I have a fondness for isometric RPG’s, some of my favorite games growing up, Baldur’s Gate II, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Champions of Norrath, all games I played with friends for hours on end. But there was the one Iso-RPG looming that I never played– Diablo 2. I once saw a friend play it at his house, but I didn’t have a computer that my parents would allow me to install it on, so I was out of luck. Fast forward to the release of 2.0 version of Diablo 3 and all the problems were supposed to be fixed, I buy it jump in and its missing something. I couldn’t quite figure it out but, I was bored none of the classes grabbed me and then I remembered what made all those games great it’s a great social gaming experience, you need to play it with people.
Well, its been years now with Diablo 3 sitting in my battle.net account waiting to be played. I see this new class coming out Necromancer; I watch a few videos, see the teaser and decide to try it out. The Necromancer expansion, bundle, whatever they are calling it is $15 USD on battle.net. I start a new character run through the story but still no friends. I’m thinking this is going to be another negative experience; I WAS WRONG. Even without friends you can have a blast with this class.
The class nails it, you faceroll everything. I’m blowing up corpses, summoning the undead skeleton army to fight at my side, ripping the bones out of my enemies to make a suit of armor as I cut the hordes of demons in front of me. You feel like you have the power of the undead at your command, and it feels like I was a kid again running through dungeon after dungeon, getting loot, and facing off against the many bosses of the game, who proved too easy for the new class.
All this gameplay is in the normal story mode, and it will be interesting to see how this new season, Season 11, shapes up. One funny thing is that during all the dialog I’m supposed to be this hero to save the realm, but I have this undead army of skeletons and a huge deformed golem following me. If I were to put myself in the generic quest giver shoes, I don’t think I would be very welcoming to my character, but that’s a real RP’ers perspective, which I don’t consider myself to be.
After making my way through the main story and onto Reaper of Souls, I can’t wait to see what Blizzard has in store for the next season. I don’t know if I will play it as Final Fantasy: Stormblood is eating all my time, but for those who enjoy the property hopefully, season 11 continues the fun I had with Necromancer.