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  Diablo 2!
 
Game: Diablo 2

Category: RPG, Action
Developer: Blizzard
Publisher: Blizzard
Platform: Win32, Mac
Released: 12/01/1997
ESRP: Mature
Rating: 89%

 

Setting:
In the end of Diablo 1, Diablo was defeated sending him back to hell or so we thought. In actuality Diablo possessed the body of the hero who defeated him, and Diablo resumes his nefarious scheme to shackle humanity into unholy slavery by joining forces with the other Prime Evils, Mephisto and Baal. Only you will be able to determine the outcome of this final encounter. Diablo isn't alone though, he has several other lesser demons just waiting to make your acquaintance along your journey.

Review:
When I first started playing Diablo 2, I was disappointed at first, the graphics looked like they came straight from 1996. You'll be stuck in 640 by 480 for the entire game.

The one thing that has changed the least from the original Diablo is the game play. Still very much a hack and slash adventure with very little story and a lot of booty very much like the first it does tend to get somewhat repetitious. As a whole the game is basically a series of little quests to follow which lead up to the end goal defeat Diablo. However as you get to Act 2 and beyond the change of scenery really does help a lot in keeping your interest up. Plus there is the addiction factor for people who spend their time trying to get the next most powerful weapons and armor.

New Classes - As opposed to the 3 character classes in Diablo 1 (Warrior, Rogue, Sorcerer), D2 sports 5 new classes: Necromancer, Barbarian, Amazon, Paladin, and Sorceress.

Stash - The single most important feature added to Diablo 2 in my eyes is the Stash in town. In Diablo 1 you had no place to store your cash for a rainy day and therefore you ended up carrying tons of gold and you had to make frequent trips back to town to unload it on the ground where you hoped it would be safe till you needed it. Now you have your very own chest in the middle of camp where you can not only store gold but inventory as well.

Waypoints - Throughout the game you will come across waypoints which will teleport you back to camp where you can repair items, trade, and stock back up on health potions. With the very large size of the Diablo 2 world these waypoints prove to be very handy shortcuts back especially due to the fact that the areas in D2 re-spawn every time you leave the game meaning you would have to hack and slash your way all the way back to where you were before.

 

System Requirements:
This Game was made to run with Glide, so if you have a Voodoo3 3000, it will run much faster/smother on that, than the latest video card from nVidia. Supports Direct 3Dô compatible video cards with at least 8MB of video RAM. Direct 3Dô requires 64 MB of system RAM.

Minimum Recommend
Windows 2k, 95, 98, or NT 4.0 SP 5  
233 Mhz processor 600 Mhz processor
32 MB RAM 128 MB Ram
4x CD-ROM Drive 8x CD-ROM Drive
650 MB Free HD Space 1.5 GB Free HD Space
DirectX Video Card with 8 MB RAM 64 MB Video Card


 

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