The lights are on
Veteran Member - Level 11
I admit I was never a huge fan of the original Diablo, but I
briefly played it and was well aware of the reputation it sort of earned back
in the mid-90s when it was a hit title on the PC. The game was solid and it
sure didn't hurt it was developed by Blizzard Entertainment, a proven developer in the
industry with an impressive library of games to their credit including Warcraft
An unknown force of evil has swept across the
land, plunging it into civil war and terrorizing the populace. A mad king, his
missing son, and a mysterious archbishop are all pieces to the puzzle that
faces you. You have journeyed to the source of the evil. The town of Tristram,
now inhabited by only a handful of survivors. The cathedral there is built over
the ruins of an ancient monastery, and now eerie lights and sounds are heard
echoing through its abandoned halls. (Blizzard's
Over the years Diablo has spawned a few sequels. Diablo II
was released in 2000, and believe it or not, you can still purchase it at
Blizzard's website. Not bad, 14 years later. Then there is Diablo III, which
was originally released in 2012 for the PC...but about a year ago...was released
for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
To be honest, I haven't really been exposed to anything
Diablo related since the original version on the PC way back when. It's not
that I wasn't interested or had something against the game, it just seemed like
there was always something else to occupy my time. I've heard several others
talk about it and I vaguely recall some drama associated with the auction house
making the news. Otherwise, this game has totally been off of my RADAR.
Today I played Diablo III on the Xbox One.
And I played it with a few other human players.
(Don't worry - I won't spoil anything.)
I was never quite sure how a game like this would transition
over to the console using a controller setup. Clearly it made the transition a
while ago but since this was my first time playing it since my PC days, I was a
bit skeptical. I'm happy to report I thought it ran really well using a
Everything about the game continues to be solid - the gameplay,
the graphics, the audio (particularly the dialogue and voice acting), and yes...even
the controls...all of it is tight. Spectacular even. I thoroughly enjoyed
revisiting a series I hadn't played in many moons.
From the first frame of opening scene until the last battle
before we called it quits, the game was a lot better than what I was expecting.
One (or maybe it is two) features that I thought were
particularly noteworthy were the skill tree and the inventory (gears and
weapons). There are plenty of options for both. And the mechanism to interact with
either of them is extremely simple and effective.
While it's easy to say the graphics are amazing, that really
doesn't do the game justice. The in-game graphics are fantastic, as you
navigate the caverns and dungeons...fighting off the denizens of these dark and
dangerous places. But the graphics that really dropped my jaw were the cut
scenes. The artwork is spectacular. Truly.
As much as I enjoyed the game and the experience, I really
believe playing it with others added to the overall enjoyment of the game. I don't know
that I'd keep playing it on my own, but grab a friend or two or three and you're
in for a jolly good time.
In the end, I thought it was a great game. A fun game. A
beautiful game. A game you can sink a lot of hours into. If you're a fan of the
other Diablo games, you're sure to love this. And if you've never played any of
them before (or it's been many years since you have - like me) you're still
likely going to have a good time. I've heard playing the other games helps, but
certainly isn't necessary. I concur.
From start to finish and top to bottom, it was nice to see the
Diablo series continue to earn that solid reputation, regardless of
whether I'm playing it or not. Something tells me it won't long before I play
it again though.