Having heard that there is an upcoming patch for Diablo III that will re-introduce the Necromancer (from Diablo II) as a playable character into the Diablo Universe, I said something to the effect of “meh, okay”… but then I remembered playing Diablo III way back a couple of years ago when they introduced Seasons… and I thought “well, I wonder what’s going on now?”
And, holy cow level, I found myself hooked again.
It’s Season 10 right now and they’ve added this thing where, if you beat Season 10, they’ll give you a full set. (As a Witch Doctor, I got Zunimassa’s Haunt, for example.) But, for the most part, it’s just the simple joys of playing through the game as if it were the first time again. You run around at level 1 and shoot undead monsters and go up levels and get new “Legendary” items and min-max your character and things are set up so that you get a little puff of endorphins every 5-10 minutes or so because you’ve beaten this group of elite monsters, or that boss, or happened to have a really good *SOMETHING* drop that gives you a 1% improvement over the previous something you were running around with.
Torment VI was, I think, the highest level when I stopped playing last time and, now, you can reach the dizzying heights of Torment XIII as your run from here to there to find something (ANYTHING!) that might give you that sweet, sweet 1% you’re looking for.
It *IS* fun to watch your character progress and go from running in terror from monsters to killing bosses before they’re finished giving their opening monologues, but the simple joys of hearing a “DING” and knowing that you just hit the jackpot, maybe, are as addicting as ever.
And the Necromancer isn’t even out yet! (Folks theorize he’ll be out in July with the 2.6 patch.)
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))