Time To Look Great In Diablo III Thanks To Cosmetics Patch

The problem you often find when you play any game with items is that you end up torn between looking good and actually being good. Some of the best look items I’ve ever found in games are mid-tiered, meaning that while they look awesome playing with them actually makes me weaker than I could/should be. This is a problem commonly found with games, but Diablo III has you covered if you felt like you needed a little more style thanks to its new cosmetics patch.

Typically without buying the collectors edition (something that is rather hard to find these days), you were limited in how amazing you could look thanks to the limited pets and wings available for your characters.

The latest patch (2.4.1) is a small one by many standards, but will add a wide range of graphical choices for your characters, from the Wings of Kokabiel making you look like a fairy demon to the Star Helm and Pauldrons calling you to battle in space.

Below you can find just a few of the new items and pets that you will be now able to quest for and upon receiving, look like a true warrior.

When you play a game do you look for style or are you one for the stats the items bring? Is there a way to find a balance? Give us your opinion on if stats or looks are more important in games

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Install Size and Price Revealed

The new and improved Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is almost here and just in time for its release, the game has appeared on the UK PlayStation Store ready for pre-order, but not without two surprises for eager gamers.

First of all it has been revealed that the game will need a staggering 58.4GB of storage, you didn’t read that wrong. Obviously this isn’t too much of an issue given that I’ve yet to meet anyone who has filled their PlayStation 4, but with games of this size, it wouldn’t take more than 6 or 7 installs to fulfil that task. Of course I just uninstall games after I complete them, but perhaps Diablo III could push some gamers to upgrading their internal hard drive a little sooner.

The second surprise comes in the form of the price, once again Sony have priced the game stupidly high for digital download, the game will set you back £59.99 for a digital download, and you would have to be thick as anything to pay so much for it. Not only can you not trade in the digital copy, but you can pick up a copy from Amazon for just £44.00 and retain your right to sell the game once you’re done with it.

The game is set to release on August 19th and brings with it all the DLC for the game, all patches and updates, 1080p graphics and a solid 60FPS frame rate.

Thank you Gamepur for providing us with this information.

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Raptr Reveals The Most PC Played Games, They Are…

Which PC games were the most popular in June 2014? Well it is impossible to say for all PC gamers in the world, but using the Raptr statistics as a barometer reveals some interesting results. At number one is League of Legends with a staggering 16.76% of all PC gamers, that’s more than twice the share of second place game title DOTA 2 which has 8.15%. World of Warcraft, Counter Strike Global Offensive and Diablo III make up the rest of the top 5. The biggest gainers are WildStar, Watch Dogs, Battlefield 3 and PayDay 2 while the biggest losers include The Elder Scrolls Online, ArmA III and Star Wars: The Old Republic who all dropped significantly.

These figures compare fairly similarly to Steam’s Statistics, although many of the games in Raptr’s list are not counted in Steam’s statistics so making the comparison is difficult. Steam’s top 5 includes Dota 2, Counter Strike Global Offensive, Team Fortress, Football Manager 2014 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Raptr is an online gaming platform with 22 million users in over 100 countries. Raptr recently signed a partnership with AMD to provide the backbone behind the “AMD Gaming Evolved” app.

Source: Raptr

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DIABLO III: Ultimate Evil Edition Coming This Summer

Blizzard has finally given the release date for their biggest and hopefully best edition of Diablo III so far. The release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition will be hitting the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, while also bringing the title over to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 19th this year, with an expected retail price of $40 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 release, $60 for the PS4 and XB One.

The Ultimate Evil Edition brings Reaper of Souls to console gamers for the first time and wraps all of the content, features, and updates we’ve released for Diablo III into one epic package,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Whether you’re a veteran of the crusade against the forces of evil on PC or are just stepping foot into Sanctuary for the first time, there’s never been a better time to experience Diablo III from the comfort of your couch.”

The new edition brings all the features, tweaks and patches that have been hitting the title ever since it’s somewhat tragic original release on the PC, since then it has grown into a beautiful and deeply enjoyable multiplayer RPG on consoles and now it’s set to be better than ever. On top of that you can expect better graphics, resolution and FPS on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One edition of the game, and no doubt plenty more support from the developers to follow after the release.

I’ve still not gotten enough from Diablo III, so I’m really looking forward to this release. It’s a great game on PlayStation 3, but the graphics are a bit on the hazy side, so I’m really looking forward to some couch co-op and a much higher-definition experience. If you haven’t played the game yet, it may be worth waiting for this edition to be released.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls – New Game Modes Detailed

We see many new features and interesting things happening in Diablo III with their expansion Reaper of souls. Where you will battle it out at the end of Act Five with Malthael, the Angel of Death. Along with the addition of Act Five, we will see two new game modes.

