Blizzard’s Diablo III revamp is a worthy addition to the PS4 library.
Blizzard know how to spin an RPG. I’m sure some dark mage within the company protects a secret elixir of streamlined, addicting and not overly-generic gameplay.
On top of this, Blizzard always want to appease the communities that play their games, sometimes to the detriment of features they bring out. And no less so with Diablo III, which comes to 8th gen after dropping the Auction House.
Before PS4, I’ve played Diablo III on PC and PS3. When it came to PS3 last year I got stuck into playing the local multiplayer with friends. This really gave the game a different feel on consoles, reminiscent of something almost Gauntlet-like. I also thought the addition of the dodge button was a welcomed feature, but doing the comparison between PS3 and PC showed the latter was clearly better looking.
Now that the PS4 version is with us things feel a lot different. Sure, there are PC rigs that will still dominate the PS4 version graphically, but for a shiny game on Sony’s latest, Diablo III easily holds its own against other games i’ve seen
Vastly detailed and silky smooth, Diablo III on PS4 looks remarkably better than on PS3. All the rough edges have been polished and the palette, while more subtle, sings with rich tonal qualities.
The game also makes good use of the DualShock 4. Special attacks and abilities are assigned to two face buttons and two shoulder buttons, at points making combat feel like you’re pulling off beat-em-up combos. You can also flick the right joystick to dodge out of combat which becomes very handy.
Constant clicking replaced by constant button tapping to get at Diablo’s loot feels natural enough, so often a PC game moved to console can lose out somewhat in the translation of control schemes, this is not the case with Diablo III, it plays well in PS3 and plays better on PS4.
If you already have a character, moving it across is pretty straightforward and the added apprentice mode gives newbies a way in to play with friends.
If you’ve not played Diablo III yet, the PS4 version is a good place to start, if you’ve already played it and can stomach coughing up for the game again, I think it’s well worth it for the local multiplayer alone, I have hardly any fun local multiplayer options on the PS4 at the moment (please Harmonix bring out a PS4 rock band).