I remember a few years back when Diablo Immortal was first shown and people went nuts and not in a good way, fans were mad, and now that the game is officially released many are still mad! The reason that they were mad was that Diablo Immortal is a mobile game and the fanbase did not want a mobile game.
How to Download Diablo Immortal
You can download the game from a digital store. Click on the Download button at the end of this review and make your choice. If you like the series, check out also our reviews of Diablo, Diablo II, and Diablo III.
The Game Review
Having released recently and with the recent announcement of Diablo 4, I do think that some fans are a bit cooler headed now. I must admit, I was never the biggest Diablo fan and did not play the series until Diablo III so that is probably why I was more willing to give Diablo Immortal a try.
This is available on both iOS and Android, I have been playing the Android version on a Samsung Galaxy S21. This is a game that is free to play and I have to say I have spent a lot of time with it and have not spent a penny and I have had a fun time. Do not get me wrong, all the free-to-play trappings are here with both microtransactions and a battle pass, but they are not essential from what I have seen.
Like past Diablo games, Diablo Immortal is a dungeon crawler hack and slash style of game. You create your character from one of six character classes (I went for Barbarian) and then you can select 5 out of 12 skills for your character to use. The game is all played with touch controls, although gamepad support is here.
I have a fairly large phone and from time to time I would end up accidentally hitting the wrong thing and wasting an ability. The way abilities work is not with mana like in Diablo III, instead, you use a cool-down system. You will level up; find loot and all the other things you would expect. In many ways, it is like Diablo III, but on a smaller, quicker scale as quests and dungeons take a fraction of the time to complete.
This is 100 percent an online game and there are various PVP things that you can get up to in the game. For me, I have been having fun just pretty much ignoring people and taking on quests and trying to move the story along by myself. I can see why some people though do get addicted to leveling up and getting the best loot.
For people like that, I do not see any way that you can play this and not get into the battle pass or the microtransactions. To be fair, Diablo Immortal is not doing anything that other free-to-play games do not already do, but that does not mean I have to like it. Many of the fans who were mad about this game in the first place are pointing at these premium features and yelling “I told you so” as this is what they were worried about.
I do also have to say that there is a PC version of this game, but as of writing, it is only in beta. I have had fun with Diablo Immortal, but like most other mobile and free-to-play games, I am sure I will lose interest at some point. If you are cool with the way free-to-play games operate in terms of microtransactions, battle passes, and so on, you may find this is one of the better ones out there.
- For a free-to-play game, it has very high production values
- There are many classes you can play as and lots of skills to choose
- You can get pretty far in the game without having to spend any money
- I liked the dark and gothic horror-style story that was being told
- This is a free-to-play game that has all of the free-to-play “features” you would expect
- The gameplay was fun, but the touch screen controls could become frustrating when you have to act fast