Diablo II Resurrected Review (PC/Battlenet)

This Diablo II: Resurrected Review has us taking on the remastered version of the quintessential action RPG Diablo II. We pursue the mysterious Dark Wanderer and fight the denizens of hell as you uncover the fate of the Prime Evils Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal.

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Diablo II Resurrected Review Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 27.2GB Download size.
  • Full controller support.
  • Can change between the original graphics and new graphics with a button press at any time.
  • Colorblind support.
  • Action RPG gameplay.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Graphics – fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, resolution scale slider, brightness, frame rate cap, screen space, sharpening, graphic presets, texture quality, anisotropic filtering, ambient occlusion quality, character detail, environment detail, transparency detail, shadow quality, anti-aliasing, dynamic resolution scaling, framerate target and VFX lighting quality.
  • Legacy graphics – resolution l, lightning quality, blended shadows, contrast, and perspective mode.
  • Controller settings – change thumbsticks, vibration, sensitivity slider, and weapon swap separate from skill buttons.
  • Large font option.
  • Game creation settings – player count (2-8), character level restrictions, character level difference, friends allowed, and item drop spacing.
  • Excellent soundtrack.
  • Top-notch voicework.
  • The controller works really well.
  • Button icon pop-ups.
  • You can have an online and offline character.
  • Seamlessly Cross saves between versions.
  • Seven characters – Amazon, Assassin, Necromancer, Barbarian, Paladin, Sorceress, and Druid.
  • Can set up two load-outs to swap between quickly.
  • Upon death, you drop everything you had on but your name shows on the map and with that, you can reclaim your stuff.
  • Includes Lord of Destruction DLC.
  • Hire Ai fighters to accompany you and attack alongside you.
  • Map uncovers as you play.
  • Stamina system for running.
  • Enemy names and health bars pop up as you get within range.
  • Handy shortcuts for using scrolls.
  • You have to identify items sometimes with a scroll.
  • Earn EXP and level up to put points into your stats (strength/dexterity/vitality/energy) and put points into your skill tree.
  • Play how you want.
  • Separate little events can happen as you play.
  • Proper loot lust.
  • All equipment has durability and must be repaired as it deteriorates.
  • Loot has a rarity that adds buffs and/or passives.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Different biomes and weather types by area.
  • Buy, sell, and craft items.
  • You can socket gems into equipment to increase stats or add passives.
  • Central stash to store items.
  • Your camp is your safe space and houses vendors, stash, etc.
  • Find fast travel portals.
  • Really good animations.
  • Excellent lighting work.
  • Save and quit option.
  • Feels like a brutal take on a Dungeons and Dragons game.
  • Ridiculously addictive.
  • Loot descriptions only pop up when nearby.
  • Drag and drop inventory system for mouse and keyboard.
  • Shared loot.
  • The controller allows quick equip and compares items better, assigning gems is painless.
  • Tomes allow you to have a designated spot for scrolls.
  • A much darker grittier Diablo with dismemberments and lots of blood.

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Diablo II Resurrected Review Cons:

  • The controller doesn’t have any auto-aim settings.
  • No auto-run option.
  • Doesn’t hold your hand in regards to missions and locations.
  • Difficult.
  • A lot of item/inventory management.
  • Cannot swap online and offline characters to the other type.
  • The descriptions of each game type are not that clear.
  • Shared loot.
  • Cannot rebind the controller buttons.
  • Only certain characters can do certain modes.
  • Get a lot of loot not for your character class.

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Diablo II Resurrected:

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Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

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  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
9/10

Summary

It took me many years but I finally get all the Diablo 3 hate when it launched, Diablo 2 is a much better game than 3 and in so many ways. This is the first proper go I’ve had at Diablo 2 and I am hating myself for not being able to afford a pc and play it back in the day! Diablo 2 is a darker no hand-holding film of magic bollox that Diablo 3 is, it has magic sure but it’s in a more elegant and brutal way, you earn your kills, you take a beating, and you fucking love it. ARPG is always associated with Diablo, it’s what Diablo does and it does it well but Diablo 3 did water it down somewhat and made it a bit too Hollywood. Diablo 2 takes it back to the old school with no hand-holding, missions have to be discovered, items mean so much more and the whole atmosphere is just full of Dread and adventure. I loved and will continue to love everything Diablo 2 has to others because what they have done here is preserve everything that made it great but added mod cons like controller support, proper online connections, and the ability to swap between old and new graphics at will. I cannot get over just how wildly different and better this is to the newer game of the series. Diablo 2 feels like an adventure, it feels like a Dungeons and Dragons game where the DM is on shrooms but has a really dark sense of humor, its brutal, its fun, and most of all its addictive. Diablo 2 has resurrected the ARPG scene.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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