Patch 2.0.4 brought big changes and buffs, including major changes to skills, especially for the Crusader. Is the class awesome now? Also, Reaper of Souls reviews are running lower scores than D3, even though everyone says RoS is a big improvement. Rush of IncGamers.com discusses the sad state of gaming reviews and “journalism.” Podcast features Flux, Rush, and Katniss.

    Show segment approximate start times.

  • 0:20 – Intro and bagpipes with Rush and Katniss.
  • 1:00 — Rush discusses his Reaper of Souls review @ IncGamers, which starts off seemingly deadly to Diablo 3, but is actually quite positive.
  • 3:00 — Discussion on the basic problem with video game reviews; rushing to put a score on something that requires weeks or months to get a real sense of.
  • 12:00 — Was Reaper of Souls lacking in content for the price? Does Blizzard neglect the Diablo franchise compared to WoW? Rush repeats his “RoSS” pronunciation heresy, earning general condemnation.
  • 21:00 — Paul exits and Katniss talks about day one of PAX Boston, plus Reaper of Souls on the PS4. Gender issues in gaming these days and actual females at PAX, and not just cosplayers. (Feminist gaming analysis kickstarter funded that Flux mentioned can be seen here.)
  • 31:30 — Crusader conversation. How did the Patch 2.0.4 improve or change the class? Katniss much prefers the class with recent changes. Don’t obsess over DPS; lower raw damage with much faster attack speed can be a big improvement on the whole.
  • 40:00 — Steed Charge changes; less duration, more frequency. Crusader’s general lack of movement speed hinders the class in party play?
  • 47:20 — Big patch buff to Legendary Material drop rate. Changing the gameplay? Farming orange mats and crafting a lot? Gambling drop rate improved as well. Overall design theme is making it much easier to gear up a char new to 70, so you can get into Torment and start farming for the really good gear.
  • 59:00 — Most and least favorite bounties? Suggestions welcomed for the imminent return of D2-style Flux’s Decahedron.
  • The Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Podcast Episode Guide in DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.

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