My Cheatin’ Heart

Still without any desire to play World of Warcraft, I’ve jumped back in to Titan Quest, a game I’ve wanted to get through for quite some time now.  I continued the game from where I last played, long ago; my dual-wielding warrior was level 10 whose current mission was to speak to the Oracle in Delphi.

The first thing that struck me as I continued mowing through the endless onslaught of monsters was just how much mouse clicking I was doing.  I realize that’s pretty much what this type of game is all about, but seriously, my index finger was getting sore.  The other thing I noticed is how long the game is.  I don’t know how many different areas I went through before I broke down and checked an FAQ to see how much longer it would take to reach the Oracle, but it was a lot.  The FAQ only served to tell me that I still had a ways to go.  Now, it’s been ages since I’ve played Diablo II, but I remember it having a much faster sense of progression and story.  Titan Quest is starting to just feel like a whole lot of clicking, but it looks so good I still want to go through it to see everything it has to offer.  Another glance at the FAQ told me that there was a very long way to go until the end of the game, which didn’t include the Immortal Throne expansion, which I also have.

I want to see the game, but I also kind of don’t want to play it any more because, like I said, it’s now feeling like nothing but a lot of clicking.  There’s something missing from it; something that kept me playing Diablo II countless times over and over.  Maybe it’s my choice of class and mastery selections.  I don’t have spells, or cool abilities to execute, just endless clicking.  The masteries I took were all passive abilities, so I don’t even have different skill buttons to click, I just swing my swords.

The solution to my problem, I decided, was to cheat.  I download a program called TQ Defiler which allows for save game editing.  I boosted my hero to level 25 (I didn’t want to go too crazy) and jumped back into the game, only to discover that the extra levels didn’t make that big a difference.  The problem seemed to be the equipment I was using.  While I had more health and better stats, it appeared that the weapons I was using were holding me back from being a crazy damage dealing machine.  Back to the editor, I gave my warrior access to the final encampment in the game and 7 million gold, then once back in the game, teleported to that encampment and bought all the best equipment on offer there, only to find that my stats weren’t quite high enough to equip them.  So, using the editor once again, I gave myself three more levels and jacked up my stats a fair bit.  Now I can kill most creatures in one hit and I can progress through the game a lot faster, which fits my purpose of just seeing the game’s environments without caring for the gameplay.

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