Make no bones about it, Reaper of Souls is what Diablo 3 should have been to begin with. Blizzard has stripped out all the unnecessary mechanics related to their ultimately failed experiment of an auction house, while improving and expanding on what made the game actually fun to play. The difficulty system becoming more intuitive than a series of New Game Pluses and loot being regularly cool rather than rarely amazing are the most important of a huge slew of changes.

From the very start of the expansion’s additional act, Reaper of Souls is bigger and better than what went before. Each map is both physically larger than earlier offerings and also crammed with events and dungeons. These are far more varied than before, too, no longer predictable winding corridors or samey combat arenas with barely-noticeable gimmicks. Each is a new challenge, using monster variety and clever environmental design changes to provide a refreshing, if still familiar, experience. This is echoed in the finales: the damp squib of encountering a boss less difficult than one of the randomly generated encounters is gone, replaced by individual, unique foes in their own right that require learning and skill to defeat.

It’s a somehow even darker world, brought to life death by incredible music and superb use of light and colour. It’s helped in part by not having to change tone based on transition between acts, but handles going from gothic city to swamp to angelic fortress with ease. The game itself evolves less obviously than before, however, keeping to a strict regimen of endless monster slaying. Adventure Mode has fixed the endgame by focusing that task and the new Crusader class manages to fill a tanky, more defensive niche - but if you didn’t see value in it before, fundamentally it’s the same game. Thankfully, that’s just what I wanted.

Played for 12 hours.

9 / 10

  • Improved in almost every way.
  • Superb new features and content.
  • An expansion being sold at full price, if that bothers.
  • Still may not have longevity of Diablo 2.

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Lilopop

PC is the bet 4 me, even though I spend a lot of my time sitting in front of it hee hee. I've just bought my Diabolo on *link deleted* and I can't stop playing!
Posted 09:46 on 28 March 2014
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Ilidaner

It's began. I spend too much front at my PC;/
Posted 21:09 on 27 March 2014
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CheesyBallFro@ Bloodstorm

has it been announced now? last I heard was that it was announced for PS4 but not XB1 :$
Posted 19:39 on 27 March 2014
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Bloodstorm

Just announced, nothing else.
Posted 18:14 on 27 March 2014
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CheesyBallFro

Looks great, anyone have any idea what the crack is about the Xbox One version?
Posted 13:56 on 27 March 2014

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
9
Out of 10
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
  • Improved in almost every way.
  • Superb new features and content.
  • An expansion being sold at full price, if that bothers.
  • Still may not have longevity of Diablo 2.
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Release Date: 25/03/2014
Platform: PC
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Genre: RPG
Rating: PEGI 16+
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