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  • Summary: Comprised of controlled, calculating individuals, the Priests of Rathma have long known the true stakes at the heart of the Eternal Conflict. Known to uneducated outsiders as Necromancers, these masters of blood, bone, and the dark arts are often misunderstood. Driven to protect the BalanceComprised of controlled, calculating individuals, the Priests of Rathma have long known the true stakes at the heart of the Eternal Conflict. Known to uneducated outsiders as Necromancers, these masters of blood, bone, and the dark arts are often misunderstood. Driven to protect the Balance at all costs, those dedicated to walking this path see neither good nor evil in their actions; simply obedience to the cycle of being. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Jul 19, 2017
    100
    If you were ever a fan of Diablo III, or even if you’re still actively playing like myself, I can’t really see a reason not to pick up the Rise of the Necromancer pack. It’s priced appropriately, and the new class is a ton of fun to play. And with a new season coming up this Thursday, you’ll have a perfect jumping on point to level a fresh character up to 70. Definitely pick this up, you won’t be disappointed.
  2. Jul 1, 2017
    85
    Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer boils down to a pack that is tailored for people who love the series already. The character feels well thought out, visually striking, as well as being fun.
  3. Jul 14, 2017
    80
    Rise of the Necromancer is a pricey enterprise but the return of a beloved class can't be treated as a flaw, especially when that return is really well done. The 2.6.0 patch itself deserves praise as well - new locations, Challenge Rifts and an excuse to complete the campaign one more time are clear signs of a reanimation well done.
  4. Jun 30, 2017
    75
    Delightful content for all Diablo 3 enthusiasts and will probably also attract some of the older nostalgic and obstinate guardians.
  5. 73
    The Rise of the Necromancer is a good offering, dedicated to real, hardcore fans of Diablo III: if after five years you still love slaying demons in Tristram, for a fair price you'll find hours of fun and some new stuff.
  6. Jul 11, 2017
    70
    If not for the price, Rise of the Necromancer would be easy to instantly recommend to fans of Diablo III or anyone with even a passing interest in trying out a classic hack-and-slash RPG. Still, this is a fantastic character pack that adds one of the best, most enjoyable classes to the existing game roster.

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 35
  2. Negative: 19 out of 35
  1. Jun 29, 2017
    10
    Haters who dont play diablo anymore will attack this game. And it shows when all the negative score is without a review. Most likely fromHaters who dont play diablo anymore will attack this game. And it shows when all the negative score is without a review. Most likely from people who did not even bother to buy the pack.
    For a diablo 3 player, someone who played the game and enjoyed it for what it is, The Necromancer pack is a perfect addition.
    If we took in to consideration what players expected from the next paid diablo 3 content, the rise of the necromancer would not be good. But this is not what reviews are for. The pack is what it was announced to be. And in that aspect, it is a perfect, 10/10 addition.

    If you liked Diablo 3 and had fun with the game, this content is for you. Worth every dollar. If you did not like D3 and is hostile towards the game, this new content wont change a thing for you.
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  2. Jul 16, 2017
    10
    Blood Golems, Corpse explosion & Pets, Rise of the necromancer satiates the hole in my mind as I 've been looking fwd to this for quite aBlood Golems, Corpse explosion & Pets, Rise of the necromancer satiates the hole in my mind as I 've been looking fwd to this for quite a while. With a more morosely pleasing atmosphere cloaked in beautifully haunting music, I'm loving directing my pets and using my Essence. Amid playing and the curses, blood and bone I thought I was tripping when I began to see screaming skulls in the beautiful artwork of the Essence vapors but no I'm pretty sure they're real. Expand
  3. Jul 14, 2017
    9
    This is a great new addition to a beloved class. It's tanky, tricky, and has plenty of pets to satisfy. The only people giving this low scoresThis is a great new addition to a beloved class. It's tanky, tricky, and has plenty of pets to satisfy. The only people giving this low scores are people overly in love with D2 or POE fanboys. If you enjoy curses, blood leeching, armies of the dead, bone spear, and so on, then you'll love the combinations of the Necromancer. All sets are viable, I have done high level GR's on all of them so far. Diablo 3 has been out for 5 years, so it's not going to break the mold of its core design, and that core design is not for everyone. If you enjoy D3, this expansion will thrill you. If you hate D3, then no expansion is right for you. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2017
    3
    fan service to d2 players, with a totally different flavoured necro than the original one. the game is still the same, no endgame, minorfan service to d2 players, with a totally different flavoured necro than the original one. the game is still the same, no endgame, minor tweaks, a new meaningless timeattack gamemode...but the boredom of silly number crunching is still here. An empty shell of a arpg, based on online korean-like exp hoarding. Expand
  5. Jul 16, 2017
    2
    Everyone recall the necromancer....yeahhhh surprise.
    Nothing new - all the same Blizzard cash-cow-system.......boringgggggg :((((
    Waste of
    Everyone recall the necromancer....yeahhhh surprise.
    Nothing new - all the same Blizzard cash-cow-system.......boringgggggg :((((
    Waste of your money, Blizzard is repeating repeating ect........
    Sorry Blizzard, you're so last year in your games.
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  6. Aug 24, 2017
    1
    The patch(yup, i just cant call this paid patch an expansion, especially when even the blizzard.com site does not list this as an expansion.The patch(yup, i just cant call this paid patch an expansion, especially when even the blizzard.com site does not list this as an expansion. Seriously: looking there, reaper is the only expansion and ultimate evil is the other big release, and since on top of it path of exile just released a way bigger update that was just listed as a huge patch and did not got a new entry on this site, i think callling this patch anything other than a paid patch would be just weird)... well anyway, this patch is a decent(if overpriced) update by itself: The new class is okay, resembles the old necro from D2 enough to give that nostalgia, yet still fits in the D3 roster. The nice gameplay that D3 always had is still here, so its not a bad experience

