Beer in the fridge? Pizza on it's way? Four controllers hooked up to the console? Well get three friends over, because it sounds like you're ready for Diablo 3 on console.
There's something great about organising to meet at a friend's house to play
a co-op game. Usually you tell people it starts at 6:00pm but for some reason,
you never get into the game until 9:00pm. From that point on it becomes a night
of pizza, accidental (but really deliberate) team-killing, beer, bragging and
OMFG moments. This is, of course, until the morning light washes away all the
fun from the room, and you begin to realise that you've been playing the same
game for 9 hours straight and you wonder what excuse you're going to tell your
I can easily see Diablo 3 turning into one of these games for one of these
nights. I had a chance to play the game early at an event put on by IGN and
Blizzard and I had a blast sitting on a couch bashing my way through the demons
from hell with 3 other guys, and the free beer and pizza was flowing.
The game translates perfectly to console, and I was able to pick-up the
controls in no time at all. All the character's abilities are mapped to one of
the buttons, so switching between abilities is the press of a button. I like
the way the game also had hot keys for items you've just picked-up, it clearly
indicated which item was better so you could quickly swap it out and drop the
trash if need be and continue dungeon crawling without pausing. Most
importantly though, the game now features a dodge-roll move which is mapped to
the right stick, so obviously, everyone rolled across the terrain to the next
object ala Ocarina of Time.
Couch co-op in Diablo 3 brought back memories of playing Castle Crashes with
my friends or even playing Golden Axe at the arcades with my family when I was
younger. I could certainly see myself bashing through it again and again with
different groups of friends.
To summarise, I have written a Haiku about Diablo 3 and the co-op
The crisp taste of beer
Diablo played on a couch
Fun Demons to kill.
Having not been able to pick this one up when it was initially released for
the PC, I'm very psyched to pick this one up on consoles.