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Awesome gameplay. Awesome music. Awesome monsters and bosses. Awesome locations.
This game is freaking awesome, I remember sitting in my brother's bed while watching him playing Diablo 2 LOD, that was my first experience with the game. Years after that I installed Diablo 2 in an old PC and started playing with a Necromancer.
Never beated Baal in normal, because that PC crashed and lost my data.
I re-installed it in my new laptop some time ago when I received a gift from my bro, that gift was the original Diablo 2 and LOD Expansion CD's.
Now i'm a Necromancer Level 76 and i'm currently in Hell difficulty and searching for Jah & Ber runes to combine them with another rune in a 3 socket body armor to make an 'Enigma', but i'm currently in Act 1 and it'll be hard to find a high rune in this Act.
I can easily stay until 5 AM playing Diablo 2... uhg, I can't remember when was the last time that a game drained all my energies because of the obsesion... I think it was Doom back in 2007-2011 :P
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Awesome game, never beat it because of the three ancients quest though. I managed to pass it on 2nd difficulty by taking two defence shrines at the same time: the effect, like, multiplied and made me almost invulnerable to their attacks. But on 3rd difficulty even with this trick they killed me almost instantly so I gave up because didn't want to spend 10 years leveling up. I never played for leveling up or finding rare items, just wanted to beat the game but couldn't.
Yearh, I agree the original Diablo is my favorite of the trilogy. However, I do find many aspects superior to Diablo 2: how spells were available to all character classes, bleak gothic theme without lots of tutti-frutti color everywhere, the balance of items in D1 was so much better because some unique items actually provided drawbacks if you use them where as in D2 there were a bunch of uber gear and uber set items that basically had no consequences for certain character classes, brutal themes (every monster has a solid death sequence unlike Diablo 2 where many enemies just fall over in a pool of blood). Especially the Hellfire expansion added a lot of possibilities for modders. I even still play The Hell and The Dark mods for Diablo: Hellfire every now and then. There are so many new monsters, new dungeon layouts, and quests if you decide to play singleplayer. What's really interesting is that all the dungeon tilesets begin to change dramatically as you progress from difficulty setting to difficulty setting. The monster AI also gets more cunning and monsters begin to alert each other to your presence and they begin stalking the dungeon for you.
I put 100s of hours into Diablo 2 and LOD, though I never did make a druid or sorceress that ever made it very far. Diablo 2 was pretty amazing for its time. Highly addictive.
I started playing Diablo 1 right after I played Doom and Doom 2, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. Undoubtedly nostalgia plays a role in it. Something about Diablo 1 made the game feel like one gigantic tactical puzzle, sort of the way Wolf3D felt. There were certain chokeholds that were valuable, certain dungeon terrain that could cause disaster, the shrines were random and sometimes dangerous, the monster AI was really distinct and some boss packs may appear to be one monster type but it turns out they have some unusual AI behavior that will surprise an unwitting player.
IMHO Diablo 2 can be played with equal enjoyment singleplayer or multi, but Diablo 1 really shines in all its tactical possibilities in multiplayer mode.
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