Despite a rough launch, no offline play, and the auction house plague that would come later, Diablo 3 on the PC was one of the best games released that year. The eventual console version fixed most of these problems, while also giving players the chance to use a controller, and helped make playing Blizzard’s dungeon crawler again a blast.
Now the long awaited expansion is here with an all new act, class, looting system and more in the long-awaited expansion Diablo 3: Reaper Of Souls. It’s a great add-on to the game, but some might find a few quirks with the overall package.
You would think after defeating Diablo that peace would rule all over the world. It did for awhile, but of course another evil has risen to take its place in the form of Malthael, the angel of death who wants to kill all of humankind, add the dead to his army and bring about the end of the war between heaven and hell once and for all his way. This is where you come in, as you lead your hero to stop Malthael from using the black soulstone to carry out his plan and save the world once again.
Things such as combat, multiplayer and such remains unchanged this time around, so I’ll just point out the new changes. Fans will be happy to know the the level cap has been raised to 70, adding some new active and passive skills to unlock to use in your fight against evil. Of course the coolest addition here is the new Crusader class, which is a paladin-like holy warrior that has a nice balance of ranged and melee attacks in the form of slamming opponents with shields, flails, and beams of light. I found myself really enjoying this class, as it reminded me of the barbarian one on here who can also make a good tank or dps character with the right configurations.
The difficulty has also been streamlined to normal, hard, expert, master, and torment levels. These difficulties have added benefits such as extra experience points and gold for each one beyond normal, with hard giving you a 25% increase to experience and loot, master has 50% and so on. Hardcore mode is still available for those who wish for their character to stay permanently dead should they die during the game.
Now that the dreaded auction house is gone, the all-new Adventure mode fills its shoes for those looking to get better gear. Once you’ve beaten the newest act of the game, you can unlock this mode that allows you to replay all fives acts with mini-quests and bonus objectives added this time around. Successfully completing these awards players with tons of gold, experience and high level items. This combined with Blizzard’s newly added “Loot 2.0” system that sees a slight reduction in loot but increases rare stuff to drop is sure to make players want to play again and again for better equipment and more. And for those who still aren’t happy with the gear they have, you can gamble it away for better loot with the newly added Mystic vendor. Here you can have them enchant a piece of gear for a chance at an awesome randomly generated piece, which players who are all about having the best looking gear will find themselves doing often.
While Reaper of Souls is pretty awesome for the most part, there are a few quirks that may turn some away. Those who were hoping for an offline experience on the PC will be sad to know there isn’t one still. But the main thing that will make or break this game for most will be the $40 price tag. For those who truly love Diablo 3, they’ll think nothing of it. But anyone else will likely think twice about plopping down $40 just for one added act that gives a few hours of extra gameplay and a new character class. Everything else new here is already available to existing players without the expansion thanks to the patch released not long before Reaper of Soul became available.
As with the original game, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is a very fun but slightly flawed experience. With an added act, character class, and an overhauled feel, it’s everything the game should’ve been from the beginning. But with a steep price tag for only a few changes, it makes it slightly difficult to recommend. I do in the end however, as you’ll be hard pressed to find a more fun and entertaining game out there at the moment.