Despite being a tremendous critical and commercial success, Blizzard has spent much of the year following the release of Diablo III apologizing for its auction house, required Internet connection, and weak finale. Personally, I loved the game, even though it didn’t grab me with quite as firm a grip as Diablo II, which I continued to play off and on even a decade after its release. It’s a great game, and if the controversies bothered you enough to keep you from playing it on PC, the upcoming console version may be the one to get.
For starters, its impending release on the PS3, PS4, and possibly one or more of Microsoft’s consoles, will not bring with it a required Internet connection to play. The auction house, which for me, made the experience of finding loot less satisfying, also won’t be coming to consoles. Blizzard showed off some brand new gameplay footage taken on the PS3 at PAX East, which you can watch after the break.