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Pre-order World of Warcraft: Legion for just £23.74

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Carl Phillips
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Pre-order World of Warcraft: Legion for just £23.74

Expected sometime before June next year, this is the cheapest price for the sixth expansion to World of Warcraft. As it stands, it works out around £7 cheaper than the next best offer. In addition to the expansion, you'll also be granted a level 100 instant boost, ensuring any existing or brand new character hits is ready for the new content in The Broken Isles. You can learn more about the upcoming expansion by checking out our coverage of the World of Warcraft Legion reveal from earlier this year. Do please note that this is not a standalone product and will require the base game and its previous expansions to work. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!

Overwatch gets Spring 2016 release window, also coming to PS4 & Xbox One

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Blizzard Entertainment, Blizzcon 2015, Overwatch, Overwatch: Origins Edition, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Overwatch gets Spring 2016 release window, also coming to PS4 & Xbox One

This weekend's Blizzcon didn't have any unexpected surprises (with a number of reveals spoiled in the run up to the event) but we did get confirmation on a number of things. The main one was that Overwatch, Blizzard's upcoming hero shooter, will be getting a Spring 2016 release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. While many had thought it would be going Free-To-Play, Blizzard confirmed that it will be getting a traditional full-priced retail release, along with a Origins special edition. You can see the announcement trailer for it, along with a new gameplay trailer featuring three new characters, after the jump

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Overwatch Closed Beta "coming soon" to Europe

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Beta, Blizzard Entertainment, Closed beta, Overwatch

Overwatch Closed Beta "coming soon" to Europe

Blizzard's upcoming team-based FPS Overwatch has been on our radar since its announcement at last year's Gamescom, and last night it was finally announced that the closed beta would be begin on October 27th... in America. Gamers based in Europe and Asia will need to wait a little longer, unfortunately, but it's been promised that Europe will be the next region to be invited to the test.

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StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Prologue Missions now available to everyone

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment, PC games, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, Strategy games

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Prologue Missions now available to everyone

Having previously been only available to those who pre-purchased the game directly from Blizzard, the three prologue missions for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is now available to everyone. That includes those of you who haven't bought Wings of Liberty or Heart of the Swarm - all you need to do is download the StarCraft II Starter Pack and you'll be able to play through the three missions, which provides around about an hour or so of gameplay.

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Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 falls to its cheapest price yet

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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365 Games, Blizzard Entertainment, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, PS4 games

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 falls to its cheapest price yet

The price of Diablo III: Ultimate Edition has managed to hold out for quite some time, but thanks to 365 Games' latest voucher code we finally have a sub-£25 price for the PS4 version. There's a saving of around a £5 compared to the next best offer elsewhere. The transition from PC to console has been expertly done by Blizzard, as we discuss in our review. The fact it comes with all the content (and fixes) that have been produced since the original launch makes this version of Diablo 3 great value for money. More to the point, it's lots of fun - especially in local co-op. Thanks to KoopaDuckie @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition review for more details.

Catch up on the StarCraft II saga with Blizzard's half-price sale

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment, PC games, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Catch up on the StarCraft II saga with Blizzard's half-price sale

The release date for Legacy of the Void was announced at the weekend, and so to take advantage of the current buzz Blizzard are currently running a half-price sale on the previous released content in StarCraft II. With both Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm now being standalone products as well, it means players will be able to pick and choose which parts they wish to add to their Battle.net accounts.

Do remember that by getting the Complete Collection - which includes a pre-purchase of Legacy of the Void - you will also get immediate access to the on-going multiplayer beta and three prologue single-player missions. Thanks to globula_neagra @ HUKD!

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void gets November release date

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Blizzard Entertainment, PC games, release date, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, Strategy games

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void gets November release date

Opening cinematic sets the scene for the final chapter

At the StarCraft II World Championship Series Season 3 Finals this weekend, Blizzard announced that the stand-along expansion Legacy of the Void would be arriving sooner than originally speculated - November 10th, to be exact. The introduction for the Protoss-focused expansion was also premiered at the event, setting the stage for the final chapter in the StarCraft saga.

