While it was originally designed for a mouse point-and-click type play, it successfully transitions to the mainstream console arena.
The story follows a standard fantasy formula – an ominous prophecy predicts the end of the world and the main character is directed to stop said prophecy. The story never becomes any deeper but it’s just enough to drive the story forward in an engaging way.
In typical RPG fashion, there are several character classes to choose from with various strengths and abilities: Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Wizard, Monk and Demon Hunter. As characters gain experience in combat and level, they gain access to improved spells and new equipment and artefacts.
Looting is a significant part of the game and managing the characters equipment is lots of fun. In rare cases the character can gain rare and powerful ‘legendary’ artifacts. Chasing after these items in a multiplayer party makes for some intense scrambling by players to quickly collect as much loot as possible.
The biggest hurdle for most PC to console ports, the controller, is overcome through excellent design. Movement, combat and spells are intuitive and the addition of a dodge function is a significant improvement over the PC game. Even the menus and shortcuts make managing skills and inventory easy.
Diablo 3 is a great action game with brutal combat. Powerful characters are well balanced and skills and equipment are varied enough to add richness to any cooperative multiplayer gameplay. It loses none of its class in the translation and it is one of the best PC-to-console ports that you can find.
The good: Great action; true to the Diablo franchise; four-man multiplayer co-op (couch or online); variation between character classes.
The bad: Story not too deep.
Time to completion: 25 hours
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