Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Aug 29, 2013
    88
    Diablo III is a great game. This action-RPG game from Blizzard works perfectly on consoles thanks to a good control system, a redesigned interface, and a fun co-op local multiplayer. It's an amazing experience.
  2. 90
    So, PC gamers, burn effigies if you must, but I enjoyed Diablo III way more on console than I did on PC. There, I said it. This is simply because this version is more focused on the fun of the franchise instead of trying to turn a beloved dungeon-crawler into an MMO.
  3. Sep 16, 2013
    90
    Blizzard has done an outstanding job in bringing Diablo III to consoles, so much so that I was still getting engulfed by its addictive nature even after putting in over 100+ hours on the PC.
  4. Sep 19, 2013
    86
    Diablo III on the PS3 has its issues, but it certainly excels in some of the areas the PC version simply failed on. Gamers will be happy with Blizzard Entertainment's well thought out efforts to bring home a solid console version of their PC hit.
  5. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    Diablo 3 was always going to be a great fit for console given its intuitive and infectious gameplay, but Blizzard deserves plaudits for the skill with which it has handled the porting process.
  6. Sep 2, 2013
    70
    Diablo still contains enough impulsive monster-slaying to entertain, but the trek from its home on PC has left it diminished.
  7. Aug 29, 2013
    85
    Strange though it may sound, this port is the definitive version of Diablo III. By removing the auction house and adding in offline play, local co-op, and an effective console control scheme, Blizzard has allowed the underlying gameplay experience to shine through like never before.
  8. Sep 16, 2013
    90
    Diablo III on consoles is more than recommended.
  9. Sep 12, 2013
    90
    Although the graphics are not as good, Diablo III is even better when played in a console thanks to its great local multiplayer mode.
  10. Sep 13, 2013
    90
    Diablo 3 is an extremely well designed action RPG that really hooks you from the first minute you play. Behind the great gameplay there is a well crafted feedback loop that always has you coming back for more. The console port is expertly made and although the PC version is the premiere version, this is a very good alternative.
  11. Aug 29, 2013
    93
    After spending numerous hours pillaging Sanctuary’s monster-laden realm, I’m ready to wish the PC version a fond farewell; all of the components the developer has added, tweaked, and removed for the console market make me vastly prefer this new-and-improved version for my endless demon-slaying adventures.
  12. Sep 2, 2013
    80
    A success. The title has been cleverly adapted to these supports, and some changes actually bring more and ensure the comfort and enjoyment of the game. Of course, if you already played it enough on PC, there's no need to buy the console version, even if the dodging feature and the local multiplayer mode are nice additions.
  13. Sep 5, 2013
    90
    Diablo III on consoles is mainly cool because it finally gives Xbox and PlayStation lovers the chance to enjoy a modern PC classic by Blizzard. The console edition plays so fluently that you’ll hardly notice a difference with the PC-version. There aren’t many differences to begin with. Offline coop is the only new feature, and a very welcome one at that.
  14. Sep 18, 2013
    90
    This generation finally has a console dungeon-crawler worth booking the sofa for. [Nov 2013, p.64]
  15. Sep 23, 2013
    80
    The switch to consoles has weakened the presentation of the game. [Issue#139, p.108]
  16. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    The powerful abilities of the diverse character classes are fun to use, the world is varied and enticing, and the constant promise of more riches and better gear makes conquering that next group of foes an alluring prospect indeed.
  17. Sep 9, 2013
    90
    Diablo III is a fine example of how a game that was primarily built for playing on a PC, can be translated to consoles. The consideration taken by the development team to make sure interfaces were rebuilt is great to see. Diablo III is the best example of the action RPG and until you play it, you simply cannot appreciate just how amazing the experience can be.
  18. Oct 11, 2013
    85
    Blizzard has accomplished the unthinkable and made Diablo III on consoles the better game, without server- and connection-issues, without an auction-house and with superior gameplay. It's open season for loot-hunters. Again.
  19. 80
    With fluid combat, huge areas to explore, dungeons to conquer, loot to lust over and friendships to be strengthened or destroyed by an able co-op mode, it’s surely the best of its kind on consoles. Diablo III was good when it launched in 2012. Now, it’s great.
  20. Oct 3, 2013
    90
    Dialo III feels more at home on console than it did on PC, but not in the least bit "dumbed down." [Nov 2013, p.56]
  21. Sep 9, 2013
    90
    Ultimately, it’s Blizzard’s revitalization of the item hunt with more generous drop rates and transformative pieces of gear that kept me coming back for more.
  22. Sep 3, 2013
    85
    Diablo III is the best journey Blizzard has ever made in the world of console gaming. The control system is perfect and the flavour of slaying monsters on your sofa, with a joypad in your hands, is sometimes better than the one you feel with your PC. Graphics, though, remain better on a good computer.
  23. Sep 11, 2013
    84
    Diablo III Is a solid sword and sorcery dungeon crawling adventure. Just push the direction you want to go and then hack 'n' slash... how simple and fun.
  24. Sep 5, 2013
    85
    Blizzard shows with Diablo III that they know how to create a console game. With a few good improvements and additions, we’ll let the few slip-ups slip by. Diablo III on consoles is better than the PC-version in pretty much every way.
  25. Sep 5, 2013
    80
    After years of well-founded hopes, we can say without any doubt that Diablo 3 succeeded in arriving on consoles. The HUD has been cleverly modified and you don't have to be connected to Internet or to the fateful Auction House anymore. Talking gameplay, the possibility of playing up to four players on one screen is a really good idea. It's just a shame that such a porting stayed in the dark for more than one year. Anyway, if you don't care about PC's, go for it now.
  26. Aug 30, 2013
    85
    Blizzard offers us an excellent port of Diablo 3, an adaptation of the world of Sanctuary with console gamepads in mind. A number of other options have also been included, aiming to maintain playability for the Playstation 3 fans of the saga.
  27. Dec 12, 2013
    80
    When Diablo III enters the living room some things are worse, but for the most part things are better. Controlling your character with the gamepad is effortless and dungeon raiding with four players in co-op is a an amazing experience. It feels a little odd to say, but Diablo's true home is on your TV.
  28. Sep 3, 2013
    85
    Diablo III is a great game for anybody who enjoys fast-paced games with action-packed fights. Blizzard did an excellent job taking this game to consoles. Fans will enjoy playing with the new control scheme and newcomers will have a blast experiencing Diablo III for the first time.
  29. Aside from the updated controls, Blizzard has also adapted the inventory to be less like a puzzle and more like a traditional list of items. This might be less “RPG-like”, but it does make everything a whole lot smoother and easier to navigate. [October 2013 p.68]
  30. Sep 25, 2013
    89
    A stellar action-RPG that is easily one of the best games of its kind, Diablo III is a dangerously addictive solo loot grind and one of the most chaotic and compelling co-op games we've played in ages. [Issue#235, p.74]
  31. 85
    Visually, the game looks stellar on the PlayStation 3, with enemies and effects all popping extremely brightly.
  32. Thank the gods Blizzard not only ported its baby over, but refined it, tweaked it and spiked it specifically for console. We feel all warm and gooey inside. [October 2013, p78]
  33. It’s an ancient evil residing in a new place, and the marriage of Blizzard’s defiantly old-school dungeon-crawling with its mesmerising craftsmanship works unquestionably. A deceptively simple and expertly constructed Beelzebub-basher, translated smartly for a platform not immediately receptive to the genre.
  34. 90
    With atmospheric graphics, a stirring soundtrack, deeply customizable characters, and non-stop action, Diablo III is the king of action-RPGs and a crown jewel in the late PlayStation 3 library.
  35. Sep 9, 2013
    90
    Blizzard finally makes its reappearance on the console and they do this successfully. Diablo III plays brilliantly and the added co-operative feature is impressive. Even if you have already played this game on PC, we'd still recommend you to try this one out.
  36. Sep 16, 2013
    90
    Aside from some graphical and interface niggles, Diablo III has made the transition to the PS3 exceptionally well. The addictive loot loop remains intact here, and it's furthered by the addition of an excellent couch co-op mode. With several classes to sample and a seemingly never-ending supply of gear, this is an impressive port of an already outstanding game.
  37. Sep 15, 2013
    92
    The console version is the definitive, Director's Cut edition of this game, and if the online requirements or auction houses on the PC version held you back from buying that version or enjoying it, you can rejoice along with me that they are gone this time around.
  38. Sep 30, 2013
    70
    It is a good game, though, especially if you have some friends around to share it with.
  39. Sep 11, 2013
    70
    The developers at Blizzard have proven that they know what stands the test of time in this field, and they don't shy away from that here.
  40. Sep 26, 2013
    90
    Even if you already own its PC brother there is something incredibly refreshing and revitalising about playing the game offline with friends, each with a controller, together on the same screen.
  41. Sep 23, 2013
    90
    Blizzard really has put the effort in though, and it shows with an absolutely fantastic port that plays brilliantly, looks good, and will keep you interested for hours on end.
  42. Sep 3, 2013
    100
    A beautifully designed game that packs intense action, memorable set pieces, and some of the best couch co-op play you'll find. Wickedly brilliant.
  43. Aug 29, 2013
    87
    Blizzard has done great work adapting this game to consoles, and it still is a good experience, with loads of content and some remarkable moments, especially if you play with friends.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 500 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 121
  2. Negative: 35 out of 121
  1. Sep 3, 2013
    10
    If you're going to play Diablo 3, the console version is the way to go. Everything that's wrong with the PC version isn't present in the console version. No more Auction House & Real Money Auction House trolls who buy their way to good gear. It's just good old fashion grind-and-loot! That's how it should be! Full Review »
  2. Sep 3, 2013
    0
    Games gets a 1 only because the graphics and sound are decent; the rest of the game is pure garbage.

