Diablo III (Console versions)

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Bloody, gory demon-hunting computer game now on consoles.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Diablo III wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

While the game is about defeating evil, the bulk of the gameplay is filled with violence, blood, and gore.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You can play as one of five character classes, all determined to take down the demonic invasion. You don't know much about the characters you're playing as, but it includes a warrior, mage, archer, and so on. Fighting evil is good, but the game is loaded with blood, gore, and non-stop violence. 

Ease of Play

Similar to the Windows and Mac versions, Diablo III for consoles is easy to control, utilizing the left stick for player movement and the right stick for quick attacks in the direction you push. The face buttons are use for attacking, replenishing health, and other miscellaneous commands. It's not hard to control the console version of this game.

Violence

While this game is presented in an angled top-down view, it is still very violent. Combat is the name of the game, including all kinds of weapons (swords, axes, etc) and magic attacks that can lay waste. Expect to see limbs to fly off and plenty of blood spraying out of enemies. Other images could be disturbing, too, such as crucified and tortured humans, piles of bones, pools of blood and so on. Players are fighting zombies, demons, and succubi and these creatures can explode into bloody chunks.

Sex

In the cut-scene sequences, most of the female characters show ample cleavage and partial buttocks.

Language
Consumerism

As with the PC version of the game, players have access to an online store that allows you to spend earned virtual coins to buy (or sell) items that can be used in the game. There's also an optional online auction house that lets you use real money to buy upgrades and items to use in the game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Diablo III is a very gory, bloody, and violent video game that pits mortal heroes against a malevolent, demonic force. Players will use all kinds of weapons and magic spells to destroy the evil minions and tougher boss fighters. The game is played from a top-down, angled perspective -- so it's not as graphic as a first- or third-person shooter -- but this combat is nonetheless very violent. Parents should also be aware that players can talk online to strangers, which may expose your kids to profanity and other inappropriate words.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjim madison September 28, 2013

diablo 3 is OK

My 12 year old son has diablo 3 and they say blood and body parts flying every where but it is not to bad. there is no sex. It is basically skyrim but birds eye... Continue reading
Parent Written bykeith7198 September 19, 2013

Brilliant Console Version

Diablo is a title that PC gamers know well. Now after three games the series makes its way to the consoles and what a tremendous game it is. Blizzard Entertainm... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 22, 2013

bossssssssss

it may be gory but the worst thing is the multiplayer people rage more than COD
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheDoctorDonna October 11, 2014

Violent, yet fun

Regularly I play this game with my father and nine year old brother on the Xbox 360. The game is very gory and there is cleavage shown as well as the occasiona... Continue reading

What's it about?

Like its PC and Mac predecessor, this action-heavy role-playing game picks up 20 years after the events of Diablo II, after Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal have been defeated -- but the Worldstone, which once protected the inhabitants of Tristram from harm, has been destroyed, allowing evil to rise once again. Gamers can play as one of five unique character classes, such as the Barbarian and Witch Doctor, while acquiring new items, spells, and abilities by roaming through (and underneath) huge lands and battling demons big and small. Features include a new 3-D graphics engine, destructible physics-enhanced environments, a new quest system and both cooperative and competitive play available online through Blizzard Entertainment’s popular Battle.net gaming service.

Is it any good?

Yes, the console version of DIABLO III is an excellent game -- but not for young kids because of the strong focus on bloody, gory combat. Instead of using a mouse and keyboard, gamers will control the action using the analog sticks and face buttons on the controller, which feels good and intuitive. Plus this new Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version gives you a bigger screen to play on than your computer monitor and supports cooperative and competitive multiplayer matches (on the same TV or online) along with the lengthy single-player campaign. Each button can be linked to an attack or skill, which can be easily changed thanks to a cleverly designed radial wheel interface. Kudos to Blizzard Entertainment, which has successfully taken its award-winning "lean in" fantasy computer game and has ported it over to a "lean back" experience for your television.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Diablo III isn't the first time Blizzard Entertainment took one of its popular PC/Mac games and put it on TVs. The development team also attempted it with one of the StarCraft games, but was met with limited critical and commercial success. Should they make games for specific platforms or try to put it on as many machines as possible? What do you prefer?

  • What do you think is the impact of media violence?

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