After more than two years since the original Diablo 3 was released, and just a few month after the expansion landed on home PCs, it’s time for the game to see the light of day on consoles as well, in the form of the Ultimate Evil Edition. This edition is no ordinary one, as it contains both the original game, and the Reaper of Souls expansion — and after years, and years of patching and adjusting the game, it’s finally safe to say that Blizzard nailed it. But don’t be afraid, if you already played the game on the last generation of consoles, you’ll be able to import your characters with just a few clicks.
When Blizzard decided to port Diablo 3 on consoles, the limitations imposed by the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 clearly affected the game. In order for the game to run smoothly, visual changes were made and pixels were hidden. However, with the release of the Ultimate Evil Edition on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the previously mentioned shortcomings disappeared. The two next-gen consoles can run the game without any hiccups at 1080p and an almost constant 60 FPS. There are a few stranded zones full of enemies, that will make the console sweat a bit, but there’s nothing to worry about.
In the current state, the console version could be easily compared side by side with a powerful gaming PC, giving almost the same results. It’s only a matter of what you prefer, a controller or the classic keyboard and mouse. There are some new feature that might get you on board for the console versions. The mail system now allows everyone to send gifts, such as items, with no limitations. If you have generous friends, you can start your character with mostly legendaries.
Another clever addition to the game is the Nemesis Monster; when a regular monster kills a character at least level ten, it will have a chance to transform into a Nemesis. Its own purpose will not be hunting your friends in Diablo 3, and invading their own worlds. This way you’ll have a chance to avenge your friends’ death, or follow them into the underworld.
Last, but not least, the Apprentice Mode will ensure you will be only be matched with a character with at least four levels above you — and you will be made his apprentice, matching his vitality, power, and more. Hunting demons was never this easy in Diablo 3, especially in the early stages.
If you are familiar with Diablo, you might already know that the game is not about story, it’s mostly about killing. And killing monsters is now even more rewarding that it was in previous versions of the game, as the Ultimate Evil Edition benefits from the enhanced loot system. Even one hour long game session will give you the feeling of progressions, with several new awesome items being dropped constantly. Not having a lot of time to spend in Diablo 3 will no longer be punished by the game’s mechanics.
But not everything is perfect in Blizzard’s dungeon crawling game. The User Interface present in the console version was altered to match a PS4/ Xbox One controller, and while it’s mostly good, there are a few things that got away. The far most annoying it’s the inventory system, which is makes comparing and changing items more of a chore. After the huge amount of complaints the original Diablo 3 got regarding the inventory system used on consoles, we were expecting for Blizzard to change it completely, or at least improve it.
The decent amount of additions, and tweaks make Diablo a smart choice for everyone. There’s always room for improvement, but with all its pros, and cons, Diablo 3 is surely a game you don’t want to miss. The Ultimate Evil Edition, is in fact, the ultimate experience that Blizzard has to offer in their insanely action-packed game. If the single player adventure is not something you enjoy, you can simply bring over your friends and rule the world of Sanctuary.
Score: 4/ 5
A review copy of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition was offered by the publisher. The game was only tested and reviewed on Sony’s PlayStation 4.