Last year I reviewed Diablo III for the PC. This year Blizzard has brought the hugely popular game to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Is it sill as good as the original? Relax your mouse-clicking finger and grab your controller, it’s time to confront Diablo all over again.
The story for the console version of Diablo III has not changed. You are still an adventurer who is drawn to New Tristram because of a falling star. You will meet up with Leah and Deckard Cain to help defeat the Prime Evil, Diablo.
Controls and Gameplay
Diablo III’s action role-playing translates rather well from the PC to the consoles. Using a gamepad over a mouse and keyboard I feel I have better control over my character. Movement is handled with the left thumbstick, a simple point in the direction you want to go and you’re off. The right thumbstick is for dodging. This helps a ton, making getting out of the way of danger a lot easier and quicker. Attacks are handled with the buttons and for ranged attacks the game highlights whichever creature you aim at.
Items are a bit streamlined, so that when you pick them up green up or red down arrows in their stats make it easier to see how they help or hinder you. Along with letting you quickly view the item you picked up with the D-pad, this gives you less time comparing stats and more time actually playing the game. This really helps in the co-op game since I personally tend to spend a lot of time comparing items to get the most bang for my buck.
Graphics and Sound
Blizzard kept the look of the PC version of Diablo III. It isn’t as quite as sharp as it is on high end PCs, but then again we are talking about systems that are seven and eight years old at this point.
The music and voice acting are the same as the PC version and it sounds just as good as the original.
To be honest, I’d say the console version is the best version of Diablo III. The overall vibe is that it’s more focused on playing. The controls are tight and the streamlined item comparison makes for more fun playing and less time stressing over gear. As an added plus, the co-op can handle four local players, bringing back the fun of everyone playing together in the same room.
There are a few minor gripes. While it helps to have the target highlighted, targeting with a ranged character is a still a bit hit-or-miss. You sometimes have to maneuver your character around to get the target you want. I almost wish they had gone with a twin stick shooter style of control, but as it stands, it’s perfectly acceptable. The auction house is not included, but really you don't miss it.
Hat’s off to Blizzard for going the extra mile to really improve an already really good game. My trip back into Diablo III has been enjoyable. I give Diablo III for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 a 4.5 out of 5
Diablo III for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is rated M for Mature for Blood, Gore, and Violence by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB).
For more information on Diablo III see the official web site.