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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition Review

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Posted by Greg Giddens

Heavenly hell

Diablo III is samey and full of repetition in the best possible way. Sure, the package is packed with some truly stunning cut-scenes and the odd nugget of nonsensical narrative exposition – but it’s the never-ending combat that will keep you hooked. Such a rinse and repeat formula should perhaps be frowned upon, but even through you’ll realise that this is repetitive – and that its plot is laughably weak – you’ll still find yourself coming back for more.

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why the release is so darn addictive, but considering that the studio behind the life consuming World of Warcraft is at the helm, it’s hardly a surprise that you’ll waste days at a time slaying foul beasts and hoovering up the goodies and gold that they spew. You’ll need to invest a serious amount of time in order to obtain the legendary gear at the finish line, but it’s a pursuit that you’ll almost certainly see through – and that’s the game’s greatest strength.

Of course, that was also the case a year ago when we reviewed the PlayStation 3 version, so what does this enhanced, PlayStation 4-powered Ultimate Evil Edition bring to the table? Well, if you’re a console faithful, you should be pleased to learn that this is practically an identical version of the experience found on the PC. All of the content from the Reaper of Souls expansion is present, providing you with an additional character class to master, an extra act to conquer, and the all-new Adventure Mode.

It’s also got a few new tricks up its soiled sleeve, including the Nemesis system – which adds a slightly more social dynamic, where unbeaten antagonists can invade your friends’ games – as well as a Mailbox mechanic. There’s also a pool of PlayStation exclusive content, including some nifty Shadow of the Colossus armour and a Nephalem Rift based upon The Last of Us, complete with Clickers, Bloaters, and Stalkers.

Then, of course, there are the visual improvements, with the release running in 1080p at a largely sturdy 60 frames-per-second. This all results in more detailed textures and a generally crisper gameplay experience than was found on Sony’s previous platform, making the package worth the double dip if you enjoyed what you played before. Meanwhile, tweaks to the loot system and balancing generally give the whole affair a final coat of polish, which kicks the experience up a notch.

Naturally, if you’re arriving fresh to the Diablo III party – where have you been? – then you’ll find all four of the original acts are waiting for you to hack ‘n’ slash your way through. Meanwhile, those of you that are veterans will be able to import your progress and jump straight into the fifth act, before diving into the aforementioned Adventure Mode, which is unlocked once you’ve fully finished the game.

Here, the narrative structure has been removed, and the game instead gives you bounties to fulfil within various locations from the story. Random monsters are thrown at you to impede your progress, as you work to reach Nephalem Rifts, where greater foes and rewards can be found. This is the series’ primary experience distilled to its most pure, concentrating fully on level grinding and loot acquiring. It’s also absolutely ideal for multiplayer, better facilitating the game’s already excellent drop in/drop out couch and online co-op, with a more focused and rewarding setup for those not interested in the story.

On top of Adventure Mode, as mentioned, two other new additions lend themselves to the ‘Ultimate’ moniker. The aforesaid Mailbox is as straightforward as it sounds, allowing you to send your pals any loot that you perhaps don’t fancy but feel that they might. The whole Nemesis system is an even neater social addition, though, bringing ever more potent foes into the games of you and your buddies, which increase in stature with each ruthless kill that they successfully complete. Felling one of these mighty beasts is immensely satisfying – and the achievement is amplified by knowing that you’ve succeeded where your friends have previously failed.

Conclusion

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition still has flaws – a boneheaded narrative, minor framerate hiccups, and an inventory system that lacks the elegance of its PC counterpart – but these small niggles fail to dent what is an otherwise exceptional experience. It’s a bit mindless, yes, but collecting loot and slaying enemies is seldom as sweet as it is here. Quite simply, this is an excellent action RPG.

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Bad-MuthaAdebis

#2

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

Don't see the appeal, why is the ps4 version still inferior to the PC version. Never mind. I'd try it out on vita but I have no interest in paying £59.99 on PS4. Was the PS4 version worth waiting for...

