Tuesday 12 August 2014

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Rocks on PS4

I know it is extremely fashionable these days to bash Diablo III as the game which massacred the franchise, the bĂȘte noire of the series which turned out way worse than anything that came before it, trivializing the action, watering it down to make it attractive to those who have never played the other Diablo titles and yes, to a certain degree, all these complaints and accusations are well-justified.

I have never really been the sort of nit-picking player though who is always on the lookout for bugs/imperfections/things that have not been implemented well in a game (although that doesn’t mean such players aren’t needed in the industry). I’m just an overall positive person and someone who is always looking for ways to get enjoyment out of a title in whatever way possible.

With that in mind, it’s easy to see how Diablo III’s Ultimate Evil Edition, the title marking the game’s debut on PS4 and Xbox One, made a great impression on me. Heck, I was among those who liked the original Diablo III, and this one has brought so much more to the table, improvements, as well as additional content and smoother graphics.

The Reaper of Souls expansion is obviously the cherry on top of the Ultimate Evil Edition cake, but that’s not even what I enjoyed most about this release.

The lack of the Auction House is the highlight and the main event all wrapped into one as far as I’m concerned. Crafting items, picking up loot and defeating bosses has taken on a whole new meaning without the universally-loathed Auction House, which essentially represented Blizzard’s attempt to turn the game into some sort of Diablo-related online marketplace.

The game looks great on the PS4 and control is almost flawless (save for the odd auto-targeting glitch here and there).

The flow of the game is great, the atmosphere and the general feel are flawless and the entire package is insanely addictive again. It’s all about loot-grabbing once more, and once you get into that mode, you’ll find it nearly impossible to stop, even for a short break.

This title is a must have for the PS4, unless of course you already happen to own its PS3 or Xbox 360 version, in which case, the PS4 title doesn’t really represent a significant upgrade. There are always fanatics out there though who will pick it up nonetheless, and these folks will be glad that save files can now be transferred from the older machines to the last-generation consoles.

Philip Thalberg has been working for GosuGamers since 2010. GosuGamers.net is the best destination for HearthStone player rankings, as well as League of Legends, Dota2 and Heroes of the Storm news.