REVIEW / Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer (PS4)

 

A new hero has made their way to Diablo III in the form of the Rise of the Necromancer Pack, now available for download on your PS4, Xbox One and PC.  Bringing back a fan favorite, Blizzard has put together a DLC pack that is sure to please longtime fans of the franchise.  Featuring the new Necromancer hero plus a bevy of other goodies, this pack is set to breath a little more life into a game that you may not have visited in a while.  New legendary weapons and armor are to be had, as well as a couple new game features that will be added by a patch that was added before the pack was released.  So, dust off that copy of Diablo III and pop it into your console or PC and get ready to be sucked in once more.

 

Necromancer is Bloody FUN

If you played with the Necromancer in Diablo II, then you know what you’re getting yourself into here.  This was my first time ever playing with the Necromancer and I have to admit that this hero is a welcome addition to my lineup of leveled heroes.  As a Necromancer, you have command over blood and bone; developing these abilities was the best part of playing this hero, in my opinion.  Early on, I was able to summon a band of skeleton warriors who followed my every step and would run interference when a horde of creatures would make an attack.

If you have seen the trailer for this new DLC pack, you might think that the Necromancer looks and plays a lot like the Witch Doctor, but you would be wrong.  This new hero is an actual hybrid character that can operate flawlessly as a ranged damaged dealer with the precision of a surgeon or a bad-ass melee tank.  The skills and abilities are some of the most diverse that I have seen while also being fun to use on the demons of the deep dark dungeons.  Icy-cold swipes of claws and the explosions of puss filled rotting corpses is satisfying on a deeper level of enjoyment.

 

Grinding for gear is worth it

The other part that I really enjoyed was taking advantage of the new item drops related to the Necromancer as well as the available Legendary items that you can find as you play through the new added content. There are also more than 30 new Legendary powers you can use to strengthen your Necromancer’s already potent skills. But it’s the  Legendary sets, like the Bones of Rathma and Jesseth Arms which various bonus’ such as a reduced cooldown or damage reduction, that really make the demon-demolishing grind worthwhile.

The aforementioned “new added content” is in the form of a free update to the game that offers new Challenge Rifts – basically a static dungeon that is updated weekly.  In addition, there are two new zones called The Moors and The Temple of the First Born if you were hoping for some new scenery.  Oh, and I can’t forget the addition of several new bounties just in case you have a hero you would like to level up real quick.

 

Your Backlog isn’t Going Anywhere

Listen, that backlog is there for a reason and its not going anywhere. So why not visit that old friend that has probably been ignored for the last six months or so?  Season eleven will be starting later this month so you will have plenty of time to level your new hero up sufficiently enough to hold her/his own.

Blizzard is one of the few companies that absolutely does not rush out product and will only release a game/DLC when it is ready.  If you haven’t ever played Diablo III in any of its two forms, there is also a third version out now called the Diablo III: Eternal Collection bundle that offers both the Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition and the Rise of the Necromancer pack, and is available at a special introductory price of $39.99.  If you just want the DLC for PS4, Xbox One and PC, this is a fantastic pack that comes with two extra character slots, stash tabs (PC only), a pet, some cool wings and some other various vanity items for just $14.99.

 

 

 

This review is based on a retail copy of the game provided by the publisher.

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