I was a Diablo virgin. However, as soon as I acquired a copy of Diablo 3 on PS4 I was thrust into its addictive world and found it hard to come back. After putting in nearly twenty hours into the game, to say that my Diablo virginity is history is an understatement.
Anyone unfamiliar with the Diablo series should firstly note that it’s a top-down, third-person action, adventure RPG. But even if you’re not an RPG fan, you shouldn’t be put off. You might be pleasantly surprised by how quickly you fall into its gameplay; looting and killing everything that you encounter, with ease. For the most part you’ll spend your time levelling up and gaining stronger abilities, putting your power to use by sending more powerful demons back to hell.
As you hack n’ slash your way through countless enemies you’ll have a meaty story to bite into, combining both Diablo 3 and its expansion, Reaper of Souls, into one long campaign. I’m not one to go into too much detail with plot points, but all you need to know is that after a long time away, Diablo is making an overdue return. This means it’s up to you to stop him from destroying everything in his path, as he aims to dominate heaven, turning everything into darkness.
With the choice of six character classes, there’s plenty to consider before setting off on your adventure. Comprising of Crusader, Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor or Wizard, each role will grant you with countless abilities. Though I didn’t get a chance to explore each of the classes to their full extent, I did get familiar with the Barbarian. Helping me utilise devastating moves and the ability to decrease the headcount of my enemies in seconds, I found myself comfortable during intimate combat situations.
Taking place across five acts — each with their own plethora of main and side-quests — if anyone’s worried that they won’t get enough bang for their buck, there’s nothing to fear here. On the other hand, if you’re upgrading from either PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, it depends on how much shinier graphics and more story will tempt you.
The games’ magic shines through its online or local multiplayer, making it easy for a group of up to four friends to explore, as well as using a range of different powers in unison. The amount of power I managed to utilise in a team really made me feel like a god, particularly once a group of thirty-plus enemies were obliterated within seconds. But it wasn’t just my multiplayer adventures that impressed me, it was also the fact that everything felt suitably old-school. I was hardly ever pushed in a certain direction, and I could always progress at my own speed.
Having only played the PS4 version I had a lot of new things to discover. If you’ve already played the main campaign on other platforms, then you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that your progress will make the jump too. However, this is only available to those continuing in the same console family, and not when you aim to carry on from PC to Xbox, for instance.
Easily one of the best things about Diablo is the loot you can obtain by killing enemies and exploring each corner of a map. Don’t be surprised if you lose countless hours devoting time to searching every cave and hidden space. Once you’ve completed the campaign, then prepare for an open adventure mode, allowing you to delve into various bounties to earn even more loot.
- + Loot. I love LOOT.
- + Gameplay is easy to get into
- + Awesome solo, but even better with friends!