Boerewors

#3

Boerewors said:

Wow, I'd never hand out a 10 for any game, no matter how good (no single game is perfect), but this comes really close for me. I've played for 9 hours straight now, just stopping for bathroom and snackbreaks, and this is easily the best version of Diablo, (30+ PC gamers skip this part) not just Diablo 3... Every Diablo.
This game has got it all and the PS4 maintains such a high level of hz and effects on 1080p, that it's now possible to fully enjoy this game without having to spend a fortune on a gaming pc; for £400 you're good to go.
But I hear you thinking: "I do have the big and expensive gaming rig, why would I wanna play this on a peasant's device?". I'll tell ya. Couch co-op, remote play but most importantly: the direct feel of movement and control the dualshock can provide you. If you're still prefering mouse + keyboard over a controller, you're just stubborn; it's the PC equivalent of telling everyone how you would probably own all those mouse and keyboard FPS players with your controller. Blizzard actually tried giving the PC community these controls as an option, with a direct input (controller of keys) instead of clickclickclickclickclickclick, at the beta... No one was interested. Well shame on them for not seeing that this is how Diablo is supposed to be played. Console gamers rejoice; the king is here, and he is more royalee than ever! And I might be taken this a bit too far, but I demand vanilla WoW on consoles next summer!

Diddy_kong

#4

Diddy_kong said:

My girlfriend and I have put countless hours into the PS3 version, so I see no reason to get this one. None of the new features here overly excite me and, honestly, this package seems grossly overpriced. One new act and one new character class who we'd never play as? We'll pass.

Still, that doesn't change the fact that Diablo III is an outstanding game.

KALofKRYPTON

#5

KALofKRYPTON said:

@SimonAdebisi Inferior how? Minor framerate issues and the radical menu aren't exactly glaring flaws. And I haven't seen it anywhere for £59.99.

It's circa £45.
@Diddy_kong overpriced because you already have the PS3 version you mean? I don't, so 45 quid for a new game that's better than the previous version isn't overpriced at all.
The Crusader class looks pretty interesting too.

Scollurio

#6

Scollurio said:

Been waiting for this really really long time. Thanks for year-long beta testing this, our PC Master-Race-Friends! :D Fully enjoying it, the only "complaint" I have is indeed the repetition, but since it's genre-defining, I'll let it slip! :D

BigDaddyT0101

#7

BigDaddyT0101 said:

Bought pc version at launch, sunk around 140hrs into it even with all its faults, then bought 360 version, cleared 90 or so enjoyable hours, now have ps4 version. To all the naysayers, if you have friends to play this with, or enjoy co op, this is really, really good. A must have in my opinion. If you rely on single player experiences it is still a solid game, but made more enjoyable with friends. So happy this is out, and enjoying every second of it.

NathanUC

#8

NathanUC said:

I played it a bit today and... is it just me or are some Diablo clones better than Diablo? Don't get me wrong, it's really fun and well made, but it seems a bit... unpolished compared to games like Untold Legends or the old "Champions" series.

Perhaps I just need more time with it.

FullbringIchigo

#10

FullbringIchigo said:

how much room does this take on the hdd, 500gb doesn't look like it's going to go that far this gen (and yes I know you can change the drive but I would lose all of my data doing that so I don't want to yet)

Ginkgo

#11

Ginkgo said:

Only ever played the demo on PS3, so I can't really judge, but the game seems very old school for me. A throw back. Just not my bag.

Deadstanley

#12

Deadstanley said:

Went to pick up a copy last night but it was sold out, so I just say "eff it" and I downloaded it @ full price (which is severely against the grain of my soul).

Having played all the versions of Diablo over the years, I think my brother and I had the best time playing Diablo 1 on PS1. When the D3 demo was available for PS3, I tried it and found it to be much more comfortable using a controller interface rather than pointing and clicking and dragging to move and maneuver. They really did well with adapting it to a console. So, since playing that demo I've waited nearly a year for this PS4 release. I never bothered getting the Reaper expansion on the PC because I was holding out for this.

My only gripe is that I wish that considering I linked my existing Battle.net account with my PSN account that I could at the least communicate with my Battle.net friends. I understand playing along with them is probably not an easy thing to do. I do think that mixing the console and PC ecosystems will cause strife because in some way I feel the game plays completely differently on console. There would likely be advantages to one player base over another, maybe in terms of functionality... I don't know.

The game takes about 26GB from what I recall. I was able to start playing it immediately while it downloaded in the background, but only locally. Online mode tells me it needs to download more data first.

thedevilsjester

#13

thedevilsjester said:

@FullbringIchigo if you have a place to back up your old HDD you can do a backup and restore and not lose anything.

It has a lot more over the previous console versions than most reviews let on. For example it has all of the torment modes now, not just a few levels of master, and it isn't watered down (less enemies, etc...) like last gens console version was.

rastamadeus

#15

rastamadeus said:

Loved Diablo III but there's no way it's worth even the £40 which I paid last September. Adding in an expansion and some new bits and bobs does not make it now more expensive. Probably grab this this time next year when it's not so overpriced.

