Dungeon crawl classic makes its console outing.

I was sceptical of the console ports of Diablo III. The franchise

is a PC game to me, indelibly linked in my mind with a blistered index

finger and the need to buy new mice.

I was wrong. The port of last year's PC game is pretty good,

and the loss of control from point and click is barely noticeable.

Graphics quality isn't quite as good as on the PC, even on my

ageing gaming box. That's a little odd, considering the punch the

PS3 still packs, but isn't a great loss. Superb graphics is not the

point of Diablo gaming.

What is the point is mayhem. This is a classic, old school,

dungeon-crawling hack and slash of the highest order. Kill the monsters,

take their treasure. What more do you need?

And if your index finger no longer suffers, whatever digit you use

to spam the attack button will soon develop blisters.

Some will ask whether a game such as Diablo, with its faux

isometric viewpoint, has a place on consoles at all. My view?

Absolutely. There's precious little like this on consoles at the


If you've got the PC version, there's not much point in

getting the console version -- but if you lack a gaming PC, this is your

chance to see what the fuss is about.

Just don't expect much in the way of story or plot. There are

bad things out there. Lots of them. With lots of level bosses. Your job

is to make them dead.

Save often.

Box - Diablo III (console)

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3 (PS4 version coming later)

Version tested: PS3

Genre: Hack and slash, dungeon crawl

Star Rating: 4/5

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