Summary: Parents need to know that this game contains almost constant fighting -- there is very little storyline. In addition, young players could be frightened by the cinematic interludes, which contain torture, demon possession, and battles.
Excerpt: Review Date: November 4, 2002 Sequels are a tricky business, not least when the predecessor has been a staggering success. With Diablo being just that, Blizzard clearly had their hands full when they decided to launch a follow-up in 2000.
Excerpt: Diablo II is the sequel to Blizzard's best selling adventure/rpg Diablo, which was released in 1996. Diablo II continues the story contextually from the first game - battle with the evil Diablo, Baal and Mephisto and an array of other demons. Diablo II offers 5 character types. You can be a Barbarian, Paladin, Sorceress, Amazon, or Necromancer.
Excerpt: A few years back, Diablo took the gaming world by storm. Here was a game with pure hack and slash real-time action with a few RPG elements added in, that offered great gameplay and a high degree of replayability. Diablo II will be very familiar to players of Diablo. The game has the same interface and control - you click to move your character, attack creatures, and to pick up and interact with items.
Excerpt: Throughout the decade of videogames in the '90s, one thing was clear: Titles on the PC were different from the ones on home consoles like PlayStation and Nintendo 64. The PC platform became known for its many technical real-time/turn-based strategy and first-person shooter titles that often sported Internet playability while consoles remained popular for their more user-friendly anime-theme role-playing and arcade-style fighting games.
Excerpt: Junk food. You yearn for it, you stuff yourself with it—salivating with each morsel—then hours later you end up with a sick, empty feeling in your stomach and a funky taste in your mouth. In a strange way, the more I played Diablo II, the more I believed it was interactive junk food. Diablo II echoes the empty addictiveness of junk food by granting the player near-continuous rewards.
Excerpt: Blizzard has been developing Diablo 2 for over three years. After waiting for what seemed to be an eternity, they have released it to an eager gaming public, ready and eager to enjoy the sequel to the immensely popular Diablo. Blizzard brought many things to the table when they released Diablo. They quickly became the frontrunner for free multiplayer gaming on the Internet using their Battle.net servers.
Excerpt: Well, needless to say, a lot of people have been waiting for this game for a long time. The original Diablo was a great game that was sadly destroyed by all the hackers and cheaters out there, but Blizzard promised that Diablo 2 would be different, so I kept my hopes high. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Diablo 2 is everything that I hoped it would be. Lots of character classes, a much longer story, new spells, as well as no cheating! (Well, so far.