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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Waging A Holy Campaign Across Blizzard's Beta

After sending Diablo screaming and clawing his way back into his cage, I didn’t find many reasons to pull Diablo III back off my shelf last year. However, Diablo III’s expansion, Reaper of Souls, looks to provide plenty of reasons to jump back into the fray. Malthael, the Angel of Death, has stolen the Black Soulstone and started to threaten humanity’s existence. I jumped into the game’s beta to cut down his army of reapers, but quickly fell in love with the expansion’s new character class.

I spent a lot of time with the Mage and the Monk in Diablo III, but Reaper of Souls introduces a new class called the Crusader. I usually don’t care for holy warriors, but this shield-bearing soldier isn’t a holy water tossing wimp. Similar to the Paladin from Diablo II, these zealots are a blend of close combat and ranged attacks. Crusaders build “wrath” as they attack enemies, and this resource can be used for an array of screen-clearing attacks. Shield Bash is one of the character’s early moves, which I relied on heavily. This attack is great for closing the distance between enemies and can be augmented early to create a shotgun-like burst when the Crusader’s shield connects with an enemy’s skull.

The Fist of the Heavens is another move I fell in love with. This area attack lets the Crusader call down a pillar of lightning from the sky that dissipates across the ground, shocking anyone that stands too close to the target. 

The Crusader can handle himself in close quarters as well. His Heavenly Strength ability allows him to equip a two-handed weapon in one hand as long has he’s using a shield in the other, depleting only a small portion 
of his overall speed. When situations got a little too dicey, I used the Steed Charge, which made the Crusader invincibile for a few seconds while a mystical horse helped him charge to a safe distance.

I didn’t have time during the beta to reach the end-game content, such as the raid-like Nephalem Rifts, but if Reaper of Souls’ post-credits content is as fun as its opening hours, then I suspect I’ll have plenty of reasons to keep this expansion installed on my hard drive when it releases sometime later this year.

See how the game's looking in the latest trailer.

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Comments
  • Diablo 3 has truly improved since launch. I've been in the Beta and I've fallen back in love with the game. Anyone who's been skeptical about D3, try out this expansion or the Vanilla game. It's become so much more enjoyable.
  • Can't wait for some more dungeon crawlin' ^^

  • From everything i've been reading looks like I might need to get D3 off my shelf, havent played it since about 3 months after launch because of how much I hated the game after the initial story was over. But really sounds like Blizzard is doing a good job improving everything that so many hated.

  • I am still not impressed. You still use the exact same spells except maybe 1 per build, maybe. You can only trade items you found with people that are in the game the moment they were dropped, for only 2 hours after that.
  • This looks so awesome I still play d3 on ps3 all the time with my friends. But give us a release date on the expansion for consoles already :)

  • Now the only thing that I'm waiting for is when will diablo come out on PS4. Hopefully there will be news very soon!!!!

  • can not wait for Ps4 D3 ROS
  • I really liked Diablo 3 and the expansion is fun to play. I still really don't like the cartoony World Of Warcraft-ish graphics they rely so heavily on.

    I mean Blizzard is ripping off of...themselves, jumping on their own bandwagon so to speak. I just prefer the Diablo 2 styled graphics. Path of Exile has that feel.

  • Favorite class in D2 was Paladin. Can't wait to play this Crusader. 360 D3 went to hell with all the mods and dupes, happy to have a reason to play it on PC again.