Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls First Impressions

Focusing on the new Crusader class

Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls First Impressions

I’m gonna share some geek guilt here, I never played the first two Diablo games. But still, when Diablo 3 first launched, I was somewhat excited. I was ready to jump into this world with both feet. In the end though, I ended up getting out of the water pretty quick. There was just something about it that didn’t appeal to me. Maybe that was the loot system, which seemed to be designed solely to push players to the auction house. Whatever it was, my interest in the game fell away quickly.

It’s back, baby.

Because I never reached max level, my experience with Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is limited to the new Crusader class, and how the game now feels leveling from 0. Let me tell you, I’m loving it this time around.

My buddy Martin and I both started new Crusader characters, and we had a blast with the game. We played a good session all the way to the Skeleton King. Loot 2.0 is such a great change for the experience of the game. No longer do you have to fill your inventory with useless items, only to teleport back to town every 15 minutes to unload your junk. Loot drops less frequently now, but when it does, it will generally be much more useful.

No more auction house means when junk does drop, you really don’t need to take it with you for every scrap of gold you can get. That equals more time actually playing Diablo, getting useful loot, and having more fun. In the whole 2 hour session we had, I think we only ported back to town once.

Crusader Class

I am in love with the new Crusader class, plain and simple. Once you get some decent gear, you feel like a bad ass tank just storming through enemies. I will never get tired of bashing enemies with my shield, then taking my two-handed flail to crack some skulls. Yep, you get a passive talent that lets you use a two-handed as a one-handed, letting you keep that shield, and deliver massive damage.

The class really is just a great big tank. I didn’t try taking off my shield, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Crusader really seems to depend on the shield, so it wouldn’t make sense to go without it to me.

Playing the Crusader very early on, it felt kind of weak really. Enemies were taking a long time to die. Granted, I am also pretty out of practice, so it may just be that for me. Once we had reached level 7 or so, we started tearing through enemies. Abilities like Shield Bash, with it’s charge and AOE rune, just kicked so much ass. It was really just lots of fun, and really that’s the main thing that matters to me.

Final Thoughts

In the end, I’m going to be playing a lot more Diablo 3 now, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll also be doing more videos of Reaper of Souls over on our gaming channel, Awkward Gaming Geeks. Head on over there and give us a subscribe to see all our latest gameplay videos!

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