  • Adventure Mode will allow players to go anywhere, and slay anything. The player should get to play when and where they want to play, so all of the waypoints in all of the acts have been unlocked. This will allow players to jump to any part of the game at any time.
  • Campaign Mode gives players the opportunity to focus more on the story. Players will get to play all of the quests, view all of the cut-scenes and in-game movies. This won’t be much different than current game play.

Bounties have also been added, if you want more of a guided approach while playing the game, but you don’t want to play the campaign, you will be able to play adventure mode. While in adventure mode, you will get bounties, which are random quests. In each game the player will be granted 25 bounties, 5 in each act. There will be a number of bounties including killing one of the 15 different bosses, to complete an event, kill a unique monster, even clearing a dungeon. When completing a bounty players will be granted experience, rift keystones as well as cool loot.

Nephalem Rifts, a completely randomized dungeon that can be up to 10 levels deep. In order to get into a rift you will need a rift keystone. While in a Nephalem Rift the game will defy all of the rules, mixing up monsters of different types, monster densities as well as layouts. Players will get some awesome buffs, the bosses will be challenging, mixed with randomness to bring back the awesomeness of Diablo.

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There will be some really cool new monsters in Diablo III, with some completely new and revamped abilities such as back stepping and transformation. If you’re interested in learning more about the newest information about Diablo III: Reaper of Souls check out the official Blizzard website.

 

 

Diablo III PlayStation 3 Co-Op Review

Diablo 3 got off to a shaky start in life when it launched on PC. The Auction house was bust, the network suffered massive failures at launch, there were bugs, a poor loot system, the list goes on! Safe to say that many fans old and new came to the game and were left with a bad taste in their mouth. Yet like a Phoenix rising from the fire, Diablo III has been reborn and may now be one of the best co-op RPG’s in years!

When I heard about the console port of this game I thought “great, a broken game with worse graphics! That is just what we need”. Then in recent weeks I started hearing nothing but praise for the game, as well as a long list of improvements, fixes, tweaks and in some cases cut features that have done nothing but improve the experience. I decided to throw caution to the wind, obtained a copy and I haven’t looked back since.

While I’m sure Diablo III offers a great experience for the single player gamer, my purpose here was to play couch co-op, by which I mean player two was screen sharing and sitting next to me (the way co-op should be!). Things started simple enough with the difficulty and character selection. The game now gives you a choice of five difficulties as well as further tweaks to the difficulty of each level to make sure you get the most out of your experience, or the most experience out of your enemies, which ever way you want to look at it.

Gameplay in general is pretty straight forward stuff, it is an isometric hack and slash dungeon crawler at heart, with a huge pile of RPG progression and story telling layered on top to great effect. The game starts out with some stunning cut-scenes and some stylish animated story telling about the end of the world, evil and generally how there are a few people who can save it. It’s still typical, tried and tested RPG stuff and plays well off the original games in the series. The story is simple enough that new comers can get straight into the action, fans will enjoy the lore and for those that just want the action it’s even possible to just skip all the story, follow map markers and run around smashing things, perfect.

Everything has been overhauled here, the menu system has been completely redone and now uses a radial system that is better suited to the twin analogue sticks of consoles, allowances have been made to let you remap any skill to any button to suit your play style and co-op benefits from a smart map overlay. Online play is no longer essential and the whole game can be enjoyed over local network or screen share co-op, making this feel all the more like an old school RPG co-op experience, sitting with friends, a pile of snacks and a few drinks together with a game.

Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Wizard, Monk or Demon Hunter are all great characters and the level progression feels intuitive, after a few hours you’re working well towards having an awesome character build that benefits from the games less frequent loot drops, which now favour more rare and powerful items as opposed to endless piles of garbage that need to be sold or traded off. This new loot structure works incredibly well and it makes exploration and fighting a lot more fun very quickly, especially now that you no longer need to use an auction house whatsoever.

Graphics are really nicely done, plenty of lighting effects, physics to throw objects from the level around the screen as you smash up tables and barrels and plenty of optional graphics settings to toggle on screen health bars, attack numbers, subtitles and more to tailor the game to your liking. The only downside I ran across is that when you want to change your attributes or equipment you have to take it in turns, only one local player can access the menu at a time. The benefit of this is that you don’t have a cut down half screen menu, everything is nice and clear to read, it just takes twice as long to do it because you have to wait for each player to complete their time in the menu.

