Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Review

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Posted August 22, 2014 by Bryan Boshart in Video Games

Developed By: Blizzard Entertainment

Published By: Blizzard Entertainment

Available For: Windows, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Release Date: PC,Mac: March 25, 2014       Console: August 19, 2014

 

It’s been nearly a year since I last played Diablo 3, and while I enjoyed my time with the game, there were a few areas where I felt Blizzard could improve. I decided to pick up the new version Reaper of Souls on my PS4 and was a bit bummed when I couldn’t get my character to transfer over, luckily it gave me the chance to try a new character. I started up  a new Wizard and returned to Tristram.

Literally, the first difference I noticed was that the game lacks load times. In the previous version, you would get a load time from going into a building and that was rather annoying; in Reaper of Souls, however, the only load times you’ll see are between acts. Every gamer knows that you want to spend as much time as possible in the game, and Reaper of Souls managed to give you as much as possible.

The Reaper of Souls plot takes place immediately after act four of the campaign and tells the story of Malthael, the angel of death, who wants to wipe out all of humanity, so cue the hero to come in and save the day. The new story for Reaper of Souls only goes on for the length of an act, but it makes up for the short length with some well designed environments and a well made final boss. New to the campaign is the Mystic, an NPC who has the ability to reroll one stat of an item or modify it to look as if it were a different item. The appearance modification is an especially welcome touch since it let my character keep a certain style through the length of a campaign without looking like a hodgepodge.

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When you finish your battle with the titular reaper you get to continue on into adventure mode. Adventure mode functions mostly similar to the story mode, though you are able to tackle any area of the game whenever you choose. One of the key features of adventure mode is the bounty system. Bounties are goals affixed to certain areas of the map that lead to access to Horadric chests, lots of experience, and blood shards. Blood Shards allow you access to random items which can be everything from a generic magic item to a set armor piece (Green). The other major feature you’ll find in adventure mode are Nephalem Rifts, unlocking a one pits you against a veritable horde of enemies to gain access to an epic enemy. Defeating these enemies gives you a wealth of experience, a ton of crafting materials, and a chance at some good items.

Another new addition to Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is the Crusader class. From my short time with him, it seems like the Crusader will be most useful at tanking. Crusaders generate their resource, wrath, only when they attack. It’s also worth noting that many of the Crusader’s abilities require him to be using a shield. I had to stop using the Crusader(or put on earphones), as the sound effect that accompanies his standard attack was terrible. Thanks to the raising of the level cap you’ll be able to take your crusader, or any other class, to level seventy.

The heart and soul of Diablo 3 is cooperative play. You’re still able to do both same couch and online co-op and it’s one of the first PS4 games where I’ve felt justified having a second controller. I don’t like that during cooperative play if anyone goes to their inventory the game pauses for everyone. Luckily it makes up for that with the apprentice system that increases the stats of lower level players to match their higher level compatriots. The game’s massive length and near infinite replay value will have you and your buddies playing for months.

While the PC has always been the traditional way to play, the functionality of the PS4 makes this version at least comparable. Mapping the inventory and skills menus to different sides of the touch pad was a good move. Reaper of Souls looks very graphically crisp on the PS4 and all the hectic action is much clearer than it was when the original Diablo 3 launched on PS3.

Diablo 3; Reaper of Souls is a sizable upgrade and it’s worth a buy for anyone who wants to lose themselves in hours of grinding. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to get back to fighting the denizens of hell.

 


About the Author

Bryan Boshart

Hey, I'm Bryan. I write video game reviews here at We The Nerdy. In my spare time I mostly play fighting games, but play almost anything.

 
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