For the past two decades, “Diablo II” has been called the king of action RPGs by fans of the genre. As the years passed and more games emerged, the best state of the game was questioned. Now, with a new remaster everyone can see why “Diablo II” was cemented as a great.
Story is never the focus in games like this, but it still is. Diablo, the Lord of Terror is back and raising evil creatures in the land of the Sanctuary. While the story is nothing great, the detailed writing and settings help to take the dark fantasy vibe home. Each player character has a backstory and reason to pursue Diablo and the backgrounds of some of the villains are quite interesting.
“Diablo II Resurrection” brings a fresh coat of paint and some minor quality changes, but the heart of “Diablo II” is still there. It’s a straightforward, hack-n-slash RPG with lots of loot and options to build your character. While the game starts off pretty slow, as you gain more skill points and better equipment, it ramps up and the difficulty feels perfectly balanced. One drawback is that the game doesn’t do a good job of explaining the mechanics and game flow to new players, so it makes it more necessary to use online resources.
The game’s graphics and overall presentation have been updated, yet retain the dark tones and old school medieval look. It’s impressive to see how much work has been done to modernize the graphics and what’s even better is that players can easily go back to classic graphics whenever they want.
Another advantage of this new version is the ease of accessing co-op options. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have cross-play with other platforms, but you can continue to progress from platform to platform. Playing with friends can be a lot of fun, although the game sometimes lags and there can be server issues that can make it so you can’t even play yourself if your character is online-capable. Choosing from the start whether your character can only play online or offline is especially awkward as the game doesn’t support offline co-op.
After finally playing this game I can say that it still holds up to this day. Players used to modern ARPGs like Diablo III and Torchlight will experience some trouble adjusting to the game’s different design since the age of 20. Games like this have a lot of replay value, so if you can get into the game, you’ll be playing it for years to come. ‘Diablo II Resurrected’ gets four out of five stars.