Check Up: Diablo III – Rise of the Necromancer (Patch 2.6.0)

It’s been a little over six months since I last checked in on the status of Diablo III. At the time, the game was just getting into it’s ninth “season” and the Diablo Anniversary event was in full swing. Now, Diablo fans have something new to celebrate. Just in time for Season 11, Blizzard has a released a new batch of paid DLC for Diablo III called Rise of the Necromancer. I call it DLC because the content does come at a cost and it’s contents are a bit more extraordinary than what you’d find in a mere patch, but also less than what you’d expect from a full expansion.

Essentially, for the cost of $15.00, you gain access to the new Necromancer character class, and all of the fluff that comes with it, but there are no new levels or main storyline content. The purchase does include a few cosmetic items as well. (A portrait frame and a pet).

Personally, I feel like this is a fair asking price from Blizzard. Asking $15.00 from players who are already well invested in the game is reasonable. But if you’re new to Diablo III or considering buying it in the future, it may be best to wait and see if there is going to be an “all-in-one” collection. But, if you’re impatient the existing Battlechest collection only costs $20. That includes the base game and expansion. So even if you purchased that and Rise of the Necromancer, you’re only out $35 total, which if we’re being honest, is a more than acceptable price for a full game of this quality.

Just like any other class in Diablo III, the Necromancer comes complete with it’s own skill tree, item drops and audio dialogue. So, this class is in no way a cheap tack-on. In fact, I found the Necromancer to be a the perfect fit into the Diablo III universe. I daresay that it might be my favorite class in the game! It has arrived just in time for the upcoming season. So, seizing this opportunity, once Season 11 starts, and friend and I plan to play through the game again as Necromancers. So, if you have similar plans (and I’m sure many do), feel free to look for me.

My final thoughts on this release are as follows: considering the  success that this DLC release has brought Blizzard, I can only wonder if they plan future releases using this model. Diablo III is now several years old, but it remains popular and profitable. Perhaps future add-ons to the game will come in the form of piecemeal DLC like this. Aside from character classes, maybe we’ll see new storyline areas or other paid content in the future? Blizzard has been very hush hush on such matters in regards to Diablo III, but we know from other games like Overwatch or even World of Warcraft that they tend to embrace paid content. We’ll have to see.

Check Up: Diablo III (Patch 2.4.3)

It’s been almost three years since my review of the Diablo III expansion pack, Reaper of Souls. But the game is still going strong. In fact, due to a recent update I decided to provide a “check up” on the status of the game.

Since Diablo III’s initial release, the game has gone through a number of changes. We’ve seen the removal of a few controversial features, a full expansion set, and even a port of the game to home consoles.  Throughout all this time, Diablo III has managed to stay relevant through a series of patches that not only fix bugs, but add exclusive items and loot that are typically only available for a limited time.

Most players manage to complete the game’s main story rather quickly. It’s the game’s “Adventure Mode” or Seasonal challenges that really seem to gather the most attention.  At the time of this writing, Diablo has just launched it’s ninth season. What are seasons? Well, a “season” in Diablo III is a chance to start the game over from the very beginning. You create a new character and tackle the game from the ground up. What’s special is, when playing a seasonal character, you have the chance to earn exclusive season-only items. When the season is over, your character and all of their seasonal loot are converted back to your main savefile.

This is something that has really taken off with players. I’m ashamed to admit, that I really have not taken full advantage of this feature. Yes, I’ve tinkered around with seasonal characters in the past, but I’ve never really given it the attention that it deserves. As a result, I’ve missed out on some great stuff.

But, even if you’re like me, and never really dabbled in the seasonal or end game content for Diablo III, now is the time to take a second look. It’s the 20th anniversary of Diablo, and for a limited time, there’s a special Diablo 1-themed dungeon available to explore. This content includes exclusive achievements and loot.  This event is restricted to Adventure Mode, so players will be required to have completed the game before they can access it.  But even if you haven’t, there’s still time!

I recently started up my neglected copy of Diablo III just for this anniversary event and was floored at just how polished and mature this game has become over the years. If you’re a fan and haven’t paid much attention to this title recently, now would be a great time to jump back in. Everything we love about Diablo is still here, and it’s better than ever.