Review: Diablo (GoG/PC)

Darkness stirs beneath Tristram. An ancient evil sweeps across the land, plunging it into civil war and terrorizing the populace. A mad king, his missing son, and a mysterious archbishop are all pieces of the puzzle you need to hack through. You have journeyed to the source of this evil. The town of Tristram – now inhabited only by a handful of survivors, broken and twisted by the madness that has befallen them. A cathedral stands there, built over the ruins of an ancient monastery. Eerie lights and ungodly sounds are heard echoing through its abandoned halls, and that is where you shall venture.

Pros:

  • Classic retro graphics.
  • Diablo has two versions in one package–
    • Diablo (high res support and LAN mp)
    • Diablo Classic (SVGA graphics and Battle.net multiplayer)
  • 640mb download size.
  • Global video settings-display mode, presentation, v-sync, gamma correction, anisotropic filtering, and AA. You can set the options or have it set as default by the application.
  • Diablo features ARPG gameplay.
  • Keyboard shortcuts that show up in the information pane on the hud as you hover over icons.
  • A transparent map on screen that allows you to still move.
  • Save/load when you want.
  • Diablo users a drag and drop inventory system.
  • 3 characters-Warrior, Sorcerer, Rogue.
  • Strong powerful soundtrack.
  • The Manual- a high res PDF scan of the original game manual.
  • Loot lust 1.0. Lots of loot drops.
  • Separate saves for the 2 versions.
  • Earn EXP and level up to earn points to put into your stats.
  • Fully voiced characters.
  • Difficult.
  • Quick to action.
  • The expansive overworld is full of activities like a blacksmith, shop, magic and more.
  • Massive boss fights.
  • The dark gritty atmosphere.
  • Enemies have a red outline.
  • Easy controls, click to attack press shortcuts for items and spells.
  • So much fun.

Cons:

  • No cloud saves.
  • High res graphics doesn’t mean remastered or better graphics.
  • No tutorial.
  • No GoG achievements.
  • Doesn’t have the Hellfire expansion.
  • Even with gamma correction, the game is very dark.
  • High res version is not full screen and has black borders.
  • Can’t quit back to the main boot up menu.
  • Barebones video options.
  • Difficult.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

After 100s of hours playing Diablo 3, I did wonder if my brain could accept the much older Diablo game. I never played it back in the day as a pc was not that accessible but anyway, Diablo is a hell (pun) of a lot of fun. I mean if I had this back in the day I would of lost my fucking mind. Voiced characters, music that didn’t sound like it was made on a Casio keyboard, a story and loot all over the place! But has it aged well? For me the answer is a resounding yes! It still plays really well, slight learning curve with how brutal it all is and the fact the enemy counts are lower but they are stronger. I am miffed with the whole high res thing though as it just makes the game feel brighter to me whilst coupled with a much smaller screen thanks to the black borders. I play the classic and solo as that’s how I would of played it. I would like to see the Hellfire DLC come to GoG but a bit of research suggests that is a licensing headache. Back to Diablo and I am so happy with it. Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face. Yes I wish it had Diablo 3 levels of online support but for what it is the price is right and the content is awesome. Really impressed and now I want Diablo 2.

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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