Category: Games

Where’s our E3 2012 coverage?

Wondering where our E3 2012 coverage is? Well, if you want the answer, ask our busy lives! We definitely won’t have the time to do proper E3 coverage this year, which is hardly the worst thing that could have happened…after all, there’s plenty of places that offer better coverage than we ever could. We’ll be posting a big wrapup article at the end of the week that details what we liked and what we didn’t, but aside from that, we won’t be giving E3 much attention this year here on Living With a Nerd.

Diablo III: Report card for the first ten days

With most (but not all) of the big connection issues worked out, the first and second set of hotfixes released into the wild, the inevitable hacking of accounts, and ten days passing since release, it’s high time we offered up our report card on the current state of Diablo III.

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Diablo III: The first 15 hours

In the three days since Diablo III was unleashed upon the world, I’ve put just over 15 hours into it. Here are some initial impressions that build on what I saw in the open beta.

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Diablo III: and so it begins

After having downloaded the game client last week and installing it last night, my journey into the world of Diablo III began this morning before I left for work. I was able to log in and create my character with no problems, although I ran into a slight issue with v-sync. For some reason, it was capping my FPS at 30. The solution was to turn off v-sync, and just use the foreground limiter…it’s been running at a solid 60 FPS ever since.

In a game as big as this one, rather than doing a full-blown review, I’ll be periodically posting my thoughts and experiences. So far, my impressions with the open beta still apply to the full release.

My first toon is a female monk. Her name? DirtyMonkey. Natch.

Here’s five games to whet your hack ‘n’ slash appetite during the final countdown to Diablo III.

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Diablo III open beta impressions

Welcome back, old friend! I almost didn’t recognize you.

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Legend of Grimrock

Legend of Grimrock strikes a perfect balance between accessibility and nostalgia.

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20 years later: Faxanadu

After playing Faxanadu for the first time in 20 years, I’m happy to say that it’s even better than I remember.

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Dragon Age II revisited

Upon finishing Mass Effect 3, I decided to load up Dragon Age II (note that this was not inspired by the recent news that Bioware is officially done with Dragon Age II; it ended up being a happy coincidence of timing.) The review I wrote shortly after DAII launched still holds true today, almost word for word. The only exception to this is the DirectX 11 problems, which have long since been hammered out. Now, the game positively sings on my 560ti running at 1920 x 1080, with all of the graphics options spiked and the hi-res pack enabled.

As a sequel, Dragon Age II was rather disappointing. When taken as its own independent experience however, it’s actually quite an enjoyable game. Give our original review a read, then go and load up another trip into Kirkwall; I think you’ll be pleasently surprised at what you find.

Dissecting Mass Effect 3′s ending

We here at Living With a Nerd thought the ending to Mass Effect 3 was a fitting, beautiful way to cap off the Mass Effect trilogy, so we’ve decided to break down our opinion step-by-step, inch-by-inch. We’ll be doing this by looking at themes explored throughout the trilogy, and comparing them to how they’ve been represented in the final moments of Mass Effect 3.

It goes without saying that this article is filled to the brim with spoilers, so if you haven’t finished ME3, it’s highly recommended that you turn back now.

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