Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition
Developed by Blizzard Entertainment
Published by Blizzard Entertainment
*You Were Defeated The Moment You Surrendered To This Madness*
*Please Note: This is a Review of the Xbox One version of the game*
Set 20 Years after the events of Diablo II in the world of Sanctuary; Deckard Cain & Leah are in Tristram Cathedral investigating ancient texts about an ancient prophecy when suddenly the Cathedral is hit by a Mysterious Shooting Star that creates a deep crater which Deckard Cain disappears into. Shortly after; The Protagonist (Names are custom) enters the town of New Tristram to investigate the shooting star however when they get there, they soon realize that something evil has been unleashed on the world of Sanctuary and that only they can stop it.
Reaper of Souls takes place after The Protagonist has defeated Diablo with the Black Soul stone containing the souls of all seven of the great evils being retrieved by Tyrael who knowing it cannot be trusted in the hands of mortals or angels takes it back to Sanctuary in an attempt to seal it away for good however Tyrael and his accomplices are ambushed by Malthael, former Archangel of Wisdom who now calls himself the Angel of Death and takes the Black Soul Stone leaving it up to The Protagonist to stop evil from spreading once again.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is a Top Down Dungeon Crawler/Action Adventure/Hack & Slash title that brings a little bit of everything to the mix. The game features many RPG elements to it starting of course with the big one which is customization of the character. Straight from the get go; Players can choose their class of character from A Barbarian, Crusader, Monk, Wizard, Witch Doctor & Demon Hunter to which they can then customize the look of the characters appearance from multiple options such as Gender, Face, Hair and even more. Once you have done all of that the gameplay really gets good combining elements of a top down RPG with that of a hack and slash game with each of the buttons on the Xbox Controller being able to be assigned to numerous different objects such as potions, melee weapons, ranged weapons and even equipment such as shields. The button layout on the controller also makes it much easier to handle the game with the face buttons and right back buttons being used for skills and attacks, the LT button for Target locking and LB for potions aswell as the directional buttons being used to open a town portal, open your map and to quickly equip an item in need however the easiest aspect of these controls is the analogue sticks since the left stick is used to move your character and the right stick is used for evasion making it easier to dodge enemy attacks. The enemies in the game provide not only fun but challenging gameplay since some enemies have a tendency to go down easy whilst other enemies require skill and tactic to take down. In addition to this; Diablo III also feels a lot like Legend of Zelda in the fact that not only is there fun puzzles and challenges in the dungeons but it’s also worth smashing every breakable in sight since you never know what you will find. All in all, the gameplay is fantastic. In addition to this, the co-op play is also a fantastic feature since the game not only feels more fun but also more challenging with friends adding to the idea that you are sort of leading your own little army on hell.
The Soundtrack in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is incredible with a fantastic score put together by lead composer Russell Brower and many other talented composers and performed with an extremely talented Orchestra. The soundtrack to me does what the game intends to do and that is to take you on this dark journey into a world consumed by evil and the soundtrack not only portrays that well but also has times where it sounds as though the music is leading towards a heaven vs. hell style battle with an epic climax. In addition to this, Diablo III has a hell (no pun intended) of a voice cast with many talented voice actors including Dorian Harewood, Anna Graves, Robin Atkin Dowes, Jennifer Hale, Troy Baker & Simon Templeman to name just a few. In my honest opinion; the sound in this game cannot be faulted.
The Visuals in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition are fantastic and shows where the game has been upscaled for the current gen. The lighting techniques used in the game are brilliant combining the dark and gritty world of Sanctuary with the light of the heavens; especially when that light appears at every entrance and exit. In ways the light is also handy since it is used to help guide the player to their next objective which when traversing the large dungeons in the game can become extremely helpful. In addition to this the game runs a lot smoother on the Xbox One compared to the Xbox 360 version which I reviewed back in 2013 and the visuals look better with the characters even having a realistic sort of feel to them. In addition to this; The cutscenes look stunning running at 1080p and look as though they have been ripped straight from a movie.
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has plenty of replay value thanks to the huge maps for the player to explore and the numerous collectibles and challenges to collect and complete throughout the game. Levelling your character up to the maximum level will also more than likely take you a lot of time to achieve and when you add on the fact that there is plenty of secrets to be found in these huge worlds and all the achievements/trophies to collect. This game is truly going to last you a while.
All in all, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is a phenomenal Action RPG title with many different elements and genres and with this improved port has truly left the game faultless in my honest opinion with plenty to do, a decent story, an amazing soundtrack and gorgeous visuals aswell as fun and challenging gameplay. This game truly shows that Blizzard can indeed produce a high quality title for consoles and just begs the question what can Blizzard do next for consoles (Who knows maybe the success might get World of Warcraft on consoles). But all in all, A fantastic game that needs to be played.
My Score = 10/10
- Brilliant Storyline’s for both the main game and DLC
- Fantastic gameplay that blends multiple genres together with ease
- Well Composed Score
- Stunning Visuals
- Brilliant Voice Cast
- Plenty of Replay Value
- Fun & Challenging Gameplay
- Great Co-Op
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition is available now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One & PC from all good retailers. Thanks go out to Blizzard for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.