What’s new in 2.0.1? (Diablo III)

Diablo III's new patch features a cinematic viewing feature straight from the main menu!

Replacing all my Demon Hunter's gear with yellows from the new loot system.

Diablo III Patch 2.0.1 sees the franchise taking a step back to its roots, with gameplay feeling far more reminiscent of Diablo II. This is definitely something I can get behind; while I enjoyed the game as it was, it did feel a bit tedious to go back and farm for gear and the auction house truly felt like a poor choice. With the new loot system, legendaries drop more regularly, and gear is more likely to be for your class, rather than picking up that useless battleaxe for the barbarian you never play.

I’ve been playing quite a bit in the last few days, and have to say it’s a lot of fun! I’ve replaced a lot of set pieces and legendaries on my demon hunter with yellows and additional legendaries that have dropped, and saw my DPS soar from 150k to 200k in minutes. The changes to class abilities don’t go unnoticed either; my companions now feel much more useful with my wolf giving my party and I a boost to our damage. Much appreciated!

The new loot system is dubbed “Loot 2.0”, and apart from just increasing drops and their usefulness, it actually binds legendary and set piece drops to the player’s account. The drops can be traded with any other players who were present when the item dropped, but otherwise they’re yours permanently. It seems that crafting has become more viable and fun as well, meaning I don’t feel so bad breaking down my gear. Or was it just me who shied away from doing that before?

New difficulty in Patch 2.0.1 including Torment.

There’s also a whole new difficulty system, which seems to replace the “Monster Level” that was in place before. I’m currently running around on Torment I or II depending on who I’m with. I haven’t tried soloing these difficulties on my demon hunter, but as a small group of three we were running some XP routes to farm Paragon levels, and it was pretty effective and fun! The new Paragon system also means that Paragon levels transfer across all of your characters, and each level allows you to put a point in different stats. For example, in the “Offense” tree, I can put points into my primary stat and increase my damage, or I can put points into Utility and Defence as I earn them.

Players can now join Communities and Clans via the in-game menu.

There is also a new Community and Clans system, allowing players to join other likeminded people. I haven’t joined any Communities or Clans yet, but I’m thinking of talking with some friends to see if we’d like to create something. Either way, it seems like a good system similar to guilds in MMOs, and while it’s far from the most exciting feature from the patch, it’s definitely worth mentioning.

If you’re interested, I’d recommend checking out the full patchnotes. For those of you who have been playing, what’s your favourite feature of the new patch?

Geeky fashion wishlist – T-Shirt Edition!

Geeky fashion wishlist - T-Shirt Edition! Featuring t-shirts from J!NX, Think Geek, and the BioWare store.
1. Diablo III Demon Hunter T-Shirt: J!NX | 2. Mass Effect N7 Burnout Tank: BioWare Store | 3. Mass Effect Garrus T-Shirt: BioWare Store | 4. Fringe White Tulip T-Shirt: Think Geek | 5. League of Legends Singed “Do Not Chase” T-Shirt: J!NX | 6. League of Legends Volibear Tea Party T-Shirt: J!NX

In my first Geeky Fashion Wishlist post, I shared some Mass Effect N7 goodies. Above I’ve listed some must-have t-shirts that I need to have in my life, all from various games and TV shows that I adore. Over the coming months I’ll be picking up as many of these as I can to add to my collection of geeky tees, particularly those from J!NX as they’ve always been a pleasure to order from in the past!

What’s on your geeky fashion wishlist?

Progress: Diablo III (#1)

Ever since Blizzard announced they were getting rid of the AH in Diablo III, I’ve been reminiscing about my good times in the Diablo series of games, and most recently on my level 60 demon hunter in Diablo III. I talked about restarting when the AH was gone, relying only on loot and no longer on buying shiny items.

Screenshots - Diablo III: Gratuitous shot of my level 60 (6) demon hunter, Elenia! (right-click » view image to enlarge)

I love my demon hunter, Elenia. She has given me many hours of fun gameplay! My fiancé and I played together, with him on a barbarian, and we ran through all the way to the end of Inferno before starting working on unlocking Whimsyshire and grinding for gold, gear and paragon levels together. We took a break and now all I want to do is play again, but I fancy a fresh start.

Screenshots - Diablo III: My new monk, Naradra, starting off Act I. (right-click » view image to enlarge)

I rolled a monk and decided to give a solo playthrough a shot. I’m enjoying myself so far, and because I’ve played through the whole way already I fancied a challenge. I’m not quite up to MP10 (no gear makes it a bit too tough!) so I’m running through on MP5. If I pull my fiancé onboard, we’ll probably try tackling MP10 and see how it goes. He’s already getting the bug from watching me play!

Will you be returning to Diablo III?

Blizzard drop Diablo III Auction House

Blizzard decides to remove the Auction House from Diablo III in March 2014.

The team behind Blizzard’s action RPG Diablo III have decided to remove the Auction House from the game as of 18th March 2014. Their reasoning is that it’s “become increasingly evident that…[the AH] ultimately undermines Diablo’s core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot”. This change will affect both the gold and real money AH, which is a move I honestly didn’t see the company going for.

How do I feel about it? Pretty intrigued! I didn’t mind the AH, in fact I made a great deal of use out of it when levelling my Demon Hunter and beating Inferno. I knew I’d never finish the game though; I’m merely Paragon Level 6, and my gear isn’t quite as robust as I’d like. Unfortunately, playing the game became less about getting cool items and building up my DH’s gear, and more about grinding, grinding, grinding until I had enough gold to buy items that I wanted on the AH. I didn’t really like the real money AH purely because I tend to buy an item without looking at all the possible iterations of said item (I do shop around, just not as much as I should) and I couldn’t justify spending real money just to discover there was another much better set piece for a few cents more.

I think this will be good for the game, and I see a lot of former players vowing to come back after not playing in a while. While I’m disappointed that I haven’t managed to build my character up to ridiculous levels of DPS quite yet, I do have time since the change doesn’t go through until next year.

What do you think about this change?