I took an unexpected break from blogging because some things started going on in my life that just made writing fall to the wayside. Not only was I dealing with some personal stuff and work had been kicking my ass, but there was one thing that started sucking up all my time at home.
In case you hadn’t heard, Diablo 3 (D3) was a highly anticipated game – but not by me. I hadn’t really played Diablo 2 at all so I wasn’t planning on loving this game. I wasn’t planning on buying it because it cost $60 and I have way too many games on my shelf that I bought and hated. On the other hand, after hearing how much my friends loved it, I might have given it a chance.
Either way, I didn’t have to make that choice because I had already bought World of Warcraft’s annual pass. What’s that? Well, World of Warcraft (WoW) is a game you pay for monthly. It’s about $15/month, depending if you subscribe to it monthly or pay for every 3 or 6 months. Blizzard (the creators) gave us the option of committing to pay for a year of WoW and we get D3 for free. Along with some other perks.
So, being the frugal people we are, we immediately agreed to do that. I still wasn’t planning on playing D3 much but when it came out, I figured I might as well try it. And I loved it way more than I expected.
A lot of gamers are actually hating on this game. They’re frustrated for a multitude of reasons ranging from one shot kills on inferno (the hardest level) to crazy auction house drama, etc. However, because my expectations were really low, I’m relatively pleased with this game. For me, the best part of the game is that Blizzard made it really easy to play with your friends.
It’s easy to add your friends by their email address and even easier to join their game. Up to 4 players can be in a game at once, and I find myself playing with people who I haven’t talked to in years. This is one of the reasons I love gaming and because D3 made it so easy to do just that, one of the main reasons I love the game.
Anyway, since this is a financial blog, here’s the bottom line.
Is Diablo 3 worth $60? Probably not, if you’re a hardcore gamer. On the other hand, if you are a hardcore gamer, you’ve probably already bought it, played it and now hate it. It’s definitely worth the $60 just to get the experience because you know gamers will be talking about this game for years to come.
But if you got D3 with the WoW annual pass, then of course it’s worth it. “Free” game? How can it not be? It’s been over a month and I’m still playing it every night – which is actually pretty huge for me. We’ll see how much longer this lasts but I’m still having a lot of fun in there.
Do you play any games? What are your favorite worth-the-money games?