Game review: ‘Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition’

Concept: Return to a world of demons and angels in the most feature-rich version of Blizzard’s sprawling loot fest.

Graphics: The next-gen version exhibits a sharpness and sparkle that approaches PC quality.

Sound: The sumptuous soundtrack communicates both the dark tone and epic grandeur of the proceedings, while melodramatic voiceover adds narrative framework to the hacking and slashing.

Playability: In-game action is great, but the inventory and shopping screens take some getting used to.

Entertainment: A stellar port with a few strong new additions makes this the ideal choice for new-gen cooperative play.

Replay Value: High — We reviewed the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the Ultimate Evil Edition. The game is also available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Two years is a long time in video games, and it’s rare that a release so far out from its original incarnation can generate excitement. However, Blizzard’s constant improvements and adjustments have led to a stellar port to new-gen consoles, including the complete experience available on PC, plus several smart bonus features. It’s an ideal way to play the game for the first time or the tenth, especially if you have any mix of friends to play with, either on your couch or across the country.

The richly imagined world of “Diablo III” is a visual treat, and hits all the requisite buttons for epic fantasy world building, but the cliched and predictable story isn’t what keeps you hooked. That honor goes to the finely tuned character progression and loot system. Months of tweaking have resulted in the fastest-paced leveling and equipment gathering yet.

A new apprentice mode is the most meaningful addition, pulling the stats of low-level players up to a competitive tier with their buddies, and then making the monster fights appropriately challenging for the newly powered group. Apprentice mode eliminates the frustration of players out-leveling each other, and lets the apprentice fly through those lower tiers of play.

The “Ultimate Evil Edition” includes both the base game and the expansion, which makes it an exceptional value for fledgling players.

The new-gen version of the “Ultimate Evil Edition” looks phenomenal, with a level of polish in the flashing magical effects and grim backgrounds that approach high-end PC quality.

However, the other major playability adjustments on console don’t fare as well. Inventory management and vendor interactions are handled on a radial menu. It’s functional, but more than a little clunky when trying to compare multiple items or switch …read more

UK Sales Chart: Metro Redux Reduces Diablo III to 2nd Place

Metro Redux 4

It’s a short-lived reign for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition, with newcomer Metro Redux capturing top spot and marking Deep Silver’s first first place finish since Saints Row IV. As for the other new release in the top 40, Madden NFL 15, it managed to place in 6th, one place higher than Madden NFL 25 (which only launched on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at first).

Here’s the top 20 selling retail games in the UK for the week ending August 30, 2014, according to GfK Chart-track:

  1. Metro Redux
  2. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition (down 59%)
  3. The Last of Us Remastered (down 21%)
  4. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (down 10%)
  5. Call of Duty: Ghosts (up 13%)
  6. Madden NFL 15
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  9. Watch Dogs
  10. Titanfall
  11. Minecraft: PS3 Edition
  12. The LEGO Movie Videogame
  13. Forza 5
  14. Tomodachi Life
  15. Sniper Elite 3
  16. Terraria
  17. Battlefield 4
  18. FIFA 14
  19. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  20. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

With a light week of releases ahead, do you think Metro Redux will place first again?

[Source: GfK (1), (2)]

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Diablo III vs Sacred 3 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC

Diablo 3 vs Sacred 3

Two of the top games in the RPG genre of gaming have come face to face in this article.

Both of them being third installments in their respective franchises, Diablo III and Sacred 3.

Diablo III is the third game in the Diablo franchise, which was the fastest selling game ever when it released, as it sold 3.5 million copies on the first day of its launch.

It was also the best selling PC game of 2012, with over 12 million copies sold that year. Sacred 3 comes as the third game in the ‘Sacred’ series and is a more of a violent ‘hack and slash’ oriented game.

Here’s a comparison between two of the top games in the RPG (Role Playing Games) genre of games-

Diablo III does not require every player of the game on one console to have a copy of the game. They just need an XBOX Live account or a PSN (PlayStation Network) account, which are free.

Players here can create their own characters and start playing, but the gears and armours are locked for about an hour of gameplay, which is not the matter with the Sacred 3, as there is no level requirement for anything in it.

Diablo rewards loot instantly ,but the sacred 3 rewards it at fixed intervals. Diablo III supports four players in couch co-op (multiple players playing on the same device) mode, while Sacred offers only two players in it.

Diablo III has a detailed inventory system, which only one player can access at a time, which makes it a tedious gaming experience. Sacred 3 is much more organized at it allows you to have a look at the inventory before a battle, and not during a battle.

Multiple players can see through their inventories at the same time in Sacred 3. Diablo III has a great system regarding managing individual personal location in the game while compared to Sacred 3, which doesn’t even have such a system. In Diablo, the player left behind is automatically teleported to the group.

In Sacred, all players have to keep moving together and the screen won’t progress until it does not happen.

