Saturday, May 7, 2011

Diablo 2 - Game Review

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Diablo II

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Unless it crashes, then fix it." - IGN.com


Developer(s)Blizzard North
Publisher(s)HanbitSoft
Designer(s)David Brevik
Stieg Hedlund
Erich Schaefer
Chase Clements
Max Schaefer
Eric Sexton
Composer(s)Matt Uelmen
SeriesDiablo
Version1.13c (March 23, 2010)
Platform(s)Microsoft WindowsMac OSMac OS X
Release date(s)
  • NA / PAL June 29, 2000
Genre(s)hack and slash[1]
Mode(s)Single playermultiplayer
Rating(s)
Media/distribution3 CD-ROMs (Play, Install, and Cinematics discs), Download
System requirements
Mac OS
G3 processor or equivalent, System 8.1 or later, 64MB RAM plus Virtual Memory, 650MB drive space, 4X CD-ROM drive, 256 color display at 640x480 resolution (800x600 with expansion)
Windows
233 MHz Pentium or better, 32 MB RAM, 650 MB drive space, 4X CD-ROM drive, DirectX compatible video card
- From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diablo_II

I'm going to make a bold statement to start off this game review. Here it is: if you haven't played Diablo 2 then you aren't a real gamer, or you are too young and definitely aren't a real gamer (you need to experience some N64, Dreamcast, etc.) 

Graphics: 8/10
Rather high but you have to remember the time period that it came out. It was amazing at the time, not realistic, far from it in fact but it was good enough. They had plenty of environmental effects, such as rain, thunder storms, snow? (think this was in the expansion but I haven't played in years). There was even a bunch of blood effects (more than enough actually), even some funny ones (remember the spinning Fallen Ones?). The cinematic on the other-hand are amazing and would alone make it close to 9/10 or even 10/10

Game play: 10/10
4 "races/professions", 2 more if you have the expansion. Plenty of spells and abilities with limited amounts of skill points so you have to choose your tech/learning path wisely, or play the game multiple times, trying a new path each time. The game play is rather simple as well, you kill hordes of monsters, demons, and anything else that Hell throws at you. You gain gold, items, and experience for killing them and then use the experience to level up and unlock skills while doing so. It gets a bit repetitive but the storyline makes up for it enough.


Plot/ Storyline: 10/10
The storyline is the same for each character but that doesn't take away from the story line. Its pretty simple actually, you are hunting down 3 brothers. The Lords of Terror, Hatred, and Destruction. The side quests and your path there is what makes this game so special. If you played the first Diablo game then there is a special treat in one of the side quests for you.

Online game-play:
Its pretty good but items that are dropped are open for anyone to pick up so you can get your drops stolen. If you play with friends then this isn't a big problem since you can just share it with each other. Also the more people in the game, the stronger the creatures you have to kill.

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Buy/rent or leave on the shelf?

BUY BUY BUY! Its a classic, another one of Blizzard's prize games. If you want play the first Diablo game first then move on to this game, the expansion, and then finally sit and wait for Diablo3 when it comes out.


Buy the Battle-chest if you have the chance since it includes the expansion and guide books.

As usual:
Amazon.com: $29.99
Bestbuy: $29.99
Gamestop: $29.99
Ebay: $1-$100

Warning: Buying things from ebay, especially games, you might receive damaged items.

39 comments:

  1. Seems a little copy pasta to me? I mean, I can find it for $10 at Best Buy.

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  2. :o I've never played the Diablo series but this makes me intrigued to buy it :P keep up the good work, followed :)

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  3. Isn't this similiar to warcraft?

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  4. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Unless it crashes, then fix it." - IGN.com

    Brilliant Quote!

    Followed!

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  5. Ahh bro!! i love this game!!! thanks for remember me this game :), following :)

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  6. D2 has been dangerous to my health since release in 2000

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  7. Awesome game! Nice review and wise quotation! ;-)

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  8. Damn this was a good game. I should start playing again for nostalgia's sake.

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  9. diablo great game, good advice dont buy from ebay, especially when it is relatively cheap from stores. great review

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  10. I've been a huge fan of Diablo for a very long time - Blizzard usually makes very quality games. Unfortunatly I'm hearing that PvP in Diablo 3 will be Arena only - Not cool with me!

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  11. Really a nice game.
    Paladin for the win.

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  12. A blizzard Clasic, Always the best. Only waiting the Lan version for StarCraft2, xd

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  13. A must-play for any self respecting gamer

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  14. I lost my D2 CD a long time ago. I think I'll just wait for D3 to come out. :) Necromancer FTW.

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  15. Can't wait for Diablo 3. Great review!

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  16. Bit Late :P Great game though

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  17. i played ths game last year on and off. i would've kept on playing if i wasnt playing WoW at the time

    following m8

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  18. I agree, if you haven't played this, then you aren't a real gamer!

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  19. this game was the first game i truly fell in love with

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  20. that game is just amazing, great review...can't wait for diablo 3

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  21. Thanks for a good review.

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  22. Diablo is freaking awesome, I still remember when I fought satan it self. it was pretty fucking hard though.

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  23. I've spent so many years playing this game haha. I just can't wait for diablo 3

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  24. I was never really into the Diablo series, but I might get into this one.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  25. a classic indeed.

    thumbs up with the review mate

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  26. I've had this game on my shelf for years and have never played it. I really should get around to doing that.

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  27. I really played too much of this game.

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  28. Me and my girlfriend are going to start playing it again over the summer I think :3 Will be a truly epic summer if we do.

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  29. my old roommate was crazy about this, but i never got into it

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  30. I loved this game, you just gave me the motivation to go play it again.

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  31. i agree great game! i re-installed and am loving it.

    i would say story: 2/10 not too much going on there.

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