the available time.
The update 2.1 brings a number of new features and gameplay elements. ‘Diablo III’ players will get the chance to chase after treasure goblins when they appear.
Sometimes, treasure goblins open a portal when you kill them. The portal will take you to a treasure-filled realm called The Vault, where a new boss, Baroness Greed awaits. Meanwhile, other gamers that step through a rift, and might find themselves in a location called The Cesspool.
Diablo III occupies a strange rockpool in the space-time continuum. Just two years old, it feels like it’s been with us forever: never not being streamed, and never quite finished – even after Reaper of Souls.
But there’s still one major market on the planet where Diablo III never arrived: China. Blizzard will partner with local internet company NetEase to lower the final of their five series pillars into place in the region.
NetEase are already responsible for bringing StarCraft II, WoW, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm to mainland China, as well as the battle.net platform all Blizzard games are now launched from.
“We’re very excited that with our effort, all five of Blizzard Entertainment’s game series will be delivered to Chinese players,” said NetEase CEO William Ding.
“We’ll continue to work closely with Blizzard to prepare for a smooth Diablo III launch in China so that local gamers can start playing this epic adventure as soon as possible.”
Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said his company “appreciates all the support” Chinese gamers have shown them in the past – no doubt thinking of Mist of Pandaria’s success in China.
Blizzard and NetEase will be expecting great things. Remember that Diablo III became the fastest-selling PC game ever upon its release in 2012, that Reaper of Souls sold 2.7 million copies in its first week, and that it’s now a much better game thanks to Diablo III 2.0.
Have you returned to Sanctuary for another pop at some former angels lately?
Along with a new patch, Blizzard is giving console gamers some new reasons to hop back into the epic world of Diablo III. First, the latest 2.1 update adds a handful of new features to the PS4 and Xbox One game. Second, characters will receive large XP bonuses and increased treasure goblin spawns this week as an incentive rewards for playing.
The 2.1 patch for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls “Ultimate Evil Edition” on next-gen consoles introduces areas called “Cesspools,” a new ream named “The Vault,” Greater Rifts, and Legendary gems. The latter two features are already in the PC version of the game, so the latest update aims to bring the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions up to speed.
Although PC gamers have been enjoying Greater Rifts and Legendary gems since August, the Vault and Cesspools are new. Cesspools are located throughout Nephalem and Greater Rifts. These are randomly generated areas for the player, offering fresh and unique opportunities for exploration and loot.
Another new area for adventurers to plunder is the aptly-named Vault, which is reached in Adventure Mode via random portals. These portals sometimes appear after players defeat treasure goblins, allowing one access to excellent drops and the opportunity to fight the Baroness Greed, an all-new enemy.
Speaking of treasure goblins, all spawns for these loot-rich creatures have been doubled for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for this week. While last-gen consoles will miss out on this, PS3 and Xbox 360 players can instead enjoy a 100% bonus to experience points. This is a golden opportunity for gamers to level up a new character or perhaps to make that final drive to level 70.
The next-gen consoles are also getting Greater Rifts, a type of Nephalem Rift. These special dungeons are timed and become increasingly difficult as players progress through them. Both the Greater Rifts and The Vault also contain new Legendary gems for adventurers to earn.
Bonuses to be dished out depending on which platforms you’re playing on
Players of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on PS3 and Xbox 360 will be treated to double XP. “This bonus will stack with other existing bonuses in the game including (but not limited to) those provided by items, shrines, and Pools of Reflection,” explain Blizzard.
Both bonus offerings will be in place until 17th October at 12am PDT.
Blizzard implemented patch 2.1.0 across also platforms last week, bringing with it Greater Rifts, Legendary Gems and The Vault.
Bonus prezzies up for grabs this week on Diablo III
If it’s one thing I truly despise about Diablo 3, it’s how addictive it can be. Just one more rift, one more! I’ve managed to shrug off the urge to KILL ALL THE THINGS for the meantime, but I know Blizzard have their ways of pulling players back in. Got a copy of the Ultimate Evil Edition? Check out the buffs you’ll have access to this week, and prepare to be sucked in once more.
Here’s what you can expect (via Battle.Net):
PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360:
Prepare to be enlightened. For a limited time, enjoy a +100% bonus to EXP! This bonus will stack with other existing bonuses in the game including (but not limited to) those provided by items, shrines, and Pools of Reflection.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One:
Double your treasure, double your fun. For a limited time, all Treasure Goblin spawns in the game have been doubled!
Personally, I think the older generation console owners have the better option. I’ve gotten very little legendary return considering how many damn treasure goblins I have killed in my time. Either way, you can expect even MORE loot or some faster levels on your character (depending on your console), which is always nice.
I opened up the PC version to see if there was some unannounced buff, but sadly, there is no love for the Master Race this week. The Ultimate Evil Edition buffs will last until Friday, 12:00 am PDT (which is… some time on Friday). Are you still playing Diablo? Of course you are! The 5 seconds I spent with mine this morning already has my click finger itching to go farming.
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The socket-adding legendary item really sounds cool.
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I went outside once, the graphics were amazing but the characters and storyline were truly awful.
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“A person’s life is not defined by age, but by the choices they make.” – Sheva Alomar (Resident Evil 5)
Hyyr – additional content patches are exclusive to xbox one (and ps4)
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