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The Mount Everest of RPGs...
on 30 November 2002
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. On your way you will be given many separate quests to accomplish which can vary from killing a special type of beast to collecting a mystery artifact- to make your life a whole lot harder doing this there are hoards of bad creatures who will do anything to stop you in your tracks and often succeeding, resulting in your death and re-spawn. These monsters come in all shapes and sizes, you can find small demons, flying spectres and even large yetis depending on where you are in the game.
In order to kill these enemies, you need to arm yourself with improved weapons as you progress in the game, now you can buy these from safe areas or typically the best items can be found in the game, after killing act bosses. As well as equipping yourself with high quality weapons, you will come across armours of all kinds each with different defenses and appearences, all of this collecting items process adds a lot of life to the game as a whole. An other way to kill these enemies is to gather experience and go up levels so that you can add to certain skills for your character, for example- the sorceress has some skills such as a fire wall and a frozen orb, whereas a necromancer will be able to summon a fire golem. In a way you unlock the use of some of these spells by levelling up and by also increasing your level, you are able to add to your character specifics, allowing you to focus on such areas as strength or dexterity. All of these factors add greatly to the game's whole Role-Playing effect.
Now the game on single player is amazingly fun and all, but the game will come to an end and you will most probably stop playing the game and the Cd case will gather a rather thick layer of dust lurking at the bottom of your shelf, so stick in the game and log online and play multiplayer on BattleNet where the fun seems to be eternal, you can trade items, duel other characters to the death or work co-operatively as a team working through the game. Also, this way you will find it easier to reach one of the game's climaxes- becoming a level 99 character.
Graphically the game is very impressive with each character and beast looking very visual, showing a lot of detail, it is actually quite amazing how many types of enemies there are found in the game and is stunning once you have been playing online and you discover some of the game's real secrets.
To put it frankly, along with the game's expansion this game is 100% worthy of belong in any PC owner's game library and it is guranteed to enertain even the novice of gamers, especially with the option for changing the difficulties. It is no wonder really why Diablo 2 is the world's most popular RPG- it rocks!