Diablo II Blizzard North / Blizzard Entertainment Inc. 2000

Diablo II is an extremely popular sequel to the game Diablo, a dark fantasy-themed action role-playing game in a hack and slash and "dungeon roaming" style. The player assumes the role of a hero, fighting monsters while traversing over land and through dungeons. The storyline is played through four acts. Each act follows a predetermined path with preselected quests, although some quests are optional. Players fight monsters to level their character up and gain better items. Battle is conducted in real-time from an isometric viewpoint. Each act culminates with the destruction of a boss monster, upon which the player proceeds to the next act. It randomly generates many monster properties, level lay-outs and item drops. Most of the maps themselves are randomly generated. In single player mode, the map is randomly generated but locks the setting until changing difficulty level; in multiplayer mode, it resets every time the game is restarted. There are three difficulty levels: Normal, Nightmare, and Hell. A character must complete these difficulty levels in order and it will increase creature strength, experience penalties upon death, automatically lowered resistances, and other challenges. A character retains all abilities, equipment, etc, between difficulties and may return to earlier difficulties at any time. Upon completion of the game in Normal difficulty, a player may create a hardcore character. While with normal softcore characters the player can resurrect their character if killed and resume playing, a hardcore character only has one life and if killed, will be permanently dead and unplayable, losing everything. The player has the option of hiring one of several computer-controlled mercenaries, or hirelings, that follow the player and attack nearby enemies. On occasion, the player might find a rare, valuable item, or one that is part of a set that becomes more powerful when the entire set is collected. Items can be customized using sockets and gems, or transmuted into different items using the Horadric Cube. The player can choose between five different character classes: Amazon, Necromancer, Barbarian, Sorceress, and Paladin. Each character has different strengths and weaknesses and sets of skills to choose from, as well as varying beginning attributes. It was made specifically with online gaming in mind. Several spells (such as auras or war cries) multiply their effectiveness if they are cast within a party, and dungeons, although they still exist, were largely replaced by open spaces. Multiplayer is achieved through Blizzard's Battle.net free online service, or via a LAN.

See also: Diablo II: Lord Of Destruction

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