Move over Warcraft 3: Reforged, Diablo Immortal has taken your spot as fans’ most hated Blizzard game on Metacritic.
To say general audiences don’t like Diablo Immortal is like calling a house fire a mild inconvenience. The game’s very announcement in 2018 was met with ire and ridicule, and its eventual release has failed to win over its most ardent haters.
Although it’s fared relatively well critically (75 on iOS and 62 on PC), the reception from players is a wildly different story. Based on audience feedback alone, Diablo Immortal is a contender for the worst game Blizzard Entertainment has ever released.
Since its release last week, the game has been routinely criticised for its monetisation, even in positive reviews. With it being free-to-play, the game is clearly designed to encourage players into spending real money on its microtransactions.
This has led to accusations of it being pay-to-win, something Twitch streamer Asmongold demonstrated himself.
It’s also been claimed that fully upgrading a character costs over £80,000. While it’s still possible to do so without spending any money, it would require you to play the game for at least 10 years.
As a result, fans took to Metacritic to express their frustration. At the time of writing, only 103 of the 2,729 user reviews are positive, with 15 being mixed and the remaining 2,611 of them being negative.
This brings its average user score to a dismal 0.5, making it the lowest rated Blizzard game on Metacritic.
That ‘honour’ originally belonged to 2020’s Warcraft 3: Reforged, which holds a user score of 0.6. It was lambasted at launch for its numerous bugs, missing features from the original game, and a lack of new features that were promised beforehand.
Diablo Immortal is admittedly tied with World Of Warcraft Classic: Burning Crusade though. However, that was a re-release of an old expansion for the original World Of Warcraft and only has 374 user reviews, so it can’t be directly compared to Diablo Immortal.
User reviews on the Apple and Google Play stores are much better. On the Apple store, it has a healthy 4.6 out of 5 based on nearly 70,000 reviews, with the overwhelming majority being five stars.
On Google Play, meanwhile, it has an average score of 3.3 based on 431,000 reviews. Again, most of them are extremely positive, but there are significantly more one-star reviews compared to the Apple store.
Diablo Immortal is also available on PC via the Battle.net launcher but, unlike Steam, that lacks any sort of user reviews. Fans clearly aren’t keeping quiet about their displeasure, but Blizzard is unlikely to make any meaningful changes if the game proves profitable.
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