Since its inception back in 1996, Diablo has been one of the biggest role playing franchises in the history of gaming and has primarily been a PC franchise. That is until Diablo III was revealed to be in development at Sony’s PlayStation conference back in New York only for it to also be confirmed for Xbox 360 a few months later. It was released this September on the consoles but the huge question is, can a console version compete with the same game that was released on PC 1 year prior?
The story takes place in Sanctuary, 20 years after the events of Diablo II as Decker Cain & His niece Leah investigate ancient texts regarding an ominous prophecy when a mysterious star crashes into the earth creating a deep crater into which Decker vanishes. Desperate to find her uncle, Leah enlists the help of the “Protagonist” who travels to the town of New Tristram to investigate the star that fell aswell as finding out why the dead are starting to rise. Sure enough as the protagonist continues on his/her journey. They discover that numerous demons have risen with the dead including the ultimate evil, Diablo.
Gameplay wise the game does extremely well on the consoles in coping with the PC style gameplay. The gameplay is a hack & slash role playing game that is seen from a birds eye perspective with elements of fantasy horror. New to the consoles the game also features a new way to perform dodges much easier with the introduction of Right stick use. In addition to the controls for dodging, the use of the control pad makes it just feel easier to control unless you are used to the PC version.
As far as problems go, the only real problem for me had to be the graphics because while they are absolutely phenomenal during the cutscenes, the actual game graphics just aren’t as spectacular as the cutscenes and the game tends to look a little bit cartoony at times. Other than the graphics however there is absolutely no fault with this game at all and it is extremely easy for anyone to just pick it up and jump straight into the action. Another thing that impressed me about the game is its co-op play which allows you to team up with any other players character from around the world using Xbox Live/PSN and working together using your various skills & techniques to complete the tasks/quests at hand.
All in all, Diablo III has made an excellent transition from the PC to the console and it looked good doing it aswell. As previously mentioned the graphics aren’t the greatest but as they tend to say “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and Diablo III has proved that PC material can translate to the consoles and work well. Here’s hoping that Blizzard takes this positive feedback and brings World of Warcraft to the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One.
My Rating – 9.5/10
- Fantastic Narrative
- Customization Features
- Stunning Cutscenes
- Easy to use Gameplay
- Excellent Multiplayer
- Not the greatest graphics
Review by Matthew McNamee