My Side of the Portal

Diablo 1 was the first time that I’ve truly been passionate about a game. From the moment that Diablo was installed on my PC, all I could think about was going to Tristram and fight the legions of evil. At that time, I had just entered university and I completely failed my first year. Even if it delayed my professional life for a year, it was worth it because it gave me one of my best gaming remembrances.

When Diablo 2 came out, I got infected with the same virus. The sequel was even better and, for many years, I’ve been living in click heaven.

Unfortunately, even if they managed to make something enjoyable out of Diablo 3, Blizzard didn’t succeed at recreating the ambiance from the first two episodes. They made jokes about the excessive use of flashy colours, but they failed to provide the sequel I was waiting for.
I long believed that such a task was impossible, that my expectations were simply too high. The Darkening of Tristram proved me wrong. The retro graphics, the character animations and the old music really did the trick for me.

Blizzard gave us an awesome way to celebrate and, for a month, I probably had more fun in Diablo 3 than I had since the game was released.

Path of Exile

My husband discovered Path of Exile in its’ early beta. Since we both love hack ‘n slash games, we couldn’t resist and we joined the gory ride. After a long break from the game, we finally decided to roll another character, and try to go as far as we could.

At the moment, I’m following NeverSink’s Indepth Tornado & Archer Guide. Until Act 4 in “Cruel” difficulty, this build was going pretty smooth for me. I could clear about anything really fast with minimum gear requirements. I realize now that the fact that I didn’t need great gear at the beginning is why I started having a bit more difficulties later on. I feel like I constantly need to tiptoe through each dungeon. But I’m almost in “Merciless”, and I dinged level 60 last night.

My focus on the game is to first finish cruel, then check how to craft gear and flasks. Hopefully better gear will drop in merciless because I won’t give up this character until I’ve finished each and every boss in the last difficulty!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go kick Malachais’ ass *evil grin*.