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You know how the game is played. You’re going to host a party. All your favorite friends and family members are invited, of course. But you also get a fantasy invitee list consisting of any living people on earth, knowing that they will all come. Who would you invite? Let’s say you get 50 such invites. (You won the lottery, too, and you’re hosting this shindig at your mansion or something, ok?) These are the kind of lists that change and fluctuate over time, of course. Here’s my list today. Got any questions? Like “who is that person?” or “why would you invite HIM?” Leave me a comment and I’ll answer.
Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Helena Bonham Carter
Brian “BT” Transeau
Fifteen years ago Diablo was unleashed upon the computer gaming world. It wasn’t a perfect game by any means. And despite its interesting isometric, top-down perspective, in many ways it was the same dungeon crawler we’d been familiar with since the invention of the text-based adventure game. You choose a hero type and then descended level by level into hell to confront the Lord of Terror himself: Diablo. The dark fantasy action was punctuated by visits to town where you could buy things, have brief conversations with townsfolk and have your equipment repaired. By just about every measure you could think of, it was a pretty mediocre game.
Except it wasn’t. It was brilliant. It’s hard to say precisely what Diablo got so right. Atmosphere? Music? I think it was just the right balance between point-and-click mindlessness and the nerdier aspects of RPG games. Whatever it was, Diablo was a hit.
A couple of years later Diablo II erupted onto the scene. What a fantastic game. It had everything that was great about the original, only more of it. And it had engaging online play where you could team up with your friends to battle hell’s minions.
But that was more than a decade ago. Fans have waited a long time for Diablo III and now, as of May 15, it’s finally here.
Despite frustrating service interruptions the first couple of days and grave performance issues on some Macs (including mine) which only recently got fixed, it’s a winner.
The gameplay is addictive. The interface is accessible: punishing evil is as simple as point and click. And it’s still endlessly fun to obsess over your character’s gear. There’s items you find while out thrashing demons, items that town vendors will sell or make for you–and there’s also an online auction house where you can bid on items found by other players. Coming soon, there’ll even be an auction house for real money, not just in-game gold pieces.
The character choices are fun. There’s the ever-present Barbarian, expert at smashing things; the Wizard, premier magic caster; the Demon Hunter, skilled at bows and crossbows; the Monk, master martial artist; and, most intriguingly, the Witch Doctor, who uses blowguns and voodoo. Each class can be played as either male or female.
The art and visuals are lovely, if not technically cutting edge. Some monsters are so huge that you immediately get that “we’re gonna need a bigger boat” feeling when they appear.
Such games are not primarily built on story–it’s more of a hack-and-slash type thing–but I am not finding the Diablo III story as engaging as the one I remember from Diablo II. As I’m only halfway through the game, I guess there’s time for it to pick up. We’ll see.
Got the game or thinking of getting it? Let me know! I often play solo, but there’s nothing better than teaming up with friends to tackle that especially challenging boss. I even have a trial license I could give you if you wan to try before you buy, but if you go that route your test drive will be solo play only.
I’m having a blast playing the Wizard in Diablo III. She’s unstoppable–and says so herself! Check out Blizzard’s character introduction video. I especially like the fact that it features a strong female character who (aside from some of the concept art shown) has actual clothes on. See what you think.
I’m really, really starting to look forward to the release of Diablo III. No one knows when it will be released, but it’ll likely be sometime in 2012. I’m hoping spring, but fear it may be summer. There’s an invite-only beta test going on, but that doesn’t really help narrow down a release date all that much. Besides, I’m not invited. So far.
I’ve listed my favorite computer/console games before, but somehow I’ve neglected to include a terrific little game by Ambrosia Software called Escape Velocity: Nova, the third installment in the Escape Velocity series. It’s an oldie but a goodie, as they say. It’s now at least eight years old and is still as entertaining as ever.
It’s kind of a space adventure game. You begin as the pilot of a small shuttle in a big, unknown universe. You visit other star systems, land on friendly planets and run the missions available to you: take 10 tons of medical supplies to another system, ferry passengers to some other place. But also there are commodities markets where you can buy low and hope to sell high somewhere else. It’s always worth stopping in the bar wherever you land, as special missions may come your way when you do. You may find yourself doing special and lucrative work for a government or a company.
As you earn more money you can buy new ships, weapons, sensor enhancements, shielding and other special technology add-ons.
There are several story lines in the game and you are free to play it any way you want. You can become a trader, a privateer, a pirate, a bounty hunter or an agent of one of several galactic governments.
What makes EV Nova so good? I think it’s the mix of adventure, strategy and arcade-style combat. Somehow Ambrosia got it just right.
In spite of its age, EV Nova will still run on the most modern computers.
I hope Ambrosia creates a new Escape Velocity game one of these days. Meanwhile, Nova is still a supremely engrossing time-waster. You can download the free trial and see how you like it before shelling out the $30 for a license, too. I recommend it highly.
If you’re around my age you probably remember going to the video arcade and playing old school console games for a quarter. I played Missile Command, Tempest, Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Centipede and Space Invaders in the back room of the Straw Hat Pizza near Sepulveda and National in West LA.
Here’s something else. I could be imagining it, but I swear that the place used to have actual straw on the floor at one point. (Which I presume they changed every night like a barn.) But restaurants couldn’t do that, could they? In the mid 70s?
What I do remember clearly is learning to use thread and Scotch tape to rack up unlimited numbers of credits using only one quarter.
Aside from a couple of weeks with Twilight Princess when we got the Wii system, it’s been a long time since I let myself become engrossed in a great video game. Twilight, like all Zelda games, is fantastic. But it’s no Ocarina. I don’t even think it’s as fun as Wind Waker.
Ocarina was a near-perfect video game, certainly the best ever created in the “adventure” genre. The only criticisms I have for it is that occasionally the interface for using items became tedious (switching your boots back and forth in the water temple, for example) and the dialog was sometimes unintentionally quirky, having been originally written in Japanese. In any case, it’s dated now. New gamers will not likely have the same reaction to it that so many of us did ten years ago. Time to move on, I guess, and wait for a new gold standard.
Diablo III is on the distant horizon, so that’s something. It’s been a busy couple of years and nothing else has really captured my attention. Perhaps when the Lord of Terror finally reappears–a year from now?–I’ll jump back into gaming again for a bit.
What’s your favorite video game? Are you looking forward to a new game?