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Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

Developer: Blizzard North Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
27 June 2001
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will always be an absolute legendary classic to me. and it would not of mattered if I first played it this year or back in 2001. the game is perfect in my eyes. i wouldn't change anything. the core 5 acts are completely memorable down to the last detail, every quest and almost every unique item is memorable. the loot system is one of the best ever. the controls are unique and feel good.

the UI is among one of my favorites ever, the characters are interesting with tons of builds to make. after you beat the game once, you go to Nightmare and then Hell difficulty and thats when the real game begins. normal playthrough is simply just a tutorial for whats to come in the later difficulties, ramping up all the interesting unique/set items you find, opening up magic find loot run possibilities, grinding bosses for gear, and progressing to the end of Hell. it just never gets old. for example I've frequently just killed the act 3 boss Mephisto 100's of times over and over, just to see what new loot I can acquire to use on a new character.

it just has a certain timeless charm that I could replay forever
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i like to think this game is slightly overrated even though it holds an endearing place in my heart as with most blizzard games. the atmosphere is as dark n gritty as hell largely due to the excellent soundtrack, but repeating the same acts with slight changes in enemies and loot only really changing by the name it gets very repetitive. building characters was more fun than playing the game which has always been sort of a problem with rpgs for me
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This was one of my most played games as a kid, the social aspect definitely plays a role here as it was so hugely popular, everyone with an interest in PC gaming knew Diablo 2 so it was easy enough to find people to talk to or possibly LAN with. I remember that basically anyone would play it, the only prerequisite seemingly being that they were male. I can only remember knowing one girl that played it. I do think Diablo 2 is best experienced with friends and playing somewhat casually, the game's so monotonous that it really benefits from that social flavor. There are a number of reasons why I struggle to enjoy the game coming back to it as an adult, but I still have a fondness for it and not only because of nostalgia, there's some genuinely compelling reasons to play it even today, including solo playthroughs. Maybe not for me, I've played enough of it for one lifetime, but for a new player.

Diablo 2 is not a very well balanced game. I don't necessarily mean effectiveness of characters or builds, such a balance does leave a bit to be desired but isn't particularly awful either, but the gameplay is not well balanced around accomodating different skill levels, builds, approaches, team sizes, RNG... all the different factors that come into play leads into a mess in my opinion. If you know how to play the game and you want to go at it with a team, then it's way too easy, especially if anyone has geared up a bit. If on the other hand you want to go at it alone and you don't have the right gear, the game could get downright impossible. You might need to farm for runes so you can craft specific gear you need to look at an online manual to know how to, or you'll hit a wall. In general, Diablo 2 is way too gear-reliant which is one of my big beefs with it. The difference between having bad gear and having great gear is just way too enormous, the latter trivializing the entire PvM game, but strangely the gear farming, wanting to get stronger, and I guess ultimately feeling like a total Bad Ass, is exactly why most other people like the game! I just can't understand that at all. Having a geared up beefy hammerdin was totally anticlimactic back in the day, and I got the same feeling out of playing some of the other semi-stronk characters I had. What was the point of all this magic finding? Obviously magic finding or any kind of grinding in D2 is a total chore, takes barely any skill and is just a total waste of time because having a stronger character does not make the game more fun. So if anything I should thank D2 for teaching my kid-self that these kinds of games aren't for me. Same deal with mindless MMoRPGs. If you're playing solo and not using any outside influences, then gearing up to this degree is impossible which is a much better experience in my opinion.

