Blizzard continues to keep its player base in thrall. It currently has under its belt World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Hearthstone and Starcraft II, all AAA games that cost at least $30 for a copy. Then there are the monthly subscription fees that the company rakes in as people have to pay to play most of their games regularly. Although the release of Diablo III’s first expansion, Reaper of Souls, is a little more than 3 months away, January 2014 is the best time to get the base game. Why? Take a look:
1. It will give you enough time to level before the expansion comes out.
Depending on how intensive you want to play or catch up, you can trick out a single character or a few. Whatever you do, you’re ready to install that expansion when it comes out and get into the new content.
2. The base game is cheaper, even if the expansion not much so.
When Diablo III came out in March 2012 it cost as much as $80 depending on where you bought it. Now, the game has gone down to as low as $45. You can even begin playing for free since Blizzard lets users download the client for free and get to level 9 before asking them to pay for the whole game.
3. Reaper of Souls is up for pre-purchase.
You can never really say if this is a good or bad thing, but at least it’s there. You don’t have to worry about falling in line at the game shop or mall when you can pre-order the expansion directly from Blizzard. Keep in mind that it’s almost as expensive as the base game with no indication whether it will go up or down in price when it launches.
4. You get to play a new character class with the expansion.
Lots of players tend to ‘redo’ their sprites once they’ve gotten the hang of things and they’ve seen a better build. There’s a lot of wisdom gained when you know how a character is going to turn out. If you’ve played through all the classes, there’s a good chance you know how to build your new Crusader when it comes out. According to Blizzard, the new character class has “Impenetrable armor, gleaming weapons, and heavy, heavy damage.” For players who’ve been clamoring for a paladin, well, you’ve got it now.
5. Access to Nephalem Rifts is now restricted to Reaper of Souls owners.
In what could be considered a rather unsavory move my Blizzard, Nephalem Rifts or ‘Loot Runs’ have now been restricted to people who purchase the expansion. This means that only players who bought Reaper of Souls have access to the unrelated, intense, randomized and loot-heavy dungeons in the game. Getting the base game now and stacking your character is the best chance of surviving in the Nephalem Rifts.
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