Diablo III: Reaper of Souls



Well crafted but very violent expansion to popular RPG.

What parents need to know

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

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.

Not applicable

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns. Official communities and clans allow strangers to openly communicate with one another via text chat. Players are able to easily share identifying information and may encounter inappropriate language and subjects of discussion.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Mac, Windows
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Available online
Release date:March 25, 2014
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Violence (Mac, Windows)

This review of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

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 game and he expnsion. There isn't anything bad about this it should be teen
What other families should know
Too much violence
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 have a look at the good stuff. I love the graphics they blow me away. The pre-rendered cut scenes at the end of each act are amazingly detailed and it looks unreal. The graphics are better then ever. I like the weapon choices and the loot drops. I like the idea of the treasure goblin because he drops a bunch of loot. You have to chase him, which makes you work for the loot, but the bad bit is if you die he dies. I also like how if you hit level 70 you unlock a greater rift. It drops more legendaries and better gear. I love how you have the ultimate experience of the magical world of Diablo 3 Reaper Of Souls. My favrouite part is were you break the barrel and out comes the gem dude.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
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 believe this game is too adult, even for small kids. That being said, let's get a few points across. It IS bloody. There IS some gore. There IS some language. There IS some slight biblical elements. (emphasis on slight) It CAN be disturbing. But to that point. Is the gore graphic? No, it's there, but it's not realistic or even very detailed. Is the language intense? Not really, mostly damn and hell. Is the game sacrilegious? The game clearly has some inspiration, but it doesn't mock or mimic anything from the bible. Is it frightening? Not in my opinion. Diablo 2 is not a game I'd of wanted a small kid to play, the 2D graphics managed to pull off some fairly realistic and disturbing looking gore and creatures, but 3D has not kept the horror nature of the diablo series very well. Diablo 3 is all about the action. My kids have never even pointed out any of the few true disturbing parts of the game, in some cases it went over their heads. (Like a guy asking you to meet his wife after saving him, only to find out he's delusional and his wife is a skeleton). It's a game where the kids are less interested in the environment and more interested in how to play, how to beat the bad guys efficiently, what skills to use, how to beat the bosses. I considered keeping Diablo away from them for the reason that it might be too adult, but I have never seen my kids get along better than when they play Diablo. My 11 and 9 year old have no clue how to work together, but when they play Diablo 3 that all changes. They'll help each other figure out the menu, give each other advice on gear and actually make strategies how they should proceed in the game. They make sure to share gear that the other could use, they WANT to play with each other and not alone. It's a game that encourages and rewards teamwork very well. I think most people would think they're a bit young for the game, but the way it has helped their relationship as siblings has made it our family's favorite game to play on game night.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Special Needs Guide