Blizzcon 2013 – Hands on with Diablo 3:Reaper of Soul’s Crusader

Crusader (1)

If there’s one aspect of gaming that we don’t see too much of, it’s expansion packs. Gaming calls that kind of content DLC, but it’s smaller and usually less satisfying. Diablo 3 is bringing back the extra content in 2014 with Reaper of Souls, which includes a new character class known as the Crusader. And at Blizzcon, that class made a believer out of me.

Simply put, the Crusader is built like a tank, can take a licking and still keep kicking. Compared to the Barbarian, he lacks the raw power, but a superior defense that is fortified with several buffs more than makes up for it.

Crusader (2)

I played as the Crusader on both Playstation 4 and PC. Armed and in the mid-30s level, the Crusader has some nifty skills. Flails and maces are his weapon of choice, with shields backing up his defense. Of the abilities available, I could activate Consecration, which afforded me a circle of protection that healed my character and co-op partner, while dealing damage to any enemy who entered it.

Crusader (3)

Steed Charge allowed me to escape having my skull turned into a marital aid while also dealing bonus fire damage as I rampaged on a fiery horse. While Fist of the Heavens called down the thundah and brought the smackdown in the form of a heavy bolt that could also chain itself to attack other minions around the original target.

Last but not least was Falling Sword, an all or nothing attack that deals quadruple damage to a single enemy, as the Crusader launches himself forward. Diablo 2 fans who spent many hours on their Paladin will most likely love this class, but at the same time, it’s enough of a departure for fans wanting something different.

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Author:Darryn Bonthuys

Because he's the writer that Lazygamer deserves, but not the one it actually needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can't take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a loud-mouthed journalist, a watchful procrastinator. A dork knight.

  • ToshZA

    I never enjoyed the paladin class much really. It’s more a co-op class than anything. Still glad they’re doing expansions the way games used to do. In the good ol’ days.

  • Umar Moe Moe

    How did Diabl III all of a sudden become so cool again….Blizz is bringing it back

    • ToshZA

      They released it on console. Fixed everything.

      Now, they’re bringing the console features to the PC (besides always online) and adding an exp pack. Its a win all around.

      • Hammersteyn

        Hahaha

    • Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

      Blizzard have been doing some really awesome work since they broke away from Vivendi! Hope these are just signs of more good things to come.

      Who knows, they might even fix World of Warcraft and bring it back to its former glory :P

      • ToshZA

        Nah, WoW is old news. They need to make a new MMO.

        • Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

          Here’s hoping “Project Titan” will be epic… Or else I will most likely try out TESO

          • ToshZA

            I think the MMO genre needs a refresh in general. Like what they’re doing with the MOBA genre in Heroes of the Storm. It sounds rad so far.

  • Eric

    Lazygamer’s reporting sucks these days. Not only are we reading stuff that websites like Kotaku and IGN have reported on already, it misleads us with this reporting. Reading the articles are like navigating a minefield full of grammar and spelling errors. When trying to help and correct they get all defensive with their READERS!!
    Reviews are STILL LATE! We can’t count on them to review a game in time for us to decide whether to get the game or not on day one. By the time their reviews come out the masses of people playing the game have had enough word of mouth going around for us to decide.
    It is like they cater to the few regular community members and try to entertain them. Not realising that there are thousands, if not more, readers who do not post comments.
    The community sucks and trolls every newcomer who post a view different to their collective sheep mentality. If they are not careful trolls will come to play and the whole comments section will be a trolling session. I used to love this site and posted regularly. But I can’t see why I must receive my news late, reviews late, read through spelling and grammar errors and then deal with a bunch of arrogant, smug community members when commenting and looking for constructive debate. (Try it, as a newcomer go and defend your choice of choosing Xbox).
    It simply is not worth it anymore, I will go get my news fresh and NEW on other sites.
    Goodbye.

    • Admiral Chief in 1986

      Cheerio, and thanks for all the fish

      • ToshZA

        Epic movie man. I own it on Blu Ray – and the 5 book series as well. “The trilogy in 5 parts.” <33333333

    • ToshZA

      I have defended Xbox many times. As a newcomer I found the community quite friendly actually.

