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Xbox One Review: Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition (USER REVIEW)


Diablo 3 was released on PC some time ago. Since then, Blizzard has moved form game breaking glitches on launch and crazy massive difficulty nerfs to a somewhat challenging game with a large amount of extra content. Last year it was announced that Diablo 3 was coming to PS3 and Xbox 360. When I reviewed that version I liked much more than the PC version because it felt like a real console dungeon crawler. The local couch co-op was great to play with friends and the game controlled so well. Diablo 3 on PC felt too small in scale compared to Diablo 2. However, it felt perfect on console.

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When Reaper of Souls came out it was announced that a collected edition would be releasing on the eighth generation of gaming consoles. I got to review the Xbox One version, and I gotta tell you, the new changes just made the game better. I hardly found any drawback.

Diablo is back to take over the world, and the original story is unchanged from the previous version on the PS3/Xbox 360. However, when you complete Act IV you move onto Act V, with a wicked cool cutscene in true Blizzard fashion I might add. The transition is seemless and smooth. I appreciated that I didn't have to do anything special to “unlock” it.

Besides the story, there are a numerous amounts of additions to this version. The Reaper of Souls expansion has changed the rate at which legendary/rare loot drops, special rewards, and of course a brand new class to play as.

You can transfer your save file from ANY I repeat ANY platform. Methods to do that are on Blizzard's website, but I wanted to start fresh with the new class, the Crusader. It is rather fun to play, the game was missing a hypertank support with the initial release and the closest thing you got was the Barbarian. The Crusader refuses to die and he is the crowd control master. Diablo 3 focuses on hordes of enemies so naturally if your character is designed to control large groups of enemies, you are going to breeze through the game.

This was the case for me, I hardly dip below 50% HP when playing as the crusader because his natural health regeneration is incredibly high, especially when you use the Templar follower. Did his OP nature ruin the game? I thought it would but on harder difficulties he balances out and has a low damage output but high survivability. But that is enough talk, there is more to this game than the new class.

Rewards are a new thing, what I mean by this is when you do special actions like killing enemies with environmental traps or destroy a bunch of urns you get rewards for doing so. So for destroying 10 urns in a row you get a speed buff for 40 seconds. These help you progress through levels easier, but not all that much. It makes it more fun to destroy everything in a room as fast as you can. Simple, but it really is the little things that make it so great.

The loot drops are incredibly forgiving. At first, I was really against how often they give out legendary items. But then I realized something on my second playthrough. I don't care, anything that sucks I will just salvage anyway because there will always be something better. There isn't an auction house so saving super rare items is sort of pointless. The items hardly effected the way I play the game and that is something I can appreciate.

Changes have been made to the crafting system, I don't want to go into too much detail but let me just say that it is far more rewarding to craft your items than finding them in the field. If you do not like something on a weapon or armor piece, you can take it to the mystic and get that property changed. The g em system has also been revamped and it works better in terms of crafting and socketing.

This version of Diablo 3 is the best version to play. There is more content, more random events, better items, and harder bosses. While the game is still short, it has a lot of replay value this way, so you can keep playing even after you beat it 5 times because there will always be something new to find. I will admit I have been rather pessimistic about Diablo 3 since I first played t on PC, but it just feels so at home on the console. I am very impressed with The Ultimate Evil Edition and how it changed my viewpoint.

I give Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition a 9/10. It has everything you want in a couch dungeon crawling ARPG. I kind of wish there was still more end game content as opposed to just starting the game over again, and the story still felt somewhat impersonal when Act V wrapped up. The gameplay is solid and is fun with friends. At the end of the day, that is what these kinds of games are all about.