Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition review – a tangible feeling of growth

Diablo III Massacre Screen

Diablo III will be familiar already to console and PC gamers who lapped up the original and they will positively devour this Ultimate Evil Edition as Blizzard's action RPG reaches its zenith.

Revamped from both its 2012 and 2013 releases, the graphics are the most obvious improvement, with the slick visuals gorgeously rendering your wizard's magic as it blasts into a gaggle of Hellions. As with the original, the task is seemingly straightforward: hack, shoot or spell (depending on the chosen class of warrior) a way through endless hordes of evil, while looting bodies and the landscape for new, more powerful weapons, elixirs and armours. The sheer scale of the enemy armies, however, soon makes life tough.

The character levelling is well executed and there's a tangible feeling of growth as your avatar powers through the levels. Much of the fun comes from partaking in a spot of local multiplayer action, but the addition of postboxes, from which you can send loot to online friends, and the nefarious foes – overpowered baddies who will flit between you and your contacts' games to wreak havoc – are a welcome nod to the online future of the series.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Toby Moses, for The Observer on Sunday 31st August 2014 00.01 Europe/London

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