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Pre-order StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void for just £17.95

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Blizzard Entertainment, cdkeys, PC games, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, Strategy games

Pre-order StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void for just £17.95

Now here's a fine price ahead of its unconfirmed December release date, as it beats the price direct from Blizzard by over £12. It should be noted that, unlike the pre-purchase from Blizzard, you won't get immediate access to the Mutliplayer beta or the Prologue missions with this listing, although it's worth pointing out that those missions will be made free to everyone nearer to release. With the campaign set to close off the StarCraft saga - and the high standard of the previous two instalments in the series - we're expecting big things from the stand-alone Protoss expansion. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

World of Warcraft: Legion announced at Gamescom - Watch the full presentation here!

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Blizzard Entertainment, Gamescom 2015, MMORPGs, World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Legion

World of Warcraft: Legion announced at Gamescom - Watch the full presentation here!

Live from the show floor of the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Blizzard Entertainment pulled back the curtain on the sixth expansion for World of Warcraft, simply titled Legion. Along with a raised level cap and a new continent to explore, a new hero class will be available – the Demon Hunter. We’ve got the entire presentation embedded for you to watch should you wish to get all the details, but we’ve got a helpful summary of the highlights for you after the jump.

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StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void's prologue is now available to play... if you pre-purchase

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Carl Phillips
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Blizzard Entertainment, StarCraft II

StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void's prologue is now available to play... if you pre-purchase

The release of StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void is still a fair way off, but Blizzard have decided to help make the wait a little more bearable by unleashing a 3-mission prologue campaign titled "Whispers Of Oblivion." There is a catch, though - you'll need to pre-purchase Legacy Of The Void to play it right now. It should be noted though that all players will gain access to it prior to its release, but this is a great way of keeping the die-hard fans entertained in the interim.

That's not the only big thing happening in the StarCraft universe today, as the Heart Of The Swarm expansion is being made a standalone product. This means that you no longer need to own Wings Of Liberty to play it, which is exactly how Legacy of the Void will be when it releases as well.

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Get Diablo 3 on PC for just £9.99 from CDKeys

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Action RPGs, Blizzard Entertainment, Diablo 3, Games deals, PC games

Get Diablo 3 on PC for just £9.99 from CDKeys

Hot on the heels of Blizzard's sale, CDKeys have slashed the price of their listing for Diablo 3. By bringing it to the £10 mark, it undercuts the next cheapest deal by £6.

The improvements to the game since it's original release have made Diablo 3 a much more fun and rewarding experience. Admittedly, the better content (and class) are reserved for the Reaper of Souls expansion, but for the asking price here it's definitely worth a look.

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 26/11/14 | SEGA bundle, Steam sales, Blizzard discounts, and Origin deals

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Black Friday, Blizzard Entertainment, Console bundles, Daily Deals, Freebies, Games deals roundup, Origin, Steam, Voucher codes

Steady yourselves.. the Steam Explorer sale has begun. Get more info and Jon's initial highlight picks right here. Check out today's hottest gaming bargains and console bundle deals, and make sure you've bookmarked our console buyer's guide and Black Friday hub pages.

Click here to buy Civilization: Beyond Earth for £17.99

  • This Steam sale is going to be dangerous.

Humble SEGA Bundle starts at 64p

  • Dreamcast fans, rejoice!

GTA V just £36.85 at Simply Games

PS4 +Assassin's Creed Unity or The Last of Us Remastered for £329.99 at Argos

  • Go for TLOU, trust me. Thanks preparationiskey!

Battlefield 4 only £7.49 at Origin

  • Remember to also pick up Theme Hospital for £1.99. Thanks andreas0013!

Get World of Warcraft for £4 in the Blizzard sale

  • Starcraft II and Diablo II also discounted.Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 26/11/14 | SEGA bundle, Steam sales, Blizzard discounts, and Origin deals

Get Minecraft on Xbox One for just £9.85

  • It's the only game you really need. Thanks leeds_united_afc!

Voucher of the Day

Yes, we posted this previously, but it's only good until the 27th, so get on it! Get 25% off of PC titles at Green Man Gaming with the code 1MZ9FW-H92JSD-2CT74F

Click here to head over to Green Man Gaming and get spending >>

Thanks Gooner!

Freebie of the Day

Torchlight is free right now.

Also,  The Crew is in open beta for free on Xbox One and PS4 until Friday!

As always, be sure to check out the rest of our regular games deals posts here.

