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      08.03.2011 17:29

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      A classic

      Plot: You get to choose from an Amazon, Sorceress, Necromancer, Paladin or Barbarian and the game pretty much involves you starting with nothing and gradually building yourself up over time with spells, weapons and armour. All are customizable. The better you are, the longer you will last.

      You are then tasked with going into different dungeons throughout the game gradually working your way to the end boss in each. If you are constantly dieing, you will need to go back and level a bit more but if not then you're set to go.

      There are different settings throughout the game and each one brings with it different quests, enemies and scenery. The setting doesn't change enough for you to not be able to cope but just enough that it keeps you on your toes.

      Graphics: Great for the time when the game came out and there are still some bits that make you stop and look but overall quite dated. This game isn't really about the graphics anymore though.

      Controls: Pretty simple. One mouse button for this, the other for that. All there is to it really. Although it may sound a bit boring, it gets quite addictive after a while.

      Lifespan: Depends on what you want from it I guess. If you want to get to maximum level and get the best gear possible then you're looking at month's worth of game. However, if you just want to complete the quests and stop after then you're looking at about a weeks worth of game if you're doing an hour or two each day.

      There's also the option of choosing one of the other classes to try out or maybe playing with your original character but choosing a different talent tree to specialise in.

      Although I didn't experience it personally, you can play the game online either with people or against which again could give you limitless options.

      Overall: I had a couple of bugs but overall a great game that's well worth getting especially seeing how cheap it can be bought for today. Definitely a classic from its generation.

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      23.07.2010 01:44

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      Dated but still good!

      This is a really ecellent game, full of good storyline and lots of online gameplay to be had! The basic premiss behind the game is that you chose a class of character namely, barbarian, mage, necromancer,paladin, and ranger, and you travel through different worlds doing various quests and leveling up your characters skills. This leveling up enables you to do extra skills and abilities for combat. The game really comes to life however in the sheer variety of items and weapons available. You can find these weapons and items by killing monsters in various dungeons. The items can be very rare indeed, and when you begin to play online there are trading channels where people pay large amounts of money or equivelant items to trade between one another. For me, the online gameplay is what all of this game is about, you can join up in "parties" and play the game together, doing quests and also fighting one another. The game did suffer, like most online games, from people hacking the system and this devalued a lot of things in the game, but essentially the game is still very playable. Also at the price it can be picked up for now it is well worth a play for a bargain price even now.

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      01.11.2009 19:19
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      Actually some what of a masterpiece

      Diablo II sees the player take on one of five character classes, to pursue Satan and his cohorts (Mephisto & Baal) as they attempt to strike out from hell in a demonic campaign on the very earth itself.

      The Necromancer-Master of the undead, can summon a Golem to inflict massive damage on the enemy.

      The Barbarian- Hulking mound of brute strength, Great with weapons and can take alot of punishment.

      The Paladin- A holy knight, good balance between weapon wielding and spell casting

      The Sorceress- An out and out magician with a wide variety of offensive and defensive spells.

      The Amazon- Master of the Bow



      The story is a fairly well trodden one, Satan seeks mystical objects (in the shape of the enigmatic soulstones) to conquer the overworld only to be halted and eventually defeated by the virtuous hero. While it may not be the most original of plots, the game does have a fantastically dark atmosphere and a truly epic biblical 'Good Vs Evil' feel which more than makes up for the unoriginal storyline.

      The simplistic plot is very much mirrored in the gameplay, just click and slash your way through hordes of marauding monsters, massive maggots and maniacal mages over four aesthetically different (but essentially similar) stages,

      -Rogue encampment (A wooded grassland)
      -Lhut Gholein (An Arid Dessert)
      -A Dark and brooding Jungle
      -Pandemonium Fortress (Ending your fight in the godless bowels of Hell)



      Basically the game works as follows

      -Undertake a quest
      -Slaughter your way to the objective
      -Complete the quest

      While this doesnt sound like the most interesting of games it is utterly addictive and much of the games appeal for me was in the development of your characters various stats (Health,

      Mana, Damage dealt etc) through the acquisition of experience points earned by defeating an enemy or completing a quest.

      Through the game, the player will have the chance to collect literally thousands of items (weapons, armour etc) with a seemingly endless combination of armour and weapons sets for the player to collect. Some aitems can be imbued with gem stones found along the way. Each gem comes in varying quality and can be inserted in any weapon/armour that has a free slot or 'socket'.

      For me Diablo II is a fine example of how graphics do not neccesarily make a game along with the likes of the stunning X-com Apocalypse. The visuals arent stunning but fit the game nicely and just 'feel right'.

      Diablo II's strength lies in its character development and the unlocking of new and powerful spells/abilities to subdue the wide range of undead horrors that are hell bent on eradicating our brave hero.

      I love this games instant 'pick up and play'-ability, its easy to become immersed and sometimes obsessed with finding new and more powerful items. I would definately reccomend diablo II to serious and casual gamers alike.

      There are three difficulty levels-

      Normal - Easiest enemies
      Nightmare - Enemies a little tougher now taking more to put down and dishing out more punishment
      Hell - The pinnacle of undead armies, watch your back!!!

      With the completion of each difficulty level unlocking the next. Each time the enemies give up more experience points and there is a higher chance of finding rare powerful items.

      Based on the merits of its sequel i will absolutely be checking out the first Diablo and there is a third on the way soon which i am eager to play through.

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      03.10.2009 10:31
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      Best game in the whole universe

      The best of the best game ever!, Such an addiction that my mum had to lock my computer so a month to get over this game. At the end, i didn't play anymore since i am grown up now and i get easily addicted to games. Lol

      The installation can be a bit tedious, since you have to change the disc every time. You get 3 discs and i think they should bring out the DVD format one much easier. Anyway, first time you go on the game, you start off with Cinematics which is amazing, if you are in to fantasy. In the main menu, you can choose Single player, Multiplayer using Battle.net or LAN party (THis means multiple computer joined together as one) and cinematics
      SINGLE PLAYERS: AS described above, it is a single player. This gets a bit boring because you don't level as faster as on the battle.net where all the fun is. However, if you are new to MMORPG then start off with single player and build up the confidence on it and go to multiplayer!

      MULTIPLAYER: (BATTLE>NET): This is where you meet all the friends and other members. You can either join as a group to complete the quests or battle against other group as well. Also you can trade items as well. However, there are a lot of spammers and hackers on the battle.net that you need to be careful or your character is going to be stolen or something.
      GAMEPLAY: The most important part is gameplay. First, you choose your character, from the selection of Amazon, Barbarian, Sorceres, Necromancer, Paladin. Each characters have specialities and strngth and weakness. Amazon is good for throwing things, such as throwing javelin weapons. Barbarian is good for close combat. Sorceres is good for elemental damages. Necromancer can raise the dead to form it's own group. Paladin is good for defence. I love Barbarian because it is so easy to level and it's the strongest of the all the characters.

