A review of Diablo III on the PC
It’s been 16 years since the original Diablo was launched, it’s been 12 years since Diablo II was released and it’s been 11 since the Lord of Destruction expansion came out. Since then, RPG fans have been left hungering for a new experience in the isometric, dungeon crawling universe created by Blizzard.
- Fully-updated Windows XP/Vista/7 with DirectX 9.0c
- Intel Pentium D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ (or better)
- NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT or ATI Radeon X1950 Pro (or better)
- 1 GB RAM (with Windows XP)or 1.5 GB RAM (with Vista or Windows 7)
- 12 GB available Hard Drive space, DVD-ROM drive (for retail disc versions only)
- Broadband Internet connection
- Video settings reaching a minimum resolution of 1024×768
- Fully-updated Windows Vista/7
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz or better
- At least 2 GB RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce 260 or ATI Radeon HD 4870 or better
Diablo games have always emphasized gameplay, but their stories aren’t too shabby either, especially since they’re usually portrayed through stunning CGI sequences that give movie studios like Pixar a run for their money.
The third installment is no different, continuing the saga that started 16 years ago. In case you forgot, the action takes place in a medieval world called Sanctuary, where all sorts of monsters run amok after the three Prime Evils wanted to bring Hell on Earth in the last two games.
In this new experience, you play as a hero who’s on the hunt for the two remaining Lesser Evils, Azmodan and Belial, but also for the Black Soulstone artifact. Throughout the story you’ll meet classic characters like Deckard “Stay awhile and listen” Cain, but also his niece, Leah, and many other people or creatures.
While most of the times the story won’t get in the way of the dungeon crawling, the cinematic interludes are a welcome change of pace and Blizzard’s top-notch quality is still present, managing to get players invested in many characters, despite many cut scenes lasting just a couple of minutes.
While you don’t get much of a choice throughout the story, Diablo III‘s plot manages to keep things going and provides more than enough incentive to keep killing monsters and completing your quests. Throw in some unexpected twists towards the end and you’re in for a pretty good narrative.
Diablo III is a great game. It manages to deliver a top-notch experience with satisfying gameplay, decent graphics, impressive sound and a solid multiplayer. Sadly, it’s being let down by the mandatory internet connection but, once people stop overwhelming Battle.net and Blizzard realizes that it does need more servers, it will no doubt prove to be a much better experience.
Even with the errors and the problems, Diablo III still manages to impress and, given Blizzard’s desire for perfection, you can expect it to be improved upon for many months to come with updates and DLC.