or a lot of Diablo 3 players, there was sadness, disappointment, and utter resentment for the franchise. There were a lot of hate posts about the auction house, crappy loot drops, simplicity of the game, and the On Line requirement. I have to say, I was one of those players. I was probably more angry than most because I purchased the physical Collectors Edition box (as I do with all blizz games). I played my one Hero (Demon Hunter) through the required iterations of play modes until I finally got through hell. Once I was done, I put it down, and had not touched it since.
I hated the auction house, there was nothing left for me to do with the content; except of course, running the content 4 more times for another alt. There was no PVP, and nothing really worth farming since loot drops were poorly tuned . The game play was kind of lackluster anyway, so why should I bother playing it anymore. And so, I didn’t… until patch 2.0
The new loot 2.0 system is amazing. After farming content for a few hours, I got more loot geared towards my DH than I did in the month I farmed Hell. The new progression system means I don’t have to play the same content 4 times to unlock hell mode for that character. The new paragon level system means that all my hard work in leveling beyond max level goes towards my alts also.
All of the changes are amazing, and make my characters feel more like a family, than just an individual collection of hero’s I switch between. They are all cosmically linked in the world of Diablo to each other, via paragon levels, and my now HUGE stash (thanks to RoS). The play styles are new and fresh with changes that were made to classes, and the changes made to active and passive skills. I have fallen in love with the Monk and the Wizard classes, two classes I found boring before.
Enter Reaper of Souls…
I have to say, I am a HUGE fan of immersive content, and Blizz sure delivered it in RoS. The art and creatures are amazing, I died a few times just watching them act and behave. The music feels EPIC, and really sucks you in; it almost has an Inception type quality to it. The dialog and stories are fun, especially all of the little sub-quests in the mini zones. There were even times where I was like, “wow, that’s messed up.”
The characters continue to be quirky (like Shen, and the Mystic), and fun to talk to (except the enchantress who just whines a lot). The progression seems well planned, I am currently lvl 65 and feel like I am at an appropriate part of Act V to match up with my level. It is very fun and can be VERY challenging. I’ve died a lot, but I’m OK with that.
I have fallen in love with D3 all over again. Progression, loot, paragon levels, new recipes, new things to do, and everything else have almost made D3 a fresh new game. The thing I am looking forward to the most is Adventure mode! Sadly you have to finish Act V to unlock it, but I have a feeling I will be spending a lot of time there. If you dumped D3 because you didn’t like it at release, I highly suggest you give patch 2.0 a try, and even consider upgrading to RoS for the new amazing content.