Did Diablo 3 really need a new class? The game had been enjoyed for a while now, and releasing a new class in the midst of all the current gaming releases sounds bizarre. It is not bundled with a story expansion and offers less content than the previous Reaper of Souls expansion that brought forth the crusader and beefy additions to the game. Should you be excited? Well, if you are a Diablo 2 or Diablo 3 die-hard, it’s a no-brainer, but will this new class introduce the game to a newer audience, or bring back those who once enjoyed the game? Probably not. This still is the same game from 2012, albeit with a horde of patches and fixes, and at this point, it’s starting to look decrepit, no pun intended.
With that said, let’s take an objective look at this final addition to Diablo 3. Late in the game as the class may be, the necromancer is actually stupendously fun to grind with.
Charging $15 for a class may sound synonymous to Street Fighter charging as much for one additional character, but each class in Diablo 3 is much more than just a collection of set moves. For starters, each class brings with it a myriad of armor and weapon sets, an almost new way to experience the game, and, more importantly for those still grinding the endgame content, a new way to unleash their rage.
In a way, the whole game had to acclimatize itself to the necromancer, starting with the corpses that your victims leave behind. Rather than just be blobs of carcasses and rotting flesh, they now leave behind them fresh bodies to be raised and put to use in fulfilling your bidding. This may sound normal, but you’ll just have to try it for yourself to truly witness the awesomeness of this class.
The battlefield becomes a steadily filling reservoir, a shifting landscape of opportunities to lay explosive waste to groups of enemies, to recoup Essence, or to create enemies to fight for you. Technically, you’re converting kills into kills. The more kills you make, the more kills you get.
If you thought the Witchdoctor crowds the screen with their minions, you should bear witness to the Necromancer. At one point I had seven skeletons, one golem, 10 raised enemies and 10 Skeletal Mages causing chaos at once.
The bottom line is: If you are still enjoying Diablo 3, or were awaiting the release of this class, you will find much to sink your time into. If you haven’t played Diablo 3 in a while or were looking for an extension of the core story, the necromancer may struggle to bring you back on-board.