Three stars out of Five
Decent - three out of five
Summary : "Diablo III" is a back with the much anticipated DLC. "Reaper of Souls" adds some welcome improvements but it is enough to make "DIII" viable again?
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls DLC is finally out with all its changes, an added act, and a new playable character. So is it worth the wait and have they changed the game for the better? Having playing the demo/beta I confess to never having bothered to buy the whole game until now. Blizzard kindly gave me both the code to whole game and the DLC so I could review it all.
First things first, I rather enjoy the Crusader character and find him to be far more satisfying than the Barbarian of the main game (which I played through the first Act ). He is tank that wades in and lays waste to all without flinching or dropping in health all that much. What is most is amusing is how much I enjoy having the Templar NPC along for the whole game. The Yorkshireman-voiced quips never get old and the exchanges, even in the midst of Hell, could be rather amusing. (Reminded me a bit of the wise cracking ghost in Van Helsing.)
The Act V (Reaper of Souls) storyline is just a tad contrived, but the gameplay is satisfying just the same. The new locales are in keeping with the main game, but new enough to not come across as too samely. However this does bring me to one of my niggles about this game (and DLC). I find myself completely uninterested in ever playing it again, which is odd. Granted there is a lot more competition out there in the ARPG genre, but it just doesn’t move one to play again as did Diablo 2.
I found the always on DRM to be a pain in the arse at first. And to remind me of this, there was nice warning on the launcher letting me know they were having problems. Nothing more annoying than a lag death in a damn solo game. I didn’t notice much of an improvement in the Loot 2 change from Loot 1 either. Loot drops are mostly meh, especially when it comes to weapons, and you can only really expect something decent from boss fights. The crafting system lags so behind your level it is rendered most an amusing aside rather than something useful.
Diablo III looks damn impressive and can be quite immersive. I found myself whiling away hours and seeing the time fly by if i was not careful. As I said as an experience, once, it is quite the game I am just not sure if it retains enough to make you want to go back for more like some of the ARPG’s out there these days. The challenge/Nephalim maps the game produces after finishing it all might keep you amused for a bit, but not sure for how long.
If you got D3 and didn’t hate every minute of it, then this DLC is worth picking up. It is possible that the Crusader is the character you needed to keep you interested for the whole game.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore. Violence. This game can also be found on: Mac.
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