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Blizzard has released a demo version of action RPG Diablo 3 through PSN and Xbox Live Arcade. This demo allows console gamers to play a portion of the campaign's first Act.
The demo allows players to travel to New Tristram, the first town hub of the game. After meeting some of the locals, you'll journey into the surrounding countryside and its dungeons. The sample concludes with a battle against the Skeleton King, a major boss from Act I. It should probably take you an hour or so to complete, which is more than enough time to see if the hack-and-slash-and-loot gameplay works for you.
Demo owners will be restricted in other ways as well. They can only play as the Barbarian or Wizard, two of the five playable classes in the full game. Furthermore, they're capped at level 9. Cooperative play is available but only with other players who own the demo. Furthermore, there's no public matchmaking.
In order to advance beyond the confines of the demo, you'll have to spring for the full version. Boxed copies are available for both consoles, and PS3 owners have the option of buying the game digitally through PSN. Your character's progress and equipment will carry over to the full version if you choose to upgrade.
PC and Mac players have had access to a similar demo since last spring. The Starter Edition of the game allows players on the platform to try out the same portion of the campaign. However, their trial is a bit less restrictive. Players can test out all classes and also advance to level 13. The second point isn't that big of a deal, though; you're going to run out of content before you hit level 13 anyway.
Diablo 3 launched on the Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 3rd. The console version sports controls and menus optimized for gamepads. Unlike the PC/Mac version, it supports offline co-op and single-player. Reviews for the console ports have been mostly positive.
If you're looking to download the demo, you can find it here for PS3 and over here for Xbox 360.