Blizzard joins the deal-based fun with its Battle.net sale

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Blizzard Entertainment, Games deals, PC games

Blizzard joins the deal-based fun with its Battle.net sale

Opportunities to get Blizzard games on the cheap as usually far and few between, but they've decided to unleash a sale of their own on Battle.net during this week of Black Friday offers. Everything from their recent back catalogue has been reduced, with the highlight being an eye-watering offer for almost all of World of Warcraft. Details are below...

So, that's everything bar the latest Warlords of Draenor expansion included in the WoW offer for £4. As for me, considering how disappointed I was with Diablo 3 initially, and how its Reaper of Souls expansion basically fixed everything, even I'm tempted by the latest offer featured here.

Get Diablo 3: Ultimate Edition on PS4 / Xbox One for just £32.99 from Amazon

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Action RPGs, Blizzard Entertainment, Games deals, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Get Diablo 3: Ultimate Edition on PS4 / Xbox One for just £32.99 from Amazon

This isn't a part of the on-going Black Friday countdown flash deals, but this listing is one of the cheapest we've seen for the current-gen versions of Diablo 3. Overall, there's a saving of around £5 compared to the next best deal elsewhere for both consoles.

The transition from PC to console has been expertly done by Blizzard, as we discuss in our review. The fact it comes with all the content (and fixes) that have been produced since the original launch makes this version of Diablo 3 great value for money. More to the point, it's lots of fun - especially in local co-op. Thanks to  slento86 @ HUKD!

Is World of Warcraft still relevant? | Warlords of Draenor Early Review Impressions

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Blizzard Entertainment, MMORPG, PC games, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Is World of Warcraft still relevant? | Warlords of Draenor Early Review Impressions

I must admit, the idea of heading back into World of Warcraft after a few years of other MMOs presenting new ideas was an unnerving one. Between Guild Wars 2’s dynamic events, The Secret World’s investigation missions (and sublime storytelling), and WildStar’s slick and exciting combat, it really hit home how aged WoW’s mechanics are. Here’s the thing, though – regardless of the doomsayers predicting its imminent death, there’s something reliable about WoW that ensures it retains its audience. Hell, I’ll go as far as saying that its story has always been enjoyable, its world colourful and filled with variety, and when it wants to go big it does it almost effortlessly. Of course, there’s always the grind to face and an endless loot-hunting spiral, but at least it’s up front about it.

Having sampled the big changes to the game a month ago when patch 6.0.2 was released, I was familiar with the stat squish and reduced class abilities – click here to read all about that - so this article will focus on the new content Warlords of Draenor brings to the table, and my first steps into Draenor to take on the Iron Horde. Before that, here’s a summary on the set-up for the latest expansion. Having been defeated at the end of Mists of Pandaria, the former Warchief of the real Horde, Garrosh Hellscream, has escaped captivity. With some help, he goes to an alternate-past version of Draenor, before it became Outland. Here he meets up with his father, Grommash, stopping his fall to demonic corruption, and unites most of the Orcs under the banner of the Iron Horde. Garrosh's goal? To take this new force to “modern day” Azeroth and crush all those who opposed him, so it’s up to the players to put a stop to his madness once and for all.

And so, as the admins flicked the switch on the servers, I took my Warrior to the Dark Portal and began my journey to Draenor… well, I tried to, anyway.

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Overwatch Preview | Blizzard's FPS seems like more than just another Team Fortress

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Blizzard Entertainment, Blizzcon 2014, FPS games, Overwatch, PC games

The opening ceremony of Blizzcon 2014 was filled with talking points. There was Mike Morhimme’s heartfelt speech against the harassment that has made headlines in recent months (which got a well deserved round of applause), the reveal of the next expansions for Hearthstone and StarCraft II, and, of course, Chris Metzen’s yearly dose of infectious enthusiasm. Of course, the real talking point was how, after 17 years, Blizzard was ready to announce a brand new IP, and it goes by the name of Overwatch.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the announcement trailer was actually Pixar’s next film set to the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack (something Metzen joked about on stage, “Well Blizzard, is there a video game associated with this idea?”) and admittedly some may be rubbed the wrong way by Tracer’s mockey accent (look on the bright side - at least she didn’t say “apples and pears”) but what Blizzard showed was that they were ready to give us something new, and it looked like a very exciting concept. And they could have left it at that, but they didn’t. Instead, they not only showed the game in action, but brought 600 PCs for Blizzcon attendees to try out the game first-hand. On top of that, they revealed a number of interest tidbits that we’re going to recap for your convenience.

