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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!
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on 18 July 2000
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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on 8 November 2001
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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on 9 June 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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on 24 June 2002
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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on 9 August 2000
Yes, that's right - this game is so good that I think it more than capable of taking away Final Fantasys basically undisputed RPG title...
This game will blow you away from the word go - the cinematics are absolutely mind-bending - they are simply superb.
The plot will enravell you and you will find it very, very difficult to do anything but play this game.
Diablo 2 is easily the best RPG and for that matter, game, that I have come across for a long time...
If you buy this game you can expect a very, very large portion of your social life to disappear - this game is immense; and is immensely addictive.
An absolute MUST buy.
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on 2 May 2006
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 items, socketed items, normal items, you have spells and most of all you have your strength and stuff.

If you raise your strength, your attack gets higher, your dexeterity and your aiming gets higher, your vitality and your health gets higher, your energy makes you go faster and your mana gets higher.

There is loads of different monsters to attack. You can also have item sets which gain you extra bonuses.
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on 7 April 2001
Brilliant Storyline for a sequal. Excellent intro and Cinametics. Thrillings music and sund effects, above average graphics........ but .... EVERY TIME I LOAD A SAVED GAME I HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE MINDLESS KILLING OF THE SAME MINIONS TO REACH THE QUEST OBJECTIVE........... WHICH IS REALLY REALLY FRUSTRATING & IRRITATING. On the other hand the gameplay and interface is user friendly. the skills options for charachter experience are interesting... the feel of the game is gothic and gloomy and gives you the feel that you are all alone in this world. specially the Act 3 music is cool. If you decide to play then you better complete the quest or sub objective before quiting otherwise you would have to go through the same dongens and fight through the hords of badies. And if you would run too fast and move through complicated paths and door ways, you would loose your fathfull missionary. To conclude not a bad buy at all if you can brave annoyance of going through the same path over and over again every time you load the game although way point system gives you a sign of relief and you do build your experience before facing the booses or bigger badies while playing.
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on 12 July 2001
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...for those who say that the thing is unplayably boring due to its move...move...kill...move... style gameplay, that is their opinion and is to be respected - but despite that the damn game is discustingly addictive, I've got BG and it was great (but I did tend to find most of the fun was in defining my charachter at the start ;)) Diablo succeeds in the fact that it can occupy D&D players (probably not most AD&D players though) and 12-year-olds, it bridges gaps, and is a throughly insane expierence - I know respectible people who have played this through the night (and who would never show their faces again if I told anyone ;)) it is mad - and it is also worth a try -
as has been said the graphics are good, the cut-scenes are great, the game-play is simple but absorbing, and the story is linear but interesting
above all the game is addictive to most, espeacially if you want to be told a story and not make a story...that is the major point here
4 stars
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on 10 March 2001
I red all the reviews for this game and I was really surprised with the people who gave only 2 stars...I'm playing computer games the last 10 years and I think that Diablo II is the best RPG game! I give : -5 stars for the music and the sound effects(fantastic!), -5 stars for the graphics(the guys from BLIZZARD did it very well), -5 stars for the videos which are included in the game (To all the guys who gave 2 stars: I respect your opinion, but have you ever seen similar videoclips???), -5 stars to the scenario. If you want to live the experience, just try to play the will get what you really want!
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