Dragon Age: Inquisition

For a couple months I have been following the progress of “Dragon Age: Inquisition and I have to say.  I’m impressed if Inquisition is anything that it promises to be it should be real treat upon it’s release in Oct of 2014.

The original trailer that released a few months ago made Dragon Age Inquisition appear to be breathtaking. This trailer does nothing short than tickle my interest. When it is released on PC I will be sure to drop by and pick up this title. Hold stead for my review in October when the title is released.

Rant of the Day: Episode 3: Trolls!

We have had this happen before in the past, all of us have. We get online, run a dungeon and run into the biggest suckiest person around. But truth be told there is nothing you can do or say to make them stop. In fact I had an issue with a troll a few days ago and the conversation greatly discouraged me. He spent a dungeon badmouthing my healing capability’s. I almost quite playing for a while because of this action. So I went online and did some more research on the topic. Yes, I fueled the fire. But I learned from it as well. With some help from other positive players I was able to come back from it, and was much more improved at not only healing but handling those kinds of situations.

So remember next time your trolled try just ignoring them. Let it go. Try to ascertain if they are making a legitimate claim or if they are just just being jerks. Some people come off the worst way when they try to give advice. Try to see if there is something you can do to improve your gameplay if that is what it is regarding. But the most important thing IMO. NEVER let this kind of action/talk bother you. Don’t let them make your ragequit. Who cares about what a troll has to say?

For more information on preventative & proactive actions follow the link below
MMO Play: How to handle trolls?

The Gamer Parent

I’m a gamer. There’s no doubt about that. But I have kids. You know what that means? That means I balance time between work, family, and games(Plus this blog). This isn’t easy. But there is a good way to do this and a proper way to balance it.

Tip 1: Wait for the kids to go to bed. This is probably one of the most effective ways to balance the time. This way, you get time to yourself and you don’t have to worry about getting interupted.

Tip 2: Spend time with the kids and your spouse(if you aren’t single). This is important. If you are consistently spending time with your family, and helping out around the house the likely hood of them having an issue with you playing is likely to be reduced. I highly encourage this.

Tip 3: Fairness. Do I need to explain? So there was a point in my life were I would play games all day and most of the night. I wouldn’t stop and would rarely lift a finger to help someone with something becuase I was always in the middle of something. But it should be fair. Your spouse, or whoever is watching the kid needs a chance to relax and have time to themselves. Parenting is not a one way thing if your married, and shouldn’t be that way.

Tip 4: If you are going to play while watching your kid…Play something you can pause or is low impact and won’t be affected by constraints. AKA Crafting if your playing an MMO.

This is my current list of tips for being a parent and gaming. If you have other tips to share please comment below. Thanks for reading, have a nice day guys.

Diablo 3 Review, + Reaper of Souls

The gates of death are most tantalizing in wake of the newest DLC Reaper of Souls. The intro to ACT V for popular title Diablo 3 starts us off were the original left off. Tyrael attempts to hide the soul stone. Efforts to hide the stone failed, Malthael AKA “The Reaper of Souls” barges in like a complete badass and takes it away from Tyrael, challenging the Nephalam to try and stop him.

What we have heard so far?

This is what we hear about Reaper of souls. The game is intended to be what Diablo 3 should have been from the start. The Reaper of Souls DLC adds in additional content to the game, including but not limited to. A new class, the “Crusader” class which is intended to be a balanced Crowd Control, Low – mid range class with a wide variety of skills and ability’s. Adventure mode has been added to the content. Once you have beaten the game you will be able to go through all of the dungeons and levels with free reign. This is hailed as one of the most promising updates. The paragon system no longer has a cap so you are able to perk yourself up infinitely. New difficulty level has been added to the game. Plus, a multitude of additional features have been made available.

What I think about Diablo 3 before the update?

Diablo 3 certainly has it’s flaws as a core game. It is very basic, offers little more than the face value that you get at the beginning. There aren’t other modes, and this is a bit of a turn off for some players. For all it’s intents and purposes, Diablo 3 is nothing more than a casual hack n smash dungeon crawler. Don’t get me wrong. I love Diablo 3, and it is exactly because of these mechanics that I find it appealing. It is simple, it is the click that monster game (Unless you play via Console).

Throughout the game you will come across a cut scene at the beggining of each new act. These cutscenes are very well detailed and incredibly enjoyable to watch. Of course, each act will be throwing you into a new dungeon new level, new creatures, etc. Level and Character design is well done. You will see similar creatures throughout the game, but rarely will you see anything completely new.

Throughout each level there are numerous side quests, and doors you can travel through to explore parts of the city.  This is full filling and changes the run of the mil content in Diablo 3.

Reaper of Souls

Yes, you do come across the same type of content but it is far more abundant in Reaper of Souls.  The pop culture tied into some of the doors, rooms, and dungeons is humorous and will bring back old memories you thought you forgot.

The boss content is amazing.  I shuddered at the sight of one of the newer bosses and found myself for one of the first times, having to dodge and weave out of attacks.  This greatly changed my strategy towards opponents, and drew me deeper into the game creating a much stronger form of game play.  Which brings me to the next part.  The games begins to bring to a close the chapters from Act IV.  This creates closure and a sense of ending.

Reaper of Souls is a must have, and I agree that the content is well worth the wait.  Do I think it fits the price tag Blizzard has put on the content.  Probably not.  But if you have the cash, and the time.  Reaper of Souls brings the extra content to the game and shows the player that there is more to it than just hack n slash.

Last Note

Reaper of Souls is a fantastic expansion and combined with adventure mode will keep you coming back for more.  I do find Diablo 3 very repetitive, but I highlight the Adventure Mode.  This certainly increased the replayability for the game and I wanted to note that this is the most important part of the puzzle for me.

 

Diablo 3       7/10

Reaper of Souls     8/10

Pros
* Adventure Mode
*Patched Features

Cons
*Price is High
*Offers Little New Content

Amazing Moments in Final Fantasy XIV: ARR

There will always be new players when you use the duty finder in FFXIV. But some moments make for an interesting story. My recent experience was thus so. In one of the level 30 guildheist I ran into such an experience, and an inexperienced Tank. I was playing as the healer, and the Tank would not build enmity on adds. I even postponed casts to give him time to flash or grab adds to draw them off. On the flip side, my DPS weren’t doing anything about adds either and they weren’t closing up the portals that were spawning adds either. This posed a severe problem for me. Surprisingly…we beat it.

I spent the entirety of the Guildheist running the adds around in circles alternating between the tank and myself. I kept this up for about 3-4 minutes. My mana got about half way down before the adds got to about 20 and I couldn’t keep up any longer. I died…But, the rest of the party managed to kill off the remainder of the adds by syphoning them into a circle while dps knocked them off one by one. We won, and I got the exp I needed to reach the next level.

I was proud to notice that I recieved all of the commendations. But one thing I wanted to note to new players. If you think there may be a way to improve the way you play please do it. Look to your Free Company for advice on a particular class or browse the forums to see what other people are doing. This is my best advice. There is more than one way to do something, but there are certainly better ways to do things. Then there are rules that should be followed to maximize your capability’s. Do some research and have fun guys!

But I want to hear your story, and what happened. Whether it be a save in a massive dungeon or just another run gone wrong. I want to hear one of your moments.