Newbie D3 Thoughts

With all the folks playing Diablo 3, I am really making myself give it a fair shot. I’m still not entirely a fan of the game style, but I’m slowly getting used to it at least.

It was kind of difficult for me at first. Part of that, I’m sure, is that the movement feels awkward for me. And the static camera angle. And a multitude of little things. But last night, I realized something that I think every player new to D3 should do:

Play with other people. Or at least one other person. And make it the *right* kind of person.

The people you want to play with, when you are as clueless as I am, are the folks who have done this before. The people who understand stuff about your chosen class and can help you. The ones who understand the ins and outs of the game – how crafting works, what gems are good, that sort of thing.

Ideally, you’ll find a situation like I did. A buddy of mine, who has already finished normal and is playing hardcore with some other friends, was going back through with another character and caught up with me. He’s in no rush on this character, and was more than happy to let me hear all the quest dialogue, watch cut scenes, and everything that I actually want to DO while I’m playing this game.

I made ridiculous progress on Wizard Avi last night. I never would have made it to level 24 – and the beginning of Act III – if I had been soloing my way along. Or at least not so quickly.

Co-op may not be for everyone. But that’s one thing I really like about games: the social aspect. I don’t like feeling rushed, though, so this setup was *perfect* for me. I got the benefit of someone else’s knowledge. I got to learn things about not only my class, but others as well. And I still got to play through the way I wanted to see the game.

So my recommendation, for anyone who may be hesitant to try it out because it’s different, is find a friend who is content to just play with you. It makes a world of a difference. And it makes it fun. 🙂

Oh – and I also discovered dyes! Here’s Avi as of last night. Helm “gone” courtesy of vanishing dye, and all decked out in pretty blue!

Avi at level 24

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