Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
I’ve never really been a PC gamer, so I’ve never played any of the Diablo games. A couple of days ago, though, I got Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls and I wish I had played them before. I’m really enjoying this game, and even though the gameplay itself can get a little repetitive, I still find myself playing for hours at a time.
I haven’t gotten very far in this game yet, but I wanted to talk about why I like this game, and share some of the experiences I’ve had while playing.
When you first start up the game, you get to choose the type of character you want to play as. Each one has different abilities and skills, so there’s a variety of different play styles that are available for you to choose from. The character types are: Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard.
Typically, I would’ve picked the Witch Doctor or the Wizard because I usually like to play with ranged magic attacks. This time, though, I decided to switch things up and go with the Monk who does primarily close-ranged attacks. This has allowed me to switch up my play style, and I’m really glad I did that. I will be making a Wizard or Witch Doctor soon though.
From what I could tell, there isn’t a way to customize the look of your character, other than choosing their name and gender. It’s not a huge deal, but I would have liked to change up the look of my Monk a little bit. On the other hand, you can customize your banner that represents your character. There are a bunch of default patterns and symbols that you can use, and you can unlock more by completing different in-game tasks.
Playing the Game
In case you aren’t familiar with the game, it’s a dungeon crawler. You travel to different areas within the world exploring not only the environment you’re in, but also exploring the various dungeons that are in that environment. Sometimes you’ll have to go into the different dungeons because of the quest you’re on, but a lot of the dungeons are there simply for you to explore, gain levels, and find valuable items.
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is the type of game that friends hate watching me play. A lot of my friends don’t play video games as often as I do, and when they do, they try to just get through the main objectives. I, on the other hand, like to explore as many areas as I can, and try to get the best weapons and armor. I don’t like having any parts of the map left undiscovered, so I end up doing a lot of simply walking around. It’s worth it, though, because I end up with a pretty badass guy because of it.
As I mentioned earlier, this game can seem pretty repetitive. You walk around an area, uncovering the map, and as you do you’ll inevitably run into groups of monsters. Once you slay all of those monsters, you continue to explore the area, coming across more monsters, and so on. As you’re actually playing, though, it never really feels like you’re doing the same thing over and over.
As you continue playing the game, and leveling up your character, you unlock more and more attacks. In addition to all of the different attacks that you’ll end up unlocking, each attack has several runes you can equip with it (once they’re unlocked) to make that attack more powerful. Once you have everything unlocked, you’ll have a virtually endless combination of attacks available to you.
Speaking of having different attacks, there are also a very large variety of enemies in this game. Each enemy has different amounts of health, and are immune to different types of attacks. As you’re playing the game, you’ll have to figure out the best way to kill each enemy, so you’ll be using all of the attacks available to you.
Also, the more exploring you do, the more items you’re going to come across. There are many types of weapons in the game; one handed weapons, two handed weapons, ranged weapons, shields, etc. and each weapon has different variants with different abilities. I’m usually so excited to find new, better weapons, that I don’t even mind the grind of killing hoards of enemies.
So, even though on the surface, it looks like you’re doing the same thing over and over, the gameplay makes every new dungeon and group of enemies seem like a fresh, fun, challenge.
I’m just starting to get deep into the game, and already I’ve found a couple of strange and cool extra things in this game. I don’t know if these things are normal for the Diablo series, or if it’s something new they’ve brought to this game, but I hope I come across more in the future.
The first different thing I came across was Whimsydale. There was an enemy on the map who had a sack of gold and other items. I had to pursue him for a bit and had to make sure that he didn’t escape, but when I finally did kill him, a portal appeared. When I went through the portal, I was taken to a bright and colorful place appropriately named Whimsydale. It was bright and colorful, and had rainbows and smiling clouds.
I wasn’t sure what had happened. I thought that maybe it’d be a peaceful area, but no such luck. I was attacked by teddy bears called “Cuddly Bears”, different kinds of unicorns, and “Twinkleroot” which looked like sunflowers. I didn’t get any notable items or anything, but I did level up 2 or 3 times, and it was a lot of fun.
The other weird thing that happened to me was that I was randomly attacked by a pretty high level enemy. I was in the cathedral on my way to killing the skeleton king (pretty early in the game) and I started hearing “OM, OM,” like monks chanting, but I didn’t think anything of it. Shortly after, though, an enemy came out of nowhere.
I, naturally, began fighting it and while I was I noticed that above its head, it said the monsters name (which I don’t remember), and next to its name it said “killer of” and it had one of my friends gamertags there. This monster killed me pretty quickly, so I respawned with a plan of action of how I was going to beat it. When I got back to that area, though, nothing happened. I just continued through the dungeon and finished the quest.
I still don’t know what that was or why it happened, it hasn’t happened again since, though, I’m sure it will. Hopefully next time, I’ll be better equipped to beat it. Who knows what kind of items I’d get from winning that battle.
So far, those are the only two out of the ordinary things that have happened to me, but I’m sure I’ll come across more secrets and extras as I continue to play.
Overall, It’s been a really fun experience playing this game, even for the short amount of time I have played. I’m really looking forward to all of the new weapons and Items I’ll be able to unlock, and making my character(s) as powerful as possible.
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