      AFter you choose the character you are transported to the town. This is where the monsters cannot attack nor do any special abilities. Basically it is a mutual place. if you press Q, it tells what quests you have done or not done. There are 4 acts and each act consists of 6 quests to complete and the last quests is the boss of the quests. Each act is basically different region. However, the last act only has 3 quests because it's the last act basically haha.
      The items are dropped when you kill the enemies, obviously. lol. There are item class where some items are better than some others. Magic, Rare, crafted, set and unique. Uniqye is the best of all and then rare and then magic. set is like an item where you have to collect the same thing to bring out the best quality. Also, by wearing really good items, your character looks different all the time. Crafted is when items are fused.
      ITEMS IN DETAILS:There are potions to bring your life and mana up. (mana is used when you use elemental or speical moves). Rings and amulet gives you extra quality to the character. Weapons and Armor are bascially what it is. You can pick up the items on the groun by right clicking the mouse and press 'I' to bring up the inventory to view the items and also apply the items on to the chraracters as well. The best part of this game is finding reare and unique items so you become more powerful. Also some idiots sell these items on Ebay, and poeple do buy them (idiots, games are supposed to NOT serious, but i can't really say anything because i was addicted to it). So, you can earn money by playing this game. How good is that. I sold couple of items and by the end of the year, i had earned around 100 pounds.

      EXPERIENCES AND LEVELING: Experience you gain by killin enemies which is a lot of fun. lol. And in cetain experience you will gain to next level where you can tweak your characters dexterity, strength, vitality and energy. You get 5 attributes every level to spend on those things. The best part of this game is levelling because you become more superior and you will kill everyone in one shot. Also, after each level you get to raise your skill points to level up the special skills.
      OTHER DIS / ADVANTAGES: You can also bring up the virtual map while you are playing so that you are not lost. However, you have to walk or run about to open up the virutal map. The key for the vitaul map is'TAB' key. Also, by pressing 'ENTER" you bring up the chat box where you can type (obviously). Funny part of the game is taht your character can 'say' things but it is limited. You can do this by pressing numbers 1-9 on the keypad and they will say random things ever. You can save only when you are about to log off, if you pres "esc" it will say, 'save and exit game.' The bad thing about saving is that if you accidently save and exit the game, you don't go the place where you saved but you go back to town.I have done that couple of times and i would get really angry.

      I absolutely love this game, for various reasons. The quests become more challenging and because it's more difficult you drop more better items and you basically kick ass!!! Also, the place you interact are quite complicated so that it's not always the same. There are some puzzles as well. If you love this game then get the expansion quick. What's so good about the expansioin, two more enw character, one more act, and more better items, bigger size of the stash. I have completed the game so many times that i can complete the game in 10 hours more or less.
      CINEMATICS: This is also the best thing about Diablo 2. You get to unlock each acts cinematics after you complete that act. The graphics on this amazing and the storyline is brilliant.

      You better get this game or else, you are missing the best game in the whole universe. If you want to know more about Diablo 2 then go this site : www.blizzard.com and then go to game section and then Diablo 2. YOu can buy this in ebay for less than 10 pounds so it's worth it.
      GET IN!!! JOIN THE FUN!!!

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      04.06.2009 11:52
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      Theres no excuse for not owning this game

      The game which along with its predecessor defined the hack and slash rpg genre. The 1st thing to mention here is that the resolution is 640x480. This means you'll probably want to play it in a window by adding "-w" to the .exe. Unfortunately in windowed mode the game auto-minimizes whenever you click outside of the window.
      You get a choice of 5 classes - Paladin, Barbarian, Nercomancer, Amazon and Sorceress. There is no gender selection; the 1st 3 are male, the last 2 are female. The classes are varied - Barbarian and Paladin are designed to be mainly melee characters, Barb being high damage and lower defense, Paladin being lower damage and high defense with some party boosting skills. Necromancer is a summoner with a selection of enemy influencing curses. Sorceress is a caster. Amazon is a ranged character by design. However each class has 3 skill trees and from these it is possible to make different kinds of character from a given class. So the Paladin can be played with damage dealing auras, party attack or defense improving auras, or even some ranged casting option if you wish. However since you get a limited number of skill points (1 per level plus a few for set quests) you won't be able to master all options on a single character.

      Gameplay is simple - you have 6 quests per act for the 1st 3 acts and 3 quests in the final act. These quests are mostly of the go here kill this person type, and those that aren't still boil down to killing everything/boss in a given location, possibly until a certain item drops. You can assign skills to the hot keys and use them on left or right mouse buttons. With this simple interface you proceed to click on everything on the screen until nothing else moves. In this game you can never kill something that needs to stay alive or sell anything you need to keep, although it is possible to drop quest items and then have to go through the area again looking for them. There is no save/load option, the game auto-saves when you exit the world.
      Despite the simplicity and age of the game it's still fantastic to play. The classes are varied enough that you get a very different experience using each one, and they each demand different tactics to be successful. The replay value is very high because not only do you have 5 classes to play through on 3 difficulty levels (complete each difficulty to unlock the next for that character) but you also have different build to play through. Once you've completed the game on the highest difficulty you can continue playing freely with no further quests. There is also a hardcore mode in which once you die your character is no longer playable. The maps are random generated at the start of each difficulty and at the start of each MP game. And once you're finally bored of single player there is multiplayer available over LAN, IP/TCP or on Battlenet. Multiplayer is where I have the most fun - the number of different build mean that even if you have 2 player with the same class you've probably still got very distinctive characters. The game is very well supported by the creators Blizzard, in fact despite being over a decade old it recently had patch 1.12 released, with patch 1.13 announced as coming soon and adding new content!

      Now its time for some criticisms - the graphics are limited in resolution, and the different items you can equip don't change the look of your character a great deal. The quests are the same for every class and on each difficulty level. The range of monsters is ok but you will probably get bored with skeletons and fallen who crop up far too often in the 1st couple of acts.
      The age of this game does have one advantage in that if you are running a PC with Windows XP you should be fine meeting the recommended spec to play this.
      I very strongly recommend getting the expansion "Lord of Destruction" as this raises the max resolution to 800x600, adds 2 more classes and a new 6 quest act. It's also the version of choice for MP games.
      If you like this I can recommend Sacred Gold, its easily the best Diablo-like game I've played.

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        08.07.2008 22:48
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        I love this game

        An RPG strategy which has become a ledend for some, me among those addicts. I've started to play Diablo II back in the days when I still didn't have the internet connection, so I only played single player and that alone had swallowed quite some time every day and late nights, I still remember the night when I had killed Diablo for the first time and immediately felt compelled to play the game again on the next level!
        RPG means a role-play strategy game and Diablo II offers you the role of a world saviour, nothing less and some more since on the way you can also become a respected and rich hero equipped with incredible stuff everyone will envy you.

        There are five characters to choose from:
        Amazon - she's smart with bows and pikes, so you can choose among close and distant combat strategy, she can wear heavy armour and strength is her strong point, but also dexterity is very important or this character. Her skills lie in adding spells to the weapon she uses, such as fire or frozen arrows, she can do multiple stabs with tridents and more. I didn't really play so much using amazon as I don't like the bow combat and pikes are too clumsy for my taste.

