5 Reasons to Give Diablo 3 Another Try with Reaper of Souls

Diablo 3 disappointed us all. After a decade of waiting, it failed to live up to our expectations, and in response, many players gave up on the game long ago.

Blizzard has admitted that the Auction House was a bad idea and that the game launched with little end-game content. Game Director Jay Wilson, who received much of the flak for Diablo 3′s failure in the community’s eyes, stepped down. Josh Mosqueira — the head of Diablo 3′s console project — replaced Wilson in mid-2011, and his team has since been working to save the game.

Diablo 3′s first expansion, Reaper of Souls, now lies on the horizon, set to release on March 25. Patch 2.0 for the base game, which includes many of the expansion’s major system changes, will release some time before this date. Here are five reasons you should give Diablo 3 another chance this March.


1. Loot 2.0, or the Death of a Salesman

The Auction House is no more. Its removal from the game has allowed Blizzard to retool drops and drop rates to deliver a more rewarding play experience. Gone are the days in which your “self-found” character (one who does not rely on any form of trading with other players) is pathetically under-geared because you’re more likely to have a stranger offer you better items for free than find upgrades on your own.

Diablo 3′s new loot system, coming in patch 2.0, sees an overall decrease in the amount of items that drop, but a tremendous increase in the quality of those drops. Not only will you find Legendary items far more often during your trek to level 60 or 70, but rare items have a fair chance to have stats tailored to your character.

The result? Finding loot is once again exciting.

Watch this article’s companion video!


2. Build-Changing Legendaries

With patch 2.0, Legendary items finally live up to their name. Blizzard has reworked existing Legendaries to increase their power and utility and added countless more. Furthermore, every Legendary can now spawn at any level, so all those low-level Legendary items that would become obsolete in the end-game and have gone virtually unseen during your levelling progression will now actually be a part of the game.

What’s more, many Legendaries possess interesting abilities that synergize with your skills and other Legendaries in exciting ways that will encourage you to think up new builds. For instance, a Legendary Wizard item may make any enemy killed by cold damage release a Frost Nova, encouraging you to create an Ice Wizard.


3. Difficulty Revisited

Blizzard has done away with the traditional Diablo difficult paradigm in patch 2.0. No more will you have to sludge through the campaign time and again across increasing difficulty levels. Rather than determine the level of your enemies, difficulty now establishes their health, damage, and rewards — you can play on a higher difficulty from level 1.

Monsters level up along with your character, so you will never be under- or over-levelled for any given area. This allows you to play the game at your own pace. Instead of deriving from monster health and damage, difficulty instead arises from the monsters’ abilities and tactics. As an added bonus, Elite and Champion packs have new and improved affixes, providing players with original challenges to face.


4. Greater End-Game Variety

The end-game of any aRPG is farming for items — that’s just the genre. Whether you’re farming for upgrades, for crafting components, or for keys to unlock the uber boss fights, you’ll be spending a lot of time repetitively going through content in order to reach your goals.

Reaper of Souls not only adds new ways to farm, but also new things to farm for. Outside of the standard Campaign Mode, a new Adventure Mode makes the entire game’s contents available to players in a single game: all Acts and all waypoints, without any of the quests to get in the way. Randomized “Bounties” give players objectives to hunt for, and Nephalem Rifts offer randomized dungeons with up to 10 levels.


5. Blizzard Expansions Are Always Better

Brood War. Lord of Destruction. The Burning Crusade. Blizzard games don’t hit their stride until their first expansion.

After Blizzard releases a game, it watches its evolution in the community and continues to develop ideas to respond to player feedback and improve the game. The Diablo 3 of today is already a superior game to the Diablo 3 of release, and Reaper of Souls promises to bring what are possibly the most radical system changes in Blizzard history.

 


If you stopped playing Diablo 3, it is worth your while to give the game another chance this March. Mosqueira has led the game’s development in a manner that demonstrates he understands the aRPG genre and what players want, and the fact that Diablo 3′s console version is widely regarded as more fun than the PC version is proof of his ability to execute. Sure, the current state of the Reaper of Souls beta suggests that there may still be changes to be made to drop rates and other systems, but these are tuning passes.

No one is asking you to fork over $40 on good faith. Wait for patch 2.0 to release, and give it a try. It will include the new difficulty system, the new loot system, and the new Legendary items — all free of charge. Just keep an open mind — you may be pleasantly surprised. I know there’s bad blood between the community and Blizzard, and for some of you, there is nothing that Blizzard can do to atone for its sins. But don’t do it for Blizzard — do it to see if you still consider that $60 you spent in Diablo 3 a waste.

Stay tuned for my companion article: 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Give Diablo 3 Another Try.


