Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Diablo 3 UE Edition, EA Access

Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition(PS4)

So this is the third time that I've bought Diablo 3 and I think I've finally found the best version.  The PC version launched and it was good but had some problems because they really made a mistake with the loot, auction house, and always online features. When they released on the consoles I bought the 360 version and it was almost perfect, all the issues above were fixed and the only problem was the resolution.  When the PC expansion came out they fixed 2 of the earlier problems, but I still had issues with the always online feature as the game would lag quite a bit and it was annoying.

Sitting in the recliner and moving your dude around with the analog stick and with each attack booming on your home theater system, that is the way to play Diablo.  The PS4 version is just about the perfect place to play Diablo.  The resolution is 1080P and I haven't noticed a bit of slowdown, the Xbox One version runs at 1080P, but has some frame rate issues. 

I played with the new Crusader class and it was awesome. The sound was so intense that it rumbled a pretty heavy cup off my chair after 20 minutes of playing.  I'm playing on the expert difficulty and I've actually died a couple of times. It feels like I am leveling faster than before, I think after 3 hours of game play I'm at level 18.  The game plays great with the controller and really is easier than the keyboard/mouse, the only issue could be with targeting specific enemies, but for most players, unless you are playing on the the hardest difficulties, it should never be an issue.  

The only gripe I have with the game is that you have to beat the full game with one character before you open up adventure mode. 

EA Access

If you haven't heard EA is offering for $5/month or $30/year access to a backlog of games and pre-release access to their upcoming games.  Is this a good thing?  So far there are only 4 games in the backlog Fifa 14, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, and Peggle 2 with more supposedly coming.  Madden 15 is coming out next week and this Friday you can get early access, but are limited to only 6 hours of playtime, and yes there is no demo this year so you are kind of paying for early access demos which isn't as cool as if first sounded.  Other publishers are looking to see if this model works so you could see more subscriptions down the road and I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not. 

New Releases - Quite a few good games this week. Diablo 3 on next gen and Shadow Gate


The Golf Club (download - $35) - I bought the early access and it's a good golf game.
Shadowgate (download) - Looks like a good dungeon crawler.
Hatoful Boyfriend (download - $10)
Chess 2: The Sequel (download)
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (download)
Commando Jack (download)

PlayStation 4

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition - Probably getting this version.
Plants vs. Zombie: Garden Warfare - Bought on PC good game.
CounterSpy (download)
Hotline Miami (download)
The Last Tinker: City of Colors (download)

Xbox One

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition
The Golf Club (download - $35)

PlayStation 3

Tales of Xillia 2
CounterSpy (download)
Kung Fu Rabbit (download)

Wii U

Lifeforce (download)


Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment
CounterSpy (download)
Gravity Badgers (download)
Crimsonland (download)

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