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Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (Video Game Review)

Diablo III had a shaky launch on PC, but the Blizzard Entertainment product has since had several successful re-releases and has launched a brand new expansion in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. Now, Blizzard has announced the launch of its definitive version, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. The game is currently available across a multitude of platforms including the highly impressive, next generation console debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The new release packs not only an improved version of the original console launch, but players will find console exclusive content and all of the content made previously available with the arrival of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. All of this content is packed into one package for a low price that makes Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition the best version of the game available new at a bargain price.

Players that have yet to play Diablo III will find a grand storyline in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition that sees player controlled warriors rise up to battle a darkness that is slowly creeping over the fantasy setting of Sanctuary. Players create custom characters and battle against the forces of the Diablo and eventually have a showdown with the master of demons himself. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition adds an additional chapter onto that same storyline with the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion. In Act V, players fight to collect a powerful relic from the fallen angel Malthael. Both storylines are a lot of fun, and both do a good job of pushing the player forward in a genre that is typically more about collecting loot than learning about the in-game world.

The launch of Diablo III on PC was marred with some bugs and other technical issues as well as some features that some gamers just straight up didn't enjoy. Several patches later, the game was running a lot better, and many gamers were coming back to the game. The console launch of Diablo III added even more improvements to the game, and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has made some additional changes that helps streamline the experience as well. The game's controls have once again been remapped to allow console gamers to easily control the game's characters with ease, while local cooperative play returns to allow up to four players to join in on the experience at once.

Another major change from the PC version is the increased probably of rare item drops and increased experience point gain. This allows the game to be more accessible to a wider range of gamers that found the original game too difficult and gamers that simply don't have enough free time to dedicate to grinding out levels and rare items needed to create the best equipment in the game. A couple of other neat changes include an improved trade system that helps cut down on scammers ability to pull one over on unsuspecting players and a simplified crafting system that allows players to find rare items and quickly get through menus to create new items from the drops.

For players that have yet to play Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, there is plenty of new content to explore in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. In addition to the game's bonus act, players will find the all new Crusader class. The powerful warrior can take a lot of damage and deal out even more with some devastating, physical attacks. The character has plenty of buffs and other skills that allow him to tank damage, while two-handed weapons can leave a hurting on enemies that dare to stand in the Crusader's path. The game's other character classes have received a few tweaks and new abilities as well including an ability to summon a pack of hungry piranhas to devour enemies in a cloud of blood.

There are some new game modes included with Diablo III: Reaper of Souls as well. Adventure Mode is a cool new feature that allows players to easily jump into missions in quick sessions. Completing these randomized missions will earn players bonus experience points, loot and gold, and Bounties available during Adventure Mode offer even more rewards for players that can complete tasks such as killing a certain number of particular enemies or completing an objective in a certain amount of time. One other neat feature is the Nemesis system that has players battling against a powerful warrior randomly throughout the game for some bonus rewards and prestige. If a player is downed by this enemy, it can be announced to the player's friends list to allow other players to challenge the enemy and defeat it for vengeance.

Diablo III was already a great looking game when it released a couple of years ago, and the console version has received a facelift for next generation consoles. The high definition graphics really shine through when running on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the improved visuals helps make one of the better games released over recent years an even more enjoyable and immersive experience than ever before. The console versions of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition also come with exclusive content including PlayStation's exclusive Shadow of the Colossus themed items.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is the definitive version of one of the best games released over the last two years. The game packs plenty of content for a good price, and players can easily spend hundreds of hours playing the game cooperatively, offline or online, with friends and family. The new release packs the full game plus Reaper of Souls expansion, and improved graphics and console exclusive content on next generation consoles make the game well worth picking up for gamers that have yet to jump into the world of Sanctuary since the game's original release. Look for Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition out today!

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is now available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 & PC and can be purchased for $59.99. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is rated M by the ESRB for Blood and Gore & Violence. For more information on the game expansion, check out the official Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition website.

Game Features:
  • Online Multiplayer 1-4
  • New Crusader Character Class
  • Additional Act V Content
  • Adventure Mode Adds New Challenges
  • Exclusive Console Content

Game Information:
Developer & Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One (reviewed), Xbox 360 & PC
Release Date: August 19, 2014

Score: 9.8 out of 10

Additional Content Features For Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
  • Contains the complete adventures of Diablo III - Acts I-V, taking players from the besieged town of New Tristram to the legendary city of Westmarch and culminating in an intense assault on the ancient halls of the Pandemonium Fortress.
  • Seamless multiplayer featuring four player online co-op and four-player local couch co-op games - and the freedom to mix and match local and online players for cooperative play.
  • Players can share their adventures with friends through asynchronous multiplayer features, like:
    • Player Gifts and player Mail that allow players to easily share loot with friends
    • Nemesis Kills that allow heroes to avenge their fallen friends and earn special rewards
  • Never stop exploring with Adventure Mode, where all waypoints are unlocked - the entire world is your personal battlefield 
  • Epic Loot! Loot 2.0 brings amazing drops targeted for each class, and game-changing legendaries that will inspire you to build and play your character in all new ways.
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