In anticipation of the expansion Reaper of Souls, Blizzard has put out patch 2.0.1, which is a huge update that basically overhauls the entire game. Remember how Blizzard announced the Diablo 3 Auction Houses were closing, and a new loot system was being put in place? This is that patch. While the Auction Houses are still open for now, they will hopefully be pointless as items enemies drop from here on out will be more useful to your character as you’re playing, as opposed to just vendor trash. Also helping that along is the fact the difficulty system has been revamped, and enemies now dynamically level up with you, and have an adjustable slider so you can customize how you want to play at that moment.
It seems like every class also got looked at, with various abilities tweaked across the board. Stats have also been changed on weapons, re-classifying them in a fashion that really seems to mirror World of Warcraft more than anything. There’s even some new, tertiary stats, much like one would see in Warlords of Draenor. Other quality of life changes have also been included, most promising is that the crafting system got an overhaul, presumably to make it even halfway useful. That would really be nice. To a degree, this seems almost a shame, this looks like the Diablo 3 Blizzard should have set out to make from the start. It seems a lot easier to understand, and doesn’t muddle up the tried-and-true loot system by adding an annoying middle man in the form of the Auction House.
I finished Torchlight 2 recently, and thought I was kind of done with this sort of game for a bit, but reading the frankly extensive patch notes has me thinking it may be time to go back and do more of this game. Before you download this patch though, just know it is a big one, and it actually has to reconfigure the game files. So not only will it take a while to complete, but it will actually slow down your computer while it is all being put in. You may want to start this process right before you have to leave the house, or before going to bed. But in any case, if you already have the game, it seems this patch gives you the game you really wanted from the start. If you don’t already own Diablo 3, the upcoming expansion seemingly just gives you another reason to question your choices in life.
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Diablo 3 has an expansion coming out next month, titled Reaper of Souls, but I am sure many of you knew that. There have already been some pre-order bonuses announced, which follow the standard of going across Blizzard’s myriad properties, and as such, really rewarding the Blizzard devotee. A pair of new rewards has been announced, which will be available to anyone purchasing the expansion before March 31, 2014, nearly a week after the release of the game itself. Leading this pair is an item actually meant for Diablo 3, The Wings of Valor artifact. This appears to give your character glowing wings. It looks nice, and cosmetic items tend to be very good giveaways, as they don’t change anything in the gameplay.
However, the real big deal here is the other thing being offered. Valla the Demon Hunter. Looking like a normal Demon Hunter from Diablo 3, this isn’t a reward affecting Diablo 3 itself. What it is though, is a reward for the upcoming Blizzard MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. That’s right, with the pre-purchase, or opening week purchase of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, you get a free character for Heroes of the Storm. I would not be surprised if that alone drove more than a few pre-orders. You can head over to Battle Net to pre-order the expansion at any time.
So according to an circular scan from the fine people at Gonintendo, it seems that during the month of March at Toys “R” Us you can get a pretty good deal. If you buy a Nintendo 2DS or 3DS XL and one of six games listed, and register them with Club Nintendo, you get a free download code for Pokemon X or Y. Now while this is featured in a Toys “R” Us weekly ad, it seems all of the special is handled through Club Nintendo and in no way has to do with buying the products from Toys “R” Us itself. If that is the case, that deal is even better.
I recently bought a 3DS XL from Target, but haven’t attached it to my Club Nintendo account yet, so I will wait until March and do so. After that I plan on buying Mario Kart 7 to see if I can snag myself a free copy of Pokemon Y. I already own X so why not. The six games you can buy according to the ad are Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Super Mario 3D Land, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins, and Yoshi’s New Island. Some of these I can tell you from experience are great titles, and a 2DS is very very cheap. So if you were looking for an easy way to get into the Nintendo handheld world, this is a great way to start.
Hey, ever think about making your own vidja games?! I am sure everyone who plays games even somewhat seriously has thought about putting themselves out there. I know I have, and I even have a friend doing it. There are a ton of programs out there now that make it easier for people to get right into it, especially compared to coding everything yourself. YoYo Games is running a sale on their popular GameMaker program, with the standard version going for the low price of free right now. That’s right, no money. Simply give them an e-mail address, and they give you a key to unlock the standard edition.
If you find you like what is going on there, feel free to upgrade to the Studio Professional Edition for $35.00. I think that license is normally $80.00, so that is a deep discount. With GameMaker you’re able to make whole games and publish them, making all the money you can from your game, so it is really a no-risk entry into game development. So go ahead, give it a try. The sale ends March 2, 2014, so you know…go get it (at least the standard version for free), even if you have no intention of using it right now.
Source: YoYo Games Website
In keeping with Activision’s habit of making sequel after sequel until truly no more blood can be obtained from the stone, it has been confirmed from IGN, by way of The Bird Man himself that a new godforsaken Tony Hawk game is in the works. The series has laid somewhat dormant as of late, with only Robomodo’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD coming out somewhat recently. This series went steadily downhill from Tony Hawk 4, and really bottoming out with the peripheral-based Tony Hawk Ride. The HD downloadable title was an attempt to capture some past glory by using various old levels and music, but it never felt quite right compared to the old greats, and didn’t seem to do especially well.
With no details as to who is making this game, or when it is coming out, everyone is left with more questions than answers. Although really, this series has been dead and buried for such a long time, it is hard to tell if anyone will even care when the details do surface. With Neversoft relegated to some neverending hell of making Call of Duty maps, I wouldn’t hold my breath for any board-based glorious resurrection.
Source: IGN Interview
I love the website Humble Bundle. Ever since I found out about it, I make sure I check it all the time for the new stuff going up for stupidly cheap prices. These games are never so old as to be irrelevant, and the fact parts of the proceeds help charity is always nice as well. While I have enthusiastically told anyone I speak to ever that plays games to check these bundles out, the newest Humble Indie Bundle may be the best deal I have ever seen on the site.
As of this writing, for the extremely cheap price of…well anything, you can get Guacamelee!: Gold Edition, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Gianna Sisters: Twisted Dreams and The Swapper. You could pay a penny and get these games, as well as their soundtracks. If you pay at least a dollar, you get Steam keys for them. Even better however, is if you beat the average donation, which at the time of this writing is $4.29. If you pay at least $4.30 (I paid $4.50), you get all the games previously mentioned, as well as Antichamber, Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, as well as the soundtracks.
Making this already incredible deal more tempting is the fact that as the two week sale goes on, more games will be added, which you automatically get if you already beat the average. As with all of these bundles, you are able to decide how your money is distributed, between the charity, the developers and Humble Bundle itself. The default split seems very fair, but you can honestly do however here and really do no wrong. So far, close to 170,000 bundles have been sold, adding up to a little over $720,000. So come on folks, get some great games for cheap, and give to charity in the process. Here is the promotional video.
Source: Humble Bundle
What started as a closed beta has turned into a potential headache for anyone at Microsoft and EA working on keeping servers functional. After some unexpected downtime at the start of the Titanfall closed beta, the switch as been flipped to open beta mode, lasting until Feb. 19 at 9PM, EST. Anyone can go grab it for the XBox One right now under the “New Game Demos” section, and everyone who signed up for the PC closed beta by Feb. 15th at 4PM is currently in the process of getting access through Origin. To everyone who has wanted to finally give this game a real try, I wish you the best of luck, it honestly looks like a great game.