        Barbarian - a strong killer machine designed for the "run in and kill everything around" kind of combat style, he takes advantage of great strength and endurance as well as dexterity. He has quite some special combat skills to add experience points to like Bash or Doubleswing. He can also jump while hitting an enemy and more sneaky skills. Barbarian can use most kinds of weapons and has a special skill of using two weapons, sword/axe and a shield or a great heavy two-handed sword to bash his enemies.
        I quite enjoyed playing the barbarian as he is kinda universal character and also I think in the beginning of the game he has most advantages.
        Sorceress - a rather subtle creature compared to those above, she's made for a distant combat even if she can poke Diablo's minions with her staves, too. There are Cold, Fire and Lightning spells for her to use but mostly she can't stick only to one kind of magic as some strong monsters are resistant to one or more kinds of spells. She can't soon take advantage of wearing a strong armour as she has to increase her spiritual energy more than other chars, but later a heavy armour is a need to her as well.
        Sorceress is my favourite character and I always go for the cold spells as those keeps the monsters off you and freeze them to death and nothing but a puddle of water is left of them.

        Paladin - a strong and devoted warrior, one could wonder how is he different from barbarian and that's the main advantage of a paladin - he is more cultivated than a barbarian and takes great advantage of his personality to affect both his allies and enemies with auras that either add special features (life stealing, attacked taking damage...) or equip the paladin with new skills. He's a man of a sword and shield and there's a large choice of heavy scepter for him to use in his close combat style as both his skills and auras only have a limited effective radius. In my opinion this character both looks and acts rather silly/funny when casting the auras so I don't like to play his part.
        Necromancer - a pecualiar being, he's a human but he is strongly connected to the world of undeads as he raises the dead bodies from their sleep to become his servants. He has to rely on his helpers in most times and even if he can carry a sword, it's not his strong side. If he's your ally, the combat can become kinda messy as his companions patrol around him and sometimes their undead inteligence is rather annoying, which makes him not my kind of a character, but it's fun to try anyway.

        Every special character-designed skill can be upgraded to level 30 by skill points as you gain experience (1 skill point per experience level). But actually you can reach higher level because some items also add to a particular skill level.
        Basic characteristics each character can upgrade by gaining experience points (5 pts each level and you can go up to level 99) are strength which determines damage you can make to the monsters, dexterity determining your attack rating and what chance to block an attack you have, vitality determining your life points and stamina; and energy which determines your mana points. Some items will grant you some level of resistance to cold, fire and lightning damage.
        Before you pick a character you have to decide if you want a hardcore or normal character, hardcore character is more realistic, because when he or she dies, it is just dead and gone forever.

        A character can wear a helmet, body armour, gloves, boots, belt, two rings, one amulet and weapons depending on the character type, typically a sword/small axe+shield, a staff, two handed sword or large axe, poleaxe, trident, pike etc.
        There are three game difficulty levels you go through: normal, nightmare and hell. Hell really is hell, btw, because there every monster is resistant to some kind of magic and all monsters heal themselves.

        THE STORYLINE

        My goal is not to tell you about all the quests as that would spoil the game for you, but I wanna point out some important game events.
        Diablo II is a follow-up on Diablo and during the game you are explained how did it happen that killing Diablo in the first game wasn't the real happy end and why are you here to save the world again now.
        It's kinda easy to get quests because as an NPC (non-playable character) has sth to tell you, there is an exclamation mark above their head, so you won't miss any news.
        The game starts in Act I where your hero just arrived to the rogue camp which is a single fort (well, rather just a camp) of humanity in the forests of wilderness around it where monsters roam freely. As a stranger in the camp you first have to prove yourself trustworthy before you can start on real quests. You will meet the good old Deckard Cain who will be your guru and teacher through the whole game and he will also bring you news about what to do next. Act I is to teach you the game basics and to decide what skills should you choose for your character and to pick a strategy. The "leaving exam" is killing Andariel, a demon that had corrupted the rogues, but she is just a minor among Diablo's herds and starting from Act II you will face way tougher monsters.
        Act II takes you more to the East and you find yourself in an oasis in the middle of vast desert rawling with bugs, worms, snakes and vultures who want a tag on your toe. This is where you will obtain the Horadric cube, a handy gadget that will help you to create powerful magic weapons and items as Cain will teach you. It's a paradise for a sorceress as an important item of the story here is a Horadric staff which in the witch's hands becomes a very powerful weapon. There's Duriel, a fat and ugly worm in your way to meeting Tyrael, an archangel who has himself unsuccessfully tried to battle the forces of evil, and proceeding further to Act III.
        Act III takes place in Kurast, a large swampy jungle where you follow the trace of the Dark Wanderer and after chopping your way through large numbers of native jungle "people" and weird animals you will get to face the first of the three evil brothers, Mephisto. If you kill him, his Soulstone is yours and you can proceed to reach the hell gate.
        Act IV, the final act is way shorter than the previous three and you will travel from the Pandemonium fortress where Tyrael is another of your guides to lair of Diablo himself. Defeat him and you will become a respectable hero who is recognized by a noble title added to your name. Now you can start to play again on higher difficulty and you will find out what's the use of Tristram and Wirt's leg in the game, that is, if you like killing cows.

        About the game in general

        The game is really addictive because you get caught in building your character's weapon arsenal, collect skill points and special items that will boost your abilities. The game however is rather linear, it won't happen you'd miss a quest and there are no really secret levels apart from the Cow level. On the other hand, there are uncountable kinds of monsters who will challenge you on both close and distant combat testing all your abilities and skills.
        You can save the game anytime you wish but there only is "save and exit" option, which means saving and entering the game again results in all the monsters you have already killed being resurrected and you find yourself back in the act's stronghold. However, each act typically has 9 sublevels (excluding Act IV) marked by waypoints you have to find in the terrain which serve as teleport once you have found them.
        Another quick traveling option is using the town portal scrolls that create a teleport you can use to go there and back only, then it disappears. There only is one more kind of a scroll that every character can use (and very handy is to buy tomes so your scrolls don't take so much space in inventory) and that is identification scroll, because some items you find have secret features which has to be revealed by identification and only then you can use the item.
        When your character dies, you have to go back to the site of death and pick up your body along with all stuff it was wearing, else you lose it, including money you carried. Once you play on higher than normal level, a death will always cost you a percentage of your savings and also experience points, so you should be careful about dying too often.
        Besides fighting the monsters, it's also possible to battle with other players in the multiplayer as you don't neccessarily need to team up with every player in the game and if two set on hostile against the other, a combat can start. What do you get from it?? Your oponent's cash and his ear as a trophy!

        The environment is not very interactive, but you can turn rocks, break piles of bones, crush through walls, open doors and turn a lever every now and then.
        Weather changes sometimes and the day takes its usual course from the dawn till dusk and night.
        There are gem stones and skulls to find and collect, they can be inserted into socketed items and weapons to equip those with special features. There's also loads of amulets and rings to be found, as well as lucky charms.

        Game options

        Diablo II is both PC and Mac compatible, requires at least a 233MHz processor and 64MB of RAM, but I don't think the game would really run on such a computer.
        Sound - you can turn on/off environmental effects and 3D sound depending on your soundcard.
        The resolution 800x600 is okay to play, but I would prefer higher option.
        What the violence concerns, there is blood in the game, but it's not really realistic and even if some monsters die bursting into a pile of flesh and bones including the funny sound, I don't think this can be considered a harmful level of violence. It is a violent game, because you play it to kill, but you do it for the good purpose, i.e. saving the wold. Anyway the game is rated 16 + but that was long time ago.

