Diablo III on next gen is a game that I’ve been waiting for since it was announced. I never played it on the 360 when it was released, so I was very happy to learn it was coming to Xbox One.
I managed to play the demo on Xbox 360 and was very impressed with the game, which is where my excitement for the Xbox One version came from. The game felt right to play, I enjoyed controlling the characters, I just hoped that the Xbox One version was just as good. Well I finally got my copy, installed it and got playing. Was it as good as I remembered from the 360 demo? Let’s find out…..
The game is a top down RPG, while this is new to Joon, it felt good to view and get to grips with. One thing that did excite me with this was the open world nature of the game, you can roam where ever you like and do various other little bits around the world in between each main mission. Tick for Joon.
The battle system within the game is simple and easy to get to grips with. Its simply pressing A,B,X,Y or RT to fight your enemies, with each button doing something different, making it easy to mix things up during fights.
There are several classes for you to pick from, these are:
I chose to be a Wizard, pretty standard when I play these type of games, love the magic side of things, but other classes do interest me, such as the demon hunter, and the game rewards you for having several characters and trying out the different classes that are available! So no doubt I’ll try my hand with the demon hunter, and maybe the others too, just to see what the main differences are.
There aren’t a lot of choice when it comes to allowing you to choose how your character looks, you can choose their class and gender and that’s about it, which for me was quite disappointing. However within the game you collect loads and loads of little goodies, such as weapons, clothing etc., which you can use to customise what your character wears and make them unique to you. Which is another thing that is brilliant about this game, no two characters will be the same, even co-oping with your friends, and if two of you are Wizards, its more than likely the weapons and clothing you will have on will be completely different!
The game plays brilliant using the controller, and you can tell that Blizzard have taken their time over this to get it spot on. You can tell this isn’t just some rushed port over, they have cared and caressed this until it was perfect.
The worlds which you play in are vast, vast beautiful and well laid out. I love the element of Destructibility that they have in the game as well. Being able to zap bookcases, pillars, benches, stair railing and much more brings that bit of joy to the inner Child Joon.
Me and my partner both love playing this game. Playing it in Coop mode whether it was split screen or us both playing on our own Xboxes, the connection was always fluid and the game play was always smooth. I don’t think that there was any point where we suffered frame rate drops or connection issues. Which at the end of the day, is what you want from a game, and this did it amazingly.
When I was in coop with my partner, she would always ask.. “Why does everything have to be so doom and gloom?… Where’s my rainbow retreat…” – Naturally I laughed at this, where could there possibly be a rainbow retreat in this game? Where would that have a place in such a world… Then the following happened..
The squeals that I could hear at the time for the other room… The pure excitement, I knew my partner had found her rainbow retreat… And to be fair, I thought it was a fantastic little addition to the game! Such doom and gloom, and then to find that! It did have me singing ‘Sunshine, Lollypops, Rainbows…’ lol! #GoJoon
As you can see from the video, the world changes to vibrant colours and the usual beasts are replaced with Teddy Bears and Ice Creams and other fluffy animals…
In conclusion I absolutely love this game, I can see me dabbling with this game for a long time to come! Its been fantastically ported over by Blizzard and I dip my Joon cap to them! My excitement to play this after not playing the Xbox 360 version was well received and I have to admit that both me and my partner love dipping back into this from time to time and having a nice session.
This review was written by @XboxSuperJoon. Credit to him =)