“ Features Diablo 2, Strategy Guide & DVD Movie. „
I'll start by saying that I am getting increasingly annoyed with games companies releasing a special edition of a game just a few months after the original game is released, it just isn't really fair on people who bought the original game, I would like the choice from the start over whether to get the normal or collectors edition rather than have to buy the full game again just to get a few little additions (something that I would never do). This is something that many games seem to be doing lately and I just hope that this doesn't happen more often in the future, I accept that it might encourage a few sales but to me it's annoying if I game I really enjoy playing does something like this. Having said that Diablo 2, when released, did offer a collectors and normal edition, however that was a different collectors edition to this and to be honest was of a much higher quality. --Game-- The game itself is great and makes many improvements over the original Diablo, gone are the extremely similar characters with just slightly different stats, instead you get 5 characters that really do play completely differently. The game takes place across 4 acts, during the game you will find the dark wanderer (the original hero who defeated diablo) being slowly corrupted by the soulstone he tried to contain in his head, in hoping to stop Diablo from ever coming onto the land again he finds himself too weak to control him and slowly loses control. Attempting to free his brothers Baal and Mephisto (tell me if I spelt these wrong :) and unleash the minions of hell upon Earth itself you must follow and stop him, no matter what the cost. This isn't a review of the game itself but instead the collectors edition as such I will only provide the games features, these are: -3 full distinct acts and a final mini-act in which you take on Diablo himself. -Vast range of items that vary enough so that no matter how long you play y
ou will never have the "perfect" equipment. -New inventory items including boots and gloves/gauntlets. -5 distinctly different characters, all with a full skill/spell system that allows a variety of different play styles. -Randomly generated levels, unfortunatly these aren't done as well as the original Diablo and you often find that many levels look almost identical every time. -3 Difficulty levels to extend the lifetime of the game, normal difficulty is the best done however and future difficulties often have faults that mean that some characters are too tough. -Free multiplayer play over secure battle.net servers, these mean that there are no longer the cheating problems that were previously associated with battle.net, unfortunatly this comes with the addition of extra lag (though I personally have had few problems). -Buggier play than the original Diablo however many of these problems have since been fixed with patches and will be less of a problem to anyone purchasing the game now. -Graphically disappointing compared to many games available at the moment, personally though I forgot the graphics after playing for a while and just enjoyed the game. -Not very smooth play, the game has surprisingly high system requirements and runs less smooth than Black & White and Unreal Tournament on my computer. -Amazing cinematics between acts, probably the best I've seen in any game. Overall this is an excellent game, it makes vast improvements to the original game and while it just doesn't semm to offer the same unique experience Diablo itself did it is still one of the best games I've played in the past few years. --Features of this collectors edition-- OK, so you have a choice between either the original Diablo 2 or the collectors edition, there is usually about £5 difference between the 2 packs so many people may be tempted by the extra features. Personally I feel that the extra features
would have been worth the money for me, however for most people they really aren't. The only reason I would have paid the money is because I loved the cinematics in the game and would enjoy owning them on a DVD and am a big fan of the game and owning anything extra would be nice. This is assuming of course that you are buying the collectors edition now, if you purchased the original when the game was released there are many extra features, however this is no longer available for purchase (and in fact often sells for large amounts on auction sites), I will however mention the merits of both versions (although I personally haven't experienced the original). -Currently Published Collector's Edition- You get 2 new things that the original Diablo 2 didn't offer, you get a DVD with the cinematics from the game on and a strategy guide. -Strategy Guide Not really that great... It doesn't tell you anything that you can't find on the internet and in fact much of the information contained within was outdated when the game was released, after several patches this information is even more outdated. The guide basically provides information on characters/skills/levels and various other things, I would personally say it's worth a look through but would recommend that most people look at either a fan site on the internet or in fact blizzard's own strategy guide that can be accessed from the blizzard.com site itself. -DVD For most people this offers nothing new at all really, all it does is provide the (excellent quality) on a DVD in a slightly improved format. The cinematics are really excellent though and I would have appreciated owning an even better version of the already well produced cinematics. Overall these 2 additions are nothing special for most people and not really worth the extra £5, for me however I personally wish I owned this pack for the DVD alone. -Original
Collectors Edition- The original edition also contained the DVD but with no strategy guide. This edition also contained a soundtrack of the music from the game (most of which is now available to download from the blizzard site itself for free) and a boxed set of rules for playing dungeon & dragons in the diablo 2 setting. The soundtrack is a nice addition, the game has wonderful music and it really can be listened to outside of the game, something I would personally have liked to own and will probably instead produce out of the MP3's downloaded from the blizzard.com site. The dungeon & dragon rule set is only really of use to people who play dungeon & dragons, I would have liked to own it out of curiousity to see what it actually said however I really don't think this would have been of interest to most people. The original collectors edition in my opinion is great value and I wish I had personally purchased it, however for most people this only provides a few additions that will only really be of interest to fans of the game. ---Conclusion--- Great game, the original collectors edition also provided some great additions to the game itself. Unfortunatly however the collectors edition that is currently available only really provides you with 2 extra features, 1 of these is freely available on the internet anyway and the other is only a slightly improved version of the cinematics in the game. If you love Diablo 2 and for some reason need to buy it it's worth getting, if you aren't a serious fan however I would avoid it. Game itself - 5 stars Original Collectors Edition - 4 stars Current Collectors Edition - 2 stars Overall - 4 stars
After visiting EB, Virgin and dodgy second hand computer store I was forced to resort to MVC (not something to do lightly when buying PC games) Where I was greeted with 5 boxes of the gift set/collectors edition. It was I have to admit only £2 more than the normal boxed set. After handing over my extra shiny £2 coin I went home to be greeted with a wealth of cardboard packaging of three layers to get through. For this extra cursing and ripping you get a DVD which is basically the cut scenes from the game all put together with a limited increase in quality. And a hefty game guide. The guide basically is just the manual, but padded out. The only one thing of use is the quest section, detailing them all and how to complete them, but Diablo has never been a game filled with hard riddles and brain crushing puzzles. Diablo II is a fine game don't get my wrong but the so called collectors edition is pointless. If you crave large boxes on your shelves compared to the new slim styled plastic ones then perhaps this is for you, if not try to get the normal version.