|Release: March 25, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Violence|
However, the new Loot 2.0 system, which is included in both the original game and the new Reaper of Souls expansion pack, does make grinding less painful if you are into that sort of thing. It feels like worthwhile items drop more consistently now. If you play through the game from the beginning, you’ll discover that you’ll find at least one major new piece of gear for every quest you complete. It makes you feel like you are constantly improving, rather than just selling a bunch of junk for classes you aren’t even interested in playing.
But let’s face it, the real reason most of us will be purchasing Reaper of Souls is because of the game’s new class, the Crusader. An interesting spin on the traditional tank, the Crusader specializes in two things: defense, and area attacks. He wants to get mobbed by the enemy, pulling everyone into range for a blast of heavenly energy. Though I wouldn’t say it’s the most powerful class, I can say that it’s a whole lot of fun. Watching the bodies of enemies explode into pieces all at once. Seeing the battlefield become littered with gold and jewels with the use of just one attack is addicting. Playing the Crusader makes you feel invincible, able to soak up hit after hit after hit from even the most dangerous bosses. He’s a pleasure to play the game with and he does make playing the game from the beginning worthwhile again, which is good because that’s the best way to experience all of Reaper of Souls’ new content.
We have gotten used to games like Borderlands 2’s introducing us to whole new areas and multiple hours of new plot in its DLC packs, or BioShock Infinite’s DLC expanding on other games in the series and introducing us to new and old characters. Reaper of Souls isn’t like that. It’s really only giving fans of the original a few more toys to play with. Unfortunately, the $40 price of admission weighs heavy on this title, and the sparse new content doesn’t quite justify it. In short, if you weren’t a huge Diablo III fan then Reaper of Souls won’t change your mind. However, if you enjoyed the original then Reaper of Souls adds a new class, several new environments, and a bunch of replay value. Just be warned, the plot isn’t the greatest and you’ll likely have to purchase another expansion in the future to finally see some sort of satisfying conclusion.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Date: March 25, 2014