Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (2014)

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (2014)

image credit: PC Gamer

image credit: PC Gamer

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (2014)

Release Date:

March 25, 2014

Publisher:

Blizzard Entertainment

Platforms:

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems

Genres:

Action role-playing game, Hack and slash


Review

What is the story behind the reaper of souls? Are you a Diablo fan? Hey, what’s up guys. Back with a video game review. This review contains a lot of spoilers. So if you haven’t played the game yet, go do that first, then come back and read what I have to say. If you’re OK with spoilers or don’t plan on playing the game, sit back and relax. Today I’m talking about ‘Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls’. First of all, I’m a big ‘Diablo 2’ fan. The game literally raised me. Although it was on of my favorite games, I didn’t play the game for any bit of the story. It was the endless grinding and leveling that made this game feel so different and intense. Alright, Let’s talk about the game.

Gameplay

The gameplay was still just like the older diablo games. The traditional top-down view combined with mouse clicks for movement. Comparing this game to Diablo 2 is actually an outrage. I’m a big fan of Diablo 2 and I think that Blizzard really ‘screwed the pooch’ when they launched Diablo 3. The gameplay feels like an arcade game.

To me, I felt the game was very similar to ‘gauntlet’, which is a good game, but gauntlet was more about getting through multiple dungeons and less about character customization. Although Diablo 3 does have some depth when it comes to customization, it’s not as deep as Diablo 2. For me playing through the new season (season 9) really showed me what the game was all about.

I do have to say that the game is not what diablo 2 fan had in mind, but Blizzard did create a game that’s both addicting and keeps in the fighting. With features like monster killing combos and treasure goblins, it’s hard to not what to be in the action, all the time. Keeping you in the dungeons and scavenging for loot is the primary goal of any rift game (aside from killing rift guardians). Once I hit paragon 300 or so, I was always finding legendary gear. At least 4 pieces of legendary gear a run (on torment VI). Also, I should add that the torments are locked until you reach a certain paragon level. To unlock the hardest torment level (torment XIII)

New Multiplayer Seasons

For the seasons, they have seasonal gear that is earned through completing a list of objectives. Once completed, you will receive the set armor for that class, a new pet, and a new player icon (all exclusive for the season). I finished the season objectives in less than a week. So once you have your set gear, you can start to make your builds and join others in multiplayer rifts or greater rifts.

Once I hit paragon 300 or so, I was always finding legendary gear. At least 4 pieces of legendary gear a run (on torment VI). Also, I should add that the torments are locked until you reach a certain paragon level. To unlock the hardest torment level (torment XIII), you need to be paragon level 400. This is here you will find most of the people in the multiplayer modes. The game still has a very low community. Even at end game, I found at max 86 people looking for a game. Which says that people are mainly playing this game solo or in specific parties. Still, I would have hoped that the number of end game players would be in the thousands.

Money/Currency

Money in this game serves really no purpose aside from combining gems and repairing items, which only cost around 10k gold. In dungeons, you might come out with 100k gold in one 5 min run. I played the game for months and had no clue of how much money I had (I’m sure it was somewhere in the 10 millions). The economy in this game is broken, there is really no real use for gold, and I felt doing treasure goblins run were pointless for gold, only for items. Gold used to be something to appreciate and trade for, now it’s just a currency that the Diablo 3 must keep for some reason.

The Community

The game still has a very low community. Even at end game, I found at max 86 people looking for a game. Which says that people are mainly playing this game solo or in specific parties. Still, I would have hoped that the number of end game players would be in the thousands. It seemed like people were playing rifts all the time or occasionally bounty type modes. I didn’t find anyone playing the story campaign mode anymore.

Story

The story is nice if you pay attention long enough.

“Honestly, I don’t think anyone cares about the story anymore. The gameplay is in rifts or greater rifts.

The game is great, especially when playing as the new crusader class. I had a lot of fun beating the game over again. But that was the problem for me. It felt like the Same exact game I remember from launch. The story was never something I relied on for Diablo, it was always the gameplay.

Image Credit: Gamestop

Image Credit: Gamestop

I can tell that Blizzard was interested in presenting a great storyline since Diablo has a ton of lore to go off of, but I just wasn’t feeling the story at all from the intro. Like I said before, the game feels too much like an arcade quick hack and slash game more than anything. Honestly, I don’t think anyone cares about the story, at least for me, I was always pressing escape to skip all the cut scenes. I’m glad that they added forced audio when picking up a book or something, that way I could continue killing and listen to the excerpt at the same time. The story was lacking, but the graphics did show great improvement when comparing to Diablo 1 or 2.

Graphics

The graphics were really well done. Nothing short of the high-quality game visual games that Blizzard puts out. The game can be played in a very high graphical setting or a very low setting. Almost comparable to World of Warcraft, but not that low. I think the graphics in the game were very well done. I can never hate on the graphics in a Blizzard game. They really push out high-quality games. This game (from what I could tell) didn’t have any bugs/glitches at all. I mean there were some invisible walls I ran into, but nothing that took away from the experience.

 

Last words

If you interested in single player type games with a little of multiplayer features, seriously check out ‘Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls’. This game is easily accessible via Battle.net or GameStop stores near you. Don’t be a pirate and steal video games for no reason. Just support and enjoy art like a dignified person.

Like or hate the review I did? Have a question, comment, or concern? Let me know in the comment below. Don’t forget to also check out other Video game reviews on The EXP Grind.

 

The Good

  • Story doesn't matter anymore
  • Tons of epic loots each dungeon
  • New Seasons let you breath a new world

The Bad

  • Community has too few players
  • Broken economy
7.5

Written by: Christian Galvez

Christian is the founder of The EXP Grind. He is interested in Movies, Music, Video Games, Anime, and just about anything in Arts and Entertainment. He tries to find art with true meaning and hopes to reach more creative professionals.

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