        Single player - it's just you and the monsters, ut you can hire a mercenary NPC character, but then think of that you also share experience with your aide.
        Multiplayer - you can play either on BattleNet or via TPC/IP network to trade items and form teams with other players and their characters to make the game more fun. You can also play single in a multiplayer online game and if you find it difficult to defeat a monster, you can have someone help you, but again, the experience is shared then. It also wouldn't work for a low-level character to wanna upgrade quickly by teaming up with much more experienced ones, as to actually gain your experience share you have to take part in the combats, which a weak character wouldn't handle.

        MY OPINION

        I loved the old Diablo and Diablo II, even if being less dark generally and I was kinda disappointed in my expectations of the graphic level, has swallowed me and I have played the game on and off since, hmm, like 8 years now.
        Especially the trading option and new and new items you can get won't let you get your hands off it for a long time, particularly with the datadisc Expansion: Lord of Destruction, but that one I'll save another review for. I like the game and I do recommend it to every RPG fan!

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          Diablo is a bit old, but it still got the firepower

          Diablo 2 is the first RPG game I played, and the story of the evil Lord of Darkness continues from the first game, as he has teamed up with two of his brothers Mephisto and Baal and also supported by his old evil minions and even bigger monsters. The feel of the original Diablo continues in this game, as the hero is once again forced to fight a large number of enemies who keep coming, with lots of dungeons to explore. There is no news about a Diablo 3 yet, and it is a bit disappointing, but Diablo 2 is still worth playing after so many Role Playing games were released. The old warrior of Diablo still seems to be living among hardcore gamers, and Blizzard can be proud of that.

          MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
          Microsoft Windows 98/2000/ME/XP
          Pentium 233 or equivalent AMD processor
          32 MB of system RAM or more
          650 MB available hard drive space
          4X CD-ROM drive
          DirectX compatible video card
          Glide and Direct 3D supported
          Keyboard and Mouse
          Additional multiplayer system requirements:
          64 MB of system RAM
          950 MB available hard drive space
          28.8 Kbps or faster modem

          MY VERY FIRST RPG HERE
          The game gives the player the option of choosing from a number of characters, each having their own abilities. The first one will be Amazon who uses javelin, spear or may be the bow and arrow. This agile female character is a good choice for those who try the hit and run policy or may be too interested in bow and arrow. The other female character sorceress uses magic as she scores with the lightning, fire and cold spells. But she may suffer from low defence as well as low hitpoints, thus proving to be easy prey for the bigger enemies, and thus it proves to be less suitable for the beginners to go on the journey with this character. She will be of use only if you fight from a certain distance and avoid melee atttacks from opponents.

          Necromancer is some kind of a dark wizard who can raise the dead as well as summon various creatures to fight with the player. His ability to curse can also prove as a boon at times. Necromancer can be very effective, if used in the correct manner. The most powerful character in the game is Barbarian, who not only looks huge, but also very strong and can hold two-handed swords with just one hand, and hold a shield on the other, thus increasing both the attack and defense in the same manner. He is the best in melee combat and can master lots of combat skills. Another type of character is the Paladin who is more of a holy knight or warrior who fight for the good. He looks the more balanced character with enough fighting abilities as well as some interesting spells.

          COMES WITH ALL USUAL RPG ELEMENTS
          Diablo involves increasing the level of the player and thus increasing some selected attributes like strength, dexterity etc which can be necessary for using some weapons. Strength also determines the total damage you can deal with or without the weapons. There are lots of weapons in the game with vaiety level of attacks and special features and they can also be imbued. The imbued items can be very lethal if you imbue them in the right way. There are also a large number of inventory iems to help the player in his ultimate quest against the evil. Some weapons can be very effective against some enemies and same is the case with the armour.

          Diablo is a game which has a huge wold with a large variety of enemies which keep respawning if you quit and load the game again. This means that you will have to finish a game in one stretch all the time. There is no option to save as you can save only when you are quitting. Once you are dead, you will respawn in the nearby town, but all the weapons and armour will be left at the place where you had died. So it is always better to have some extra equipment with you, may be locked in your chest. The autosaving occurs very rarely in the game. As there are lots of portals and we can create lots of them with some scrolls, there won't be any problem of finding the way back to town. In the town, we can buy and sell items as well as talk to the people there for information or simply chat as well as get some new quests. Some of them will have a large story in store for you.

          JUST A SIMPLE GAME BUT REALLY ADDICTIVE
          The game got some good graphics and its too good for a game at that time. There are also some special effects especially during the fights and the levels like Arcane Sanctuary are nothing less than great. The sound effects are pretty good too. The cinematics are also ineteresting. The best feature of the game may be its aimplicity as you just have to click the left mouse button somewhere for moving, on an opponent for attacking and on an item for picking it up. It cannot be simpler than this. There are also some hotkeys which can reduce the use of mouse. But we will still have to use the mouse a lot in this game.

          Diablo could be termed as a very addictive game, and its multiplayer option also adds to it. The gamers who have played the similiar games like Dungeon Siege, Neverwinter Nights and Titan Quest may not want to go back to Diablo 2 as it is an older game, but it certainly scores above all. Titan Quest just seems to be an exact copy of Diablo with a mythological background added to it. Diablo can certainly be called the inspiration for a ll great Role Playing games. Because of its low requirements too, it is worth a try. The monsters inside this game are really rocking :-)

          THANKS FOR READING THE REVIEW :-)

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            A great PC RPG adventure.

            Diablo 2 is the best PC RPG, (role playing game), ever! (In my humble opinion). I absolutely love this game! I'm not a huge fan of computer games on the whole, I prefer card games and real RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons or Vampire the Masquerade, but do I really like this one. I can quite happily play Diablo 2 for hours without even noticing the passage of time. My longest stint to date is 10 hours without so much as a toilet break.

            I am not 100% but I think Diablo 2 was published/released in the UK in 2000. It is the successor to the ever popular RPG: Diablo. Diablo was for it's time, and excellent game with great graphics and playability. Some people will assure you that Diablo is better than Diablo 2 but I played D2 first and think it's the greatest. Diablo is a little too primitive for my liking.

            Okay now for the boring bit, "System Requirements"
            Diablo 2 requires an IBM/Compatible PC with a P233mhz processor. You will need at least 32 megabytes of RAM, (memory), or 64 for multi-player and enhanced 3D graphics. Most of you won't have any problems there then.
            You also need Windows 95+ but I am sure you can get a Mac version as well. The manual also stresses that you need a keyboard and a mouse. Diablo 2 cannot be played on joysticks or game pads, (officially).
            You will also need a 4x+ speed CD-ROM drive, SVGA + monitor, minimum of 650MB of free hard disk space and you need to have Direct X 6.1+ installed. If you don't have Direct X you can easily download it and I think there is a copy on the Diablo 2 install disk.
            Sorry to bore you all to death!

