DIABLO III: REAPER OF SOULS
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on March 30, 2014
Tea, chocolate and my pink blanket to protect me from all danger. In other words, I'm ready to review Diablo III: Reaper of Souls by Blizzard Entertainment.
In 2012 we finally got to play a Diablo game again. Diablo III was released that year for PC. Most of us have finished that game by now. It was a great story, had amazing graphics and terrific gameplay in my opinion. Since this week we are back to continue the story. Of course, when you finished the original storyline of Diablo III, there was still so much to discover and unlock. But I like playing a storyline best, so I am very excited.
For this new chapter (Act 5) I chose my old familiar Demon Hunter. The intro shows how Tyreal tries to get the Black Stone to safety. People as well as demons simply can't handle its power, so it is best that the stone is safely tucked away. But, while in the process of doing this, the group chosen for the task are mugged by Mathael. He once was a archangel, part of the Angiris Council and disappeared twenty years ago. Now he's back and calls himself Angel of Death. After a battle Mathael manages to take off with the Blackstone.
Now that our goal is clear, we can start our journey. Your character tells a short story how he or she fits into the storyline of recent events and we're ready to go. Immediately the hacking and slashing starts. I like the fact that the gameplay is still the same. I push the Q-button to heal, with the mouse I determine the direction my character walks and attacks. The most important facets of gameplay are quickly brought to your attention through a short tutorial message. So in a matter of seconds it's business as usual... and business is good!
Reaper of Souls is just as stunning as its predecessor. The cutscenes are really breathtaking and I regularly caught myself watching it with my mouth open. The quality is similar to Diablo III. The enemies you encounter might sometimes be familiar ones, but the developers at Blizzard Entertainment have done their best to treat us to something new. And they have succeeded.
Besides the new chapter there's more to explore. There is a new class, The Crusader, added as a new playable character. When you want to start a adventure with this new class, you'll have to start from the beginning of Diablo III of course. In Diablo III, I liked the Templar who companied you very much. The phrases shouted by the Crusader are very similar to the brave-sounding and over the top one-liners of the Templar. I personally think it was a very good choice to add this character. Furthermore, you can discover new treasures and some new game modes and skills for each playable class.
I was lucky enough to receive the Digital Deluxe Edition for this review. (thumbs up for Blizzard!) It adds three additional slots to create a new hero. There's also some cool in-game content such as Starcraft II Crusader-portraits which you can use as a Battle.net avatar, as well as a Spectral Hound Minion who offers you three new helmets en weapons. The Treasure Goblin travels between his portals and accompanies you from time to time. If you're not sure about whether or not to go for the deluxe edition, it's in all possible to try the Standard Edition first and then upgrade to the Deluxe Edition later.
I've really been looking forward to this expansion, because I thought Diablo III was great. And since playing Reaper of Soul, the series has immortalized itself as far as I'm concerned . If you are a fan of the Diablo Series you will not want to miss this.
DIABLO III: REAPER OF SOULS
March 25, 2014