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This Week’s UK Top 20 Xbox Charts

Written Monday, September 01, 2014 By Richard Walker

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition only got its feet under the table last week, so to speak, but this week sees Metro Redux taking over the top spot in the Xbox One charts. Predictably, Minecraft remains unstoppable at the top of the Xbox 360 top 20.

The rest of the charts consist of movers and shakers, but it’s Diablo III: Reaper of Souls that’s subjected to the biggest tailing off in sales, with a 59% decline compared to its launch week. Meanwhile, Call of Duty: Ghosts manages to hold steady, experiencing a 13% rise in sales numbers.

Metro Redux is the week’s big winner though, as Deep Silver’s first number one of the year, and first since Saints Row IV enjoyed four weeks at the top last year. Madden NFL 15 also debuts this week, charting at number 14 in the Xbox 360 charts, and at a slightly more respectable number 6 in the Xbox One top 20.

Check out the charts below.

XBOX 360 UK TOP 20

Last Week | This Week | Title | Publisher | Weeks on Chart

1 1 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT (62)

3 2 GRAND THEFT AUTO V TAKE 2 (50)

6 3 TERRARIA 505 GAMES (19)

4 4 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE (29)

2 5 DIABLO III REAPER OF SOULS ULTIMATE EVIL ACTIVISION BLIZZARD (2)

5 6 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE ELECTRONIC ARTS (27)

9 7 TITANFALL ELECTRONIC ARTS (21)

7 8 SKATE 3 ELECTRONIC ARTS (118)

11 9 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION BLIZZARD (43)

8 10 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE (42)

13 11 SNIPER ELITE 3 505 GAMES (10)

12 12 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT (44)

10 13 WATCH DOGS UBISOFT (14)

– 14 MADDEN NFL 15 ELECTRONIC ARTS (1)

14 15 WWE 2K14 TAKE 2 (44)

16 16 BATTLEFIELD 4 ELECTRONIC ARTS (44)

18 17 LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA DISNEY INTERACTIVE (53)

21 18 LEGO THE HOBBIT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE (21)

19 19 RESIDENT EVIL 6 CAPCOM (22)

20 20 GRID AUTOSPORT CODEMASTERS (10)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2014 UKIE Ltd

XBOX ONE UK TOP 20

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Metro Redux tops UK charts as Diablo III Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition relegates to second

Metro Redux has managed to leapfrog Diablo III Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition to grab the top spot on UK all formats chart this week – a first for 4A Games and Koch Media in 2014 since their Saints Row IV took ace position back in 2013.

Activision Blizzard couldn’t continue its top spot run with Diablo III because of two reasons: first is Metro Redux debut and the other being a whopping 59 per cent decline in week-on-week sales. The demotion of Diablo III pushed The Last of Us: Remastered to third spot while Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare had to suffice with fourth spot.

Madden NFL 15 hit sixth spot on debut, while Call of Duty: Ghosts managed to retain its fifth position in UK all formats.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 edition fell four places to finish at eighth while Watch Dogs fell three positions to finish at ninth. Titanfall rounded off the top 10 lineup.

[Source: Gfk Chart-Track]

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Metro Redux conquers U.K. charts, knocks Diablo III off the top spot

More Info
Metro Redux
Publisher:
Deep Silver
Developer:
4A Games
US Release Date:
2014-08-26
UK Release Date:
2014-08-29

Deep Silver’s post-apocalyptic bundle, Metro Redux, has topped the U.K. All Format Chart following its launch last week.

Redux marks the publisher’s first U.K. no.1 since last year’s balls-to-the-walls actioner, Saints Row IV.

The game, which remasters Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One, pushes last week’s number one, Diablo III Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition, down to second place.

Madden NFL 15 is the only other noteworthy new entry, cracking the Top 10 at number six. Check out the full chart below.

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1. METRO REDUX

2. DIABLO 3: REAPER OF SOULS ULTIMATE EVIL EDITION

3. THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED

4. PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE

5. CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS

6. MADDEN NFL 15

7. GRAND THEFT AUTO V

8. MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION

9. WATCH DOGS

10. TITANFALL

11. MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION 3 EDITION

12. THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME

13. FORZA MOTORSPORT 5

14. TOMODACHI LIFE

15. SNIPER ELITE 3

16. TERRARIA

17. BATTLEFIELD 4

18. FIFA 14

19. ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG

20. LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES

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Diablo 3 vs Sacred 3: The Couch Co-op Crusade

You only have to read our reviews of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition and Sacred 3 to find out which game is the better action-RPG. Still, both games have been significantly streamlined when compared to the previous entries in their respective series’, with much of this design refresh made to better support couch co-op gameplay. With such a thing becoming increasingly rare, let’s look at both games to determine not which is the better action-RPG overall, but if one facilitates local, same-screen play better than the other.

