developer: Blizzard Entertainment
publisher: Activision Blizzard
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet / common screen
Diablo III: Eternal Collection for PS4 and XONE is an extended version of Dialo II: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition. It comes with all previous updates and the Rise of the Necromancer DLC. It was developed by Blizzard Entertainment, the creators of the Diablo franchise and other hit games like Overwatch.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is the first expansion for the third installment of one of the most popular hack’n’slash game series ever created and developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The expansion introduces Act V to the game and continues the story of the base game. The plot focuses on Malthael, the Angel of Death, who decides to once and for all end the eternal conflict between the High Heavens and Burning Hells. In order to do so, he steals the Black Soulstone that contains the souls of Diablo and other Demon Lords. Malthael doesn’t play. He is bent on destroying all that is connected to evil, including humans who, at least partially, are related to demons. The Angel of Death can steal the souls of the dead and turn their remains into his servants, posing a direct threat for the inhabitants of the world of Sanctuary. Only mighty Nephalems can stop him.
The expansion is set in Westmarch and its surroundings. Reaper of Souls introduces a new class along with other new content – the heavy-armed Crusader. It is a class similar to Paladin from Diablo II. Cruasder uses giant shields, heavy weapons, and holy magic, which make him/her a great short/mid-range warrior. We will also face new kinds of enemies like the fallen angels.
Reaper of Souls increases the level cap to 70, introducing new skills and runes for each class. The paragon levels mechanics was completely modified. Now, they have no level limit and our Paragon level is applied to all characters across our account. In addition to that, the system allows us to spend attribute points as we please in four categories: core stats, offensive, defensive, and utility. Another new introduction to the game are the Nephalem Rifts, small challenge dungeons where we can farm new, more powerful pieces of equipment.
This add-on also modified the game’s loot system. In comparison with the base Diablo III, we now get fewer items, but they are more valuable and, thanks to the Smart Drops mechanics, more matching for the class we are playing.
Reaper of Souls has a grimmer visual style than Diablo III. It is evident not only in the area design, but also in the looks of new items. The expansion also adds a new artisan, The Mystic. She will modify our equipment’s looks and, for a price, change the stats of a given item.
Rise of the Necromancer
Rise of the Necromancer is a DLC for Diablo III that was announced in 2016 during Blizzard’s annual event BlizzCon. It introduces only a new class, the titular Necromancer, and some cosmetic items. Sadly, no new story content comes with the DLC. It was released on all primary platforms, including the PS4 and XONE.
The Necromancer, whose gender we choose before we start our adventure, uses magic based on the power of death. She/he uses skills based on blood and bones, the primary building blocks of life. As a necromancer, we can, for example, summon the living dead. Gameplay mechanics of this class are rooted in its appearance in Diablo II. Even though the DLC does not introduce all of the class’ skills from the series previous installment, they served as inspiration for the dev team. We can use the effective Corpse Explosion, slaughter our enemies from a distance with Bone Spear, Spihon Blood from our enemies’ corpses, summon skeletons, and use Blood Rush to teleport on a small distance.
In addition to that, Rise of the Necromancer introduces new legendary items and sets for the titular class and a new pet. We also get two character slots, new portrait frame, penant, banner, and two storage slots.