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
And then there's the graphics.
The level layouts and their environments are utterly gorgeous; each new area you encounter looks magnificent, while use of depth and height bring the world of Sanctuary to life before your eyes. As you explore and fight, scenery shakes or is destroyed, monsters emerge from pits or climb down walls to fight you, and paths weave and twist in and out of terrain that is rendered in immaculate detail. Meanwhile, each class has a distinct look that changes as you alter their gear, while their animations are smooth and detailed. Same goes for the monsters, but best of all are the game's weapon-dependent effects. If you utilize a fire spell, enemies and scenery burn, while electricity-based attacks send sparks dancing among your foes and cold blasts freeze your opponents in frosty style. Victory over your enemies sees them explode into a great looking pile of gory bits. It's satisfying enough without the tangible bonus of gold and loot.
Of course, great graphics need a compelling score for balance. Here, Diablo III excels, with grand, swelling musical themes and Oscar-worthy orchestration. Excellent sound effects supplement the action, as enemies scream, cry, or roar to great effect. NPC voice acting is similarly impressive, with a variety of different accents and tones used to make sure no one sounds too alike.
Overall, like its 2012 forebear, Diablo III on PS3 is superb, frantic fun. As you explore and fight for your life against waves of monsters, the five classes play differently and their unique unlockable skills really allow you to carve a playstyle all your own. The addition of multiplayer, Hardcore mode, a vast trophy cabinet, surprise encounters, secret levels, and increased difficulty settings all serve to keep you hooked on the game long after your first playthrough is in the books.
Reviewed on PlayStation 3 (PS4 version coming 2014)----