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‘Diablo III’ expansion pack filled with fresh foes

Samantha Shirk
Staff Writer
sxs1090@lhup.edu

March 27, 2014

Heads up “Diablo 3” fans! On March 25 the long awaited expansion pack “Reaper of Souls” was released. “No one can stop death” is the game’s tagline as players are introduced to their newest foe Malthael -Angel of Death.

Malthael is a dangerous enemy who shows up in the mortal realm in search of the famous Black Soulstone, where the Prime Evil still rages within, wanting to be released. His deadly purpose is to steal the stone to bend it’s infernal power to his will. So begins the end of all things… Players get to charge forth through an exciting new Act in the “Diablo 3” storyline known Act V.

In Act V, players are introduced to tons of new deadly foes, characters, and plenty of new plot twists. Players get to run through the streets of Westmarch, a dark colored town, stopping demons who used to be civilians. Along with new in game characters, there is also a new playable character called the Crusader. Crusaders are very powerful characters that wear impenetrable armor and use heavy damage weapons.

They are supposedly similar to Diablo 2’s Paladin. The Crusader is referred to as the “unbreakable new hero of the mortal realms” on the official Diablo website battle.net. One of the more exciting things for existing heroes is that they are no longer level-capped at level 60. Players may now level their heroes to level 70 and gain some new abilities along the way.

There are also a number of new challenges each player will get to enjoy as well new game modes. The gameplay is dramatically different from the earlier versions of “Diablo 3”. In preparation for the new expansion pack Blizzard released a huge game patch that totally reworked the game. Some changes consist of Paragon levels now being shared between characters and a new paragon points system which will help buff out players’ heroes even more.

A new drops system referred to as Drop System 2.0 allows only items with skills specific to that player’s hero to drop. No longer will a legendary crossbow drop that has Witch Doctor skill bonuses. Despite the patch though, the gameplay controls are still the same so it plays just as smoothly as before. The story for “Reaper of Souls” seems to be an interesting one and Act V is a little different from the rest of the game. “Diablo 3” fans will most likely be pleasantly surprised when they play the game’s newest add-on.

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