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The 2000 PC Game Action Role-Playing video game

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Hell runs anyone?

  • Jul 14, 2009
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This game came out around the 2nd half of my college life.  If it wasn't for this game, along with starcraft, I think I would've graduated one year earlier.

Anyways, Diablo 2 is an action adventure game.  You go around killing monsters to level up and get nice items.  Everytime you level up, you get skill pts and you get to decide which skill to learn.  Because of this skill system, you can make your character very unique but thats not usually the case because theres usually a few optimal ways to go.  This changes every few months though, at least back then, because blizzard would keep updating the skills by either nerfing(weakening) or buffing it.  For instance, the sorceress at one time was strongest and killed enemies the quickest with the frozen orb build.  But eventually blizzard nerfed this skill and it became pretty weak so everyone went with the new build of the month, firewall.  But the best part of the customization of the character really came from the items more than skills in my opinion.  Their loot system is the best in any game out there. 

Everyone in the game, at least before the expansion Lord of Destruction, was after yellow/rare items.  Rare items had random modifiers and you could have some totally useless item or some godly item depending on your luck.  Because of this system, everytime a yellow item dropped you get that rush of adrenaline crossing your fingers hoping you got one of the good items but 99% of the time you got a dud.  This game was so addicting that people were just doing the same thing over and over again for 8 hr straight hoping a nice item would drop for them.  Of course after the expansion, they somewhat killed the game in my opinion.  They totally nerfed the rare items and all people wanted were the gold/unique items (which aren't random stats) or the runes that you use to create a magical item by combining them.  Some people might enjoy this, but i felt it killed the game.

In the end, this game ended up being a classic and it only makes Diablo 3 one of the most anticipated games coming out.

Final notes:

-Skill tree system that you can customize your character to your style/preference (even though there's one optimal build but no one has the exact build though)
-Best loot system out there
-PvP is fun.  Go into a game and just try and kill everyone to piss em off, or vice versa

-Only problem was the hacking and cheating

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July 14, 2009
I definitely saw many dawns from playing Diablo 2 through the night. It got to the point that I would see the game in my sleep. The constant nerfing was a bit of annoyance. I remember that the Necro's Corpse Bomb would level up at logarithmic rate. In trying to get that Diablo 2 feeling back, I'd recommend checking out Titan Quest on PC. There's a ton of Diablo knock-offs, but TQ doesn't mess with the formula much and adds in more impressive visual effects.
July 14, 2009
I used to play Diablo on PSone years ago. It was real good but I never got the chance to play the sequel. I sure liked the looting--using other variety of weapons/magic was fun. Great review. I may be coming out of gaming retirement--so maybe I can pick this up.
July 14, 2009
Thanx man. Yea it was fun its days but not sure if you'll enjoy it now. I haven't played it in years so maybe its changed totally now. But I'm stoked about sc2 and d3, those are definitely going to be midnight purchases for me. You'll definitely wanna come out of retirement for those.
July 14, 2009
For a more modern take on the Diablo formula (and waiting for Diablo 3 to come out :p), check out Sacred 2 (released for PC, XBox 360, and PS3), it's hack and slash and loot oriented just like Diablo, but it has a HUGE (and I mean HUGE) overworld with a lot of side quests.
July 15, 2009
thanks for the info, James!

Oh, Foboft, I managed to see the live action adaptation of the anime  "Blood the Last Vampire", you might be interested...
July 15, 2009
hmmm I never really heard of it. I'll add that to my list. Currently I have these on my priority to watch list: Basilisk, Sword of the stranger, YuYu Hakusho, and Air master. all of which are animes which you probably know since you and trashcanman recommended 2 of em. So much to watch, so little time...
July 15, 2009
Ohhh and I forgot, Ip man's in there too. Friend lent me a busted copy, need to get it from him again
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I can't wait for the third one, I can't believe how many hours this simple hack and slash stole from me in high school
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ESRB: Mature
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard North
Console: PC Game
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: June 29, 2000
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