Overwatch Preview | Blizzard's FPS seems like more than just another Team Fortress

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Get the Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion for just £9.85

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Activision, Blizzard Entertainment, PC games, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Strategy games

Get the Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion for just £9.85

Considering Blizzcon is happening this weekend, this deal for Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm is rather appropriate. It’s the first time we’ve seen the expansion pack for under a tenner, and Amazon have price matched ShopTo’s listing so there’s a choice of where to go to save £7 over the next cheapest listing.

  • Click the links for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm on PC for £9.85 from ShopTo / Amazon

With the campaign focusing on the Zerg this time, new units and  various ability paths gave the base-building strategy gtitle a unique feel. At this price it’s certainly worth giving it a go if you haven’t already, but be aware that you’ll need to base game, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, to play this. Thanks to fr3dy77_sp33d @ HUKD for the heads-up!

World of Warcraft 6.0.2 Impressions | Extreme Makeover Edition

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Blizzard Entertainment, Impressions, MMORPGs, PC games, World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft 6.0.2 Impressions | Extreme Makeover Edition

Long-time readers will know I have a soft spot for the Warcraft franchise, especially World of Warcraft. As a day-one player who has experienced everything the game has offered, including the Mists of Pandaria expansion, I’ve seen it go through a fair few changes. New races being added, enhanced weather and lighting systems being introduced, a new class thrown into the mix, talent points being redesigned, and a constant stream of rebalancing for everything involved, That said, some things have stayed the same in the face of change. New abilities would continue to crowd up toolbars, the rise of damage and health numbers for players and NPCs alike spiralling up exponentially, and the models for the playable races becoming more and more dated as the years went by. With the upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor approaching, Blizzard saw it as an opportunity to fix these things, and so with patch 6.0.2 being unleashed last week I returned to the MMO behemoth for the first time in nine months. It was time to see if the game that sent the genre mainstream still had the ability to pull in new punters and veterans alike.

I’ll tell you one thing though – WildStar’s combat and traversal systems have spoiled me rotten compared to WoW's seemingly archaic mechanics, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

The inclusion of the Worgen, Goblin and Pandaren made it quite clear that the original race models needed an update. The blocky, expressionless and (in the case of humans) hairlipped choices on offer just didn’t blend with the rest of the updated visuals of the game. Thankfully, after years of waiting the update has arrived – except for Blood Elves, who will have to wait a little while longer to be made more beautiful. If I’m honest, I really shouldn’t be impressed by the new visuals and animations considering what the competition has produced elsewhere in the genre, but I really am.

World of Warcraft 6.0.2 Impressions | Extreme Makeover Edition

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Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Review | Third Time's The Charm

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Activision, ARPG, Blizzard Entertainment, Games reviews, PS4 games, RPG, Xbox One Games

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Review | Third Time's The Charm

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Activision

Here we go again. I reviewed Diablo III on PC... then the last-gen console version... then the Reaper Of Souls expansion pack... and finally we come to this. The Ultimate Evil Edition. The final showdown. It's time for the last dance with the devil -- that is, unless Blizzard brings out another expansion.

To be honest, I'm still in two minds about whether Diablo III really works on consoles. Despite pretending to be a glorious last stand against the forces of hell, all it really involves is holding the A button (X on PS4) until all the enemies are dead or you've passed out from boredom. The leap from mice to controllers removed an entire dimension of precision priority targeting, so instead you'll just mash that button and then mash it a few more times to pick up all the loot in the vicinity. Then roll. Then hold down A for another five minutes.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Review | Third Time's The Charm

This shouldn't be fun. It should be torture. But ultimately, somehow, Diablo III's Ultimate Evil Edition ends up being enjoyable and annoyingly addictive to the point where I'd rather be playing it than leaving my den -- let alone writing this review.

Basically, Just Add Mates.

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Don't fear the reaper (of souls) - Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition dated for August

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action RPG, Activision, Blizzard Entertainment, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Don't fear the reaper (of souls) - Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition dated for August

Stay a while and listen. Diablo III's Reaper Of Souls expansion and its massive free patches turned a directionless grind into a serious dungeon crawling contender - and this new content is finally going to be available on last-and-new-generation consoles this summer in a feature-packed package.

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