Diablo Immortal: What is Blizzard’s mobile action game worth? Our verdict in video

He was offended, offended, despised. From its noisy announcement on Blizzcon 2018 to its official release in June 2022, it has made a number of mistakes in terms of communication and more. When it was released, its revenue system was so controversial that players screamed their dissatisfaction with a review bomb that was at least as aggressive as the prices in the game store! What is Diablo Immortal really worth? Is it made for hardcore fans? Is it designed for neophytes? Can we have fun without spitting in the pool? We will try to answer all these questions in our test video.

The pages are burning in hell

Resurrected by Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase, Diablo lands for the first time during its reign on the market’s mobile platforms. In this episode designed for smartphones, which takes place between the events of the second and third parts, the henchmen of absolute evil want to find the fragments of the corrupt World-Stone to bring back the Lord of Terror. The adventurers have the mission to prevent this terrible plan by traveling around the world of Sanctuary, alone or accompanied. The scenario, which unfolds by going to talk to characters and complete quests, follows quite well, all things considered, because we remind you that we are in a Hack’n slash.

Our reservations lie mainly in the objectives of the main mission which most of the time boils down to NPCs asking to activate such a switch, to meet such a character, in short, to perform ungrateful tasks that make us go through the various areas of the game. Nothing really repulsive, don’t worry, but with such writing you will definitely quickly skip the dialogues to focus on the quest cursor. Which is not a problem for an action game where you just have to hit armies of monsters, though sometimes there are little puzzles that require you to train your gray matter.

Diablo Immortal: What is Blizzard's mobile action game worth?  Our verdict in video

Beautiful as a demon

If you have a fairly new smartphone or a fairly capable tablet, Diablo Immortal will be beautiful. The mobile version is truly a delight to the eye. We performed the test on a Samsung Galaxy S20 and the graphics are beautiful, except that it is fluid when the servers are not overloaded. Which is a bit of a feat, because usually games of this scale have a lot of downturns on the mobile. It also displays detailed textures along with well-controlled lighting effects. In its execution, Diablo Immortal ranks at the top of the basket of the best games available on mobile devices, we are not afraid to say.

However, if you have a pc and you plan to roam the land of Sanctuary on your good old computer, know that the version of Diablo Immortal looks like an emulated version of what’s on the smartphone. On screen, it’s even less successful than Diablo III, which was released 10 years ago! This is largely due to a lack of graphics options, as it is not possible to choose a screen resolution, for example. Since this PC version is in beta, it may take a few updates before it’s worth it. At the moment, it primarily looks like a patch designed to allow historical fans of the license to play on PC. Fans who are suddenly not at all happy with the lack of finish on this version.

We will quickly review the soundtrack, which consists of music that appropriately covers the action and sets the mood well. Some compositions are somewhat reminiscent of what one might hear in Witcher III, which is not a bad reference you will admit. As for the sounds used, they mostly come from Diablo III, as well as the graphic assets and monsters encountered.

Diablo Immortal: What is Blizzard's mobile action game worth?  Our verdict in videoDiablo Immortal: What is Blizzard's mobile action game worth?  Our verdict in video

Diablo in the pocket, which responds to finger and eye

Diablo Immortal is neither more nor less than a Diablo 3 “lite” designed for mobile devices, although as you know it can also be played on PC, takes place in a shared world with other players going about their business alone or with others. In the shoes of a barbarian, a crusader, a monk, a demon hunter, a wizard or a necromancer, you must use the available skills – attached to your class – to kill enemies. armies of opponents and thus advance in history, gain experience and gain access to better equipment. With thoughtful touch controls, the Blizzard Entertainment app accepts Bluetooth devices. In this configuration, the player benefits from real joysticks and “hard” buttons that can be pressed to turn on and swing magic. The fact that the skills are activated with “cooldowns”, namely actions that recharge after a certain period of time, rather than with magical energy, mana, brings a good dynamic to the clashes, while at the same time offering a hint of strategy.

All of this adds an action-MMORPG aspect to Blizzard’s title and although it remains a Hack’n slash, Diablo Immortal does not offer a talent tree on which distinctive points can be awarded, or runes to change skills. Yes, the app aims for simplicity with the risk of offending historical fans of the genre. Fully designed for casual gamers playing games from time to time on smartphones, this Diablo offers relatively short missions to complete, 15 minutes on average, multiple rescues, auto-go to targets and frequent teleportation points.

Diablo Immortal: What is Blizzard's mobile action game worth?  Our verdict in videoDiablo Immortal: What is Blizzard's mobile action game worth?  Our verdict in video

A company that is not a model

If the progression to level 31 is easily made by following the scenario, things get complicated later. From level 30, the player must reach certain levels, first 35, 40, then 43, 46, 51, etc., to unlock the rest of the story. A mechanism often used in free-to-play to force users to explore the corners of the universe, to connect daily to collect bonuses and possibly spend some money in Battle Pass. It is therefore necessary to make ancestral mistakes, find bonuses, make dungeons and tirelessly complete Battle Pass objectives to hope for progress. Maybe that’s when some casual players get away with it. Diablo Immortal’s revenue generation is so invasive and designed to waste money that it alone accounts for the game’s poor feedback.

Diablo Immortal: What is Blizzard's mobile action game worth?  Our verdict in videoDiablo Immortal: What is Blizzard's mobile action game worth?  Our verdict in video

First of all, Diablo Immortal’s revenue system is complex. There are many currencies and there are many ways to spend your money. The loan boxes are present and are proving to be the fastest way to access legendary content. The very complicated legendary gems to get without spending money and Rifts to reach the level of real euros are all proof that Blizzard and NetEase have pumped a lot of revenue generation into Diablo’s many veins. To the point where all the mechanics put in place to slow down the development are annoying. Yes, a player who pays will go drastically faster in optimizing his equipment than a warrior without money, which is a problem in PvP. When the “real” game begins, namely when you have to find legends to make up the ultimate building, it is so encouraged to use the euro that it becomes difficult not to do otherwise. And it’s ugly. Nevertheless, Diablo Immortal still offers a great experience for players willing to refuse to buy anything. Yes, the many activities that the app offers can be done without spending a dime.

Despite being classic in what it offers and being inspired by many other productions, the famous Hack’n slash in its pocket MMORPG version has effective gameplay and successful technology on mobile devices. It is especially the excessive revenue generation, both ubiquitous and obscure, that greatly moderates our enthusiasm, even though it is normal for a NetEase game. Once you pass a course, the attractive adventure sinks into the exhausting routines of the hardcore free-to-play MMO.

If you’re new to Diablo, love Immortal and get to the end of the main mission, go for Diablo 3, or wait for Diablo 4, instead of risking losing big with that version’s metagame.mobil. If you do not really care about being legendary and just want to play an accessible action RPG in the Diablo universe, alone or with other players, Diablo Immortal will give you what you came for and this for free.

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