We set up a forum thread for Diablo 3 console first impressions and some players have helpfully submitted them. Good info about how the console differs from the PC version, and not just in terms of bigger numbers on end game gear.
Here are some interesting excerpts from posts in the thread; click to Diablo 3 console forum to read much more.
Darksilanus:-Playing on medium (equivalent of MP 2) seems to give a density increase, even on normal. I feel like I’m running into bigger packs than I do on the PC version…though not quite the bedlam of MP1+ in Inferno on PC. I’ve thought that this might be because of the view being pulled in closer to your character so everything seems bigger, closer, etc, but I’m not sure yet. I’ll have to test on Easy (MP 0).
-Character seems to run faster out in dungeons than in town. Run speed in general feels faster. This is most certainly because of the closer view I mentioned above.
-Random tidbits…You don’t have to click on bodies, cracked floor panels, etc to have them release their goodies. Automatic. Vendors do indeed sell better quality yellow items. The inventory is functional and probably as good as it can be for the type of game, but my personal preference is still the Tetris game of the PC version. That being said, being able to mark things as junk to facilitate salvaging and vendor selling is pretty darn convenient.
Toxe: My first impression is that it just feels right. Even after having played huge amounts of Diablo 1, 2 and 3 it might turn out that I could like the console controls better than mouse and keyboard. But we will have to see about that once I am higher level. Anyways, playing with the controller works remarkably well.
I can’t say much about loot yet, but I found some OK’ish rares. And there are a lot less white and grey rubbish drops.
Almost all the feedback so far is positive, and it’s not like we’re deleting negative comments or anything. It just seems like players are quite happy with the console version of Diablo 3. I don’t think enough of you guys have it yet (or at all) to vote on the reaction, so let’s just do a survey on WANT, shall we?