      But bye man. Its your choice – I personally visit other sites as well, but I prefer a local perspective on things. It’s also more human, more real, and better overall here. Anyways, sorry you feel this community is full of trolls. It’s cuz we love each other. Not like that.

    • Umar Moe Moe

      With an attitude like that…you won’t get far…Community members are nice to new comers and are more than capable of having a constructive debate…they are however not open to blatant Fanboyism. So please….Take your butt hurt elsewhere you condescending brat. It’s the internet, grow up. The community and Writers are more than open and welcoming to new comers…

      BTW…I like the Xbone 1

      • Admiral Chief in 1986

        Amen

      • ToshZA

        Like no other community I’ve ever found really.

      • RinceandRepeat

        What you said. Love how someone who cannot make friends rants like that. Wow…

        • ToshZA

          The most interesting thing for me is that I’ve not seen this “old timer” post once. If you don’t post, you don’t make friends. It’s that simple.

          • RinceandRepeat

            Also love how he doesn’t have an avatar, and has a grey name. No account, what a loser.

          • ToshZA

            Hahahaha. :D He did ask for it really. Schizo, grey poster.

      • Hammersteyn

        Yes sir!

      • Hendrik

        What? you like the Xbone 1? OUT with you! OUT!!!

        • Umar Moe Moe

          Fine. I hate this webiste, BYE! It’s not worth it!!

          • RinceandRepeat

            Don’t let the door hit you on the way out BOOM!

          • Umar Moe Moe

            I don’t want to be part of this community anymore, I don’t want anything to do with this stupid place and stupid community with thier stupid face and stupid opinions and stupid smugness and stupid spelling….. It’s not worth it…actually, I think I should trend this…#itsNotWorthIt !!

          • Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

          • Umar Moe Moe

            #I #don’t #care #lol

          • Kromas

            *Their* …. hahaha

          • Umar Moe Moe

            Damn you!!….Don’t you care about my feelings

          • Kromas

            Gomen!

    • RinceandRepeat

      So long!

      • NostalgicMossel

        That’s what she said! ;)

        • oVg

          bwaahahahahahaha

    • Kensei Seraph

      Oh, hey Koos.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Does it make you feel better posting essentially the same rant 3 times (that I’ve noticed) with different names? All the voices in your head still only make you one person.

      • RinceandRepeat

        One broke ass person* Fixed it for you.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          You’re such a kind, helpful soul ;)

          • RinceandRepeat

            I know hey?!

    • Hammersteyn

      Nice guest account, stop hiding you little prick.

      • RinceandRepeat

        BOOM!

      • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

        No need for namecalling; Koos has an opinion, and he’s welcome to share it. Thanks for leaping to our defense, but it’s constructive criticism, and makes us want to do better.

        • Umar Moe Moe

          Is Koos real?

          • Kensei Seraph

            He’s as real as Eric or any of his/her’s/its other personalities.

        • Hammersteyn

          Sorry, my bad.

          • RinceandRepeat

            Burn mark 2? :)

          • Hammersteyn

            Yeah I lost it again. I blame Mondays.

        • Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

          Yeah, you guys should stop copy-pasting and then using an online thesaurus to change words :P

          Just kidding… I love you guys :D

          • NostalgicMossel

            LOOL!! Sounds like me in varsity! Report on nuclear power you ask? Sure, wikipedia here I come! Oh, lets just change this sentence from active to passive and add in a very fancy word that means the same but no one understands!

        • Deano

          Agro much ?

    • RinceandRepeat

      Sigh, you must be very lonely mate…

    • Trebzz

      Lol they have thousands of fans they not going to cry for you dude :P

      • ToshZA

        Geoff has replied below. Showing, once again, that they do care.

        • Trebzz

          They just being professional which is awesome and rare to find these days :)

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      Bye… have a good one.

      People that just don’t realize that IGN has a lot more reporters than LG and people can only write so fast.

    • Hendrik

      That is a bit rude. I will agree with you on the spelling mistakes, they seriously do need to fix that. However, I love LG as its reviews are SA specific. What use is a US or EU based review going to be for me when they assume that everyone has super fast internet? With regards to the comments, I don’t know man, sounds like you are a pussy. What do you expect, it to be a UN counsel meeting? Of course you are going to get tolled, EVERYWHERE! Sounds like you think that you have some kind of unique opinion that we must respect. As in the words of Gavin, YOU CAN’T HANDLE RESPECT!

