Diablo 3 has received numerous ports and expansions throughout its 6+ year life cycle. Each update and re-release has breathed new life into the aging title and reinvigorated the experience for veterans, as well as newcomers to the series. However, the Diablo 3: Eternal Collection for Switch is by far the most refined, and arguably, the best way to experience this incredible title, especially if you’ve not played it before.
For starters, this version comes jam-packed with seemingly endless amounts of content. While there is nothing new to really sink your teeth into, there is still a ton offered here. The Reaper of Souls Expansion, a seventh playable character, and my personal favorite, in the form of the Necromancer class, and every single patch and tweak the game has ever received culminate in an extremely refined experience. For those that pre-ordered the title, you will receive the Ganondorf armor set, which is strictly cosmetic, but still fun to run around Sanctuary in.
On top of that, this game looks incredible for running on the Switch. While it tops out at 720p in handheld and 960p while docked, the game never drops below its incredibly smooth 60fps. While those numbers don’t seem as impressive as those that play on their 4K tv’s and PS4 Pros or XboxOne X’s, the Switch version still looks and performs extremely well. Even during 4 player co-op, the game doesn’t give any signs of slowing down. Load times are practically nonexistent, with even the main load time being maybe 30 seconds. Once in game, players will seamlessly transition between the world map and dungeons in a flash. This being my fourth time returning to the world of Sanctuary, I was caught off guard by how well this game truly performs, and it made me excited to return every time I turned it on.
Speaking of co-op, that process, whether you’re playing local or online, is seamless as well. Connecting with other players is extremely easy, making the drop-in/ drop-out aspect into another player’s game a fluid experience. I desperately tried to get this game to stutter, even for a second, with three other players, but all we got was a smooth, crisp, uninterrupted play session. Our screens were flooded with waves of monsters and over the top special attacks being spammed from every corner, but Diablo 3 didn’t budge from its streamlined frame-rates. While I’m sure some might experience a few server hiccups here and there, I doubt it will do much to take away from the immersion this game offers.
While I would have liked to be able to link my Blizzard account with this version of Diablo, not having my three other toons available to me was more of a personal issue. Rolling a new seasonal Necromancer and being able to jump into Sanctuary regardless of where I was turned out to be just as appealing as having that opportunity with any other Switch title. It’s actually nice being able to play this fantastic game without having to worry about needing a connection to the servers. The only minor flaw that I could find is one that is probably expected when you hear a AAA title is on the Switch; your battery life takes a hit. I generally found that when in handheld mode, my Switch would get about 2.5 to 3 hours before I had to shut it off or plug it in somewhere. That being said, the Switch has been out for over a year now, so I’m assuming most have found ways around diminishing battery life.
All in all the Diablo 3: Eternal Collection is the best way to play one of Blizzard’s greatest titles. If you’ve not taken the plunge yet to visit the world of Sanctuary, I honestly can’t think of a better time to do so.