What they say: Evil is in its Prime
Twenty years have passed since the Prime Evils were defeated and banished from the world of Sanctuary. Now, you must return to where it all began—the town of Tristram—and investigate rumors of a fallen star, for this is an omen that the End Times have begun.
Call Upon Your Allies
Play solo or form a party of up to four heroes—either with local players together on the same screen or network players online (or mix and match).
Pick Up and Slay
Take a stand as one of humanity’s last defenders—barbarian, witch doctor, monk, demon hunter, or wizard—and level up with devastating new powers and abilities.
Conquer a Dynamic Battlefield
Lay waste to hordes of evil throughout randomized 3D environments. Face innumerable demonic foes, uncover quests in new locations, and lay claim to masses of loot every time you play.
What I say: After years of PC exclusivity Blizzard has finally returned to consoles with the release of Diablo III. I for one absolutely hate gaming on the PC. All the drivers and hardware issues drive me insane. So naturally I have missed out on most of the Diablo series and I am quite happy to report that Blizzard and Diablo has arrived on PS3 in fine form. Diablo III picks up several years after Diablo II and begins with something falling from the sky and hitting a cathedral in Tristram. Once you select one of the five character classes, which consist of wizard, monk, witch doctor, demon hunter, and barbarian, you are off to investigate the new crater and see what evil awaits.
The game carries over through four acts that will eventually take you all across the world of Sanctuary and beyond. The larger storyline of the various evils planning to revive Diablo and storm Heaven its self works well with your characters story and how you will fit into it. You will run into both factions in your adventures and the story is actually pretty compelling. The cutscenes are especially well done and do a fine job of immersing you in the games world.
The PC version of Diablo III used the keyboard and mouse to control your character but this console version of course uses the controller and I could not be happier. Controls have been redone to take advantage of the Dual Shock 3 with the best addition being a dodge roll that is done with the right stick. This move does not make you invincible but it will get you out of quite a few scrapes. The controls feel tight and the game feels like this how it always should have been. Sorry, some console player bias popped out there.
After you beat the game there are new difficulty levels unlocked and playing at these higher difficulty levels means better loot. After your first playthrough you will have some decent stuff but start back up and you will start seeing some really cool stuff. Also of note in this release is rich multiplayer system. You can play multiplayer locally on your couch with friends or head online and find some new partners or any mix thereof. It’s a fine system and while the game is very playable solo it is much more rewarding playing with others as the loot drops improve to go with the increased difficulty of having more players.
Graphics wise the game is a little rough in the actual game as the models all look fine but there are some rough edges. The game world however looks fantastic with lots of variety and detail. As I said before the cutscenes are fantastic and they really draw you in.
Diablo coming to consoles has been a long wait but it was definitely worth it. The game plays great and the cool story really bring it all together. Hopefully Blizzard will continue to bring their games to consoles and I look forward to continuing to put time into this great game.