      • Umar Moe Moe

        lol “Sounds like you are a pussy” ………………………………….. Must resist laughing

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        You only get tolled in JHB ;)

        I couldn’t resist.

        • Hendrik

          Haha, speaking about spelling mistakes!

          • Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

            I think is contagious :O

      • Rags

        “What use is a US or EU based review going to be for me when they assume that everyone has super fast internet?”

        I’d be very surprised if LG considers this in their reviews or influences the score.

        • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

          we do consider it when scoring.

    • Kromas

      Hmm … you should never play an online game as I fear you may get upset. :P

    • NostalgicMossel

      Such Rant
      Many Anger
      Much Hatred
      Wow

    • Observer

      Sheesh dude. Monday blues?
      I can’t comment about the news being late as this is the only gaming site I go on. So for me, it is always news. Written in a way I particularly like, the writers don’t take themselves too seriously. Which does not mean the content is lacking, the things they report on I think they take very serious. Reviews are late, because as they mentioned so many times they receive the review copies late. Not their fault, man. I’ve been on this site since the early years, it has not changed much in terms of content.
      I can’t comment on the community as I very rarely comment, but I have never seen any of the regulars being rude or abusive to any person. Trust me, this site is probably the safest if you don’t like trolling. Maybe you got trolled because of the way you voiced your opinion? Or you ran into the odd troll that lurks.
      Come back dude and comment and I promise you, you will have a positive experience. If you changed your name that is :P

    • Kromas

      Hang on I just realized that you either copy-pasted from Koos on the other article or he did you or you’re both the same person.Also this hands on test was from Blizzcon aka “the event that happened this weekend” aka “not late at all”

    • loftie

      haha, kthnxbye.

    • TROLOLOLOL

      I DOWNVOTE YOU FOR LEAVING BEFORE TROLL COULD TROLL YOU!!!!

    • oVg

      :)

    • Kyou

      FUCK YOU! GROW UP AND COME DICKFIGHT ME!

      • NostalgicMossel

        Dickfight… O_O I dont need to know what that means.

    • Rags

      You make some valid points. But I prefer late reviews. The joke that was Diablo 3 and Diablo 3 Console reviews on Lazygamer was because it was rushed and unconsidered. I’d rather have the reviewer give some insightful opinion than rush it. If you are not willing to wait you are going to get bit by marketing and hype.

      That said LG is a good news site and competing against industry giants like Kotaku and IGN should be seen as a triumph with a lot of hard work ahead. And I will keep supporting the err mostly local guys :)

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      Hi Eric,

      Apologies I’ve been away so didn’t hear about this until now and I’m sorry you feel that way.

      We have had complaints about the community before and we have raised it with them and in general I feel things are way better now. People are generally friendly in the comments but lets not kid ourselves this is the internet and people are going to be dicks at times. And really is there any site that can discuss platform choice without it going the way of the toddlers?

      I don’t think we’ve ever been defensive against readers, if you experienced that let me know ([email protected]) and I will sort it out. We love our readers and always respect what they have to say.

      As for the spelling mistakes, well Geoff will be duly whipped and it is something we are working hard on stomping out.

      Witth late reviews, well we can only review what we are given else we have to wait until retail date before getting the news out there,. Certain companies *cough* EA *cough* never give us early code and in fact normally only send a review copy days after retail release. We are doing our best to fight that but in the end they know we are blatantly honest in the reviews and as such don’t always want us to review their game early.

      General lesson for all gamers, if a review isn’t out before the game is released then don’t buy it. It normally means it isn’t very good.

  • Admiral Chief in 1986
    • ToshZA

      AHAHAHA. Cute man!

  • Umar Moe Moe

    Look I know Eric’s rant got us all riled up….but we have to remember what is important….

    Justin Bieber’s has diarrhea…. #StayStrongJustin

  • Hammersteyn

    I’m trading in my D3 on PS3 for D3 on PS4. The numbers Mason!!!

  • Trebzz

    I shall play this then :D

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    Seriously can’t wait for this! GIF COLLECTORS NAO!

  • Deano

    Amped! Pre-order awaiting.

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