Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Console or PC
While everyone has their eye on Destiny right now, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is not going anywhere. With a very solid launch on consoles Diablo 3: ROS became the top selling game in many markets across the world in the month of August. These sales will undoubtedly increase with the coming holiday season. Many PC gamers made a switch to the consoles to play Diablo with their console brethren while many remained loyal to their PC. There have been many reports by PC gamers that they actually prefer the console version. So which version of Reaper of Souls is better for you? We are going to answer the eternal question; Console or PC?
Now as PC gamers already know Patch 2.1 came out for the PC version of the game on August 26th. This was a major patch that fixed bugs, helped balance classes, and added a few new modes and features to the game. Blizzard announced shortly after the console version release that patch 2.1 would be available in the coming months and is already in development. So if you are worried about not receiving all the content because you decided to play Diablo on your PS4 or Xbox One, fear not.
As in terms of graphics Diablo 3 looks beautiful. It plays on both PS4 and Xbox One in 1080p at 60fps. Initially, the Xbox One version was supposed to be 900p, but Microsoft was able to help Blizzard developers push the Xbox One to hit the ideal resolution. Developers worried that this might come with a cost to framerate in intense battles that require a great deal of the console’s GPU. There has been a few instances reported in this regard, but personally after numerous hours of gameplay I haven’t noticed anything significant. Regardless, for anyone that doesn’t have a newer gaming PC the graphics on the console version will blow you away and make any budget PC pale in comparison.
As far as gameplay, Diable 3 transitions perfectly to the console. Being a PC loyalist when it comes to Blizzard games and MMOs I expected there to be a little bit of a learning curve when playing on the controller. However, I was pleasantly surprised and found quite quickly that I preferred using the analog stick over the mouse for movement. With no clicking needed, movement and battle seemed a lot more fluid and I found it much easier to maneuver in combat. To lock onto your opponent you are able to use the left trigger and this is the only part of combat where I miss having a mouse. While the lock-on feature works well it is still much easier and necessary sometimes to click on a specific enemy to be able to concentrate fire on a specific target with your team.
The menu system is also a place where I found a learning curve as far as controls. The layout isn’t necessarily bad, but it is much easier to compare gear, navigate through game modes, and configure character specs on the PC. I found myself many times frustrated after continuing to go backwards and unselect things while trying to compare gear and upgrade abilities. After many hours of gameplay it is possible to get used to these console changes, but a learning curve is definitely there.
As a party game there are a few better than Diablo 3 and the console version makes it even better. A rarity these days in consoles games is the ability for multiple players to play on the same console. These days the majority of players don’t even own two controllers. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls brings us back to the days of a four player console multiplayer with the ability for friends to jump right into your game within seconds just by picking up a second controller and hitting start. Now there is also the ability to play online and jump into games just as easy as if you are short on friends or controllers. But the option for four player couch multiplayer is something that has been lacking in consoles for years and a fun addition to the new expansion.
Blizzard has also made the transition from the original Diablo 3 on PS3 or Xbox 360 to the next generation consoles easy. The ability to transfer all your data to your next generation console is simple through battle.net even if you switched from Xbox 360 to PlayStation 4 or from PS3 to Xbox One. Players are able to pick up right where they left off no matter how long they have been away from the Diablo universe. Also, PS4 users will get exclusive content as certain enemies from The Last of Us have been included in the Ultimate Evil Edition.
No matter what platform you decide to play Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls on, it will be a great experience. With the new polished loot system and with the exclusion of the auction house Blizzard has finally created the Diablo game that fans of the series have wanted for years. And as usual when it comes to Console vs PC arguments it really comes down to personal preference and where your friends are going to be playing. So to some the decision is quite clear as to which platform they sway to.
What platform will you be playing Diablo on? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned to areyougaming.com for more on the ongoing debate; Console or PC?
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