(Reviewed on the PlayStation 3)
Diablo 3 has
successfully made the transition from the PC to the world of consoles
and even though Impulse Gamer has reviewed the title on the PC, today
we're checking it out on the PlayStation 3 and before I go on... the
conversion is relatively flawless. Given that, Blizzard have really hit
the nail on the head in this exciting dungeon controller, especially
with the controls on the DualShock controller that just feels perfect.
Unlike the point and click version on the PC, the left analog stick is
used for direction with the right stick used for directional dodging.
This makes the hack 'n' slash aspect of the game quite in-depth and not
once did I feel out of place while playing this title. The only drawback
of the console version is that the inventory tree is a little more
fiddly but thankfully Blizzard have included a mass junk/sell function.
PlayStation 3 owners also don't need to create a Battle.Net account and
Blizzard have thoughtfully removed the auction house. Well done
In terms of the story, the game adventure
for Diablo III takes place in a place called Sanctuary. Itís been many
years since un-known heroes quested to defeat the dark forces and save
the realms. It all seems to start with a falling star, or at least
thatís what it looked like at first. Imagine our surprise when it turned
out to be a humanoid being, which has lost their memory and also a sword
that was shattered into three parts. Can the addle brained stranger and
this sword hold the key to defeating the dark forces that once again
rise to cause havoc on the lands? Well gee; you will have to play the
game to find that out. I am only here to review the game; I can say that
the game was well worth the wait, and the controversy that hangs over
Character classes this time around are a lot more even when it comes to
the sex of the character. Before in Diablo and Diablo II, you would have
been stuck with whatever sex that character class happened to be in the
games. This time around you can not only choose the character class, but
whether they are male or female. This alone is a welcome thing indeed.
Blizzard did not just port over all the classes, this time around there
is a mix of character classes, some new ones that can be considered a
consolidation or dual classed. The game does not call them dual classed,
but any old school gamer will give a knowing nod. So here is how the
character classes break down. Most of the characters that use any kind
of magic has these magical abilities powered by Mana, which is depleted
with each casting. Most spells need whatís called a cool off period
before that spell can be cast again.
One of the new ones and most interesting
ones is The Witch Doctor. With some skills that may remind some of the
Necromancer class in some ways. Dealing with magic that can cast curses,
summon zombies and use poisons and explosive magic, The Witch Doctor is
no slouch in a fight. Though there is some talk that if there are any
expansions that the Necromancer class may make an appearance.
Blizzard had reported that this next class. The Barbarian was one of the
most widely used by players. So itís no wonder this walking tank of
fighters is present in the game. With skills in battle that can cut a
swath through most crowds of enemy, The Barbarian is a ferocious
fighter. With skills such as ground stomp, leaping and coming down to
crush enemy, cleave and rend and other powerful barbaric moves this
fighter class has it all covered. Barbarians use Fury which is generated
when enemy attack, or attacking enemy. Fury depletes over time much like
Mana for lack of better terms.
The Demon Hunter is a mix of the Assassin and Amazon classes from Diablo
II. With wicked skills with a crossbow, they supplement their attack
abilities with explosives. With a mix of hatred and discipline fueling
their abilities The Demon Hinter is an interesting character class.
Discipline is used for defensive abilities and spells and is slow to
regenerate. Hatred is used for offensive abilities and spells and is
Then there is The Monk. A fighter that
uses melee attacks with her or his special brand of martial skills to
put the beat down on the enemy. They can resist damage, have explosive
concentrated blows, and deflect incoming projectile weapons, kind of an
amalgamation of the other games Paladin and an Assassin. The Monkís
abilities are fueled by fighting spirit, which they generate
appropriately by fighting.
The Wizard is a new mix of the Sorcerer and Sorceress from the older
games from the franchise. The wizard class can do all the ultra-cool
spells that are from the tons of story books and film we all grew up
with. From electrifyingly devastating lighting attacks, to fire and ice
based attacks and the nifty teleportation abilities in the middle of a
fight make The Wizard a crafty spell smith of the arcane arts. Itís like
the magic of David Copperfield really ticked off.
Game play is once again has been upgraded to a directional control
system opposed to the classic point and click version on the PC. Combat
can be achieved simply enough by clicking the button to use your melee
weapons or spells. Further in the game as you go, there are chances to
use the environment to cause damage and stun enemy. Dropping things on
them, or knock a stall of burning embers on them. The destructible and
using the environments in the attacks are a cool thing used to much
advantage on many a dungeon crawl during this review process.
Like most other dungeon crawlers of the
same ilk, your character levels up as the game progresses. Gaining skill
points as you go. The leveling and skill systems have been narrowed down
considerably, some may argue to the point of lack of full
customizability. Each class unlocks only a small number and same exact
type of skills as they progress. The skills are individualistic per that
certain class, but it all comes down to less customization. Eventually
as the character levels up and has access to all the abilities of that
class, during combat you can change what skill or spell you are using on
the fly. Diablo III is less complex than its previous incarnations of
the franchise. The spells and abilities can be enhanced by the use of
Skill Runes, (Also unlocked as the character progresses) these also can
be swapped out and placed on a spell/skill to enhance the effect or
benefit in some way.
Playing the single player experience, gamers do not have to go it alone.
There are Followers that, wellÖ follow you during your adventure.
Happily enough they seem for the most part simplistically competent. The
main strategy for the Followers is attempt to kill anything that is a
You can choose skills for them that affect their behavior in combat.
Followers that are not chosen for your quest remain in camp waiting for
you. Players can head back to town or camp and swap out one Follower for
another. As your characters grown in strength and experience, so too
does The Followers, they unlock skills every five levels. For best
results in combat do not forget to give them the benefit of good
equipment. After all it only helps you on your quest to equip them out
to best effect against whatever forces you are fighting.
Another NPC style character that your character can invest in to gain
better swag is The Artisans. By giving them gold to train up and gain
new higher levels of Artisan skills, they are able to create higher
grade weapons, armor and other items for you.
As you game through this one, it is soon
evident that leveling up is the name of the game. Leveling up means more
powerful character and in turn, maybe an easier time against larger
bosses. Picking up items, gaining experience, clearing a dungeon out,
spreads out the gaming experience and may end up finding out a few
things you would not have by just fighting from A to B without checking
out all there is to offer in a level. With the games enhanced quest
system which does random level generating and encounters along with many
of the static levels, it makes some of the game become more interesting
to explore even further.
Multiplayer allows up to four players to
engage in Diablo 3 with either online or LAN multiplayer. It's great
that you can still team up with random players online. For those players
that want to engage in LAN, this can be done but unfortunately the
screen does become a little too cluttered, especially when four players
are engaged with the game. Single player is fun enough, but there is
just something about fighting through the dark unforgiving places with
friends and family that just makes it even more fun.
Game sounds and music are thumping enough and lend well to the
atmosphere. With a surround sound system players are going to find the
sounds of battle ringing load and clear. Graphics are dark and
foreboding, with depth to the world, including multi-tiered dungeons. In
comparison with the PC, I think Diablo 3 looks better on the PS3 and big
is always better.
Though very linear in most respects and repetitive in its battle
controls there are enough tweaks in this mostly the same game as Diablo
II to make the experience oddly addictive. Diablo III Is a solid sword
and sorcery dungeon crawling adventure. Just push the direction you want
to go and then hack 'n' slash... how simple and fun. A PlayStation 3
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