jeavis wrote:hummmmm .... Bertram, TX.
That's not far from me. About 5 hours. I'll be over this weekend to play. I'll just follow the screams of joy. Hell Bertram isn't that big, shouldn't take me long to find you.
Deadnoob wrote:Ya know... I'm only about 3 hours further away.... What's for dinner, Zid?
Okay, quick and dirty because I was more focused on keeping up with a group than I was showing off skills or even paying attention to the music (I had the volume lowered, since I was on vent).NOTE:This will be my emotional reaction to the beta. Seeing as it's a beta, I'm going to save the technical stuff for the beta forum. Not that we can't share, it's just i'm pretty weak when it comes to that stuff so it's best left for the folks who know what they're talking about. I'm the expert on being emo, this is what I do.As far as livestreaming...unfortunately, I have a relatively low end system, sorta, so folks watching my stream..if the game looks like crap, it's not the game, it's me. Hawkn will be streaming at some point, he's got a better system so hopefully his recording will look better.
FIrst impression-polished. Way more polished than Torchlight. Even the installer looked more polished than Torchlight. The textures in the game blend together in a much smoother fashionr. The art has a very refined look. While it's still lower poly, it doesn't have that blocky look. Edges are softer, the tones more muted. There's an overall warmth to everything. There's so much more variation as far as areas go. Snowy areas have that cold, fluffy-powdery look. There are a few areas that almost seem to be an homage to Diablo and Diablo II, tastefully done and without crossing the line from 'homage' to 'blatant copy'.
I'll need to play more of it before I give any more in depth impressions. This is beta, and of course things are more than likely going to change between now and release. I'm also going to wait until the game is out and i've played all the way through to give my thoughts on the story, as I want to be totally and completely fair to JD and anyone else who may have contributed to the story and character design.
I will add this...it surprised me how happy I was to see the Destroyer. He's a lot more fleshed out and i'll be honest, I adore his voice. I was REALLY happy to run into my good friend the Vanquisher again. Her character model has been refined a bit-she looks a lot more like she does in the illustration from the original games loading screen/box art. I'll be streaming later on tonight, hopefully my graphics card won't melt (Livestream causes the fan to run a lot lol).
I will say that I had to turn off shadows and lower particles. I'm running an ati radeon hd 5450. I'll also have to look into getting rid of fog. I suppose i'm going to have to learn to live with the weather effects, tho I really wish that there was an option to turn weather off. This game will definitely require a bit more graphics and processing power than the first game did.
Thanks to Runic for giving me this opportunity to help out...you probably realize what you were in for inviting me, so I won't bother to warn you. To those who didn't get in...I hope some of you do end up joining us. If you don't..I promise you all that i'll do my very best to give the best input I can. I want to help make this a really great game, not just for myself but for you folks, too. I don't know if we testers will be having all that much input, however. This game is pretty badass as it is..but that's just my initial impression. Later on, it will be time to calm down and look at things in as unbiased a light as possible.
EDIT:I can't help it. Listening to the music files via VLC.