            Diablo 2 comes on 3 disks; Install Disk, Cinematics Disk and Play Disk. During the installation of Diablo 2 you will be prompted to change disks depending on the type of install you choose. There are 3 types of install; Single Player, (allowing just single player games), Multiplayer, (Allowing multiplayer games over a network or internet connection) and Full Install, (This has multiplayer capability and all the cinematics so you don't need to swap disks during play).
            The manual explains clearly how to install Diablo 2 but it is so easy. You just pop the install disk into the CD-ROM drive and it will load up. You then choose the type of install you want and then click "install". You will be prompted to change disks and that's that. Easy peasy.

            Now that it's installed it's time to make a character. You get to choose from 5 character "classes". Whatever class you choose you start off with a town portal, a scroll of identify and a basic weapon worth 1gp + 4 health potions in your belt. The classes are; Amazon, Paladin, Barbarian, Sorceress and Necromancer. If you have ever played any fantasy RPG or indeed read any Fantasy, you will probably have a basic idea of what these classes are if not read below. The class descriptions are quite basic because you really need to play to understand properly.

            *Amazon*
            Amazons are generally strong, dominant women warriors in myth and fantasy, think Xena and you've got it. The Amazon class is a blonde female with red clothes on. The kind of people that find computer graphics attractive will probably think she's a bit of a fox! The Amazons starting weapon is a spear. Like all starting weapons it is worth 1gp, (gold piece). She is good at hand to hand combat and can cast a few helpful magics. (To view the skills and magics you can learn with a class press "t" once you have appeared in town).
            I must admit Amazon is the class I choose least, there's nothing wrong with her I just prefer the others.

            *Paladin*
            Paladins are usually highly religious knights. The Paladin in Diablo 2 has green trousers and a brown and grey shirt. They are reasonably good at killing baddies when you start out and they learn auras amongst other things that help you and your allies in combat. Paladins start off with a short sword.

            *Barbarian*
            Barbarians are really strong but not very clever. The Barbarian character has a bare chest and reddish coloured trousers with some blue war paint. They can smash most things with one or two hits and can learn weapon masteries and war cries. The war cries are actually quite amusing as they kind of grunt and for some of the war cries potions or items fly out of corpses. Weird! I have a lot of fun playing Barbarians.

            *Necromancer*
            Necromancers are magic users who summon undead to fight for them. The Necromancer is dressed in black and white and starts off with a wand that adds +1 to the "summon skeleton" spell. This lets you cast a spell while you still level 1 but if you sell that weapon, or just don't use it you will loose the ability to cast the spell and if you have summoned a skeleton he will die. Also if you have gone up a level or more and put those levels in skeleton and then get rid of the wand you will loose a level in skeleton. The Necromancer can cast summoning spells and a really cool spell called teeth. This fires multiple sets of barbed teeth at your enemies. Necromancers are probably the most fun to play in my opinion.

            *Sorceress*
            The sorceress is an expert magic user. She is not very good at hand to hand, (melee), combat, but has loads of really good combat spells such as fire ball. The Sorceress is a dark haired woman wearing a green and gold cloak and cute boots. The sorceress starts with short staff that has +1 to fire bolt. The sorceress is my favourite character and I love playing her.

            Now you have a character you can start the game and I advise going around clicking on the characters that are in camp. Your camp, (or town), is a safe place. There is a safe place at all 4 of the acts in Diablo 2, even Hell. No monsters can get here and you cannot attack things or cast spells. They will give you your quests and you can heave VERY limited conversations with them. If you press numbers 1-9 on your number pad your character will say things. The NPCs, (any character that isn't you), will not react when you say things.

            Press the Tab key to bring up your auto-map, the map will get drawn as you move around. Pressing tab or the keyboard will hide the map. Pressing "H" will bring up the help file, "C" will bring up an over view of your character, "I" will bring up your inventory and "Q" will bring up your quest log.

            You should now have enough information to start the game. Enjoy it.

            I really like this game. The game play in quite linear and you follow quests obtained from NPCs. Each quest gets longer and harder as you progress through each of the Acts. You can just run off and do the quests in any order but the game tries to discourage you from doing this. As you kill monsters you gain experience points and when you have enough you go up levels. This gives you a point to spend on a skill or spell and 5 points to spend on attributes.

            The game will take quite a few hours to complete and you will need to save. To do this you press escape and click on save and exit game. This will take you back to the Diablo 2 loading screen and will re-generate the monsters through out the map. Any quests you have completed will stay completed and you will return to town.

            I have completed the game a couple of times and each time I will encounter a part of the game that will cause me trouble. With different characters it is different acts that cause the problems and it really is worth persevering.

            I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys long games with lot's of killing bad guys and not a lot of challenging puzzles or interaction. Definitely try it if you get a chance.


            Diablo 2 is availible at www.play.com for £7.99 and can often be found second hand.

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              Often seen as the pinnacle of roleplaying, hack 'n slash-em-up, Diablo II was the first game of its type I played, and although I've now been exposed to more complex and potentially involving PC games, this is still the one that I find most fun and enjoyable. A little bit about the game itself: In brief, the player can choose from 5 character classes (2 more with the expansion set), and get the characters through 4 acts (again, 5 with the expansion), gaining better equipment and skills all the time. The best thing about the game however, in my opinion, is the huge range of character 'styles' available. While the huge number of online regulars will generally stick to what has been proven "most nails" or easiest to use, such as using a Barbarian skilled with sword using the Whirlwind attack (sorry for all the jargon, but I'm restricting myself as much as I can!), each character's skills are arranged in skill trees of 10 skills each, all sub-divided. As an example, the Sorceress character's skill trees range through "Fire Skills", Ice and Lightning, and each has its advantages (although don't mention that online or you'll likely receive a lot of illiterate abuse, possibly related to your lineage, although more often than not simply expressed as "f****** noob!") This review is essentially a guide to the online features and experience of Diablo II, told by a true veteran with far too much time on his hands. For more information on the characters, quests, mlocations and all the interesting stuff, I reccomend you look at some other reviews by people that know what they're talking about. Unlike a lot of games of this type, your character's basically just going to get through the game by killing loads of interesting, and less interesting, monsters, often finding an important item at the end of a long killing haul; it's basically a kill-fest. However, more joy is available in t
              he rare, unique or set items that can be: - found in the game, if one is lucky enough, - traded online, if you can find anyone without all their insanely-protective hacked armours being the only unaffordable currency, - or bought off eBay, if you're my mate Dan. Nevertheless, it's the online feature, with a maximum of eight players per game and a friend list that can keep track of your buddies, or enemies if you feel like a bit of abuse, that keeps me playing. Without this ability, I'd not like the game as much. Basically, online games can be classed as: - playing. Getting your character through the quests and levels, often aided by a high level player in return for a perfect skull, the currency of choice for the player who has everything several times over plus more on another online account, - duelling. Characters of the same type, usually, battle it out to see who's chosen the best skills. Not as obsolete as one would think in the modern Diablo world of Barbarian clones, -trading. A load of people standing around, occasionally swapping items, and -"cowing." The easiest way to gain levels once the game has been completed, for a while anyway, the Secret Cow Level is basically a huge area where giant cows walk around brandishing huge axes and making hilarious, unconvinving "moos"- I read it was the Blizzard team who created the game. Boring as it sounds, a Friday cow session, preferably following a watch of Conan the Barbarian, makes a perfect night. Tried and tested... last summer was great! In between games, a lot of time will also be spent inevitably in the chat channels, often the centre for trade with phrases like "need 888 offer soj, ps", often the centre for intense philosophical debate, "huge weaving was the guy in matrix and lotr as the elf leader guy", or occasionally just profane abuse "haaaa f****** noobs, they r all gay." Diablo II is one of t
              he few video games that I play, but the amount of time I've put into it, mainly online, does more than balance that out. With my home computer currently incapacitated, Fridays just aren't the same without a (healthy/unhealthy - delete as appropriate) dose of "cowing." I know it seems like I've taken a lot of stabs at the online community, but it's only the truth- such things can be avoided though. The game offline simply seems a lot less interesting and more lonely once you're used to the online, and a final benefit is that a wiping of one's hard drive does not mean that online characters will be lost! There's always the chance that Blizzard will screw them up though. By the way, this game's usually dead cheap, as it's three years old. For anyone who's played the game and interested, my favourite character to play is the Necromancer, even though he's not so appreciated. What can I say, I love skeletons and vampires, all the good stuff. Well, not good. I also play paladins a lot, and I've started using sorceresses which is turning out great. The barbarian is fun, but now I've played him I don;t find him as interesting to return to, and the Amazon just isn't for me, even though I like their attitude to tight clothing. Assuming the Diablo II Expansion is available on here for review, expect that to follow shortly, but it won't be pretty...

