In this day and age of console gaming trying to be as great as a PC, there has always been one type of game we hardly see on the consoles: dungeon crawlers. When Blizzard announced that Diablo 3 was coming to the consoles, I think there was some hesitation in the community. Let’s face it, games ported from the PC generally do not fare too well for both controls nor overall look.
Let me start off by saying that I played the hell out of every single Diablo game that has been released, and this one is no exception. I have no gotten to the insane difficulty just yet, but I am gradually working my way there.
What I will not do is review the entire game, but instead I will review how well it transitioned to the consoles, and how well it plays.
How does it play?
That is a very easy question to answer (and the 100+ hours spent on the PlayStation 3 system playing it): incredible. That is the only word I could use to describe how well Diablo 3 plays on a console. I cannot speak for the Xbox 360 though on if it plays just as well, but judging from reviews, it does. There is one major difference that I was missing at first and that was the accuracy that a mice would let me have. Although, as time went on I began to enjoy the new targeting scheme, as it allowed me (in some instances) to really not care about what I was hitting as long as I hit something. My guess though is that you only miss the PC targeting system when you are visiting the Blacksmith, and even then it is miniscule.
Why should I get it for consoles?
Honestly, while browsing the web, I found this question to be asked more than anything. I have only two words for you: Local Co-op. Up to 4 players can play on one single screen, something the PC version could never do. This eliminates the need to be connected to the internet in order to enjoy your favorite dungeon crawler. This is what initially brought me to want to play it on the console, as it less to hook up and connect to Wi-Fi and all of that bs.
There is one more reason to get the console version though: roll. This is honestly one of the best new features they introduced into Diablo 3 and it helps so much. When I went back to play it on my PC I missed the roll so much and could have used it a number of times, especially during the Diablo battle. I suppose I should explain this a bit for those that do not know: the “roll” feature is when you use the Right Thumbstick and you essentially evade combat. It works just like it is meant to, and it works well; often times saving my life against what would be instant-kills.
Controls are a huge part as to why you should get it as well. The entire control scheme is perfect the way it is, all your attacks / spells / heals are by using the buttons, bumpers, and triggers.
I wish I could sit here and say that it looked as good as the PC versions, but I cannot. Do not get me wrong, it still looks great, it is just that the cutscenes are a little bit more… pixelated I guess is the word. Thankfully that is nothing major, and more than likely you would not notice it anyway!
If I did not know any better I would honestly believe that Diablo 3 was built for the consoles as it is just a stellar performance on them. I was a skeptic at first, but Blizzard really swayed my thoughts, and I give them a virtual standing ovation! Diablo 3 plays better than I could have ever dreamed of; from top to bottom. I DARE say that I will be playing it on the consoles from now on. Yeah I just said that.