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 on: August 20, 2014, 08:45:11 PM 
Started by Knightshade Dragon - Last post by YellowKing
I went home for lunch to play and re-rolled my Crusader on Expert. I know I could have just upped the difficulty, but I wanted a "clean" run knowing I started on Expert with no gear.

The game is about 10x more fun now. That is definitely the sweet spot for me in terms of challenge. Really I see no reason for anyone to start on something lower than Expert unless you just like mindlessly mashing buttons. Expert makes potion drops actually mean something. You have to use strategy, pull mobs, etc, vs wading into crowds. Skill selection becomes much more crucial. Gear drops become much more exciting because they actually impact your success. It just improves the game in every conceivable way.

To answer ATB's question, here's my take on it. This is coming from a long time PC gamer who only recently delved back into the console world:

- Interface - I used to get the dreaded "Diablo hand" from clicking the damn mouse so much on the PC. The console version alleviates that. It seems weird, but hitting A feels more visceral than clicking the mouse button. It makes the combat more fun to me. I grew up playing every action RPG that came out on the consoles (Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance, etc.), and this throws me back to those good old days.

- Graphics - I've got a nice 24" monitor in my office, but seeing Diablo 3 blown up on a 50-inch is way better. Sitting my lazy ass on a couch instead of an office chair is also way better.

- Sound - This game sounds REALLY good when piped through a home theater system. I play all my games through my surround sound, but this is the first one that's really made me sit up and take notice, mostly because it can get loud as hell in the rears when you're bashing monsters.

- Polish - Having not played Diablo 3 since they made a lot of the major changes and fixes, it's nice to have what amounts to "the whole package" in one game without worrying about patches, expansions, etc. Here's the game with every improvement, every bit of content, and a couple of little extra features that you don't see on PC as an added bonus.

Now, I am experiencing a tinge of buyer's remorse for spending that $60 on a game I've (mostly) already played before. There are a LOT of really great new games coming out in the next two months I could have spent that money on. But I can tell you that despite having played this before, I'm still itching to get back home and dive back in.

 on: August 20, 2014, 08:33:57 PM 
Started by Knightshade Dragon - Last post by TiLT
I'm up to level 32 now, and some way past the midway point of Act 2, playing on Expert. My wizard is really kicking ass at this point, but it was a struggle at earlier levels. Disintegrate is brutal!

I received a total of 3 legendaries via the mail system today. Two of them were from a real-life friend, while the third came from Knightshade Dragon, I believe. smile At least I've sent two legendaries off myself. Half my equipment is legendary at this point, but I keep replacing it too.

 on: August 20, 2014, 08:30:10 PM 
Started by Knightshade Dragon - Last post by TiLT

Quote from: YellowKing on August 20, 2014, 03:26:47 PM

Would any of you guys recommend going Expert with a brand new character? Or is it better to just stick with Normal/Hard until you have some decent gear?

Diablo 3 is unique in that you don't have to agonize over a decision like this. Pick a difficulty, any one, and see how it goes. If it's too hard, just turn it down a notch. If you don't use any potions, turn it up a notch. With the patch that was released just before Reaper of Souls, and which the console versions now have, the difficulty is meant to be adjusted as you play. Don't get too comfortable at whatever you pick either, because your luck in loot drops can make it harder or easier as you play, despite your best efforts. Just wing it.

 on: August 20, 2014, 08:23:34 PM 
Started by farley2k - Last post by McNutt
I don't buy many movies because my desire to rewatch movies is so low now.  I used to rewatch movies all the time, but almost never now.  However, I do buy DVDs of kids movies so I can play them in my car on long trips. 

 on: August 20, 2014, 07:45:44 PM 
Started by Knightshade Dragon - Last post by JayDee

Quote from: ATB on August 20, 2014, 03:34:08 PM

What is the appeal of playing this again on a console?

I get to play one of my favourite games on my couch on a bigger screen in HD. No-brainer for me.

 on: August 20, 2014, 07:43:35 PM 
Started by wonderpug - Last post by Caine
Heavier duty, from what I can tell,  plus the centering is better,  more resistive where the non pro is free-moving.

I have no complaints about either with the regular model, even though the center isn't solid, it doesn't intefere with level flight.

 on: August 20, 2014, 07:35:32 PM 
Started by CeeKay - Last post by Crawley
Should also mention the first season of Pinball Arcade is $15 right now.

This is probably the best season table wise. It has the following 21 tables:

Theatre of Magic™, Black Hole™, Ripley's Believe It or Not!®, Medieval Madness™, Bride of Pin•Bot™, Cirqus Voltaire™, Funhouse™, Monster Bash™, Gorgar™, Creature from the Black Lagoon™, Black Knight™, Harley-Davidson® 3rd Edition, Taxi™, Elvira and the Party Monsters™, No Good Gofers™, Scared Stiff™, Big Shot™, Twilight Zone®, Star Trek: The Next Generation®, Attack From Mars™, and Genie™.

 on: August 20, 2014, 07:32:18 PM 
Started by wonderpug - Last post by pingwrx
Do the centering or materials make a difference?

 on: August 20, 2014, 07:28:55 PM 
Started by Knightshade Dragon - Last post by leo8877

Quote from: YellowKing on August 20, 2014, 03:26:47 PM

Would any of you guys recommend going Expert with a brand new character? Or is it better to just stick with Normal/Hard until you have some decent gear?

I'm playing expert with a new Crusader and face-rolling.  I do have some great legendary gear though and I poached some gems from imported characters.

 on: August 20, 2014, 07:23:53 PM 
Started by farley2k - Last post by Gratch
We very occasionally buy DVD's of kids movies, as we don't have any sort of streaming capability on the TV in the main playroom. 

99% of what I or Mrs. Gratch watch is either through Netflix, iTunes, or Comcast PPV.  Haven't bought any physical media in years.

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