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Diablo II (Win)
- 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.
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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.
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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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!
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...
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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