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                Introduction: Diablo II is the most amazing role-play game on the market. It is the follow up to the first, Diablo, but I only own the second, Diablo II. I think the name is pretty boring, because the Blizzard team could of come up with something more interesting like, Diablo II: Diablo’s resurrection. The Game: The game takes place in different areas called Acts, these being: Act 1- Moors, Act 2- Desert, Act 3- Jungle and finally, the hardest, Act 4- Hell. After each Act there is a Boss, and I’ll tell you more about them later in the op. Each Act becomes more challenging as the monsters/creatures learn new, better and stronger spells. There are four difficulty levels to choose from, after you have completed the game in Normal mode. The difficulty settings are based on evil, being Normal, Nightmare, Hell and Hardcore. I advise you not to try Hardcore until you’re at least level 60, as you only have one life! However if you do try this, have the biggest belt you can find and fill it with super healing potions or full rejuvenation potions to restore mana as well (if you are a spell caster, e.g. Sorceress, Necromancer, or Paladin.) But before you can choose the difficulty, you must select a character class first. After each Act there is a boss, on the first it’s Andariel, which is a large naked woman who has tentacles on her back, which spit poison. The second it’s Duriel who is a huge maggot and is cold enchanted, and he moves at the speed of light! The third one’s name I’m not familiar with as I have not reached that level. The fourth boss is obviously Diablo! Characters: In Diablo II there are five character classes to choose from, each with different traits, abilities and skills, which means you can shape your character in any way, and choose what spells and skills they learn when you get to a certain level. All the characters are have set sexes, meaning they are either male or female. Here is
                a brief summary of the five character classes. Before you can play the game you must type a character name, it might seem hard, just use your own even if it sounds a little weird, it doesn’t matter because no-one calls you by your name they call you by your class (e.g. Hi there lowly barbarian, I am not surprised to see many of your kind here, to challenge the evil, I guess?) Sorceress: The Sorceress is my all-time favourite even she is a woman (just kidding!) Although she is a weak fighter overall, she is a strong spell caster who has many abilities and destroy even the strongest of foes very quickly. Her spells can become very powerful very quickly; if you are fighting one do not underestimate her. The Sorceress is a very powerful fighter from a distance as her spells are based on the three elements, which are: fire, lightning and cold. After you have built up her levels she becomes virtually unstoppable and as long as you keep her away from strong melee attackers she won’t die! Necromancer: The Necromancer is one of my favourite characters because he has the ability to raise skeletons, skeleton mages and four types of golem; basically he is the king of the dead! If you don’t like fighting on your own then he is the character for you. Another thing I love about the Necromancer is his ability in poison and bone-type spells meaning that he learns to fire a bone missile at his enemies, which carries on going until it hits a stone pillar (it cuts through every living thing, even bosses.) I also love the way he can curse other groups of enemies and not just a single creature, my favourite curses are attract: it makes a monster fight for you, Life Tap: if you curse a creature with this and attack with melee combat you get half of damage back as health (say you cursed them then inflicted 40 damage you would receive 20 health.) Barbarian: If you like fighting up close and personal, well what are you waiting for, th
                is is the guy for you! He is the only character who can wield two two-handed weapons in each hand or a two-handed weapon and a shield, it’s entirely up to you what he holds and wears. His ability to do this makes him unstoppable in hand-to-hand combat, which means you can use him in parties or groups as the front man to cause some bloodthirsty destruction! Not forgetting his incredible strength, he can wield almost every weapon in the game after you increase his strength by five each of the first three or four levels! Paladin: The Paladin is a man who has a heart of pure goodness and if you see one will most likely have a little light underneath him, this means he is protected by a special aura which he has learned to defend himself and his allies or to re-generate something faster, like health or mana. There isn’t much I can say about him, as I have never actually played as this character before. Amazon: In my opinion, this is by far the worst character to choose from. Anyway, she is good at long-range attacks meaning a bow and arrow or a crossbow and bolts. Her spells are based on bow & crossbow skills, javelin skills and ‘passive magic’ skills. When I say passive magic skills I mean skills that are active all the time, which you don’t have to activate using the left or right mouse buttons. One of the Amazons’ best skills is her ability to summon a powerful Valkrie warrior to help her. One of her best spells is to create a decoy, which is an identical copy of herself to distract her enemies, I can’t say much about it, as I have never seen it in action. An Amazon is usually a member of a group as she can create decoys and fire at enemies from long range. Monsters/Creatures: While playing the game you’ll come across these species of creatures some of these are: Dark one Dark shaman Zombie Skeleton Ghost Mummy Yeti Corrupted Rogues Giant Spiders
                Rock worm Rock worm young Spike Fiend Scarab Demon Blood Raven Radament The Summoner The Countess. Each of these creatures/monsters are there to hinder you and their aim is to kill you by any means possible. Some of them are easier than others to kill, as they move at different speeds and have different spells and strengths. Conclusion: There are countless ways to play the game and my advice is to play with all the characters and if you get stuck, you can play the one player mode across the internet and other people will help you as the multiplayer is the one player. You can help each other or go separate ways and if you bump into each other be friendly or nasty, it’s entirely up to you! Overall it is a very good game and can be bought at any computer game shop for about £20- £30. It is my favourite P.C game because the graphics are excellent, the sound effects are amazing, the difficulty and complexity are varied as there are different levels and I’ve defeated Duriel, Mephisto and Diablo, it took me about 2 months to kill Diablo as he has an unbeleiveable amount of health, because my strongest spell inflicted the tiniest amount of damage, but it was very satisfying when his soul emerged from his body and collapsed, bleedeing, staring, laying lifeless on the floor of huge domain! Thanks for reading Alex

