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'Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' Initial Thoughts

Just when you think Diablo is vanquished and the good guys have finally won, Death himself has a massive coronary.

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'Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' Initial Thoughts

Although "Diablo 3" wasn't the graphical and gameplay showcase many expected, it still offered a hearty hack-and-slash adventure with a great, but predictable story. The game's first DLC, "Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls," continues the trend with more tried and true gameplay and more killer adventure.

The opening cinematic for "Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls" is just as pretty as the intro for the first game. As Tyrael and company prepare to move the Black Soulstone to the depths of the world so no one can harness its power, Malthael, the Angel of Death, decides to cleanse the world of all humans, eliminating any possibility for Diablo's return.

Sounds a bit wacky at first, but it makes sense considering that in this world, humans are descendants of angels and demons.

With Death on the rampage, the trusty Nephalim is called back into action to destroy him. The first few stages showcase Death’s abilities, by showing seemingly friendly soldiers morph into seeds of evil before your eyes. Unlike portions of "Diablo 3" where you could just destroy everything and not use your brain, "Reaper of Souls" forces you to think a bit more. At times, there are so many enemies on the screen that you'll feel like it's more of an arcade beat-em-up experience, but the fun is always there.

With so many more enemies, comes more loot as well. Considering one of Diablo 3’s biggest issues was the loot system, the changes made in “Reaper of Souls” change the game entirely. In a matter of about 25 minutes, you'll quickly realize your new gear simply isn't going to cut it anymore. Luckily, there are plenty of enemies more than happy to give you their stuff upon their death. Bonus side quests as well offer awesome weapons, armor and rings to ensure your survival. The amount of gems in the DLC as well is staggering, making it even easier to customize your favorite weapons. With so many different things to do and experience, it's hard to find many qualms with "Reaper of Souls."

Fixing so many of the mistakes of its predecessor, “Reaper of Souls” is a well-rounded update.

The game’s new adventure mode as well eliminates many of the problems the auction house created and instead makes finding cool loot fun and not about who has the most cash.

Even considering the fact that the new Crusader class requires you to play through the original game, the good time never wavers. With some cool abilities, such as being able to use two-handed weapons as one, it’s obvious the class is a powerhouse once leveled up. The new powers and pure strength of the new character as well make it a nice reunion to revisit "Diablo 3" all over again before embarking on a new adventure. That, or you can find a friend to power level you. Always a choice between light and dark.

Graphically, "Reaper of Souls" is the same animal, but new animations and some cool enemies make for a more surreal visual experience. The color palette for the game, although still dark and grim, features lush reds, oranges and blues, from the powerful good and evil weapons to the fire and lights shining and burning, "Reaper of Souls" is pretty.

With a new story weapons and character class, "Reaper of Souls" is a welcomed addition to the acclaimed series. Although it doesn't revolutionize the genre or the game, it provides hardcore fans and newbies with a fun and accessibly deep RPG experience they'll remember for a long time.

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