CJ Miozzi is an associate editor at Game Front. Read more of his work here, and follow him and Game Front on Twitter: @rhykker and @gamefrontcom.

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24 Comments on 5 Reasons to Give Diablo 3 Another Try with Reaper of Souls

Josh

On January 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Reasons “Not” to play diablo 3 again.

BoA: Bind on Account, the new “exciting” items you find are bound to your account, so you cant trade them.

Matchmaking: Still no plans on a real lobby or custom game rooms, so now not only can you not sell your items you cant do anything with them because no one knows you have them. Why does blizzard hate community features so much?

Broken promises on release: If you bought diablo 3 and was disappointed because everything that was supposed to be in the game wasn’t and STILL isn’t and you buy the expansion, well congratulations, your an idiot.

Boring: Still no customization, RoS isn’t going to change this, it will actually add MORE handholding and more dumbed down content.

Still no PvP mode: Promises of an arena mode broken, %70 of the forums guessed you would have to buy the expansion for the pvp content. Looks like they are going to be right. Maybe…

I could label things all day but i think i have wasted enough of my time on this game and on this post. If you want a GOOD community driven multiplayer ARPG just play Path Of Exile. It is what diablo 3 should have been.

Sincerely,
Will never buy a Blizzard product again

josh is angry

On January 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Meh mehhhhhhh! Josh won’t buy another blizzard game again. Mehhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Josh speaks for me

On January 24, 2014 at 3:33 am

I hope people aren’t stupid enough to buy the expansion.

dwolfx

On January 24, 2014 at 10:37 am

Yea, well none of the above pouints are valid, since they were all removed from the game pre-release ROS.

RoS= re-playing Vanilla D3 maps in a random order with a bag of goodies at the end.

The new Act will get boring very quickly and with no real group pvp content at all, the game is dead on arrival.

They simply didn’t add enough to RoS to make it worth purchasing, they are trying to simply force those idiots still playing Diablo III to buy the expansion to have access to the higher DPS stats on the new armor which is exactly the same as the old armor but with bloated numbers.,…

Diablo III ros offers no challenge’
no pvp
no new pve per-say , say for one new act, that well lets face it is going to get old very fast, and judging from blizzards fail design policy wont have enough mob density to make playing there worth a .

Chris

On January 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

For me, and many other players, Diablo 2 was all about the PvP community. Sure, there was item farming, but only to increase your ability to stand toe to toe with others. Blizzard really messed up when they decided not to include PvP in the original launch. When they finally released the PvP zone, it was a joke. A handful of people running around 1-shotting each other isn’t fun.

That being said, I’m going to give Diablo 3 another chance based on Blizzard’s past history with expansion success (recent WoW expansions aside). I’m hoping they not only fix the glaring issues with the game, but increase the amount of players that can enter games (at least for PvP).

Jay

On January 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I’m going to give RoS a shot, mainly because Travis Day and the new development heads actually have the right idea with what to do with the game. Even if the implementation isn’t 100%, it’s headed in a much better direction than it was before. Also, they actually engage with (and listen to) the community.

Either way, it will take some months post-release for RoS to really start to shape up.. Such is the course for blizzard games.

John

On January 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Diablo 3 Auction house was a scam. They let gold farmers go rampant, which forced people to use the Real Money Auction House because it was much easier to pay 5 dollar for something you wanted instead of farming $850M gold, which is just impossible. Why would anyone support Blizzard after they transparently scammed their own fanbase? The person who wrote this article is just a blind fanboy, a sheep like the idiots who are still playing that game.

Want more proof it is a scam? Why do they need to wait until March to take down the auction house? Makes no sense at all. They are just squeezing the most money out of it as possible until “Reaper of Souls” is supposed to fix all the problems. But on top of that, the game just isn’t very good. No customization in builds at all. Awful. Just an awful game.

quicktooth

On January 25, 2014 at 12:53 am

@Josh- good on you for saying to everyone what everyone (except the paid shills) are thinking. And as for the shills- whoever employed you idiots wasted their money. Mud slinging talk gives no reason to disbelieve anyone. Finally, has everyone forgotten that Diablo 3 is *still* always–online? Blizzard is staring at you while you play, alone, in your bedroom. It’s not treating you like a criminal, is stalking. Why would people give Blizzard any money (before the haters explode, I bought and played D3 just because of D2, finishing with several characters on normal; and I assert it’s not worth buying. I wish I hadn’t)?

Fatty Fatty Four-Eyes

On January 25, 2014 at 1:31 am

So, Josh posts a fair and analytical comment, and the best fantoys can come up with as a response is ‘Mehh mehhhhhh!’ Good counter-attack there, chump. I’m sure Blizzard considers you a real asset.

Jay

On January 25, 2014 at 7:34 am

I wonder what skills I’ll put my ability point on in RoS.

