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E3 2014: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

Posted on June 11, 2014 AT 05:00pm

Publisher Activision
Developer Blizzard Entertainment
Platform XB1, PS4, 360, PS3
Release Date 08.19.2014
You can read the rest of our Opinionated Guide to E3 2014 or head to our E3 hub for even more coverage.

The Rundown

Oh, man. That’s a bit of a complicated one. If you’re planning to pick up Ultimate Evil Edition on Xbox 360 or PS3, think of it as an expanded re-release of the first console port, complete with all the content from the Reaper of Souls expansion for the PC release, the gameplay tweaks that have greatly improved that version of the game over the last year, and a host of new console-specific changes designed to make the experience even better. If you’re grabbing it on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, it’s technically the title’s debut on those consoles—but it still has all those same meaty features coming with it.

The Verdict

When the console release of Diablo III first hit last year, I called it the definitive version of the game. Boy, is there egg on my face now. Blizzard used the first round of ports to smartly tinker with the formula, but they’ve taken this re-release/new-gen version as an opportunity to improve just about everything again.

In fact, there are so many minor improvements that I’d be hard pressed to mention every last one of them. Some of the most surprising enhancements have been made to the way the game handles multiplayer, both online and off. If you’re playing splitscreen, any loot picked up by any character will now go to whatever character it’s best suited for automatically, cutting out the tedious need to divvy things up after each battle. Online players will now also be able to send their friends gifts courtesy of the new mailbox feature, allowing them to help each other out even if they’re not online together. In fact, there’s an entirely new type of drop that will automatically send an item to the mailbox of one of your friends, and it’s guaranteed to be either Rare or Legendary.

But seriously, these features are just the beginning of how Ultimate Evil Edition ups the ante. There are even more systems that emphasize asynchronous online play in clever ways and tons of basic improvements that are being brought in from the PC version of the game. I think I’m finally safe to say that this is the definitive version of Diablo III.

Well, at least until they release Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Turbo.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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