After a bumpy start back in 2012, Diablo 3 has gradually become the dungeon crawling experience that gamers know and love. It took the dissolution of the real money trading house, a bunch of bug fixes, and some launch-day problems to get there, but finally Diablo 3 is in state that fans can approve of.
Diablo 3‘s stability couldn’t have come at a better time either, as the launch of the Reaper of Souls expansion has further developed the mechanics and lore of the sequel, along with introducing a new Adventure mode and a new Crusader class. Not to mention, the game is poised to make its debut on current-gen hardware in August with the release of Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition.
Eager Diablo fans can get their first in-game look at Diablo 3 in action above, running buttery smooth on the PS4. For all intents and purposes this is Diablo 3 as it was on the PC, only with some key console-focused changes.
Obviously, the endless clicking and resource management that demarcate the PC dungeon crawling experience have been tweaked to fit the DualShock 4 controller, most notably in the inventory screens. But from a gameplay perspective it appears Diablo 3, as well as the Reaper of Souls expansion, have not missed a beat in their transition to current-gen hardware. It also didn’t hurt that Blizzard had the last-gen ports to cut their teeth on.
Despite any of those early problems on PC, Diablo 3 on console proved to be a worthy port of the game (read our review), albeit with a few caveats. However, with the power of the PS4 and Xbox One at their hands, Blizzard will likely have the opportunity to bring all of Diablo 3‘s content, including Reaper of Souls, to the console space in the best form possible. If the trailer is any indication, the PS4 port certainly looks the part; we’ll have to see if it plays the part in August.
Are you eager to play on current-gen hardware? What improvements or changes would you like to see made for the console environment?
Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition releases August 19, 2014 for PS4 and Xbox One.
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