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5.0 out of 5 stars Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition Review!, 19 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4) (Video Game)
This game has been in the pipeline for some time now and Diablo fans such as myself have been waiting patiently for a next generation version. I myself have owned a copy of Diablo 3 on the PC since its initial launch over two years ago, the release of a next gen version means I can now play the game with more of my friends from the comfort of the sofa rather than at my desk and what I have played thus far is very impressive. I want to talk in some depth regarding the game (if you'll allow me), if you want a quick opinion then skip down to the bottom and just read my final verdict.

So what is Diablo 3 about? Essentially you are a mortal warrior (Nephalem) and must help Angels and mankind survive the onslaught from the forces of evil, there are various monsters and bosses in each act with Diablo himself appearing in act 4. Act 5 was originally an expansion on the PC although it's included with this version, the main enemy in act 5 is the Angel of Death and in many ways puts Diablo himself to shame. It's a great story from start to finish and will give you hundreds of hours of edge of the seat fun and entertainment.

Firstly all the AI characters are interesting and full of good information to help you understand the story and what to do next with plenty of dialogue and conversation as you progress, some of them will accompany you on your journey and fight by your side during specific tasks. You can also get mercenaries to fight by your side and although they do take some of the XP away I do think on balance they are worth having, the templar for example can automatically heal you at critical moments when you've got your hands full. The game is spread across 5 acts and can be played on your own or with up to 3 additional friends, the difficulty is automatically adjusted when another player joins the game and the more of you playing the harder it becomes which naturally creates a level playing field.

There is a level system from which you get stronger the higher you progress and get to use additional skills and special abilities, note that weapons and armour usually have a minimum level requirement meaning sometimes you have to wait a few levels before using a specific item. Once you've completed the story the first time, the game starts again at the next difficulty level although you get to keep your character and all the equipment. Naturally when you play at a higher difficulty the weapons and armour you come across are more powerful and offer more protection, although it goes without saying the monsters you come across are tougher too. It's also worth noting that map layouts do vary ever so slightly on each playthrough, this is to make you explore more of the game and indeed you may come across something different.

Compared to PC there are two new modes, Nemesis mode where if you get killed by an elite enemy for example the enemy levels up and automatically enters a friends game (if they are playing online at the same time) and then your friend has to fight them, if they die then the Nemesis levels up again and the process carries on. Another new mode called Apprentice mode is where a lower ranked player can join your game and they are temporarily ranked up to your level so they can actually help in your game rather than being a hindrance if there is a huge level difference.

There are 6 classes to choose from including Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, Monk, Wizard and Crusader. My personal favourite is and always will be the Barbarian, I take a simple hard headed approach and prefer to use close combat and big heavy weapons as opposed to using spells or ranged attack. The beauty of the different classes available is everyone will find something they like and believe me you do have to play the game slightly differently when you use different classes. For example Demon Hunters will die very quickly if you get too close to monsters; you have to remember each class has certain weaknesses and strengths

The currency of the game is gold, you find gold as you explore and can be found on monsters you've killed, chests or indeed you can get money for trading in items such as weapons and armour at a Merchant in town. You can build your own weapons and armour at the smithy although they're never as good as those that you can potentially find on your travels in the wilderness. Many of the weapons and armour are generic and can be used by all the different classes although there are class specific items too which can utilize special abilities. You can also find stone jewels which can be placed into socketed weapons and armour to give them a "boost" depending on the item and specific jewel you have found. You also get potions which can heal you but also potions which can be used as weapons.

Now for those worrying about the controls on console fear not as fighting, interacting and navigating through menus is very easy and you can tell Blizzard put a lot of effort into perfecting the game for use with a controller. Those who are use to the PC version will probably take longer to get use to the "circular menu system" compared to everyone else although it's pretty easy to understand once you've used it for a while.

Pros: Overall it's a great story * The game works surprisingly well on PS4 and the controls are easy to fathom * Graphically it looks very impressive (1080p) * Audio is great with good background music * Gold drops seem more generous compared to the PC version * Levelling system works incredibly well and encourages you to play on * Can be played on your own or in co-op with up to 3 friends from start to finish over and over again * Random events on each play through * Harder difficulty settings are well balanced and are a true grind * This ultimate edition includes Act 5 * Gifting items that dropped in your game to friends * Nemesis Mode * Friends can enter your game whenever they want (if you want them to that is) * PlayStation Exclusive "The Last of Us" themed Nephalem Rift * No lag or connection dropouts as the game is running on your console and not running through the server unlike the PC version

Cons: Say bye-bye to your social life as this game is very addictive

VERDICT: The console version is just as fun and exciting as the PC version from two years ago except it can now be played from the comfort of the sofa and I can talk with friends over PSN at the same time. Graphically it looks sharp and virtually matches the PC version on every level. If you've ever wanted to play Diablo then this is your chance to team up with friends and take on the evil that walks the earth, best of luck doing it as on the higher difficulties you will need it! Best of all this Ultimate Evil Edition includes Act 5 which makes this game even better value when you consider the hundreds of hours of gameplay potentially on offer!

From one gamer to another, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

UPDATE 24th August 2014: I've just completed my first playthrough and thoroughly enjoyed it, i came across no bugs or glitches and everything seemed to work without any problems.
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Initial post: 19 Aug 2014 09:03:48 BDT
Peter says:
A great review that explains what the game is about and a huge help. Thank you :-) I cannot wait.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2014 09:12:47 BDT
MrE says:
Thanks for your comments, hope you enjoy the game when you get it! Regards, MrE

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2014 09:26:13 BDT
Peter says:
You are welcome :-) I'm sure I will and it's in my mail later today. Regards

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 11:08:31 BDT
John L says:
So basically this is a review of the PC version. One assumes, as it's only been available for a few hours at the time of writing, you have yet to check whether there are any glitches or control issues at any point in the whole game in the PS4 version yet have still given it five stars. Little wonder then that every computer game sold on Amazon on the PS4 always gets an average of over 4 stars and every critical review always gets flamed with 'unhelpfuls'.

It just suggests that most reviews on Amazon are written by retailers/publishers.

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MrE says:
John L, You're entitled to your own opinions but i've had my copy since yesterday as i received it earlier that expected. My review is of the PS4 game not the PC although because i have played the PC version i can compare them on several things. I've not come across any bugs or glitches so far, if there were any i would have said in my review.

So you think that anyone that writes a 4 star or 5 star review of any PlayStation product is a retailer or publisher? Hmmm, maybe it's because the product is good and warrants a high mark!! How about you write a review about the product rather than passing judgement on others seeing as you know so much.

You also mention people rating critical reviews down, personally i think Amazon should remove the negative vote system and only show how many people found a review helpful as you are right there are lots of people that down vote reviews just because they can. I myself have been on the receiving end of that on several occasions.

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 14:09:44 BDT
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London75 says:
His argument that anyone who writes a good review is a paid shill is not even worth a response. John seems extremely negative for no reason at all.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 11:57:25 BDT
Ghostrunner says:
Very nice review.I pre-ordered mine from Amazon and received it yesterday.Im now level 17 and I must say its an amazing game and OMG its addictive (the wifes gonna kill me LOL).Your in for a real treat guys.Have fun :).
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