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Coolidge and I finally finished Nightmare Difficulty tonight. I last left off with us just entering Heaven for the final Act.
I just love the look of Auriel, she’s probably my favourite Angel. Their wings look so different to the ones in WoW but different game so it makes sense. Although the other day Coolidge told me about the boars on D3 looking just like the ones in WoW. I even read a blog post about it but can’t remember where I saw it =/
We’ve all seen this screen before but there’s a reason I’ve linked it today. We were in the Radiant Chapel doing what we do, which usually means Cool holding the big guy while I pick off the little ones. In this instance, there were a lot of those mobs that drop those frost grenades. I usually Diamond Shield if I’m close to them but this time I had quite a few on me and my DS and pot were on CD. So I died…
No real interest there right?
Well, waiting there for Cool to finish off everything, I was lying there dead (minding my own business) when some more of those grenades were thrown around where I was lying. Once they blew, I was blasted as well which is why my body was blown away from the grave. All of a sudden I saw my corpse flying head first straight into the railing… at the time I thought it was hilarious and even looking at the pic now it makes me giggle.
I didn’t even realise that could happen once you were dead. Although come to think of it I have seen some really funny things in WoW when people are dead. One involves Hugadarn dying towards the entrance in AQ40 when we were 2P’ing the first mobs for mounts. He had died towards the portal but started sliding backwards across the sand, up the big boulder and then down the other side. LMAO!
Last night, I wasn’t content to log out since Coolidge had just managed to ding 50 and I was just a sliver from dinging as well, so we headed through the Gateway to the Silver Spire, killing a few groups of mobs before I levelled as well.
Here we are the night before. I had just managed to get the achievement for colouring everything one colour. I wish you could see which colours you had used on an item already without having to zoom in. That doesn’t always help me as the dyes aren’t always that distinct, esp on the shoulders. So I probably ended up colouring the same item the same colour a couple of times trying to figure out which item I was missing for the achievement. I’ve since noticed that you can’t colour your bracers or weapon (didn’t think you could but I just thought I’d try anyway) :P
Surprisingly, killing Diablo wasn’t as bad as I expected. Even the shadow phase wasn’t that bad, The worst bit was the third phase back in our realm, when s/he did the spray. I’m just glad I didn’t die but it’s pretty rare that I’ll die on a boss.
I had started talking to my followers for the chat achievement as well as taking a pic when I saw the pop-up that asked if I wanted to leave Nightmare and go to the next level of Difficulty. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise there was timer counting down and thought I could just close the thing and exit later. I was annoyed at myself the first time round as I wanted a pic of how I looked on the Character select screen with that cool Heaven backdrop but I didn’t know how to get the backdrop back so I was determined to get one this time ’round. While we were discussing this, Cool told me there were only 6sec left until were were dropping out… I hadn’t even started looting yet… so I raced over to at least pick up the yellow item and was trying to pick up one of the purples when I saw a black screen. Oh well, I really only wanted the yellow anyway.
On a positive note, Cool told me we could just switch back to Nightmare difficulty and select the last quest for the Heaven shot, so without further ado, here it is :)
Nightmare Difficulty complete! Bring on Hell :)
Well it’s been a little more than a week and Coolidge and I have taken our time going through Nightmare Difficulty. Although as usual, I wanted to explore all parts of the map and re-watch some of the cut scenes again (which was only my second time). It did seem to take considerably longer with the mobs having more health and such but since this is the second level of difficulty, I’m wondering how much harder the other two will be.
I’ve read some posts from other bloggers like Effy’s recent trials and tribulations in Inferno. It sounds hard but at the same time I’m looking forward to trying them out with Cool.
Earlier in the week I managed to get the Made It Work achievement, meaning I can be more colour coordinated from now on. At this stage, I still have a few of the colours to try but that will come in time after I relaunch the game a few more times.
So here we are after defeating the Butcher. I’ll say it was a bit harder but then again I was trying some new talents. Always good to try new stuff for a boss fight :P Worked out though :)
The end of Act II was a little more tricky and again I made good use of the health globes. Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I expected so that was a nice surprise.
After 40 levels, I might have finally settled on a banner design. If you didn’t notice, my banner hadn’t changed for three levels. That’s very unusual for me as I just couldn’t decide on one I liked. I first saw the trim on one of Cool’s toons and was really happy when I managed to get the achievement to use it.
As my main computer still uses a standard screen, I’ve been a little annoyed since Cool always seems to be able to see more stuff going in the distance like letting me know a yellow mob is in the back somewhere or a loot goblin. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to change the screen res in-game so I put up with it. Yesterday I decided to try the letterbox setting in the game options. OMG! I wish I had tried that sooner.
In Act III, I’ve tried quite a few of the other talents and runes just to see what combination I like. As a result, it’s also pretty often that I’ll say “Pinky” to Cool, indicating when I’m using a health pot :P
As an experiment, I tried the invisible dye on my chest piece. I think you can tell I liked to look of it, not that Coolidge minded either :P but after finishing Act III today, I decided to show her chest piece again since just looking at her was making me cold.
We finally finished Act III today, logging out just as we entered Heaven, ready for Act IV tomorrow.
Having completed Act III earlier today I was game to see how hard Act IV was. It really did seem very short as you’re exploring Heaven which isn’t really a big place.
Before too long I was fighting Rakanoth, a servant of Azmodan. He was actually quite tough to me as I died the first time.
Thoughout this Act, Imperius – the Archangel of Valour kicks up a stink as he doesn’t trust humans and considers me a threat, especially in Heaven. Never-the-less he lets me pass and I find myself before Diablo himself. This is only after I find that my follower can’t follow me any further.
Ah, Diablo we meet again. It may have been nine or so years since we last met and you had the better of me then but I’ve had a lot of gaming experience since then :P
I will admit that even today he had the better of me for a while. I died on the first part and then managed to get to the second phase – the Realm of Terror (where you fight your own shadow as well as Diablo’s). I was all excited when I managed to kill him in this realm, only to find that I was teleported again back to my normal realm. Sigh…
This is where I had the most difficulty. You’ll find that whatever health you had going into the other realm is what you have for the next phase of the fight. On one particular try, I was very low which ended up being my downfall on that attempt. So watch your health at all times.
I did use a fair amount of potions as well as several defensive abilities. In the normal realm there were two healing wells, one mid left and the other mid right. In the Shadow realm, my shadows often dropped a health globe which came in very handy as well.
So after a few tries, I decided to take a break, get something to eat and repair before I attempted to try this again. Coolidge even had another weapon for me to use so I was all set to go again. I’m happy to say that I’ve now completed the game on Normal Difficulty! I was determined to do this alone – for myself (with the exception of Act I so I could get the gist of who to play, objectives and all that – so thanks Cool for getting me through the start. You don’t know how good it feels to say that I kicked Diablo’s arse FINALLY!
Coolidge did say he knew I could do it. I did too, it was just a matter of time and some perserverence!
Unfortunately, I didn’t really get anything useful from the drops but this is what she looks like at the end of Normal Difficulty. I forgot to take a screenshot while I was in Act IV so I don’t have a cool Heaven background. Hopefully I can get one the next time around.
I have to say though, one of the most satisfying screenshots I’ve taken in the game is this one…
See you in Nightmare :D