When I reviewed Hearthstone a few months ago, I mentioned that I didn’t see myself stopping anytime soon. That held true as I’ve played consistently since then, even getting my wife into the game (who plays more than I do now). Blizzard has kept Hearthstone moving in a great direction. I’ll dissect the game’s latest changes and updates right here and now.
Blizzard games always draw me in. I’ve already written about Diablo III a couple of times, but I’m no stranger to their other big IPs — Starcraft and Warcraft. I played quite a bit of World of Warcraft back in the day and before that, I enjoyed playing Magic: The Gathering (much to the dismay of a coworker of mine).
What the hell am I getting at? Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Blizzard’s latest game that mixes the lore of World of Warcraft with classic deck-building gameplay. It’s free to play (grab it here) and so far, in my two hours of play, I’m really enjoying it.
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me or reads this blog that Diablo II is one of my favorite games of all time. I was incredibly disappointed when Diablo III came out and wasn’t quite what I had hoped it would be. But, the announcement of it’s (first?) expansion, Reaper of Souls, had me optimistic. After playing around with the sweeping changes brought on by the 2.0 patch, Reaper of Souls dropped last week. I was optimistic that this expansion could lift Diablo III from the dust. It has — in a huge, huge way.
Welcome back to everybody’s favorite live blog! Quick primer in case you’re new — I’m playing a wizard named Pranteri, I’ve been playing for a little over 3 hours, I’m playing on monster power 0 because I’m a pansy, and I’m level 12.
Without further adieu, here’s chapter three:
Previous chapters: One
Welcome to the second chapter in the new series that’s sweeping the nation, Diablo 3 Hardcore Diary. In our first chapter, Pranteri the female wizard fought bravely all the way to King Leoric, who was no match for our heroine. What diabolical (eh? eh?) things lie in wait? Let’s not waste any more time:
Diablo 2: Lord of Desctruction is definitely in my top five games of all time and very well could be number one. I’ve been drawn back to D2 so many times I can’t count. I’ve made all the builds and then some, my personal favorite being the mind blade Assassin. Naturally, Diablo 3 was big on my radar. I got my Monk up through Inferno and into the lower paragon levels, but for some reason D3 just didn’t hook me like I wanted it to. Maybe it’s been too long, maybe I can’t put in the time I used to (or set up the Pindlebot to do it for me).
With Diablo 3 recently being released on consoles, the flurry of posts on the Diablo subreddit has given me the itch to play again. In all my time in Diablo, I’ve never made a hardcore character. Hardcore in Diablo means one thing – permanent death. One misstep, one wrong click, one unfortunate lag spike and the hours/days/weeks you’ve put into your character are lost forever. I’ve heard the challenge can really forge a bond between you and the character you’re playing with. Sure, I could make another softcore character, die 250 times on my way to max level, but why not crank it up?
So with this in mind, I’m making my first ever hardcore character — Pranteri, the female wizard. I’m going to try something a bit different and do a live blog of my travels. Since the game came out over a year ago, I’m not going to warn about spoilers. There will be some. Hopefully this is more than just a one-part series.