Combat is faster and more exciting than ever too, now that evade is mapped to the right stick you suddenly find the battles are more fluid that their PC counterparts. The main skills are mapped to the face buttons, with two more on the back right shoulder buttons, with target lock and heal on the left shoulder buttons. It’s a setup that works incredibly well and all fears of the game feeling “forced” onto consoles quickly dissipate once you start playing. I love playing with keyboard and mouse, but I have to admit that this is far superior an experience to the PC edition, although that could be due to the seemingly endless set of improvements to the games system overall, not just the controls.

The game has also been equipped with every patch and update that has graced the PC edition, so bugs should be at a minimum here, throughout the 20+ hours we’ve clocked on the game so far there hasn’t been a single issue with the game, characters or levelling system, so there has certainly been a lot of improvement in that area.

This isn’t a console port of a PC game, this is the Diablo III the fans wanted in the first place and while many may feel scorned by the original PC release, I highly recommend you check out the console release, although I must admit I haven’t tried the Xbox 360 release, so I can only vouch for the PS3 edition.

You don’t have to be a Diablo fan to enjoy this game at all, this is simply one of the best co-op experiences on the market today and if you’re looking for something to fill the void after completing Borderlands 2, this more than fits the bill.

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Pros

  • Can be played completely offline
  • Troubled auction house feature has been removed
  • Local co-op
  • Re-mappable controls
  • Revised loot and levelling system

Cons

  • None

“The console release is great, far exceeding the PC experience in many ways and while I admit, it should not be this way, both editions should be great! It is. However, this is a fantastic game on consoles and despite any past issues, it is well worth checking if you’re a fan of the series, felt scorned by the original release or you just want some epic co-op action”

Diablo III PlayStation 3 Co-Op Review

MMO Gaming Mouse Roundup

Over the last few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to use many of the best gaming mice on the market, putting them through their paces in many of today’s leading MMO games, trying to find out which offers the best performance, value for money and feature sets, in the hope that I can guide you to making a better purchase.

Like knights of the round table I am surrounded by awesome examples of what a gaming mouse can be, as you can see in the image above I have a fair few to choose from and those of you who keep a close eye on our reviews will realise that we’ve reviewed every single on of these mice in the past, some of the quite recently too. All of these products have proved themselves to be award winning, premium products that are worth your cash, but that doesn’t help you decide which one is best for you or your game.

In the collection today I have:

  • Steelseries World of Warcraft Wireless MMO
  • Steelseries World of Warcraft Legendary Edition
  • Corsair Vengeance M95 MMO
  • Mad Catz M.M.0.7
  • Razer Naga Molten
  • Razer Naga Hex
  • TteSports Black Element

A fine selection indeed, a solid mixture of low, mid and high-end solutions with the appropriate budgets to match, in a wide range of style choices, button configurations and specifications, so lets not hang around and we’ll get stuck into the good stuff.

Full details of each mouse and more extensive testing can be found in their full reviews, links provided at the bottom of each page that will open a new tab.

Blizzard Entertainment Swings The Ban Hammer In Diablo III

Over the years we have heard about Blizzard and them striking their BAN HAMMER. Though they usually save it for special instances of hacking and abusing a game, this time it was for Diablo 3 players. Apparently players had found a way to duplicate or dupe items. With Diablo 3 having a Real-Money Auction House allowing you to sell in-game items for some cold hard cash lots of people want to make a quick buck. Unfortunately, some people decide to find ways to abuse the game, and it can affect us all.

Some may say that no one is really affected since it is all fake, but duping an item can cause issues across the entire game. Once Blizzard found out about the exploit they shut the auction house down, and investigated the issue. As it turns out there was  a way to dupe gold with the auction house, which allowed a small number of players that had billions of gold to turn that into trillions.

Some of you who play might be worried that your account will be affected or rolled back because of the issue, but since there were only a select few who took advantage of the exploit (415). Blizzard is only going to go after those who were involved in the process. Blizzard is locking accounts that appear to have used the exploit then investigating further. Depending on how much damage they did they will either have their accounts banned or rolled back depending on their activity.

Blizzard stated on their forums “We’ll also be donating all proceeds from auctions conducted by the suspended or banned players—including all of THEIR sale proceeds that we intercepted as well as our transaction fee—to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”

Good news for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals though, they are getting a large donation from Blizzard Entertainment!

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