Diablo III is a one-way ticket to Hell and back. Here’s what we thought of the game’s port to the Switch.
On the 31st of December 1996, Blizzard Entertainment (Warcraft, Starcraft and Overwatch) released Diablo. For 22 years heroes have banished demons, saved the town of Tristram, and faced the Lord of Terror – Diablo. On June 27th, 2012, Diablo III released on PC, followed by console releases and multiple expansions. Bundling Diablo III and its two expansions, Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer – Diablo III: Eternal Collection is now available on the Nintendo Switch. Marking the series’ first release on a Nintendo console, how does the iconic dungeon crawler perform on the Switch?
The story for Diablo III is straightforward and great for newcomers to the series. The core to the story is based around The Eternal Conflict, a never-ending war waged between Heaven and Hell. The game takes place in the world of Sanctuary, 20 years after Diablo II. The town of Tristram’s cathedral (the same cathedral in the original Diablo) is struck by a mysterious star falling from the sky. Your Character arrives in Tristram to investigate the falling star, and help find missing Diablo series regular Deckard Cain (who was in the cathedral at the time).
Firing up Diablo III with the Switch in its docking station is surprisingly beautiful, running at 960p at a smooth 60fps. Yes, the graphics have been slightly scaled down for the Nintendo Switch, but it’s still visually stunning. Removing the Switch from the docking station and playing on the go drops the resolution to 720p, though Diablo III continues to run at 60fps. Playing on the go, Diablo is still immersive and beautiful when in handheld mode, not having a single frame rate drop (many a train stop has been missed on this playthrough).
Upon starting the game, players choose the character/class they want to play as. With a total of seven classes, each with their own unique play style, Diablo III is constantly fresh. Finding the Barbarian class a bit stale? Change things up and play as a Monk. Yes, you’ll need to replay some of the missions you’ve already completed, but what Diablo III gets right is the combat and dungeons. The mechanics are addictive and easy to pick up and play, but, most importantly, simple. Diablo III’s iconic dungeons are randomly generated, keeping the game fresh and ensuring that each playthrough is always different. The isometric camera angle (if you haven’t played Diablo before, the camera angle is similar to Warcraft, Starcraft or League of Legends) provides a great field of view and complements the combat. The inventory system and menus are as easy to master, with the ability to change out weapons and gear at any moment.
Not only do players just choose the class they wish to play as and start raiding dungeons, you’re given a load of customisation options (with the Nintendo Switch version of the game allowing players to look like Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda series). Players can alter their armour, weapons, wings, and even pets (Switch owners also gain access to the Cucco from The Legend of Zelda). Sadly, there are no options to alter your characters physical features, but Diablo makes up for it by allowing players to completely alter everything else. Best of all, Diablo III is multiplayer both online and offline. Removing the joy-cons from the Switch and playing co-op on the go is just as entertaining (if not moreso) than raiding dungeons solo.
Whether you’re new to the franchise or have been playing since 1996, Diablo III: Eternal Collection is the ultimate experience. With a story that drops you straight into the action, and easy and addictive combat with endless replay value, Diablo III: Eternal Collection starts at 11 and only goes up from there.
Diablo III: Eternal Collection includes the base game and the two expansions Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer.