Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by Luis Acosta
Diablo 3 Review (Xbox 360 & PS3)
Diablo 3 makes a triumphant return to consoles!
Full disclosure: like many, I played Diablo 3 on the PC and hated it. Having played Diablo 1 & 2, I figured that I would be able to jump right in, but I found the PC controls very cumbersome. I understand that there’s something to be said for the debate between console and PC games, but there’s something to be said for holding a controller in your hands. It was so much more enjoyable in every single way to play Diablo on the console.
First things first, the gameplay stays essentially the same, which is a good thing. However, I enjoyed playing on the console more than I ever did on the PC. Xbox Live does such an amazing job finding parties in the same level range as you and also joining your friends together. And if you don’t want to venture online, offline play supports up to four people, and grabbing a few friends and sitting down and playing together has never been more fun and easy. And together, you can tackle the hordes of Diablo III together. Speaking of which, monster slaying and rare item hunting are even more fun now. The elimination of the real money auction house as the main means for getting rare items means Blizzard had to implement more rare item drops, which makes the game that much more fun. Additionally, I really enjoyed the story as well, and it was augmented with beautiful cutscenes.
The game is not without flaws, however. I noticed as I ran through that the game froze multiple times. And though the game’s mechanics are basic and easy to pickup, there are a lot of hidden settings that a more in-depth tutorial could have taught me to make me much more effective. Additionally, there are some gameplay functions that do not make much sense – for example, purple gems, which add vitality, somehow make you level faster. Crafting is not explained well enough either. I also miss playing the Diablo II experience of playing with up to 8 players as in previous games.
Despite all that, Diablo III on consoles is a definite must. It is very easy to pick up and play and I found that the online community were very welcoming and willing to teach you how to play if you did not know how. The game has great replay value – I never found myself getting bored by the grind, and did not mind playing locations over and over.