Posted Sun, Apr 13, 2014 by Xerin
Okay so this gets a 100 and before you go oh man why are you giving D3 a max score in something and it’s because I can’t nitpick it so whatever oh wait, never mind, yeah thirty points from house Diablo because they couldn’t bother themselves to iterate on some point to make the game social after the loot changes. There is no point in meeting new people, since I mean, why bother you can’t trade anything that’s worth anything.
Well, multiplayer is fantastic. The reason is that it just works, you can play with up to three other friends, and it’s awesome. You can walk around and do bounties and kill monsters and have fun. I seriously have to take 30 points off for taking out any kind of reason to be social. Joining random games isn't a thing because you join one and everyone in it is doing something else. You have to join a guild and work with your guildmates if you want to do multiplayer and that's fine and all, but there is no like global community to play with. I know I'm being harsh and I know you can play with others, but our opinion comes from MMO experts who crave social interaction in games and that bias is just going to have to bleed through here.
Well, it’s like $29.99 right now, which isn’t a lot of money for an expansion, but the only thing you’re getting is ten additional levels (which take all of two hours to get if you’re geared up at level 60), access to Act V, and the ability to make a Crusader. Sadly, to play with your friends, you have to buy it so that you can be at their same level, which is kind of eh. I don’t know, you don’t get a lot. All the good stuff in RoS outside of a few things comes free with the patch so I don’t know.
Here let’s decide on a good 90 since it’s only $30 or less with discounts. Most of us got D3 for free by pledging to pay for WoW for a solid year, so meh.
Yeah, this game has a huge and also non-existent lasting appeal. How does that work? Simple, you can see all of the content in the game outside of UBERs or some other niche content within a day. You can paly through all of the acts in a single sitting. So, really, you can “beat” the game on day one and RoS does nothing to extend it since I finished Act V in like a few hours or less. However, the fun of the game is obtaining better and better loot. So, in order to do so, you must repeat maps and kill enemies over and over. So the lasting appeal isn’t so much the massive amount of content, but the incentive to repeat content ad nauseum.
This gets an A+, a single + is deducted because it can’t be THAT hard for them to make new maps and add them in randomly and patches that add gameplay value come so infrequently.
In conclusion, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is a very good game, more specifically, loot 2.0 and the associated patches were the good part, the expansion was just some additional content, but all in and all it’s a fantastic package. The hilarious part of all of this is that the game is slowly morphing back into D2, which ultimately is what Blizzard fans want. They want what they fell in love with and trying to change the formula is stupid, which is what they originally did.
So yeah, if you didn't like D3, log in and try it again. If you enjoy it, buy the expansion. If you don't then no harm done, other than your bandwidth consumed. That's a pretty sweet deal, in my opinion. I'm happy enough with it. It's not perfect and the best thing since sliced bread, but it's fun and so much better to me than before. However, the patch is free, so you're welcome to form your own opinions, which I hope that you will. It's a perfect try before you buy scenario and I suggest anyone take advantage of it.