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 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.
- 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.
- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Sound - 8/108/10
- Accessability - 7/107/10
- Length - 7/107/10
- Fun Factor - 8/108/10
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.