'Diablo III: Eternal Collection'

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

Rated: M

Who it's for: Anyone who enjoys an action/RPG that's really heavy on the action

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Grade: A

Generally speaking, I do not review games that came out fully six years ago. You'd think that most people who wanted to play said game would have already done so.

However, I am making an exception with "Diablo III: Eternal Collection," for a number of reasons.

First, Blizzard Entertainment hasn't sat around for the last six years doing nothing to the game. Since its original release, it has received numerous updates as well as a full-fledged expansion pack ("Reaper of Souls") and recently even a new playable character class — the Necromancer.

Second, and more significant, the new release of "Diablo III" lands on everyone's favorite hybrid system, the Nintendo Switch. The news is significant not only because you can take the game with you for monster hunting on the go, but also because it marks the first time a Blizzard game has appeared on a Nintendo system since "Starcraft 64" hit the N64 more than 18 years ago.

So for all the Nintendo fans out there, let me say, "Welcome back, Blizzard!"

Those who have played Blizzard's excellent hack-and-slash RPG won't find much new here. Everything available on the Switch is available on other systems.


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Surprisingly, though, the game truly shines on the Switch, both in portable mode or on a giant flatscreen TV. Not only does it look beautiful, it performs unwaveringly, which is saying something given the chaos that rains down at any given moment.

For the uninitiated, the "Diablo" games are action/RPGs that concentrate on a seemingly endless cycle of exploration, fighting, collecting loot and repeating. Those who enjoy this somewhat repetitious cycle love it. Those looking for a more strategic RPG experience might explore other options.

The Switch release of "Diablo III: Eternal Collection" comes with a Nintendo-exclusive Ganondorf armor set.
The Switch release of "Diablo III: Eternal Collection" comes with a Nintendo-exclusive Ganondorf armor set. (Courtesy Blizzard Entertainment)

"Diablo III" wallows in its ultra-violence. Enemies swarm en masse, rarely giving players a chance to breathe amid the carnage. No matter if you choose a magic class, a blade-wielding warrior or a long-distance damage dealer (like my preferred Demon Hunter class) you will quickly find yourself waist deep in viscera as your nightmares come true and engulf you.

It's not fair to say there's no strategy to "Diablo III." You'll need to familiarize yourself with your character's abilities, which weapons and augmentations work against which enemies and how to use the environment to the best of your advantage.

Much like the unrelenting battles, loot flows at an unbelievable pace. Coming in many flavors such as regular, magical, rare and legendary, choosing what equipment to use becomes a mini-game unto itself.

Later in the game, you can even craft upgrades for that special loot you just don't want to get rid of and socket gems in some of them for an additional boost of power.

In the game's first act (of nine if you count the expansion) I reached level 20, had equipped myself with some wondrous gear and had amassed nearly $80,000 in gold. This game doesn't fool around.

In between the fighting, equipping and selling, there is a rather robust story regarding demons and danger and ... well, to be honest, I only half paid attention. The cutscenes are gorgeous, but mostly I wanted to get back to the bloodletting.

There's also the little matter of the various journals you'll find along the way. They advance the story nicely, but chances are you will have to find a quiet nook to hide and listen to them again, because the first time through, you'll likely be distracted by something trying to eviscerate you.

Whether you decide to play alone, locally with up to three other friends or online, the gameplay never stutters, maintaining solid framerates and demonstrating negligible lag.

Some games show their age in a year or two; others hold up much better. "Diablo III" hasn't aged at all. While there may not be a lot of new content — aside from the nifty Nintendo-exclusive Ganondorf armor set — it's fantastic to have this amazing game in a format that can be played anywhere.

And if you are that rare "Diablo" fan who has yet to buy a Switch, there's even a beautiful "Diablo" Switch bundle that comes with the game and a specially themed system.

Whatever your flavor, if you're a fan of action/RPGs that lean much more toward the action side, this game is for you.