Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
Diablo III

GAME DETAILS
Released
22 May 2012
Format
PC
Developer
Blizzard

LATEST GAME REVIEWS
Tales Of Xillia 2
3 Star Empire Rating
Metro Redux
4 Star Empire Rating
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
4 Star Empire Rating
Ultra Street Fighter IV
4 Star Empire Rating
Last Of Us Remastered, The
5 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Last Of Us Remastered, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Mario Kart 8
5 Star Empire Rating
Titanfall
5 Star Empire Rating
Dark Souls II
5 Star Empire Rating
Forza Motorsport 5
5 Star Empire Rating

Diablo III


submit to reddit

Diablo III (2012)
Review
Hailed as a genre-defining triumph on its released back in 2000, Diablo II remains for many the epitome of the hack-and-slash dungeon crawler, the merry jingling of loot jumping out of demons' corpses causing a Pavlovian reponse from gamers to click on the swag, and click on it quick.

12 years on, its long-awaited sequel treads that ever-difficult path between pleasing die-hard Diabloans (our term) and creating a game that's exciting enough to get those who've never even heard of Baal, Mephisto and the fabled 'cow level' off their consoles and back on their desktops.

Fortunately for everyone who's been waiting eagerly to return to the troubled town of Tristram - now 'New Tristram' after the events of Diablo II gave it 20 years respite from demon spawn - the game, in of itself, is immensely enjoyable and just as addictive as its forbears.

The discovery of ultra-rare yellow items still gives jolts of joy, choosing armour to yield bigger coin drops, more magic items and better melee resistance swiftly becomes a joyful addiction and the constant carnage well worth the possible finger-clicking strain endured hours after a long session.

As for the classes, the wizard caters for magic lovers, the demon hunter for rogue enthusiasts, the barbarian for tanks and so on. Only the summoner of the group, the witch doctor, may take a bit of getting used to - his bouncy yet lumbering gait alone may put you off - but every class has hundreds of ways of playing (and replaying) it.

This is possible thanks to dozens of specific power moves, each with six possible runes to improve them with - and this and the game's relatively behind the scenes approach to stats management, players can get going as soon as they log on.

And there, if there is a one, is the rub. The fly in the game's extra large health potion has nothing to do with the actual gameplay, design or (admittedly largely ignorable) plotline.

To play even a single-player game requires a constant connection to Battle.net. Unsurprisingly, this decision resulted in Blizzard's World Of Warcraft-sized servers melting almost immediately and has since brought about infrequent patches of downtime and even the occasional bit of lag.

For a one man RPG to expect this of its users, even with its new real-cash-money auction house system and immensely entertaining cooperative gameplay, is bound to stick in the teeth a touch, no matter how good the game actually is.

Looking past the teething problems, its glorious graphics update, epic Wagnerian score and 'kill everything, steal everything' attitude remains uncountable hours of bloodthirsty fun. But, until the connectivity kinks are ironed out, while this is undeniably a five star game, it's less than a five star experience.


Reviewed by Ali Plumb

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Diablo III
Empire Star Rating

RE: Diablo III

I play it's not more time but it's really amazing action game.Today i'll try to play it. :) ... More

Posted by boxterford at 06:17, 10 September 2012 | Report This Post


SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: The Movie Business Will Be Like 15th Century Florence
How Annapurna's Pictures' Megan Ellison is the bright white hope of film funding

Gillian Robespierre And Jenny Slate Talk Obvious Child
Director and star on their acclaimed rom-com

Video Interviews: The Stars And Directors Talk As Above, So Below
We talked to Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and company about their underground horror…

The Future Of Film: All Big Blockbusters Will Be Shot At 48 FPS
Our month-long series begins discussing the innovations that will shape cinema

Video Interviews: Chloe Grace Moretz And Jamie Blackley Talk If I Stay
The stars, director R.J. Cutler and co-star Joshua Leonard talk YA adaptations

15 Of The Weirdest TV Cameos Of All Time
From Michael Palin in Home And Away to Ian McKellen in Corrie

Updated: The 36 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)