Developer and Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Release date: June 27, 2017
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Available as: DLC pack for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls- Ultimate Evil Edition ($14.99 USD) or included with Diablo III: Eternal Edition ($39.99 USD as an early special offer, $59.99 USD once promotion ends)
A new DLC pack for Blizzard’s Diablo III has arrived, bringing back a fan favorite character class from Diablo II. The Rise of the Necromancer Pack allows players to use the Necromancer class in both the Campaign and Adventure modes. The pack also includes a non-combat pet, cosmetic wings, Necromancer themed Banners (including shapes, sigils, and accents), a Necromancer portrait frame, a pennant, two additional character slots, and two additional stash tabs (this last item is PC only and not available for the console versions).
The Necromancer comes packed with some fun to use abilities and can use weapons like swords and axes. Abilities include having spikes burst from the ground, blood siphon, the ability to summon a golem, and the very fun Corpse Explosion. The character starts off fairly balanced, as most do, but it didn’t take long for my Necromancer to feel overpowered and like an unstoppable force. This was especially true once I could summon a squad of skeleton warriors to accompany me and I had Blood Siphon. Using them in conjunction with Corpse Explosion had me breezing through crowds of enemies. I had no trouble at all with early bosses that when I played with Demon Hunter gave me some measure of challenge. Outfitting with the best armor, accessories, and weapons only make the Necromancer all the more unstoppable. You may not be exactly invincible, but you never really need to worry about your health, either. Essence needed to use your abilities can only be gained by action, so it’s worthwhile killing everything you come across, whether by weapon, ability, or springing a trap.
So is this DLC worth your 15 bucks? For the most part, I’d say yes, though if you’re currently playing through the campaign or adventure mode with an established character you could wit until a possible price drop. For those who bought the Reaper of Souls- Ultimate Evil Edition prior to the release of the Eternal Edition and are just basically getting started, it’s not a bad pick-up, especially if you just want to have fun and wipe out everything in sight without much worry. Those who don’t own the game but want it, getting the Eternal Edition is your best bet, especially now while it’s being offered at a discounted price. It’s nice to see the Necromancer class return, and even though it may be overpowered, it is a blast to use. And when mowing down monsters, demons, ghosts, and giant spiders, who doesn’t want to have a lot of fun?