Diablo III Review: A heavenly journey through Hell
- Posted September 5th, 2013 at 18:37 EDT by Richard Archer
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With atmospheric graphics, a stirring soundtrack, deeply customizable characters, and non-stop action, Diablo III is the king of action-RPGs and a crown jewel in the late PlayStation 3 library.
- Game modes and content support replayability
- Superb range of characters and skills
- Gorgeous graphics with fantastic music and sound effects
- Ho-hum plot
- No puzzles, wasted NPCs
- Annoying companion dialogue
That's without touching on the extra difficulty levels--Inferno and Nightmare--which will push even seasoned Diablo players to their limits. PS3 has rarely seen such rewarding challenge.
Speaking of reward, Diablo III has an impressive range of trophies; some are easy to complete, such as leveling a character or defeating a boss. Other achievements will test your mettle, as they involve multiple playthroughs to beat harder difficulties or finding rare loot drops. In-game achievements can also unlock patterns for the banner used to represent your character in multiplayer games.
However you choose to play, control of your hero is simplicity itself. Each of your four chosen skills is assigned to Square, Circle, X, and Triangle, while the left and right analog sticks control movement and dodging (a console-exclusive ability), respectively. Intuitive radial menus govern your inventory and skills. After a bit of learning, you can quickly swap gear, change your active powers, and equip your companion.