Summary: Much has changed since we reviewed Diablo III at its launch in May of 2012, both in the game itself and in the PC gaming landscape. Now, those looking for great multiplayer hack-and-slash dungeon crawls have more options, like the colorful and appealing Torchlight II and the deep, grim, free-to-play Path of Exile . With these great games on the market that scratch the same itch, Diablo III is less essential.
Pros: Loot is more consistently great, and more consistently useful, Attributes of gear encourage you to change up your play style, Paragon system lets you continue enhancing your character after hitting the level cap
Cons: Still some hiccups due to the always-online requirement
Conclusion: Diablo 3's biggest problems have been solved, and though there are still some network kinks that need to be worked out, it's finally at the stage where I can recommend it wholeheartedly to any fan of the franchise.
Pros: Loot system is exciting, Strong presentation, Console version is a very strong port
Cons: You won't care an ounce about the story, Network issues persist, years after release, Grinding to defeat harder difficulties lacks the excitement of the quest to hit 99
Excerpt: If there’s anything scarier than demons, I don’t want to know about it. Seriously, don’t tell me. They’re like the ultimate supernatural boogie-man. Remember when Denzel Washington fought that one that kept body-snatching all over the place? Or the little girl who could spin her head around and throw up on the ceiling? Yeah, demons definitely belong in Monster Month, so Diablo III belongs in Monster Month.
Excerpt: I had to wait a very long time to get my hands on Diablo III, which released over a decade after Lord of Destruction came and took over my life. As a longtime fan of the series — up until the latest game released I would still return to Diablo II every so often — I didn’t leave disappointed. Apparently, I was in the minority. Diablo III is an odd game.
Excerpt: Diablo III for consoles is awesome. I figured we should get that out of the way right from the start. Those of you who remember last year's launch of Diablo III for the PC and Mac, know that there were a few problems initially, though the game was ultimately successful, earning 4 1/2 GiN Gems in its review here, and being voted as the PC Game of the Year. Moving from PCs to consoles is a rarely trodden path in the industry.
Excerpt: With what seems like a lifetime of waiting, Diablo 3 is finally released and in the hands of the hordes of fans wanting to roll into Sanctuary. It’s been twelve years since the last instalment of the series and during this time Diablo 3 has built such a fanbase awaiting its arrival that it now comes with high anticipation. With Blizzard’s renowned skills as RPG game developers, this looks like it could be very much one of the best games released all year.
Excerpt: Twelve years is a long time to wait for a game, but the Diablo faithful have had to do just that since developer Blizzard released Diablo II in 2000. Since then people have leveled and looted for years and gradually mastered its gameplay systems. Blizzard too has learned a lot over the last decade, and has wisely applied these lessons to the design of Diablo III.
Excerpt: Diablo 3 is the third entry into Blizzard’s fabled Diablo series that has been around for over 15 years. Taking place in the fantasy world of Sanctuary, Diablo 3 takes place 20 years after the ending of Diablo 2 as there is some carry over story