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4.0 out of 5 stars RPGenius
First off I'm not a major fan of RPG's in general but this game ranks as one of the best. It's simple combat, varied magic spells and great atmosphere means that you can get into this game really easily and yet its fun all the way through. It never gets dull while you play it through. I say 'while you play it through' because once you've completed it you may wait a while...
Published on 6 Feb 2007 by Mr. I. J. Turner

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GET IT ON PC INSTEAD!!
A while ago Blizzard Entertainment decided to port one of their best ever games, Diablo, over to the PlayStation, after it took the PC gaming market by storm. The question they must now ask themselves is, was it actually worth it?
Some of the highlights of Diablo include the huge, brilliant multi-player aspect. Without doubt this game is aging - such capabilities...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RPGenius, 6 Feb 2007
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Mr. I. J. Turner "Toasty" (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Diablo (Video Game)
First off I'm not a major fan of RPG's in general but this game ranks as one of the best. It's simple combat, varied magic spells and great atmosphere means that you can get into this game really easily and yet its fun all the way through. It never gets dull while you play it through. I say 'while you play it through' because once you've completed it you may wait a while before you do it again properly. But there in lies the charm, you don't have to. Even when you've completed the game you can use your saved characters in a newly started game (choosing from 3 difficulty levels) and level them up even more. You can just gain a few new items for your character or try and complete some of the quests that you may have missed. The maximum level you can reach is 50. On the easiest setting and scouring all the levels properly in one game at the end I got to level 30. Plenty more there after if you want it. You can do as little or as much as you like then start a new game if you wish saving that character with all its new stuff intact. Your characters level up by defeating the various demons and mages inside the vast 16 level subterranean labyrinth. You distribute the five points that you gain from each 'level up' between your four attributes, Strength, Dexterity, Magic and Vitality. The three character cast are the Warrior (great hand to hand combatant, not so hot on magic) the Rouge (Female mistress of the bow and a great all rounder) and the Sorcerer (master of magic but weak in physical combat).

Another feature which keeps you hooked is that every new game you start generates a random layout for the levels. You may also be sent on different quests than on your last game and get to acquire different special items upon completion. That coupled with lots of magical items, and a decent amount of different weapons to choose from gives this game its replay value.

As for the story, Demon from hell in your basic take over the world plot. Simple as that really. There is a lot of history in the game which you can read before you choose your character if you wish, but you don't need to see that to understand what's going on which is a relief.

The down points? Well in the two player mode you'll need to work on your communication skills as you both share one screen and have to move together to get that screen shifting. Can be annoying at times if your mate is a n00b at this. The graphics of your character are limited with the looks of the weapons and armour. For example if you choose to wield a staff, no matter how much different it looks to the last one you used on your inventory screen, in the game it will always look the same. This goes for axe's, sword's, bow's and armour etc. Finally the slow pace may not be to your liking but remember you can choose the fast setting in the pause menu so at least for that its problem sorted! Any grumbles here are minor to be honest.

