5 Reasons Not to Give Diablo 3 Another Try with Reaper of Souls
Previously, I wrote about why you should give Diablo 3 another chance when patch 2.0 and the Reaper of Souls expansion releases this March. In fairness, I also wanted to give equal representation to the arguments against trying out the game again.
Patch 2.0 is completely free and includes most of the major system changes that Reaper of Souls is bringing. Still, here are five reasons you shouldn’t even consider trying out the patch to determine whether you should give Diablo 3 another chance.
1. Because F*** You, Blizzard
After the atrocity that was Diablo 3, you should never give Blizzard another dime. Despite all the glaring signs that Diablo 3 would not be as good as we hoped, we threw our money at Blizzard with pre-orders on good faith — and that’s Blizzard’s fault! Since we didn’t wait for reviews before deciding to buy Diablo 3, we shouldn’t wait for reviews to decide to not buy Reaper of Souls.
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2. $40 for NOTHING
Reaper of Souls costs $40 and adds no new content to the game apart from one new class and one new act. And new monsters. And a level cap increase. And new skills and skill runes. And new Legendary items. And a new difficulty system, Nephalem Rifts, Bounties, Cursed Chests, a new artisan, new loot system, and a new paragon leveling system.
But apart from all that content — which required hundreds of man-hours from employees that were paid for their work — there is no new content. Lord of Destruction added two new classes to Diablo 2 — that’s, like, 200 percent more content than Reaper of Souls! Blizzard should give Reaper of Souls away for free as an apology for Diablo 3.
3. Popular Builds Are Dead
The Archon Wizard, Critical Mass Wizard, and Whirlwind Barbarian — as we’ve come to know them in the base game — are no more. Blizzard clearly doesn’t want us to have fun, so the developers have killed these efficient builds by rebalancing skills in order to promote greater diversity. That’s right — after the countless hours you spent creating a barbarian that is exactly like every other barbarian out there, you now have choices to think about. Thinking is for losers.
4. Bind on Account
With Loot 2.0, Legendary items and gold are account-bound. Not only has Blizzard removed the Auction House, but now we can’t even trade the old-fashioned way. Sure, this means that the game will no longer be plagued by botters, and that Legendary items won’t ultimately flood the economy and become so worthless that it’s easier to trade for them than find any on your own through actually playing the game, but that’s how we did it in Diablo 2 and everything was better in the past.
5. Because F*** You, Blizzard
It bears repeating.
Facetiousness aside, there is no doubt that there’s room for improvement in patch 2.0 and Reaper of Souls. That said, they both represent a step in the right direction for the game.
Blizzard needs to keep working on the numbers — Legendary item drop rates, monster hit point scaling, difficulty rewards — but these are tuning passes. The greatest issue currently plaguing patch 2.0 is that, while the leveling experience is more fun than the base game, the level 60 experience isn’t, due to decreased monster density, drop rates, and the fact that players are already decked out in Auction House gear, which all make finding an upgrade more difficult.
Still, once the patch launches, it is worthwhile to give Diablo 3 another go. When Reaper of Souls launches, wait for player and reviewer feedback before deciding to buy or skip the game.