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  • Gregory Magnuson - Beaten once through, here are my thoughts!So I have been reading a LOT of negative reviews on here. Yes, we all know that there were server issues for a while upon launch. Let's be realistic, there were several MILLION people attempting to log in within the first few hours. Anyone who has ever been a part of a launch for a massively talked about game that's online only should know to expect issues like this. Personally, I was logged on in the first 4 minutes after launch, and played for about 5 hours without a hitch afterwards. However, I was also prepared for large issues logging on. The open beta could not prepare them for the sheer number of people trying to play. I can say that Blizzard, in the few days since release, have made a huge effort to fix the issues, and accomplished so with some success. With the log-in issues out of the way, which seem to account for most of the 1 star reviews on here, let's look at the actual game.

    First off, I think Blizzard did a wonderful job on this game. It retains a lot of the old Diablo II-ish feel, satiating the itches of the older generation of gamers who played D2. It is also fresh enough to attract and entertain a broad range of new gamers. It is easy enough (normal mode) for the casual gamer, while still being fun. It will definitely be a challenge for people in the Inferno difficulty. People sit around whining about how easy it is. You are most likely reviewing the game in Act I of normal mode. Give it some time. Having just finished the game on normal mode, and started into Nightmare, I can say from experience, that the game gets more challenging. Every difficulty level comes with new monster abilities, new gear, and new experiences.

    Combat-wise, it is exactly what it needs to be. Cooldowns for some abilties keeps spamming to a minimum, which adds another degree of balance and challenge to the game. No potion spamming forces people to play smarter, not just rushing into a boss fight without some preparation. The animations are well-done, easily distinguishable.

    Skills can be changed and modified with runes, as long as they are not on cooldown. I love this. It lets you try any of the billions of builds without total commitment, which I personally think is fantastic. Having to worry about misplacing a skill point in many conventional MMOs I see as a sort of boon. Not only are there 4-5 skills per skill "type," but each skill has a number of runes, which completely change the looks/effects/damage of the skill. There is no penalty for changing skills until later difficulties, at which point the penalty will be losing your magic-find buff stacks.

    The items are nice, I especially like that the item tiers(looks) are split up by sections of the game. The gear gets progressively cooler looking the further you progress. At most points in the game, you should have a close to matching set of gear at any given time. Most upgrades dont feel gigantic, which is perfect, because unless you're already playing the end game, you still have a long way to go gear-wise. The models dont look amazing, but it's a Diablo game, it wasn't created to have incredible graphics. It was created for everyone to be able to enjoy, regardless of whether they have a high-end gaming rig or not.

    I enjoy the crafting system. It supplements gear that you don't find as drops, doesn't require you to farm materials, and is a good money-dump for that excess gold you have sitting around. It is definitely not necessary to level, but has provided me with some decent gear throughout normal mode. The gem crafter is a bit more important, but also cheaper to train up.

    Overall, the game has been extremely satisfying so far. The cutscenes are well made, combat is ever changing, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. If people can get past their initial disappointment with the server errors after launch, I think this is a game that can be enjoyed by a wide market, from casual to hardcore, for years to come.
  • Deborah H. Bryant "dhb" - Indispensable, 1000% ROI. Get it.An unbelievable value in terms of the hassle and frustration this little baby prevents. When my old one died, I lasted exactly 3 days before buying this replacement. Brother has this category locked. The thing always works, despite humidity, freezing temperatures, dust and dog hair, repeatedly being dropped, lack of electricity. (I took mine camping.) Labels are fantastic for phone chargers, power adapters that all look the same (but aren't), labeling all kinds of stuff in a multi-kid or multi-pet household, pithy instructions on rarely used equipment, distinguishing remote controls, organizing cords of all kinds and clarifying computer inputs, buttons and switches for elderly folks overwhelmed by too many options. Spare keys, frozen food, pill boxes, temporary dog tags when traveling, stuff being sent to your kids' will not believe how many uses you find for this labeler beyond the obvious manila folders and hanging files. (By the way, if you use hanging file folders, place the tape as it emerges, sticky part NOT exposed, directly into the plastic sleeve. No need to fuss with computer-printed labels or struggle to read your handwriting later.) LOVE IT. Note if you need long-term labels for stuff stored outdoors you should get a different Brother labeler that makes laminated labels.
  • Teresa - A Ring to Bind Them All!After reading the excellent reviews here, I felt compelled to get my own Avery Durable View Binders! My thoughts were, if these could hold women, why not also fill them with men? Knowing as many men as I do, I rather thought I'd need a lot of binders, and bought 20. To my dismay, all 276 men I wanted bound took up no more than a third of the first binder. Of course this is not Avery's fault. It's a great company, I've used their clean edge business card stock on numerous occasions to introduce myself to the very men I bound! No, it is no doubt due to the content itself! In the end, each man took up only a quarter of a page and could be snapped into place with one ring! Not only that, they wouldn't stay properly bound, and the binder soon became messy and disorganized. When I objected to the constant chaos, the smell of beer and dirty socks, the man they had nominated as their president told me it was my job to clean up the binder not theirs! In the end they would not even let me open the binder, telling me it was now their man cave and women were not allowed! By then I didn't really care much any more, so I drove the binder out to the landfill and dumped it. Unfortunately, the Avery Durable View Binder was SO durable, that Marcia Prickit, our local homeless lady (one of that 47% you hear so much about), apparently found it and took it back with her to her living space under the bridge. I have not heard how those men are faring, but the sheriff did mention, that last time he removed Marcia to the women's homeless shelter in town, she guarded it jealously from the other residents, keeping it under all her sweaters. When he asked if they were okay in there, she told him that at first they complained a lot and made so much noise trying to get out, that sheh had to stretch each one to fit all three rings. She keeps the binder spotless and tidy, and regularly reviews each man's features. This morning I took the other 19 binders to the shelter thinking that putting men in binders might be a great activity for the homeless. Now I feel as though in some small way I have contributed to the happiness of someone less fortunate than me - for a very reasonable price!
  • BBossMel - This is what we have been waiting for.What's more to be said? Greatness has arrived. I've been getting used to my PS4 over the first week and I just have to say I love it. It's simple gaming at it's best. Beautiful graphics, free game downloads from PS Plus, and a super fast UI that is much better than the PS3's interface. Right now there isn't an abundant of games out but that will change soon. I am excited for the new generation and am happy to have purchased a PS4. That price tag is just undeniably sweet.
  • hwaran "bluearc" - convenient and easyI drink carbonated water because I like the kick it has. The starter kit came with two bottles which is perfect for me as a single person to always have one chilled bottle on hand. You'll need more bottles if you're going to use for a family. I am very happy and satisfied with the level of carbonation, ease of use and convenience.

    I love the fact that I no longer contribute to the carbon footprint in transporting bottles of plastic and glass from places of origin to the places of distribution to the shelves at my neighborhood store then into my car to my home. I feel less guilt as I use less and discard less plastic bottles since it comes with the two bottles that are good for several years. And, I'd rather use my strength and energy playing with my nephew rather than hauling bottles and bottles of water out of my car up the flights of stairs.