I had played Diablo III on my PC and loved it. I then played it on last-gen consoles and while it was still fun, the sacrifices the game had to make in order to run on those consoles left me a bit unsatisfied.
Fortunately Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition gets things right on the PS4 and Xbox One. It’s not just that the game plays great but the additional content, such as the Reaper of Souls expansion and all the goodies it comes with, makes for an exceptional package that finally looks great even away from the PC.
For those who didn’t play the expansion, you’ll get a raised level cap, the awesome Adventure mode, updated skills and a fourth passive slot, which helps so much. Anyone who had played Diablo III on the PS3 or Xbox 360 will be happy to know that you can import your character over so you won’t have to start from the beginning with someone new.
As usual, killing anything that moves is half the fun, while the other half can certainly be attributed to scoring all sorts of loot that drops in the immediate vicinity. Picking up gear, scoring XP and causing all sorts of mayhem is as enjoyable as ever and though I’ve long played Diablo on a PC, the analog sticks of the current-gen consoles worked very well. The only main problem I had was that I couldn’t stop playing, but obviously that’s a great thing. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I kept creating new characters just for the satisfaction of leveling it up over and over again.
As I mentioned before, visually, the game is a huge step up from the last-gen versions of the game. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition runs buttery smooth at 60fps at 1080p, and while you may not get the level of visual fidelity that you can get from a high quality PC running at Ultra settings, it’s still a big improvement; not to mention that playing on a big screen with a home theater is pretty awesome.
I also dug the ability to give stuff to my friends and also the nemesis feature, which is a monster that strikes down one of your friends and then continues to level up before making its way into your own game – revenge is pretty sweet when you’re able to kill it off, though beware, that they can be pretty tough too. Then there’s Adventure mode, which lets you play with a group of friends in randomized dungeons in a never-ending struggle to gain more experience and pick up more loot.
Diablo III was great on the PC, especially with the added expansion. On the last-gen consoles, it was decent, but on the PS4 and Xbox One, there’s like a sweet spot that the game has hit, making it the “ultimate” experience thus far.
Final Score: 4.5 out of 5