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                  “Bollocks” though Borvok, the burly barbarian, as he strapped his trusty blade, Brainsmasher, across his broad, battle-scarred back. He paced around the floor of his chamber, a perturbed expression on his scary, square face. “But it’s what you do!” squawked the wizened old mage, his companion on many crusades against evil. “blah de blah de blah, land in turmoil, blah de blah, ancient dark gods, blah de blah, sacred tome of Asteroth, blah de blah, save the realm.” “I know,” replied Borvok. He slumped to the floor, his head in his hands. “But it’s all so- I don’t know… repetitive? I mean, what am I up against? Zombies? Goblins? Trolls? and later on, I suppose, demons, dragons, giants?” “They’re called Shambling dead, carvers and Wendigo these days, Borvok, do keep up…” “Yes, I know, but they’re still zombies, goblins and trolls, aren’t they? You can change the words that appear on the screen but they’re still the same bloody enemies we’ve been fighting since some bloody idiot decided he’d like to be a Hobbit and invented Dungeons and Dragons!!! I mean, that was over thirty years ago, wasn’t it? You’d have thought the genre would have moved on a bit?” “But its what people like, Borvok, especially the Americans. They’ll buy this in the millions, just like they always have done.” “But why?” “Borvok, ours is not to reason why. Ours is to get out there and kill the evil wizard, or dragon, or god or whatever it is this time. And do that you shall, in thousands of homes on thousands of computers, watched over by thousands of little gimps who haven’t got the imagination to try something different in case they don’t like it. You see, Borvok, in a way Diablo 2 is like the Big Brother of computer games. Even while you’re playing it, you know
                  its derivative, uninspired crap. There’s no “fun” to the game, there’s barely even any game to the game. You click your mouse on an enemy, the enemy falls over. You click your mouse on another enemy, and that one falls over. Sometimes you have to click your mouse on an enemy a few times before it falls over. Sometimes you fall over. When you’ve done this for a while, you get given the Ancient Gauntlets of Digging, or something. But you carry on doing this, over and over again, occasionally getting a few lines of plot dialogue or an (admittedly impressive) cut-scene FMV sequence. You hate yourself for doing this, you’re not even sure why you’re doing this. Is it because you’re thinking its got to get good at some point? I don’t think so. Ok, so there’s a bit of fun to be had building up your character, allocating skill points between abilities and spells, but ultimately it’s just crap. But, you can’t help it, it’s strangely compelling. And it doesn’t half eat up time…” “But there must be so many other, more useful things I could be doing with that time, like playing Deus Ex, or Shogun: Total War.” “Yes, but they take intelligence, imagination and a degree of patience before you get any reward from playing them. It’s like going out for dinner. You can just nip into McDonald’s, and walk out with a burger in a couple of minutes, or you can go to a classy restaurant, sit down with a pretty girl/ boy, take your time over the menu and enjoy a proper meal. Maybe a couple of bottles of wine. They’re both “eating”, but with one you get the pleasant memories of a nice evening out, and with the other you get a fried piece of polystyrene and spots. Ok, you’ve spent less money here, money representing “effort put into learning the game”, in this instance, or “effort put into stumbling over foreign pronunci
                  ations, trying to appear as if you have a clue what you’re doing as you scan the wine list, and impressing pretty girl/ boy with your keen wit … or something, hang on this metaphors getting too jumbled. Listen, if you like your games sophisticated, forward-thinking and rewarding, give this a miss. If you like games you can simply pick up and play, with no thought put into them whatsoever, then buy this. A lot of people will.” “Bollocks” thought Borvok.

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                    It was not too long ago that a game called Diablo by Blizzard software made the computer gaming world sit up and take note. It was not long after its release that it began amassing a massive band of followers either and it was perhaps more than a little inevitable that Blizzard would release a sequel to this game - in fact it was not even expected but DEMANDED that Blizzard make a sequel to this game. Well, it was a long time coming and hotly anticipated but come it did - Diablo II was spawned. Fans of the original game will remember its excellent story, graphics, gameplay etc. etc. Well take all that and make it better and you have t he awesome Diablo II. Yes, it is that good. Blizzard have also developed a decent story around the game again as well. It continues on from the ending of the last with our hero returning to the village folk a hero. For those that do not know, Diablo is set in a mythical land of fantasy and magic. Over this land an ancient battle reigned between the forces of good, the angels, and the forces of evil, the demons. This war took pause however when humankind arrived on the land below and both sides realised that because they had the power to choose between either good or evil that they could swing the balance of the battle. Whilst they pondered this a small band of lesser evils attacked and overthrew the prime evils and cast them down onto the mortal plain where they began to run riot, slaughtering the humans as they went. The angels came to the rescue however and cast the demons into magic stones which were then buried far below the earth...but Diablo escaped and began to amass his army of evil below the small town of Tristram before being vanquished by our original hero. Returning to Tristram after his ordeal he is hailed a hero but soon begins to start acting strangely before claiming on day that he is off to visit his brothers in the lands many leagues away - odd because he doesn't have any brethren. Shortly afterwards the
                    village is attacked and the people slaughtered by the legions of darkness...a an occurrence which follows the old hero's quest across the land... Diablo has returned. Enter then our new hero, a character chosen by the player at the beginning of the game - now from a choice of five - the barbarian, amazon, necromancer, paladin or sorceress; each of which have different powers and attributes distinct from each other. The barbarian has for example sheer brute strength, the amazon high accuracy and skill with her bow and all throwing weapons whilst the three magic users each have their own brands of magic. The sorceress is the general magic user whilst the necromancer has the ability to turn the undead to do his bidding using his dark, black arts - the paladin the exact opposite using good magic to draw strength from goodness and turn evil away. Each of these characters require starkly different strategies if you are ever to have any hope of progressing through to the showdown in Diablo II. In contrast to the original Diablo game, Diablo II's story does not take place solely below ground. Diablo had you descending progressively deeper through the dungeons and then into the very pits of hell itself in your quest to find Diablo. Diablo II has most of its action taking place above ground as you explore the over ground world in a map which is over 4 times larger than that seen in the original game. You still come across dungeons etc. but these are situated around the game map rather than being the sole setting of the game. You'll meet characters along your quest again which are either members of the army of darkness who will quickly feel the penetrative thrust of your rather large weapon(fnar fnar) or NPC's who will offer you quests to fulfil in order to gain experience points and items which will help you on your quest. It is not necessary to complete these quests but if you choose not to then you are somewhat missing out on many of the as
                    pects of the game itself and ultimately short-changing yourself. Diablo never was about rushing through to the end of the game as quickly as possible. Attempt these quests or not, you'll still be faced with masses of nasties which you will have to fight your way past if you are to survive. At the beginning many of these are simply throwbacks to the original Diablo game - skeletons, zombies, fallen ones but as you progress these will change into new, nastier beasties. You'll travel away from the town of Tristram on a quest which covers the face of Sanctuary, fighting your way through desert complete with re-animated mummies, acid spitting sand maggots and such like, the jungles and the final decent into hell. Once again these NPC nasties are more than a little intelligent, well the meaner ones anyway, so present more of a challenge than those games where they just run onto the point of your sword. Fortunately then you have a huge variety of weapons, spells etc. at you disposal with which to vanquish them with. Here, Blizzard once more listened to their fans and have introduced masses of new weaponry and spells. One of the big lures of Diablo was hunting around trying to find another awesome piece of hardware with which to slaughter your enemies. Blizzard have not only included loads of new and more powerful weapons here but have also included some weapons which are pretty elusive but which go together to make a set of awesomely powerful weaponry. For example there is Vidal's Rig which comprises of Vidals' Snare, Vidal's Ambush , Vidal's Fetlock and Vidal's Barb(amulet, armour, boots, longbow) - all of which are powerful and increase your abilities separately but together compliment each other so well that they are worth hunting around for - no matter how difficult they are to find! It doesn't matter if you can't find these though because there are plenty of other great weapons to find and another set of new featu
                    res which are the 'socketed' items - swords, shields, helms etc. into which you can add special gemstones to increase their effectiveness. These gems range from chipped to perfect and increase the effectiveness of the item by a little to a huge amount depending upon their quality. Diablo II is a huge game and thankfully then the game is split up into 'chapters' which present the different 'lands' which you come across. Each new land is accompanied by a video clip which moves the story along as well as being simply wonderful to watch. Blizzard once again have paid a lot of attention to the story and once again the video clips are more than just simple window dressing. In fact, its almost worth completing a level just to see the cut scenes which are almost Hollywood quality and by far the best and most atmospheric I am yet to see in any game. It is something of a shame then that the graphics seem not to have moved on THAT much since the original which appeared three years earlier. They are still good, but somewhat more pixilated than the average gamer today will be used to, even on the better graphics cards it has to be said. That said, once again there is fantastic attention to detail being paid to characters, scenery, items...just about everything. No matter how small the item it will be intricately detailed and simply stunning looking and you'll notice things like a blood splash on a rock, dust on a table as so on. Again too the sound effects and music are spot on, creating the perfect atmosphere of evil and foreboding which the game feeds on. Blizzard really know how to set a scene. There is still the big question remaining though as to whether it is actually any fun to play. Certainly it is bigger, better and more time will be needed to complete the now much larger quest but is it going to be worth your while to do so? The answer lies in your expectation from a game. Diablo II carries on the original simplistic interf
                    ace which basically involves a lot of mouse clicking to progress through to your goals. You might say that you demand more from a game these days and that the original addictiveness of Diablo has worn off after seeing things along the same line develop and run with some of the ideas presented there. You'd probably be right as well, and Diablo II probably isn't the world beater which its fans were begging for. One the other hand its still a lot of fun and if you have never played the original Diablo, a game which you should certainly add to your collection. In fact, I love this game, despite its shortcomings so I would say to you to add it to your collection anyway. its incredibly addictive and this time offers a larger map, more characters, weapons, spells, potions, tougher enemies...so it'll be addictive for longer... ~The Bottom Line~ Diablo II may not be the most 'modern feeling' of games out there and in some respects the graphics alone make it look incredibly dated. However, its simplicity and replay value make it highly addictive and a title you'll keep coming back to for the odd hack and slash months after you have completed it. If you like RPGs then you'll like Diablo II...but then if you like RPGs then you probably already own it. ~Overall Ratings~ Graphics : 3/5 Sound : 4/5 Playability : 5/5 Longevity : 5/5 <~>Additional Information<~> ~Required Specifications~ P-233 recommended 32MB RAM - 64MB recommended 600MB hard drive space - 900MB recommended ~Played On~ AMD400 64MB Ram Full Installation

