Until recently, the Diablo series was present exclusively on stationary platforms, not getting on consoles and PC. However, this situation is changing: already the second of November Diablo 3 will be available on the Nintendo Switch. I had the opportunity to try out the “portable” version of the game before its official release.
Diablo 3: Eternal Collection includes the original game, released almost seven years ago, and all amendments and updates issued since the release. It’s a full game now at any time to get from a backpack. The popular belief that it is outdated, has nothing to do with reality: even six years after the release of Diablo 3 remains the reference action-RPG, which is very easily carries you, with the head plunging into the gameplay. The passage may take you a few evenings with it. We should not forget that the game has a high replayability, which is typical for the entire series. It is familiar and known to all Diablo 3, which is carefully moved to the mobile platform, without losing any nuggets of what was in the original game. There were some new things: for example, the armor of Ganondorf from the world of The Legend of Zelda and splitskrin to play together on one console. Detailed review we published in 2012 — read it here. In this article, I will focus on the nuances of Switch-version of the game.
The first thing you should pay attention to graphics. For Nintendo Switch game looks basically the same as the PC version at launch. In portable mode, Diablo 3 runs at native 720p at a frame rate of 60 fps, fixed — 960p at 60 fps. Eye the differences are absolutely invisible: the game looks equally well both on small, and on the big screen. Perhaps demanding experts with loops there are some important differences, but at the household level do not create the impression of “portability”. Switch all running smoothly: multiple effects do not squander the frame counter, even when there are several dozens of opponents, and the picture turns into a bright glow from different spells.
The console itself it does not overheat and works stably. Battery consumption is the same as when you play some casual puzzle game. It’s pretty interesting, as big titles on Switch “drop” the battery much faster because of the need to use all the console’s performance. Game time in offline mode for Diablo 3 is about four hours without interruption. For one game session or trip that is enough.
That to control, the controllers Switch came up the game could not be better. It seems to play in Diablo 3 has never been so convenient. All buttons are very well spaced out and divided into categories of action. The interface looks easy and relaxed, and you don’t have to randomly look for a button to attack or of a specialized caste. The operation is intuitive and does not require a long time to get used.
The appearance of Diablo 3 on Switch expands the range of games on this console, close to the mass of the domestic mentality of the player. Switch on the Nintendo there are many different games that are interesting and exciting, but some of them look and play much more tempting titles familiar to us. But the arrival of large publishers with large AAA games is a very good trend. There are many people who really lack the usual “big” titles on Switch, causing the speech about buying this console did not even go, despite the need in games and often forced trip. Diablo 3: Eternal Collection it can afford to take on the role of a leader for our market. To do this, the game has everything you need: great graphics, great length, high replay value, addictive gameplay and a reference that you can take with you anywhere. Something Switch need.