    The exact same core problems plague
    the console version as it does the PC version: terrible itemization, boring/useless skills, uninteresting loot, and the game is completely gear dependent. Build diversity is just, well, not there. There is no build diversity, and this is because the skill system is terrible.

    Anyone whose reading this, do yourselves a favor and steer clear of this. There isn't much they can do about the console version, but maybe (just maybe), the PC version will be fixed one of these days and will turn out to be the game it should have been.
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  3. Sep 4, 2013
    1
    If you enjoyed Diablo 2, chances are you may be a bit disappointed with this sequel. For me, the best part of Diablo 2 was searching through different game rooms for Baal runs, Hell cows, and item trading. This is no longer possible as their are no named game rooms. Item trading is pretty non-existent and in a game primarily focused on loot, this is extremely detrimental.

    Gameplay is still fun, but their isn't much thought needed to spend skill points. You no longer allocate attribute points, so leveling up is a ridiculously simple and rather lame process. Their are also no runestones anymore, meaning their are no runewords. Instead, equipment crafting is a more "casual-friendly" process of breaking down (salvaging) useless equipment into matts to create more beneficial equipment which you unlock recipes for by leveling up your blacksmithing (1000 gold per level, usually 2 recipes per level).

    This is really less a true Diablo sequel than a sequel to Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance.

    Being a huge Diablo 2 fan (probably put well over 300 hours into it), I found this sequel to be a very large disappointment. Its still fun to play as a casual dungeon-crawler, but the hardcore element I loved about Diablo 2 just isn't there.
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