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Diablo II (Win)

by Blizzard
Windows 95 / 98
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • 5 all-new character classes with special attributes and abilities
  • 4 different, fully populated towns complete with wilderness areas
  • Multiple dungeons, caverns, and crypts in every town for players to explore
  • Expanded world filled with all-new quests, weapons, spells, armor, monsters, and non-player characters
  • Advanced combat system which incorporates class-specific fighting techniques and spells
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  • Five all new characters classes with unique attributes and abilities.
  • Four different, fully populated towns complete with wilderness areas.
  • Multiple dungeons, caverns and crypts in every town for players to explore.
  • Expanded world filled with all-new quests, weapons, spells, armour, monsters and non-player characters.
  • Advanced combat system, which incorporates class-specific fighting techniques and spells.
  • Full Multiplayer support, including Internet play over Battle.net.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00004UD54
  • Release Date: 27 Jun 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,673 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

Diablo 2 is finally available and, yes, it is well worth the wait. Everything that made the original Diablo great--non-stop action, wicked monsters, dark Gothic atmosphere and fantastic magic items--has returned. But new enhancements such as the class skill-system and cheater-proof multiplayer competition make Diablo 2 even better than the original. The millions of gamers who fought their way through the horror of Tristram's catacombs in the original Diablo realised that all was not well after their hero destroyed the demon's physical body. Diablo 2 opens with a vivid animated vision of that mad, doomed hero, who unwittingly spreads chaos as he moves towards a fate of Diablo's choosing. With the original character classes gone, players choose from a new cadre of champions--the Barbarian (can wield two two-handed swords at once, one in each hand), the Necromancer (raises the dead to fight his battles), the Amazon (master of bow and spear), Paladin (holy crusader) and Sorceress (wielder of elemental magic). These warriors follow a diabolical plot through four acts, and each act is roughly as big as the original Diablo.

Diablo 2 looks and behaves very much like Diablo. Players are assigned quests by non-player characters and adventure through dark catacombs and crypts. Hordes of vile monsters assail the hero, who survives by force of arms, powerful spells and through the use of varied and exotic magic items. Randomly generated dungeons guarantee fresh adventure each time a new game is started. But unlike the original game, characters must fight their way through the above-ground wilderness before entering a dungeon. Fortunately, some of the frustrations of adventuring have been lessened in Diablo 2, thanks to the new ability to run and the clever implementation of "waypoints", which let your character quickly travel to and from the safety of town. Along with the new character classes comes a new character skill system. As in the original game, players improve their character's ability scores as they kill monsters and gain experience. But unlike the original game, players get to add specific skills, spells and powers each time they advance. For example, after gaining a level you could choose between taking a skill that improves your attack speed or a skill that allows you to scatter your foes with a mighty shout. With this customised advancement system it is unlikely that two high-level characters, even characters of the same class, will be alike. Instead of progressing along a set path, you can choose skills and powers that complement your own particular playing style. Interestingly, this new customisable class system closely parallels the changes made in the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

Other enhancements include a method for creating and customising magic items, 3-D accelerated spell effects, anticheat multiplayer and a place to safely store excess money and equipment. But even without these tweaks, even without the sophisticated story line and all the cool new features, Diablo 2 is just a great game. The sound, music and graphics combine to create a tantalisingly eerie setting. Players will willingly let their game-playing hours slip well past reasonable bedtimes, suffering bleary-eyed classes and meetings in exchange for "just one more" magic item, dungeon level or character skill. Diablo is back. Say hello to the game that will once again dominate gamers' computers and say good-bye to your free time. --Michael Fehlauer

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In Diablo 2, players return to a world of dark fantasy. As one of five distinct character types, players will explore the world of Diablo 2, journey across distant lands, fight new villains, discover new treasures, and uncover ancient mysteries.

Since the beginning of time the forces of order and chaos have been engaged in an eternal struggle to decide the fate of all creation. That struggle has now come to the mortal realm, and neither man, demon, nor angel will be left unscathed.

Diablo, lord of terror, and youngest of the three prime evils, awoke from his long sleep beneath the dark earth. Setting in motion a grand scheme to free his exiled brothers, Mephisto and Baal, Diablo took control of the small western kingdom of Khanduras. Working from deep within the ancient catacombs beneath the town of Tristram, Diablo gripped the entire populace in a blanket of fear and paranoia.