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                      WHAT IS DIABLO II Diablo II is a role-play adventure game. The sequel to the heavily successful Diablo and produced by Blizzard Games. You control a character charged with the burden of hunting down and defeating the Lord of Terror himself, Diablo. WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT IT THEN? The great beauty of Diablo 2 and also of the pioneering Diablo is the way that you control your character. It amounts to use of the mouse and a few hotkeys. What could be simpler? The controls are very basic but the game content is vast and far-reaching. The level of detail is a high, not exceptional, standard throughout. NEW FEATURES The new features that really made the game a classic are just minor points such as the shamans who resurrect the dead minions or the little noise you hear before a trap is triggered, these tiny aspect just keep the mouse shooting across the pad and you clicking frantically whilst holding down the shift key. Another super feature of Diablo 2 is skills and the progression to make them more powerful. Believe me there is nothing better than a skill shrine when overpowered by fierce demons. The new characters are top draw, especially the necromancer, my personal favorite. His top skills being raise dead whereby fallen creatures rise to do his bidding! SUMMARY This is more than a hack a slash. Diablo 2 has structure missions and a very detailed plot. Also between chapters are very very good movies that tell the tale of baal, mephisto and diablo. At the end, well I won't spoil it of those who are yet to complete it, there is very much scope for a Diablo 3, soon as possible please!

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                      Diablo 2 is about Diablo has risen again and it is infact the character you were in the first diablo (if you completed Diablo then you will know what i am talking about) and Diablo is getting stronger and trying to rise all kinds of other spirits and armys to help him grow really strong and you have put a stop to his evil. Diablo 2 has changed so much compared to the original Diablo. First of all the are new characters such as sorcerer, rogue, knight, necromancer and warrior. All of these characters have different individual abilities and magic to use to help them battle through the deep levels, dungeons and defeat the different monsters that they come accross. Diablo 2 is the biggest game i have played yet because it comes on 4 CD's which tells you that you won't complete it that quickly! There are so many weapons and magic scrolls and others in this game when you go from level to level it loads basically instantly so no waiting time. there has been alot of detail put into this game, that you see blood come out of enemies when you kill them, some enemies you can see their spirit breaking free when you kill them. Your inventory screen has now changed you can hold rings, necklace's, belts, armour, weapon or 2 weapons, shield, helmet, and you can get a tome to hold all of your town portal and identify scrolls in. In the game there are 4 acts and there are 10 levels/stages in each act and you get 6 quests in each act, so there are 6 different quests spread out on 1 act through 10 levels and you must find them and complete them to continue your journey. After you complete each act you see that diablo moves on to a different town so you have to follow his footsteps to the next town. In every act there is a different town called a rougue encampment where that is your safe area, you can't attack in there and you can't be attacked, everyone in this encampment is very friendly and they sell you weapons, pot
                      ions, scrolls or whatever you need, you can also hire 1 person at a time to help you around the levels so they follow you every where and when they see a monster they will automatically go and attack it. In every single level of each act there is a waypoint and you walk over them to activate them, once activated you can then jump through time to a different part of that act instead of having to walk there but you can only visit the places that the waypoints you have activated so if you were on act 2 you could jump to one of the levels instantly on act 1. Diablo 2 is also compatible online so you can play with people online to do the quests but it saves it as a multiplayer game so you will have 2 different files, one for single player and 1 for multiplayer. In multiplayer you can either work together and kill the enemies or you can kill all the people and the enemies which makes it twice as hard but much more fun!

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                        The best game i have ever player, im so addicted to it. my account name is *xxx_jammyb_xxx !!!!!!!!! - Advantages: internet play, storyline, graphics - Disadvantages: mercanries

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