I have a confession to make, apart from the demo on Xbox 360 I have never played a Diablo game before, please don’t hate me. To make up for this I splashed out on Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Edition For the Xbox One last night. I went to character classes and picked the crusader, expecting him to be more survivable than others. Demon hunter, barbarian, witch doctor, monk and wizard are the remaining classes. So I headed out and made a few recording of my clumsy attempt to work out what I was doing beyond hitting demons with something heavy.
So far I’m enjoying my first venture into this world. Destroying evil is fun although the button bashing combat can become a little tiresome with tough enemies. Increasing the difficulty did make this a lot less tedious but a lot more risky. The various skills can make the slaughter great fun, smashing down sword first from above and watching the enemies explode in showers of blood and gore is very satisfying.
You are not alone on this quest against untold evil either, you have a choice of companions you meet on your journey to accompany you, or you can invite your friends in for up to 4 player co-op against the demon hordes. Your companions can be very useful, especially if you are on the receiving end of an ass kicking against elite foes. With the ability to choose their special skills and equip them with weapons and enchanted items you can create an ally to fill in the gaps your own character can’t fill.
After playing the X360 demo I wasn’t expecting much from the graphics but I’ve been rather impressed, it has a pleasant art style for the environment with attention to detail. Weapons and armour have diverse looks and are well presented if not as exquisite up close and you might expect from a game on these new consoles. The audio is the only area I seem to have a real issue, while in general it is rather nice, on headphones once you get into combat it can only really be described as noise at times to the point where it can be painful to listen to. It does have some nice touches, the chirping of wildlife and the sound of your footsteps on various types of surface.
Overall this is a very good game, enjoyable and with a lot of depth. An epic story of good versus evil and dungeons ranging from cellars to vast labyrinths means there is plenty to do and explore. I feel like I’ve only just scratched the surface of this game, there seems to be so much more ahead of me and I’m looking forward to exploring it.