Diablo III Multiplayer Review: Revel in Endless Treasure

About Diablo III

Diablo III is an action RPG that allows up to four players to collaborate and play through the entire storyline together.

Battle hoards of demons using various weapons and abilities, level up your character, forge greater weapons, and loot endless amounts of treasure to prepare for the ultimate battle with Diablo himself. Diablo III features some beloved characters from past installments in the series, including Deckard Cain and The Butcher.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition combines the original Diablo III game and the Reaper of Souls expansion pack.

Diablo III Multiplayer

Every aspect of Diablo III can be played in both local and online multiplayer. Join together with up to four friends and play cooperatively through the entire campaign.

Local Multiplayer: Up to 4 players, shared-screen

Online Multiplayer: Up to 4 players

Systems: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac

Genre: Action RPG, Hack and Slash

Review of Diablo III

Diablo III: The Ultimate Evil Edition offers the perfect multiplayer gaming experience.

First, every single aspect of the game can be played with up to four players. Players can jump in and out of games seamlessly, and the process of joining another player’s game—even online—takes only seconds. Loot and gold drops occur for individual players, so there’s no arguing over who gets what. But if you do want to share your treasures, it’s simple to drop items for your friends to pick up.

It’s also one of the most rewarding games ever made. From constant loot drops to quick-leveling of characters, there’s always some reason to be in your menu exploring the new rewards of your efforts.

In online play, exploring new skills and items brings nothing but joy. But in local, it’s creates a subpar experience because only one player can be in the menu at a time. This can create long periods of inactivity as everyone waits for everyone else to choose their skills and decide what new gear to equip.

This can be made less cumbersome by establishing rules for when you’re going to review new gear and skills. There will still be a wait while others deal with items, but it’s better than a wait every time someone levels up or gets an exciting new piece of gear—which can happen every two minutes.

In online play, no such issues exist, so online multiplayer offers the ideal Diablo III experience.

With multiple difficulty levels, Diablo III can be as difficult or as easy as you want it to be. On easier settings, you can mow through enemies quickly, making the game relaxing while still feeling rewarding. However, more difficult settings are also available for players who want more of a challenge. For example, if you switch to hardcore more, dying erases your entire character and all of its progress.

The best way to approach more difficult modes is incrementally. If you suddenly switch from normal difficulty to the highest level of torment, you won’t be able to do any damage to enemies, and they’ll kill you just by looking in your direction. Instead, increase the difficulty level-by-level when you start finding that you’re mowing down enemies a little too efficiently.

Diablo III offers six different character types—Barbarian, Monk, Demon Hunter, Witch Doctor, Wizard, and Crusader—and playing through the game with each type offers a slightly different experience. The game controls are simple to use—one skill per controller button—while also offering a plethora of skills to utilize against enemies. And the game’s storyline is engaging without getting in the way of gameplay.

But the best thing about Diablo III is the loot. Enemies in the game are constantly dropping new items, weapons, and gear, and occasionally, you’ll come across a treasure goblin. Treasure goblins have a lot of life, and they sprint away when attacked. This makes them challenging to kill, but if you manage to kill one, it’s like gamer Christmas—gold and treasures pour all over the land like a fountain.

The main storyline in the Ultimate Evil Edition consists of five acts. Depending on what difficultly you choose and how thorough you are about exploring every detail of the land, the main story takes about 40 hours to complete. But completing the main story is by no means the end of the game.

After beating the story with one character, you can switch to adventure mode. In adventure mode, you can take on dozens of bounties and battle hordes of legendary enemies in rifts. In doing so, you can collect high-level legendary weapons and armor that you can then use to create your ultimate character.

There are also a variety of in-game challenges to complete, and seasonal challenges that you can complete with new seasonal characters. All of these post-story activities significantly extend the number of playable hours in the game. If you get tired of your character, you can always create a new character of a different class for some variety.

In the end, Diablo III is a pretty basic game. It doesn’t require a tremendous amount of skill like a first-person shooter, and it doesn’t require a tactical approach to battles like an RPG. For the most part, these qualities make it a relaxing game to play. And there’s enough to do outside of button-mashing to make the game compelling to fans of any game genre.

Diablo III is one of the best-selling games of all time—an honor that is well-deserved.