@Boerewors The game is close to a 10 when you're just nine hours in and it's a God knows how many hours to 100% finish game? Course. You can not possibly judge a game until it's finished.

@KALofKRYPTON It's a penny under £60 on PSN, which is presumably where @SimonAdebisi is talking about and, frankly, is a pisstake by Blizzard and Sony EU. And whether @Diddy_kong has the PS3 version or not, it's still overpriced. Loved the game (as I said above) but it's not worth that price by any means.

xMEADx

#17

xMEADx said:

Played the PC version for hundreds of hours and loved it, avoided the last gen release as it was being released ps4 as I didn't want to waste money like so many others seem to have and are now QQ'n and I will certainly be picking this game up when I get paid this month. Can't wait :-) adios.

thedevilsjester

#18

thedevilsjester said:

@FullbringIchigo You can't replace the HDD on the Xbox One anyway if that's the device you were thinking of. You can hook up an external drive to the Xbox One which I dont believe requires you to format your internal drive so you won't lose anything.

And yeah to respond to your original post, yeah if you do digital downloads then 500 GB will go fast but if you have physical copies of your retail games its not hard to remove the least played games from your system and reinstall them when you want to play again. This is the big reason I will never go digital.

CanisWolfred

#19

CanisWolfred said:

@rastamadeus Um...actually, yes, adding an expansion to a full game does make it more expensive. This isn't fairytale land where games get made with the wave of a magic wand. The base game still goes for $30 on the PS3. The upgrades + a full expansion certainly warrants a return to full price. Not to mention they'll be patching in new content for free later down the line.

Not saying you gotta pay it - I'm not paying full price for it, but only because I don't care about most of PS4-exclusive editions while UEE is also on PS3 for $20 less, albeit with no patch support. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have a good reason to be priced the way it is.

Boerewors

#20

Boerewors said:

@rastamadeus
I was 9 hours in on PS4, bout 150 on PC. On pc it's a 8,8 for me, on ps4 9,8... that's how much I like the couch co op and DS controls. Trying remote play now... Sweeeeettt

FullbringIchigo

#22

FullbringIchigo said:

@thedevilsjester nah it wasn't I have all the current consoles PS4, Wii U and XB1 but it was the PS4 I was going on about

still the Wii U let's you use external HDD's the xb1 is adding the ability to use external HDD's so I wonder why sony isn't for the PS4?

thedevilsjester

#23

thedevilsjester said:

@FullbringIchigo I think its important to remember that the PS4 and PS3 both have the ability to use any internal (laptop sized) HDD from any company, without having to pull the system apart or void the warranty. None of the other systems (Xbox 360, Wii, WiiU, or Xbox One), have this capability. I think that allowing for external storage is the band-aid that other systems use to try and solve this problem, because they need a solution. The number of USB ports is already very limited, so wasting one or more on external storage, just doesn't seem like a good idea, nor does it look good. I think we should not be asking why Sony doesnt add external expansion, instead we should ask why no one else allows for internal expansion.

thedevilsjester

#25

thedevilsjester said:

@CanisWolfred true, although to be fair its a feature that can be added later, where as with the other systems you would need a new hardware revision to add the internal HDD functionality in so I am glad Sony choose this route (first). I am sure that external support will come down the road as digital downloads increase.

WARDIE

#28

WARDIE said:

@SimonAdebisi I paid £45 for my copy. Infact I haven't paid £60 for a game since Christmas. Most stores are starting to reduce the price of next gen games now as £60 was just the RRP. Sony just needs to reduce the prices of the digital versions on the PlayStation Store as I don't see how they should be more expensive.

Zep_Fan_81

#30

Zep_Fan_81 said:

If anybody wants to add me to team up now and again on Diablo my psn user is same as user name here. You will also have the honour of being my first ps4 friend.....

odd69

#31

odd69 said:

Been playing this myself I love it. I waited for the ps4 version, it was worth the wait.

mikemc1958

#33

mikemc1958 said:

new to the series, but cannot believe how much i love this game !!!
old guy still playing......

AyeHaley

#34

AyeHaley said:

Hmm I am so tempted to get this game...Haven't played it and the last Diablo-like game I've played (and completed) was Torchlight on 360..
And its 69.99...Of course its a lot of content..

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