The game is divided into four acts. Each act
has a city, boss, quests and several waypoints to give you fast access through
some far areas, but you will have to find the waypoint, activate it and then,
only then, you will be able to teleport to other activated waypoints. You
can also use the waypoints to go back to the previous acts. During the majority
length of the game, you will be able to hire someone to aid or sacrifice himself
or herself for you along the act.
This gameís difficulties are just like in Diablo.
With Nightmare, after finishing normal and Hell after finishing Nightmare.
As the difficulty goes up, the enemyís health, strength, defence are going
to multiply many times form the last level. Demons will drop more gold; you
get more experience when you kill, your hired companionís characteristics
will increase the same way your enemies will increase. You will also encounter
new monsters. They might look the same but they are tougher and have different
colours. You can always play with a hardcore player, you only get one life
so if you die, you are dead forever.
There are many varieties of weapons, armouries,
amulets and rings that you can find or buy. Yet still, you can find armours,
shields, helmets and weapons many times stronger than the normal armours once
you have reached Nightmare level. It is still the same object but with different
names. Example, quilted armour has a defence of 10 (The crappiest armour),
now a ghost-quilted armour could reach 150 or higher in defence. Thatís one
hell of a difference. There are other things such as unique items and rare
items. The name says it all. They are both very hard to find. Therefore, if
you were logical, you would know that when something takes time to find, it
must be powerful. There are also set items. Legends had it that those items
once belonged to a great hero. After collecting the set of that certain hero,
it gives you magical powers. I never got the chance to finish collecting a
set, most of the time they belong to different heroes.
You got 5 players to chose from: Amazons, Barbarians,
Necromancers, Paladins and the Sorceresses. Each of them has their specific
way of fighting, some can go into close combat, others will keep their distance
and only the Necromancer will just take a nap and watch his army of the undead
ravage the devils. So depending on your style of playing the game, you might
enjoy it more with some characters than you might with others. Most people
chose the paladin because of Diablo. Some chose Necromancer because of the
magical spirit powers.
The official net support for Diablo2 is Battle.net.
It is simple to use and you can actually finish your game with someone that
you donít know at all. Multiplayer is more fun than single player because
you get a bigger chance to survive when you fight a band of enemies or a boss.
They can give you great cover and can get you out of a boom rush. Thatís not
all, you donít have to ally with anyone, you can go hostile with them to test
out your skills and kill them or be killed. It is most likely to be killed
when you are alone and they are more than one, because you might be superior
to them but they will just torment you and make you run in circles while others
use magic to attack you.
There are many different environments to discover
along the way and different monsters too. So, you will never get bored of
killing the same old monsters. The presentation of the game is excellent,
with a very good and easy gameplay. The book is ok, Pretty thick though. It
has all the vital information of how to play and detailed list of your characterís
magic skills. Itís like every other PC games book. The box is great; it has
a very attractive front cover. Inside the cover, it shows the city of act2
and describes each hero. On the back of the cover, it wasnít a wise move to
enlarge the screenshots because the pixels are visible. The way the titles
are written is very interesting. Up to this point, everything looks impeccable,
but it isnít. I really got annoyed by the way the monsters die. There arenít
enough kinds of death. They should have added more actions to death. After
all, this game is made for mature audience and not for kids