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Diablo 3 – First impressions since launch

I’ve just played my first hour of Diablo 3 and thought I’d jot down my first impressions!

I normally hate cinematics in a game, however, I REALLY enjoyed the animated introduction film.  Bloody fantastic! The artwork is really stylish and completely sets the scene.

I have acquired the full soundtrack and listened to a few tracks.  I briefly touched on this in my entry regarding the D3 beta, but the full soundtrack is immense.  Not only does it nicely capture the essence of Diablo 1 and 2, it also sounds like Jimmy Page dusted off his plectrum and got busy with the fizzy.  That is to say, it sounds like he played guitar.  I really hope they release a soundtrack CD seperately, it’s only available as part of the collectors edition and I can’t justify paying out that kind of money for a load of chintzy crap.

It was fun to see so many people running around the two in the game, firing off weapons and fnding their feet.  I could not wait to try the 1-9 numerical keys to see what my player would ‘say’ when pushed in sequence.  I think my favourite is 6, basically, you insulting someones mother, I think that’ll come in very handy!  Nice touch!

I created a Wizard (which seems to be the most popular class online) called….yes, you guessed it?


The screenshot below is taken just outside of Tristram, I really love the ‘hanging tree’ dungeon that you can click into and explore a sub-level on.  Really reminded me of Conan the Barbarian?

First impression.  Pukka!


Angelo and I went to see Saw 3D last night over in Wimbledon; a smaller non-IMAX screen this time which was a shame, would have been nice to have seen it in the same theatre that we saw ‘Resident Evil – Afterlife’ in.

I must confess that I only got into the Saw films this year and thoroughly enjoyed a marathon of watching them back to back and was really looking forward to the ‘final’ installment.

Overall, I thought the film provided a very satisfying conclusion to the Jigsaw saga; personally, I felt that the film ran a little too quickly at times in it’s pursuit to tie up all the loose ends, and focused too much on the chase whilst showcasing all 11 trap scenes rather than find time for the slower and more intense psychological storyboards that I really enjoy.   Such moments defined the story for me, not the traps.

There were two standout scenes for me that fitted into this category, a flashback scene with Jigsaw at a book signing (brilliant!) and the Jigsaw survival support group scene where Doctor Gordon shows a fantastically cynical side to his personality.  Bravo Cary Elwes; take a bow!

Don’t get me wrong; I thought the trap scenes were fantastic and brilliantly thought out.  The garage scene in particular was absolutely amazing.

I had to laugh out loud at the people in front of me who reacted very, very badly to the scene where a guy has to pull out two of his own back teeth with a pair of pliers to get a combination for a code lock.  Ha ha ha, cringers!

The 3D element was certainly effective at times with limbs and body parts hurled at you; although I am finding the use of the 3D technology to be a little predictable already.

I would be very disappointed if this is the last Saw film; purely because it’d be a shame not to see where they can go with the new Jigsaw.  They certainly tied things up very nicely with regards to Jigsaw’s legacy, but left things very open to the possibility of furthering it through his apprentice.  IT’S DOCTOR GORDON!!!!!  If you didn’t guess that, I think you’d best stick to watching simple detective programmes like Father Downing-Syndromes and Murder She Scrote.

Game over!  Do do do, do do doooooo do, do do do!