Monday, March 31, 2014

Diablo 3: Quick Rundown on Bounties and Rifts

Literally. All of it. I could go play Titanfall....but I want to play Diablo. I should do my dailies on Hearthstone...but that game pisses me off a lot and I want to play Diablo.

I have now added my third level 70 (Demon Hunter) and have been gearing up my Barbarian in Adventure Mode and Rifts. He is at about 550k DPS unbuffed with 7 plus million toughness. Most of the time I have been either split farming normal bounties or running T1 Rifts with some friends.

Overall, the new expansion has been an amazing time. I have even leveled my Crusader up to level 52 as of last night. He has a reduced item level legacy Skorn currently, and it is beastly for the level.

For those of you who have not played, I will go ahead and do a quick explanatiing of Adventure Mode Bounties and Rifts.

Bounties: This is where most people start out in Adventure mode. Basically, each act has 5 areas with a bounty at it. This can be to kill a boss, a purple mob, or to clear a specific area. You go there, complete the bounty, and get some nice XP. If you complete all five in an act, you get a Horadric Cache as a reward. This is basically a goody box that has a chance to drop you some legendaries. It also drops a bunch of yellow items, crafting materials, gems, and Rift Keystones. You need 5 rift Keystones to open a Rift. Of the five acts, two of them will be Bonus Acts. If you complete those, you gain additional Bloodshard rewards. Bloodshards are basically used as a form of gambling. You trade them in to a vendor who lets you pick an armor or weapon slot. You then get random items from that slot. It could be a legendary, yellow, or blue item in my experience. Mostly yellow items.

Rifts: Once you have 5 keystones, you can open a rift. A rift has many different levels, and is generally set up as a random act map with random monsters from any act in it. You could have Act 1 monsters in an Act 5 setting etc. Once you clear out a certain amount of monsters, a Rift Guardian appears and you have to take them down for some nice loot. Rifts are a very good source of XP, loot, and fun.

Overall, I highly recommend Reaper of Souls.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ding Second 70

As the title says, I got a second character to 70. I took my Wizard from 60-70 in "Hard" adventure mode in about 3-4 hours. It was pretty fun. Since then, I have been alternation between getting some gear for my Barbarian in Adventure Mode/Rifts and leveling my Crusader.

So far I really like the Crusader as he seems pretty nice and tanky. I have been leveling him up through Expert level adventure mode, but recently switched to the story so that I can progress through that yet again. I may end up just going back to Adventure Mode because it is infinitely more fun, and I can just have someone get me to the quest to kill Malthael at 70 to get my free legendary.

Last night I took my Barb into Torment 1 Malthael during a bounty as a group. Overall, it did not go well for me. So much bad on the ground, and every time I got rezzed, I was in the bad again and died several times. It was very annoying actually.

Overall, I am loving this expansion and look forward to many more hours of play.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

D3: Reaper of Souls live (Ding 70)

As many know, Reaper of Souls went live last night. In the words of the Templar, it was GLORIOUS. I decided to hop on my Barb for the grind to level 70 and joined up with Bearness and one of his friends and got to it.

We started off with Torment 3 I believe, but by the time we hit 69 we were down to torment 1. We ended up having to take it down a couple of notches at that point because shit was killing us way too fast and taking too long to kill stuff.

One thing that I noticed is that the bosses are a bit difficult, which give you a pretty good challenge to not be a corpse.

Make sure that you hit 70 before taking on the last boss so that the guaranteed legendary that drops is for a level 70 character.

I farted around with the enchanting and transmog and found that I really liked it. I was able to transmog several pieces and I made a worthless weapon pretty good by getting the option to enchant a socket into it.

Tonight I am planning on playing some Adventure mode for bounties and rifts. Perhaps I will start my Crusader as well or begin leveling up my other toons. It took about 4 hours to get to 70, but that was with constant trips back to town to unload loot and fart around.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

D3 and Titanfall: PSA

If you have already preordered Reaper of Souls for D3, then today is the day that you will be getting your Imperius wings. Yes, you can wear those bad ass red wings today. If you have not preordered, and want the wings, then get on it! The expansion comes out on Monday. I do think they extended the time to get the wings until April however.