    ...At least for the first hours, that is...
    And thats where the low score is coming from. The patch does include good stuff, but does nothing to help with the old problem that plagued the game since launch, specifically: The nill end-game
    It is caused largely by the terrible itemization on the game. They did removed much of the cancerous overpowered BS sets that plagued the game after reaper release, but many core problems persist: Because every piece of gear is too generic and even the legends and sets are really just rares with a single fixed affix, the old, overly simplistic rule of just picking the current meta set and try to get a limited number of affixes on every piece of gear and stack them as much as rng allows you to is still there. Its still a game where each piece of gear is only there because of a single affix and most of the text attached to each piece is just there for stat stick purposes. That also lead to the problem that builds still tend to be very rigid: That leg/set is listed on the build because a specific affix that cant be found anywhere else and thus, have no replacements. And OFC, because all other affixes are from a random generic pool, any slot that dont feature a specific thing can be filled with wathever for the exact same results
    Another problem is that this is a late game about grinding that dont give you ANY control over your grind. They removed trades between players and the AH but did not made any way to direct your drops or give some sort of consistency on your reward for your time played, save for some specific rewards that are aquired on key points in the story. The game leaves you completely at the mercy of the RNG to find most of your gear and thus, progressing the character after some point is completely out of your control. You cant trade the loot for currency and use it to get the upgrade like we did in the gold AH and we do in path of exile, you cant farm the currency then trade your way to the upgrade like we did in D2 with keys/torches/forge and grush services, heck you cant even pick a spot where the item you are loooking for is more likely to drop and use the rest as bonus like in marvel heroes. All you can do is pick the most efficient(on the most generic possible way) place and pray really hard. And yup, just keep rolling the dice and hoping for something that migh never come gets boring quite fast...

    At the end, this is a patch that offers a lot for the early and mid game, but the end game is still barren. Even weirder: they included a gem that removes level requirement and can make the early game a fast breeeze, so they clearly want to make a game focused on late game, but are making zero progress in making that part engaging... it just feels they are clueless(also, why they just dont give the option to just jump to level 60 if you have another char of that class on that level instead of making that joke of a gem is beyond me)
    The best thing i can say is that now the ranked system for the faster clearer on the ladder features a fixed map, so now you can actually prepare and that easy-map-farming BS is no more(who da fu* was the brainiac that though that making a race where the map is re-roled at each attempt for a time was a good idea anyway???) so now that rank may actually mean something

    And yeah... charging money for a patch that does nothing to fix problems from the stone age is just bull. Even more when the patch is just... well... a patch, and not a major one at that(the gaming industry is getting a bit too happy at charging extra for new characters it seems...) It only makes the game even sadder and bring back that feeling that maybe its time to just let poor Dibs rest in reace with the dignity he still have left, or hire a less RNG-paranoid team if you plan to make another sequel
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  7. Feb 10, 2021
    0
    Blizzard the worst company ever and this is one of th worst games. Must be illeagle in every country!

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