Diablo IV review for PC, PlayStation, Xbox

Platform: PC
Also On: PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Medium: Digital/Disc
Players: Multi
Online: Yes

Diablo IV, the highly anticipated new installment in the iconic action role-playing game series, has finally descended upon us, and it is nothing short of a demonic masterpiece. Developed by Blizzard Entertainment, the game seamlessly blends the essence of the franchise’s dark and gothic roots with a fresh, immersive experience that will captivate both newcomers and die-hard fans.

Diablo is one of my “Formative games”, a game that I have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours with. My friend Charles and I were number 1 in the world for a LONG time for the 2-Man Crusader GR back in the day, and so much of what I look for in an ARPG comes from my time with and love for Diablo. To say I had high hopes for Diablo IV going into it would be an understatement, but I am thrilled to say that it managed to surpass all of my expectations.

Visually, Diablo IV is a feast for the eyes. The game’s graphics have received a stunning overhaul, embracing a gritty and atmospheric art style that enhances the sense of dread and foreboding throughout the game world. From the eerie dungeons to the sprawling open landscapes, every environment is meticulously crafted, bringing the twisted realms of Sanctuary to life like never before.

One of the standout features of Diablo IV is its improved storytelling. The game dives deep into the rich lore of the Diablo universe, weaving a dark and intricate narrative that keeps players engaged from start to finish. The well-written dialogues and compelling characters add an extra layer of depth, making every encounter feel meaningful and significant. Players will find themselves emotionally invested in the fate of Sanctuary as they unravel the mysteries behind the impending demonic threat.

Gameplay in Diablo IV remains as addictive and satisfying as ever. The familiar hack-and-slash combat mechanics are enhanced with new abilities, skill trees, and customization options, providing a deep and rewarding experience for players to fine-tune their playstyle. The wide array of character classes ensures there is something for everyone, whether you prefer the relentless might of a barbarian or the arcane mastery of a sorceress. Furthermore, the introduction of open-world elements adds a sense of exploration and discovery, making each journey through Sanctuary a thrilling adventure.

Cooperative multiplayer and player-versus-player (PvP) interactions are integral to the Diablo experience, and Diablo IV does not disappoint in this regard. The multiplayer aspect has been expanded, allowing players to join forces with friends or other players online to tackle challenging dungeons, participate in world events, or engage in intense PvP battles. The seamless integration of multiplayer elements ensures that the game remains engaging and socially interactive, fostering a strong sense of community within the Diablo fan base.

Another noteworthy aspect of Diablo IV is the attention to detail in loot and itemization. The game boasts an extensive arsenal of weapons, armor, and artifacts, each with their own unique attributes and effects. The hunt for legendary gear and the excitement of finding that perfect piece to complete your build is as addictive as ever. The revamped itemization system strikes a perfect balance between accessibility and complexity, ensuring that players can easily dive into the loot hunt while still experiencing the thrill of strategic decision-making.

Lastly, the haunting musical score and atmospheric sound design further immerse players into the dark world of Diablo IV. From the haunting melodies that accompany harrowing battles to the subtle ambient sounds that convey the horrors lurking in the shadows, the audio experience elevates the game’s immersive nature to new heights.

In conclusion, Diablo IV is a triumphant return to the series that captures the essence of what made the franchise so beloved while introducing fresh and innovative elements. With its stunning visuals, gripping storytelling, addictive gameplay, and robust multiplayer features, Diablo IV is an absolute must-play for any fan of the action role-playing genre. Prepare to be ensnared by the dark embrace of Diablo IV, as you embark on a journey that will leave you hungry for more.

Note: Blizzard Entertainment provided us with a PC code for review purposes.

Grade: A