As for Titanfall, I am loving this game. I was also a bit annoyed that when I got to level 50 of generation two, I could not just go to three. You have to complete specific challenges to get to the next generation. In my case, it was getting a bunch of kills with the shotgun and the 40mm cannon. It has taken me a couple of days, but I am down to the last one. I just have to kill a few more of anything with the 40mm cannon and I can move on to the next generation (which is like a prestige in MW, only you get increased XP at each one).

So, basically make sure you find out what challenges you need to complete to get to the next generation as you start one.

This has been my favorite month for games in a long time. D3 is finally the game I wanted it to be, and Titanfall is the most fun I have ever had in a shooter.

Monday, March 17, 2014

D3: Last Day of Auction House Today

As the title says, tomorrow, the AH will be closed forever. If you have any items you have been thinking of selling, then last week was the time. But late is better than never. Get rid of all of your old gems asap. The expansion will have better ones and your current ones will become obsolete.

I am up to about 130 million currently off of selling one of my old Skorns for 50 million, and a set piece recipe for 30 million as well (Stalwart defender or something like that).

If you dont have much gold, you may consider buying a bit before the real money AH goes offline. You will need it for enchanting etc.

I think this is a good thing for Diablo. People can get back to playing for upgrades instead of paying for upgrades.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Titanfall

So, I got Titanfall for the X-Bone. It is the most fun I have had in a FPS....ever. Literally ever. If you like playing online first person shooters, this is probably the game for you. It doesnt have a single player mode, so beware if that is what you are into. What it does have are:

Titans: Who doesnt want to fuck shit up in a giant robot? There are basically three different types of titans which are balanced (Atlas), Tanky (Ogre), and fast (Stryder). They all have advantages and disadvantages. I almost always use the Ogre because I like getting up close and personal. Punching shit in a titan is super fun and effective. You can splatter a pilot, or do massive damage to the Titan itself. In case you are wondering, it is called Titanfall because when your Titan is ready, they shoot it down to you from space. If you aim it correctly, it one shots opposing Titans if it lands on top of it. You can ride around in your titan and fuck shit up, or you can set it to guard an area while you still run around and shoot shit.

Parkour!: You can run on walls, and jet pack jump. If you are decent, you can get to any place on the map pretty much. You can also wall hang to get the drop on people. You do not take fall damage. Literally none.
You can run sideways on a wall, double jump off and start running on another. You can jump out a window, jet jump backwards, and hang on the wall waiting for whoever was chasing you to come out. There are just so many possibilities.

Yeehaw Cowboy: There are some other very fun things in Titanfall, and that includes the ability to Rodeo. Basically, you can jump on an enemy Titan, pull off some armor plating, and start blasting it's insides. Most of the time, the pilot will stop and get out to shoot you off. If they don't you are going to take them out with the quickness.  A couple of other things I love are the melee attacks. If you attack from the front, you do a kick like Chuck Norris. My wife giggled uncontrollably watching me run around and kicking dudes to death like 10 times in a row. If you attack them from behind, it is even more fun. You grab hold of their head and twist it around completely. If you are on the receiving end, the last thing you see before respawn is the face of your murderer.

Overall, I fucking love this game. Absolutely a blast to play. If anyone else is playing it on Xboxone and wants to join me, my battletag is Bigjuicyhog52.

Monday, March 10, 2014

D3: Now with non-cookie cutter builds!

One of my absolute favorite things about this new version of D3 is that you dont have to go with a cookie cutter build. You get pieces of gear that have specific kinds of damage or specific skill damage increase (like lightning damage increased or whirlwind damage increased etc.)

This leads to you figuring out new and fun builds that you would not play before. I am actually enjoying my Wizard a ton doing a frosty and archon build. If you like a skill or skills, you can make them work with you, especially with the right gear.

Another good example is on my Barb. I picked up an Odyn Son (Mjolnir) during a run and decided to give it a shot. It gives me like 22 percent extra lightning damage and has a chance to spawn lightning bolts that do a nice amount of damage. My sheet dps went down by about 30k by equipping in, but it doesnt take into account the elemental damage stuff. I was melting through mobs using cleave with the lightning rune and whirlwind with the lightning rune. It is something different I may not have tried if not for the new patch.
In other news, I played some double Wizard torment 1 with Bearness and had quite a lot of fun. Two of them combined is super OP. Frost orb is explody goodness. We also both leveled at the same time essentially while running through sunken temple quests. He still has about 40 paragon levels on me though.