Diablo 2 did have an active PvP community but I didn't really like it to be honest. The gameplay's really wack. Maybe better than fighting all the monsters that prove no challenge in some ways, but not much better. I had the most fun cheesing with a trapsin but ofc the PvP got old quickly and is far, far better in Blizzard's next RPG, WoW. One thing I really disliked was the handholding of PvP. The only way to have any idea where anyone else in the room is, is to be in a team with them, then there's a window which tells you which area they are in, and if you are relatively close to them, you can see them on the mini map. If you're not in a team, you have to be really close to them to see them on the mini map. The only way to attack another player is to declare war on them, which they will be notified by. Then, they can just hide from you. Even if you did find them, they could just leave the game right away to avoid dying. This was the nail in the coffin for me, because the possibility of killing or being killed by others when you're just going around doing whatever would've added a lot of fun to the game. Instead, PvP is only going to be in specific, coordinated rooms for the purpose of PvP. I didn't play much Hardcore but I do remember ganking being more of a thing in that, It's just that playing hardcore when the servers just randomly die all the time is, well, not fun. Besides, instantly leaving the game is still a legit means of escape.

I don't want this review to be too negative though because there's many hours of potential fun to be had here. There's an abundance of different characters and builds to use, and although the basic gameplay is monotonous, you can always enjoy the game playing little chunks at a time. Personally I've always been magic-inclined for RPGs, here I like skelliemancers for PvM, and otherwise I love Sorcs, any kinds of builds with Sorcs. Just teleporting around and spamming your attacks and being comparatively fragile suits me well. I don't like the tanky and clunky gameplay you get with the Barb, for example. With a casual party, let's say people that are relatively bad or new to the game, you stand the bast chance of enjoying it, I'd say. The challenge won't actually be absent if people don't know what they're doing! The action gameplay can be enjoyed with a relatively uncoordinated party, you really don't need to be methodical (just either shoot/attack or kite) in most situations in D2, and everyone can feel useful in some way. Even if you can barely kill anything, you'll be a great addition to your noob party just by having your aura activated!

The gameworld feels less inspired than the first Diablo, that one had heaps of atmosphere and the feeling of descending further towards hell added a lot to that. There's none of that here, it's more of a romp and stomp kind of deal, run around and fuck up hordes of bad guys. The gameplay also has a tendency towards extreme tankiness of enemies, particularly with bosses, which depending on your character could take for-fucking-ever to defeat (I'm talking half an hour kind of deal in some situations). Also, kiting. This game loves kiting, and I find it completely mindless. Building and using your character is a bit disappointing, the gameplay for D2 leans heavily towards action rather than RPG, but character building, instead of complicating the gameplay, mostly just supports that, as most characters if you build them right will just use the same two skills over and over. Ultimately Diablo 2 is a game that's been with me ever since its release date and that I will always have some fond memories for. It's been over a decade since I started finding it really stale, though, and since then, any attempts at playing it again and actually enjoying it has been completely unsuccessful. I doubt I'll ever be able to have fun with this one again, and that's a bit sad.
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letmetrythisname Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-06-15T07:08:44Z
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2022-06-15T07:08:44Z
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CoffeeFairy Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-06-13T12:05:38Z
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OffLyte_52 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-06-12T04:45:19Z
2022-06-12T04:45:19Z
4.5
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Onikira Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-06-09T01:52:26Z
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2022-06-09T01:52:26Z
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DiabolicalCon Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-06-08T16:02:36Z
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3.5
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cosmicjoke_astronomer Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-06-08T02:27:33Z
2022-06-08T02:27:33Z
4.0
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AnubisIwakura Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-06-03T21:43:59Z
2022-06-03T21:43:59Z
3.0
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demerzel1 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-06-02T10:58:10Z
2022-06-02T10:58:10Z
4.0
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saitam87 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-06-01T19:25:59Z
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dandog2142 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-05-29T01:54:18Z
2022-05-29T01:54:18Z
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SlammyDunk Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-05-27T20:54:40Z
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Ryzomster Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2022-05-26T10:07:24Z
2022-05-26T10:07:24Z
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  • arloriac 2017-11-08 20:36:22.880614+00
    game sucks
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  • MatIsa 2018-02-23 18:57:01.034095+00
    This + HoMM III was my childhood
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  • arloriac 2019-04-17 19:05:43.533911+00
    ok im gonna play this again and not be jaded
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  • whataredelusions 2021-06-28 15:33:55.97266+00
    Если бы вся игра была такой же атмосферной, как первый акт.
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