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v2.4 Review - Fun But Flawed

2016-10-9 13:16:28

The largest patch since the launch of the Diablo 3 expansion, Reaper of Souls, landed on live servers last week and Season 5 began last Friday. The v2.4 patch is a huge one that comes packed with a new zone, expansion to existing areas, a new type of dungeon, new items, a new Kanai's Cube recipe, and more.

After spending several hours exploring the new update, the question becomes what 2.4 brings to the average Diablo 3 player: A lot of lag for console players from what I understand. I play on PC so I have not experienced this, but there have been wide reports by players on all available consoles that this is a huge problem. cheap diablo 3 gold. Beyond that, there are a lot of things that are pretty fun, but outrageously frustrating at times as well.

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et's take a look at the major components:

New Zone & Expanded Zones

Patch 2.4 brings a new location into the game, the second to be added following Ruins of Sescheron. This time, the spooky Greyhollow Island takes center stage as the newest location to explore for those participating in Adventure Mode. The island has some new monsters, ones that are unique to that area and not simply reskins of already-existing monsters. There are new bounties to be found and the tileset is used in both regular and Greater Rifts.

Leoric's Manor in Act I has been expanded by opening the right hand staircase that leads to the Royal Quarters, again with new bounties and a metric ton of skeletons living within. In addition, it is here that players can find the mysterious book pages that lead to the Set Dungeons (to be discussed later). The Ruins of Sescheron has also been expanded with a small new area, also with bounties, packs of monsters.

All in all, while the additions are welcome, they are rather underwhelming. Completing Greyhollow Island once was enough, though there will, of course, be times I'll visit when completing bounties or it'll  be seen in Rift tilesets but, otherwise, there's really nothing remarkable about the it or the other expanded areas.

Set Dungeons

Set dungeons are the biggest addition to D3 with this patch. Players are challenged to collect all pieces of sets specific to certain class. For instance, a monk who wanted to earn all of the set dungeon rewards (banner sigils and wearable flags) would need to collect Inna's Mantra, Monkey King's Garb, Raiment of a Thousand Suns and Uliana's Strategem sets, complete with its own dungeon based on the bonuses and game play style each represents. It is not enough to go with partial sets, or a set based on the -1 set item ring. A full set, most with 6-pieces, is required to even enter the dungeon.

What is most apparent when running these dungeons is that they are terribly imbalanced in terms of what is required (objectives, etc.). Some dungeons can be completed practically with eyes closed and without any changes other than equipping the required gear. Others are an experiment in frustration as the objectives are very difficult to complete.

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