Diablo 3 is a dungeon crawler hack-and-slash action role-playing game that was developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. The game is the third installment of the popular Diablo series and was released way back in 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013 and a year later on other platforms including the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game was later released on Nintendo Switch and since its release, it has had only one expansion pack titled The Reaper of Souls. It is important to note that between the third and second installments of the Diablo series, there has been a gap of thirteen years, so how does the game measure up to today’s games of the same genre and was it worth the wait? Let’s find out.
Diablo 3 follows many of the already established RPG standards when it comes to gameplay. At the start of the game, players are tasked with creating and naming their characters. The character creation screen offers you a total of seven classes to choose from including Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, Wizard, and Necromancer if you have purchased the required DLC. Each class has numerous abilities and spells that work differently and there is an endless number of combining and utilizing them in unique ways. The gameplay consists of players exploring the randomly generated world and dungeons, killing different kinds of demons, elite monsters, and bosses in an effort to collect better gear and make their character stronger. The endgame consists of players going through various timed dungeons that have the chance of dropping even stronger gear and items.
When it comes to combat, Diablo 3 is an example of an extremely fast yet simple combat design where one mistake can end up costing you your life. While there are many different abilities that each character possesses, they can only ever use six of them at a time which means that picking and choosing those abilities that synergize well will play a crucial part in how well your character performs in combat. Usually, characters would have one resource generating attack that they will use to build up their resource which they can then spend on one stronger ability. The rest of the abilities will differ from shields and evasive abilities to those that support either your primary or secondary attack.
As far as graphics of the game are concerned, Diablo 3 looks good, even when compared to the more modern games. Taking into consideration that the game came out in 2012, the game overall looks great. The character models are detailed and extremely diverse, the animations are smooth, and the color palette ranges from vibrant to mild and gloomy in order to bring the player a true experience of hell breaking loose on screen.
Overall, Diablo 3 is a good hack-and-slash RPG that will provide you with lots of fun even after 7 years. It is best experienced in a group of friends and it can get quite challenging and sometimes very frustrating. It is definitely a game that you should experience at least once.