Diablo III ReviewJason Leyanna
Blizzard first released Diablo III on May 15, 2012 exclusively for the PC. This followed the popular Diablo II that was released twelve years prior. Blizzard released Diablo III on the consoles (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) on September 3, 2013.
Diablo III follows in the footsteps of Diablo II / Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. The third iteration includes updated graphics in higher resolution along with a brighter color scheme more in line with that of World of Warcraft. Diablo fans have waited for many years for this, myself included. Diablo II was one of the few PC games I had played regularly at the time. It was nice to see the newest game in the franchise being ported to consoles.
The story of Diablo III returns players to the Sanctuary to fight the evils of Hell once again. The world was saved twenty years ago from the brink of destruction. Few of those that lived through those battles are alive today. Players must fight the new evil that looms. Diablo III adds a new difficulty past Normal, Nightmare, and Hell. This new difficulty is Inferno Mode and is only for those that reach the level cap (160 with the Paragon levels after level 60).
Diablo III has five main character classes including the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard. The Barbarian is familiar if you played Diablo II and the Wizard is like the Sorcerer from Diablo II. The Demon Hunter is the closest to the Amazon. You may play as either male or female version of the characters. I played the most as my Demon Hunter with her ranged attacks. With the variations of sex and five character classes, this allows for ten different possibilities for your character, not taking into account skills and the like.
Diablo III makes a smooth transition to the PlayStation 3 console via the PlayStation Network. The controls feel smooth and refined. This doesnâ€™t seem like a sole PC port of a game. Blizzard put a lot of work into the game to make the transition to the console version appear seamless.
The main feature I wish were included with Diablo III would have been the ability to play online with the PC players instead of being stuff with only playing with new people on the PSN. Iâ€™m glad the game does include online gameplay, it just isnâ€™t the same without the same people I played the computer version with. If you and your friends are primarily consoles gamers, this may not be a relevant issue.
Overall, Diablo III is a good game and it was expertly ported to the consoles. If you havenâ€™t already purchased Diablo III for the PC for whatever reason, the console version is a fine way to go. Diablo III is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in addition to the original PC version. Also, be on the watch for the upcoming Diablo III expansion that is currently in beta on the PC, titled: Reaper of Souls. It will be available for PC on March 25, 2014.
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