Diablo Immortal review | TechRadar


Review information

Time Played: 15 hours

Platform: Android

The legions of hell are endless, constantly streaming through the breach in search of fresh blood to drag back to their overlord. Hanging their new captures upside-down, these fiends will slowly drain their victims of everything over long hours and agonizing days. Then, once nothing is left, the poor doomed souls will be discarded, as they – or more exactly, their wallets – will have nothing more to give. Diablo Immortal has a lot of demons, too, but they’re kind of the lesser “prime evil” in the latest entry for the series.

For the first time since Sierra batted cleanup on the Diablo: Hellfire expansion back in 1997, Blizzard has let someone else take a significant role in creating a Diablo game. Developed in tandem by both Blizzard and NetEase, Diablo Immortal shows flashes of the experience the former has with the action-RPG series, and the latter with mobile platforms. But layered over those positive contributions are piles of baggage, as Diablo Immortal has been lumbered with a group of features that represent the absolute worst of the mobile gaming market.

Diablo Immortal essentials

  • What is it?  A massively multiplayer gothic fantasy action-RPG.
  • Release date? Out now
  • What can I play it on? PC and mobile (iOS and Android)

 A demon by any other name

Diablo Immortal review - a monk kicks his way through enemies in a graveyard

(Image credit: Blizzard)

The original Diablo birthed a new genre – one that I once affectionately referred to as the “mystery shopping game”, in reference to the fun I had watching for new blue, yellow, and gold items each time I whacked a loot pinata. The gameplay was once simpler, but over time aRPGs like Path of Exile and Diablo 3 have made choosing your skills and controlling your character varied and tactically engaging. So now I can expect to fire a rain of arrows, teleport, and dash around the battlefield, and slow time around my characters – all as standard features. 

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