Couch co-op games bring different logistical requirements to those that are played online with each player at a separate console or PC. Because of this, we’ll be looking at these games through the lens of the following three criteria: how well they support drop-in/drop-out play, how many people can play at once, and how well each game manages the screen space each player needs.

DROP IN, DROP OUT, GET DOWN

With a couch co-op game, all you want to do is flop down on a cushion, boot the game up and get everyone in and playing as quickly as possible. Things like multiple accounts, login screens, connection issues and whether everyone knows what button does what get in the way. In Diablo III, each player on the one console can login with their own PSN or XBLA character, even if they don’t own the game–they just need a free PSN or Xbox Live account. If someone doesn’t own the game themselves, they can create a new character that is stored locally and boosted to the level of the other players. The important distinction here is that local character only has its stats scaled–it still actually starts at level one. This means it won’t die at the slightest touch, and can still dish out some decent damage while waiting for some better gear to drop.

Unfortunately, that gear is still locked behind level requirements. Though this local character will quickly find better weapons and armour, they won’t be able to actually wear it for a while. What results is a character that feels underpowered for about an hour, but this passes after they are quickly power-levelled by the other party members.

Sacred 3 does a better job of this. However, this is due to the fact that its own loot system, and class customisation, has been streamlined even …read more

‘Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition’ for PS3 packs a satanic punch

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When “Diablo III” first hit the last generation of consoles, it did so with style and ease for the player. It smartly lacked the always online necessity of its PC forefather and let four buddies get together in one room to take on Hell’s minions.

Coupled with some intuitive gameplay designed for home systems, and it’s a small wonder that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions were considered the best way to play.

With the Ultimate Evil Edition, not only do we get the original “Diablo III,” but Blizzard has also added both the “Reaper of Souls” expansion and the Loot 2.0 update, complete with a new character class and one more story act to power through.

If you are new to the series, this is definitely the best time to dive in.
If you have dabbled in “Diablo III” previously, then you know the scenario — the Lesser and Prime Evils threaten the world of Sanctuary once more, and you pick a class of character destined to eradicate them. You have a choice between the brawling Barbarian and Monk, the distance-based Wizard and Demon Hunter, or the summoning Witch Doctor.

But because we are dealing with the “Reaper of Souls” expansion here, new to the fray is the Crusader, a melee-based combatant that specializes in shields. I played through the game with this particular class, and while I loved the range of her abilities, I almost felt that she was a tad overpowered. On Expert difficulty, I could clear rooms out with a couple area-of-effect moves without even touching my main attack button.

It was not boring to watch, of course. Overpowered or not, each group of demons cleared from a room felt satisfying. The combat is simple, with abilities mapped to the face buttons on the controller, and a handy dodge move for the right thumb stick not found on the PC version.

Adding on to the fun combat, the Loot 2.0 system (less items dropped, but more valuable) makes working towards that next rare or legendary piece of equipment worth one addicting play session after the next.

The plot of the original game (acts one to four) though, is nowhere near as entertaining as the fighting. I could not be bothered with the plight of the world against the hordes of evil, and the few moments that …read more

Legendary Gems, Greater Rifts, and more coming to Diablo III on PS4 and Xbox One

Blizzard has confirmed that the upcoming patch 2.1.0 for Diablo III, the first major content update since the one that laid the groundwork for the Reaper of Souls expansion, is also in development for the Ultimate Evil Edition on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The patch, currently undergoing playtesting for Mac and PC on the Public Test Realm server, adds a number of features that will continue to flesh out the endgame content added in Reaper of Souls. In addition to Rifts, there will be Greater Rifts that offer a higher degree of challenge for increased rewards. Among those rewards will be Legendary Gems–socketables with unique abilities that scale to match your growing strength by being infinitely upgradeable through completing Greater Rifts.

Related: Your guide to surviving Diablo III following Reaper of Souls and the Loot 2.0 update

There will also be a return to Diablo II‘s Leaderboards with Seasons to provide a regular opportunity for players to start fresh with new characters and measure their skill against their peers. Lastly, you will finally be able to follow those pesky treasure goblins home through their portal to see where they keep all that stolen gold and treasure in the Vault.

There is still no firm release date for when patch 2.1.0 will drop, but going forward the developers are aiming to provide simultaneous patch support for both PC and console versions of the game.

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Diablo III’s patch 2.1.0 brings seasonal challenges, Greater Rifts

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls has a new update, titled patch 2.1.0 — and it comes with a lot of changes. “Seasonal” characters allow you to restart the game with a new build, which can earn you special items, leaderboard placement, and achievements. Said items will arrive in the normal loot pool eventually, so don’t feel left out if you don’t play — and your season character will revert eventually. Think of it like a really hardcore competition.

Greater Rifts are also a thing (they’re basically just tougher rifts), and classes have been retooled as well, so check the full patch notes for more. 2.1.0 is available on the PC, and there’s no word yet on the timeline for current-gen consoles.

Patch 2.1.0 Now Live [Battle.net]

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