Ultimately, as even Khanduras's good King Leoric fell under Diablo's wicked power, a lone hero arose to challenge the darkness that had engulfed the land. After plumbing the hellish depths of the labyrinth under Tristram, the nameless hero finally confronted the lord of terror himself. Knowing full well that Diablo's spirit could never be truly destroyed, the hero made the noblest sacrifice of all--casting his soul and his very sanity aside, the hero took the spirit of Diablo into himself, hoping that his own strength of will could contain the demon within. The hero could never have known that his selfless act would not only ensure Diablo's victory, but would also irrevocably damn his soul for all time.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mount Everest of RPGs... 30 Nov 2002
By Shaun
Format:Video Game
Diablo 2 is without a doubt in my opinion, the best of hack and slash based RPGs of all time, on any format. Fight with your chosen character through non-stop action as you progress into quite a deep storyline.
Pick from different variations of character classes each with their own specific technique speciality. Firstly there is the Amazon, one of the strongest of characters for your picking- the amazon is a character of speed who focuses on long range attacks by using bows, crossbows and javelins. There is the barbarian, a popular choice by many who uses strength to come out top- the barbarian will go straight in and fight hand to hand combat style often using weapons like axes, swords etc. Then there is the sorceress, an other of the stronger characters for the game, although being fairly weak, the sorceress is extremely powerful and does not need amazing weapons as she would focus on using her spells which are based from the 3 elements- water, fire, lightning. The necromancer is not as powerful as some of the others however he is of a menacing type, looks rather cool and focuses on raising an army of the dead to aid him through his quests. The paladin is the fifth type of character and like the necromancer, is not one of the strongest, the paladin will go in to fight hand to hand but could be described as being a holy crusader.
Basically, with the character you have chosen you will work through 4 acts, ultimately to kill the game's main boss- Diablo hence saving the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good actually... 18 July 2000
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As a stand alone game for those of you haven't played Diablo (I), this is well worth the money. It can be annoyingly addictive (my boyfriend and I have virtually wasted the last 2 weeks.) It's not particularly difficult, but compelling enough to keep you coming back for more. There is a little of a repetitive nature to DII as there was in Diablo, but in general it compares well with the likes of Baldurs Gate and Planescape Torment - it's basically a simpler variation on those.
There are two main differences between this game and the first in the series. Fewer bugs and a better storyline.
The designers have ironed out the AI issues and annoying little bugs that were so frustrating in Diablo. The plot has improved and provides more obvious goals in the different quests rather than than the "just wandering round hacking and slashing" mentality of the first episode. Some of the quests require the player to actually work out a strategy for defeating the various monsters, and this adds to the gameplay.
All in all, a great game. Just don't expect to have a social life for a few weeks...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 8 Nov 2001
Format:Video Game
This actually is the very best game i have ever played! it has everything, roll play, rpg, strategy all in one game, and a great plot to with it, not to mention amazing multiplayer possibilities. All you have to do is search and your will find hundreds of fan sites dedicated to it as proof. ok, the graphics are a bit pants in 640x820, but in the ( Amazing ) expansion pack - "Lord of Destruction" there are better graphics. i was inspired by the game, it was so good. i even played it over the whole summer holidays! This game has everything you could possibly ask for - and more, and you will play it again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diablo 2 - Like diablo himself - un-beatable. 9 Jun 2004
Now, i would not class myself as a fan of role playing games. The fact is though, this is THE BEST GAME I HAVE EVER PLAYED. I purchased it around about a year after its release, and i havnt stopped playing it since. The thing that makes this game so great is the fact that it is so open-ended. The maps are never same, no matter how many characters you create. The items you find are completly random, and you always feel that uve worked for an item when its dropped by a particularly hard monster. Another great thing about this game is the monsters, even the easiest monsters to kill can be deadly to your character, (ie, if u have an ice sorceress and you have to fight a monster that is immune to ice. since a sorc is weak you cant blugeon it to death, you have no choice to run, normally into another 50 monsters). anyway i have to say i love this game. and at the price it is now, u cant afford not to buy it. Long live diablo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diablo II 24 Jun 2002
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Excellent game. Easy for beginners, fun for the experianced gamer. There are only a few problems, such as the regeneration of monsters (if you leave an area for long enough, the creatures will regrow) but these can only help. You gain experience through fighting and exploring, and can get new skills as you go along. The characters are awesome, with specialised abilities- the necromancers can raise skeletons to fight for them, the sorceress can use magic, the amazon is skilled at both the bow and arrow and melee (close combat) fighting, the Barbarian is an amazing close combat fighter and the Paladin, (holy warrior), can use his auras to resist attacks, or steal life from enemies.
You can trade and sell items you find to buy better and more powerful weapons. In my opinion it is the best RPG on the market-BUY IT NOW.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
it was eve more than i expected! thank you so much!! everything was perfect and everything was intact when i got it in the post!
Published 11 months ago by Christopher Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
Our family have had this game for ages and it is great to use in half terms and summer holidays just to fill in some spare time. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2009 by J. E. Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST GAME EVER
You might think It is boring just to walk, kill, walk walk, kill! Well it's not, you have quests, you have loads and loads of items to choose, unique items, rare items, magical... Read more
Published on 2 May 2006 by D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars it's well and truly TIMMYTASTIC
well my name is timmy mallot and i think diablo 2 is rather TIMMYTASTIC(GOOD)and i think it is enjoyable and great. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2004 by timmy mallot
5.0 out of 5 stars Diablo 1- can't get better! Diablo 2- yes you can!
Diablo 2 is a very good game! Its full of things to do: getting amazing weapons, poisoning your foe, casueing hell etc. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2003 by "behemoth_kid"
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best game ever made
Diablo II has been around quite a while now, but it remains in my mind the greatest game ever made. I was one of many who waited impatiently for untold months for Blizzard to... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2002 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars Why all the disagreement? I can't stop playing this game?
OK so it isn't an RPG by definition but the true fun of this game is to be had just by creating the most monstrously powerful character you can. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Gets better the more you play
When i first booted up the game, I was horrified at how linear and simple the game was - make no mistake, this ain't no role playing game. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want RPG play BG, if you want easy fun, Play Diablo!
as a game, it is difficult to place it - it is not an RPG, and so judging it by those standards is unfair, but then what is it?
it is a time-eater... Read more
Published on 12 July 2001 by Mr. J-P Treen
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