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.


  • Classic retro graphics.
  • Diablo has two versions in one package–
    • Diablo (high res support and LAN mp)
    • Diablo Classic (SVGA graphics and 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.


  • 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


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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