5 reasons to play? How about headline: “Only 95 reasons left not to play diablo — down from 100!” …and there was much rejoicing. Totally worth $40!

How about realizing that there’s still only one thing that makes D3 better than D2 over a decade layer, and that’s graphics. In every other way, D2 is still sadly a far superior game. Probably why they still sell it for $20. Compare that to other games of that timeframe like red alert 2, baldurs gate 2, deus ex, etc…all less than $10. Oh by the way, the ultimate command and conquer edition with every title they made (including expansions) is $30.

Jake Jabbs

On January 25, 2014 at 8:50 am

While it is natural for Blizzard to build hype for people to buy the expansion, all of these little adjustments are insignificant. The problem with d3 is that the developers do not understand what made d2 good. D3 will go down as the greatest fumble in game development history. The d3 legacy will be that of the “New Coke” of the gaming world.

Chris

On January 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

That still doesn’t justify the $40 price point. With the content included with the “Expansion” this is worth $20 at most.

Rhen

On January 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

Lets see, I paid $60 for D3 and it wasn’t as fun as a $25 dollar game (Torchlight 2).

Now they want me to buy what? A $30 or $40 expansion? No thanks.

for real?

On January 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm

You guys do realize that every one of these reasons the article lists is free with a patch right? None of the stuff above is the expansion itself. The only thing you’re paying for is the crusader and Act V

ga

On January 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm

The first three points are connected to “patch 2.0″ and NOT TO Reaper of Souls. So why are you pretending they are?

Chris

On January 28, 2014 at 2:12 am

I’ve been playing the PTR for a while now, and I’m really REALLY liking the new content and “feel” to the game.

Legendary items ARE tradeable (for a short period after pickup) so you can offer them to a party member who may benefit more from them than you.

I spent £20 on the original game at launch and have well over 1000 hours of gametime under by belt. Yes, it’s a grind but you can create your own challenges (massacre records in Inferno MP10, timed runs etc.) to make it less of a chore getting to Paragon 100. I’ve already ordered the deluxe ROS edition and am very much looking forward to the new content, character-tailored legendary drops, level 60-70, the Crusader, adventure mode with bounties, new event challenges, torment 6 and actually having to do it without the barbarian faceroll “spin to win” build, or the CM wizard build.

I read a lot of people harping on about how Diablo 3 was all about the Auction House… I never even used the auction house until I was into Act2 Inferno (before they nerfed the difficulty) to see if there were any +res items that were an upgrade to my existing gear. The auction house was never something I felt I had to use to be able to progress… maybe I just learned to play.

Totally agree on the broken promises that Blizzard set out to implement things like PvP arenas and never delivered, and I also agree that the expansion is overpriced, but there aren’t many games that I can attribute so much game-time to for the price equivalent and I already know that I’ll be spending many, many more hours in RoS.

Overall, I have always loved the polished feel of Diablo 3 that I just never found with the likes of PoE or TL. Don’t get me wrong, PoE and TL are great games in their own right, and I have spent a good deal of time playing both, but I’ve always found myself hankering after another session on Diablo3.

Josh is angry is a bitch

On January 29, 2014 at 4:28 pm

I,for one, Support LARGE bags of Cabbage.

If you did not laugh, you are a potato.

If you did laugh, then your mother will be proud.

-Your Mother.

Rhett

On February 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

There is nothing else that comes close regardless already bought reaper of souls.

Gilchrist

On February 14, 2014 at 11:51 pm

I’m a sucker for a paladin-style PC, so…

Rydell

On February 18, 2014 at 9:52 am

Josh hit the nail on the head. Blizzard is changing it to an arcade style play. Looks like they are going for mass market value. Blizzard = Next EA

ben

On February 21, 2014 at 7:09 am

Reasons this post is a load of . This is a different blizzard to the ones we know. There is not more end game at al, its very band and boring. The new loot system is flawed to the core and a very depressing idea, 4 tiers of legendaries do not help since they are hard to get and most suck. Crafting system sucks really bad to a point where its actual not even worth touching it at al. Sockets in this game are bland and very linear, you will put crit on weapon and you will put 1 other color in every other slot. Difficulty is just as bad if not worse with no reason at all to do anything above torment 1. This guy is being paid to advertise the game because no1 is this damn blind. lot of streamers gave up trying to hype the game and play other games, the best people in the community have lists upon lists of major game breaking problems still not looked at, these are found in the blizzard forums, do not buy until you read through some of them. They are trying to hype you for a fast sale so they do not also lose their jobs, the guy who left was sacked and replaced.

ERIC

On March 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

NO PVP – NO RETRY

John

On April 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm

GameFront is full of whiny children and trolls.