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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Well crafted but very violent expansion to popular RPG.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The story is a classic fantasy tale of good versus evil. Simple messages of temptation and corruption permeate the narrative. But the game's primary ambition is to entertain via intense violence and the lure of collecting more and better loot. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The player's character strives to save the world from an unutterable evil, but his -- or her (players can opt to take on the role of a female protagonist) -- only means of accomplishing this objective is to viciously slay thousands of creatures in bloody combat. 

Ease of Play

Simply click on monsters to attack them and press numeric keys to use special abilities. Harder settings can make the game punishing, but easier difficulty levels let players of almost any skill find success.


The entirety of the game is spent using swords, clubs, and magical spells to slay monstrous minions of hell including skeletons, bats, zombies, demons, and other evil creatures. Large blood splashes stain the environment, and some enemies can be torn to bits by magical explosions. Combat is accompanied by moans and screams of pain. Some environments have floors composed of literally hundreds of dead human bodies over which the player's character walks. Action is presented from an isometric perspective with the camera raised well off the ground, which has the effect of slightly lessening the impact of the carnage compared to games that place players in a first- or third-person view.


The word "hell" appears occasionally in dialogue.


This expansion is part of Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo series, one of the most popular dungeon-crawler role-playing franchises in the world. You have to purchase the base game to play Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is a combat-driven action role-playing game. Taking on the roles of classic fantasy heroes fighting the forces of hell, players face an almost endless procession of evil creatures -- including skeletons, zombies, and demons -- that they slaughter with medieval weapons and magical attacks. It's extremely bloody and gory at times, though a raised-camera perspective keeps the experience noticeably less intense than if it were presented as a first- or third-person game. Note that the $40 base game, Diablo III, is required to play this expansion.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, 9, and 11 year old Written byMike-Constantine September 4, 2015

Somewhat Adult Game with Excellent Team Building

Let's get a few things across, I don't believe the game is 'very' gorey, I also disagree with the rating the game received. I don't bel... Continue reading
Adult Written byjsilveronnelly May 29, 2015

The blood and gore is cartoonish, and only against "monsters"

There is violence in this game, true. And exploding guts and blood and rivers of vomit. But honestly, it all strikes me as very cartoonish, over the top, and un... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 18, 2014

Diablo 3 Reaper Of Souls

Diablo 3 Reaper Of Souls is an awesome game for people who like adventure. Diablo 3 has a poor story line. I don’t get how the main character, Leah, dies. Lets... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydestinyfan1000 January 15, 2015

Fun and age appropriate

If your child watches lord of the rings or fantasy movies like that hey can play this and will love it. I got the Xbox 1 edition that gives you the Diablo 3 gam... Continue reading

What's it about?

The first major expansion to Blizzard Entertainment's blockbuster dungeon-crawling role-playing game, DIABLO III: REAPER OF SOULS picks up where the base game left off, adding a fifth act to the original game's story. The game begins with Malthael, the Angel of Death, stealing an evil artifact called the Black Soulstone that contains an incredible evil. It's up to the player's character to put an end to Maltheal and retrieve the relic before he can fully exploit its dark power. In addition to a fresh chapter, the expansion introduces a powerful new character class called the "Crusaders," each of whom brings with him (or her -- as usual, players can opt to play as a female character) an abundance of large weapons and equipment, such as the flail and great shields. There's also a new equipment artisan, the "Mystic," who can alter the player's weapons and armor. The addition of a new "Adventure" mode, meanwhile, allows players to take on new quests throughout all five acts and provides incentive to revisit earlier locations.

Is it any good?

If you've been looking for a reason to jump back into Diablo III, this is it. The new act is lengthier than previous ones, adding several hours of fresh campaigning across darkly beautiful environments that include graveyards, underground tunnels, and burning cities. The new Crusader class is a boon, too, especially for those pining for a character who's a bit stronger and more defensive in nature.

But the real highlights are under the game's hood. Monster intelligence has been tweaked so enemies are always a proper match for your character, regardless of level or location. The maximum-level caps have been raised, so you can keep growing your characters. And the treasure or "loot" system has been refined so you have a better chance of finding high-quality equipment and weapons along your journey and less chance of cluttering up your inventory with worthless junk. It doesn't change the dungeon-crawling formula enough to win over new converts, but for those who enjoyed the original Diablo III it makes what was already a pretty good game even better.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about games that let players choose male or female avatars. Is this important to you? If you have a choice, do you always select the gender that corresponds to your own? Do you think playing a game as a member of a different gender might help you better understand the opposite sex?

  • Families also can discuss social gaming. Do you prefer playing Diablo III alone or with friends? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of playing alone and with others?

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