Diablo III Has Hooked Me Again

I thought I was done playing Diablo III, a game I happily zipped through as a demon hunter when it came out on PS4. I played with friends, cleared the story, hit level 70, barely understood what Adventure Mode and Paragon Points were and put it down. That was more than a year ago.

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Here in early 2016, I’m playing again thanks to a couple of significant patches and a much better understanding about how to get the most out of the game. In fact, Diablo III is probably my second-most-played game of 2016. This is after I’d not played it for about a year. I’ve been digging it enough that I figured I’d make a video for any fellow casual, lapsed Diablo III players to show off some of what’s new but also to explain some of the old systems I’d failed to understand the first time around. (Hint: keep playing your highest-level character!)

If you’re an expert, much of what’s in the video above will seem obvious. But if you’re fairly fresh to the series or have a copy of Diablo III sitting around that you haven’t thought about in a while, hopefully this will help. I also recommend checking out our recent tips for the newly-updated game:

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It really amazes me how the detractors and haters and folks angry as hell that they weren’t getting D2:The Return, didn’t understand that Blizzard is very much a developer that is in it for the long haul when this was released. No, instead we had the nerdy internet hate-machine on full toxic blast, along with load of class-war PC folks sneering that Blizzard had forsaken them for those dirty ‘console causals’ and that they, the kings above men had been forgotten.

It really does amaze me, remembering the endless hate back then and no one understanding that Blizzard does not forget about a game 90 days after launch. It’s one reason I have a hard time taking gamers seriously at times, because of shit like that. D3 is a great loot game, sure there’s some problems that are going to be pains in the ass to fix, if they even can, but given the fact that you could pick it up for console for $20, sometimes less, if you like looting, I really don’t see how you could pass it up if you’ve got even a friend or two. Or hell, solo!

I’m taking two full weeks off of Fallout 4 to do nothing but run rifts and grind and hit shit for 100m damage or some insanely high level and to have fun doing it. Now let’s see if any sort of reasonable discourse comes from this post or if I’ll be flagging and dismissing and flagging and dissmissing while chopping the meat.