I don't know how many people will be buying PS1 games now but this is one of the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playstation Beats PC Hands-Down!, 23 Jun 2004
This review is from: Diablo (Video Game)
I so do not agree! Black Hawk has obviously played on PC first and is biased towards the Playstation version.
Personally I met the PSOne version first, then tried the PC. The first difference I noticed was that I couldn't save character. What? How was I to play this game without being able to save character separate to the level? I've got so used to the tweaks made available to the PSOne game by that method, that I can't imagine playing without it.
On PSOne, it can take you months of building up your character and restarting to begin to reach the lower dungeons. No way could anyone reach Diablo on their first run-through! If you can on the PC, then the PC-version is soft!
And the hours I spent "shopping" - a tweak, incidentally, engineered by a guy! - buying armour, weapons, staves and books, building up a bank of money for that lucrative enchanted mail that you can never afford on scavenging and trading.
As for the control system, I found nothing wrong with using a console, and found switching to a mouse awkward and limiting.
For me, Diablo is a game for life, there are so many different variations to play, and the lower dungeons so tough, that even when you get sick of it you'll still come back a few months later, hunting for a Bountiful Staff of Apocalypse!
Diablo isn't perfect, but it is my favourite game in all my years of playing. Long may it survive! And on Playstation, it will never be too low spec to run. I'll still be playing this in 20 years time.
Apart from that Black Hawk is right, it's a great game, but it is a split screen multiplayer, they do have some daft names for weapons, targeting is automatic not manual and the music is eventually repetitive and occasionally unnecessarily tension building. You should still get it! Long live RPG!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The old games are always the best., 5 Sep 2005
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This review is from: Diablo (Video Game)
The Playstation has been the centerpoint for many great games and Diablo is amongst the other RPG all time greats.
The game allows players to personalise their choice out 3 characters (Barbarian, sorceror and a Amazon style bow and arrow character) to how they choose. The maps are big, which requires players to explore every nook and cranny. The monsters are creative as well as challenging.
The controlls take a while to adjust to but can be changed to the players specification. The game play also takes a while to get used to but once you do get used to it the fun never stops.
The camera angle though can become a bit awkward for players as it is fixed on one position. This therefore affects the movement of the character in the sense of slower walking in a diagonal diection. The character cannot run, only walk at mid pace which as you could imagion is frustrating.
The story line is straight foreward: Kill the big bad boss from hell thats causing havoc and destruction.
All in all, the game is good and a must buy for anyone that likes a challenge as well as freedom and no time restrictions amongst the game.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GET IT ON PC INSTEAD!!, 3 May 2004
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This review is from: Diablo (Video Game)
A while ago Blizzard Entertainment decided to port one of their best ever games, Diablo, over to the PlayStation, after it took the PC gaming market by storm. The question they must now ask themselves is, was it actually worth it?
Some of the highlights of Diablo include the huge, brilliant multi-player aspect. Without doubt this game is aging - such capabilities were never around at the time. Players could create a hero as a Warrior, Rogue or Sorcerer and then, if they choose, co-operate with another player. Players could split up to take areas on their own or clean out rooms in an attempt to gain a tactical advantage over their enemies.
Not on the PlayStation version though. Players are forced to use a shared-screen style gameplay which becomes incredibly frustrating. You can only stand within a certain distance of your ally, which makes it impossible to take parts of the level separately. Only one player's inventory can be accessed at a time. Only one person can talk to an NPC or buy equipment at a time. It just isn't good enough for a game with an all-time classic reputation. Why couldn't there be a split-screen? It's unfortunate that this huge, open multi-player gameplay is so severely restricted.
Gameplay is generally the same as on the PC, but with an aim feature for spells as there is no mouse capability. For anyone who doesn't know what the game's about it's simple enough. Create a character as a Warrior (strong, good with swords and axes), Rogue (good with bows) or a Sorcerer (uses staffs, good with spells). Kit yourself out with armor, weapons, healing potions, then head down to the dungeons to kick some serious demon ass, cast spells, slash with swords, pick up magical items, sell them, buy them, everything to make your character stronger in the run up to fighting Diablo where your character will be tested to the limits. Progress further down into the Caves, Catacombs, and finally Hell where you'll get the chance to confront Diablo himself. The monsters get tougher, the quests get more dangerous, but the items become more valuable.
It's easy to see after an hour or less of playing that Diablo is naturally-suited as a PC game. In many cases, PC games are outclassed by consoles because of the complicated controls. Not in Diablo, though. All you need for the PC is a mouse. And a keyboard to type your player name in. That's it. It's amazingly simple. However controllers just aren't suited to Diablo. The lack of a mouse is frustrating and so many buttons to use is plain annoying.
It's easy to see why people would choose the PlayStation version - maybe because 2 PCs are too expensive for a LAN configuration, in which case multi-player would be a lot easier with 2 controllers, which is fair enough. However, if this is the case there is absolutely no need to resort to the PlayStation version. Get it on PC then play single-player or online. The game doesn't ask for much - 8MB RAM?!? 60MHz processor?!? By today's standards the system requirements are just pathetic. It even runs on a Macintosh, for crying out loud. Everyone's computer can play it, so why not get the PC version?
There really is no need to get Diablo on the PlayStation, or even play it on the console for that matter, as it just makes a mockery of a classic title and will not satisfy you with the actual experience. Buy Diablo on PlayStation if you're up for a laugh at the original classic version. If you want to get down to playing Diablo and having fun, get it on PC instead.
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