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An overview of the first Diablo 3 expansion: ‘Reaper of Souls’

Congratulations! You've Defeated Diablo III
Congratulations! You've Defeated Diablo III
Sarah K. Hunt

Blizzard’s Diablo 3 released on PC and MAC May 15, 2012 with much anticipation but was marred by a plethora of launch problems. There was even a t-shirt to commemorate the hassle. Reaper of Souls is the first expansion since the base game released two years ago and it launched flawlessly to many gamers' delight on March 25, 2014 and will likely seduce the large number of Diablo 3 fans who have strayed to come back for more.

The clean launch was due in part to the constant updates to the game in the 2 years since release. To prepare for the expansion going live, the Loot 2.0 patch brought the most drastic evolution of all: the auction house has closed and loot system has been revamped. The Auction House, which was open 5/15/12 - 3/18/14, allowed adventurers to purchase armor, items, and weaponry instead of defeating enemies until the best loot dropped. The game had become about the thrill of the auction snipe instead of the thrill of the hunt. The console version, which released on PS3 and Xbox 360 in September 2013, never had an Auction House element at all.

The most riveting additions that Reaper of Souls conveys are an adventure mode, a new act, and a new character class. Take on the hordes of demons with the shiny, new, tank class Crusader who excels with a shield and sword. The Crusader is reminiscent of Diablo II's Paladin and was asked for by the fans. The adventure mode adds the much needed replay-ability that the base game lacked.

Reaper of Souls is available from most chain retailers for $39.99 or $79.99 for the Collector’s Edition, but fans can also search the racks of local graphic novel stores like Atlas Comics in Charlottesville for the 2011 DC comic, Diablo, and the hard cover books: Diablo III Book of Cain (2011) and Diablo III Book of Tyrael (2014). That’s some real-world loot!