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Games Worth Playing: Diablo II

November 1, 2021

There are thousands of video games out there, but what’s worth playing? Today let’s talk about:

The promotional banner for the game Diablo II

Credit: Blizzard

Diablo II: Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch

Developer: Blizzard

Diablo II Is an action adventure RPG against, you guessed it, Diablo and the other Prime Evils, Mephisto and Baal. The monsters that you fight are demons, abominations, and denizens of hell. Another key component to this game is the loot. There. Is. So. Much. Loot.

The promotional art for the DLC

Credit: Blizzard

Classic Diablo II was released for PC in June of 2000. It sold over 4 million copies for PC. In this iteration of the game, you get the classic Diablo II and it's DLC, Diablo II: Lords of Destruction all packaged together. This means you get the 5 original starting classes as well as the two additional ones. Seven total starting classes but with no character customization. You get what you see. Each class has its own specializations (30 unique character skills), weapons, and armors, meaning each playthrough will provide you with new loot and collectibles to use.

The playable classes from Diablo II.

Credit: Blizzard

There are multiple areas and each has a set of missions to be completed. The characters in the encampment/town will provide context and direction as you clear previous missions. You can also revisit areas you have already beat to stock up on things like arrows and potions, meaning that you don't have to use your gold buying those items from the merchants. Sometimes the merchants will have valuable armor or weapons, but again, a lot of these items can be found by just going into the wilds and fighting. Each area has dungeons that are replayable, making it easy to collect rare items through fighting rare mobs since you can come back multiple times. And since storage has been expanded with Diablo II: Resurrected you have more room than ever before to collect items.

Most of the mobs are fairly simple. They will come at you and then back off giving you time to heal or regroup. Some mobs, however, are a different color and will have a special name above them. These are the monsters you will want to focus on. They have stronger attacks and definitely drop better loot and more gold. Taking them out will also make accessing chests that are scattered about the dungeons easier as well.

Unique monster in a dungeon.

Credit: Blizzard

The updated version of the game significantly increases your ability to carry items and your ability to store items in town. It also improves the graphics and resolution and features a redesigned user interface. Playing this game brings back the memories of the first time I played Diablo II but in a nice new package since I can now play it on my Switch!

Side Note: I haven't spoke much about Diablo. It provides a little bit of context and has a couple of the same characters, but ultimately, Diablo II is just a better game.  You don't need to play the first game to enjoy the second.


1: Pick up all of the loot. Even if you can't use it or won't use it you can sell it for gold.

2: There is a minimap in the upper right hand of the screen. Use it, and explore every area of the map. There are chests and unique monsters in tucked away areas.

3: Find the blacksmith and visit them every time you are in town. If you use javelins this actions will refill them meaning you won't run out at crucial moments. It also means that your armor will maintain its durability and not break in a fight.

4: Make sure to purchase Scrolls of Town Portal. Returning to town with a full inventory is commonplace, but you will almost always make a profit.

5: Make sure you purchase the Scrolls of Identify. Any object that requires identification will be rare and therefore worth more or have better stats than the basic armor sets.

For more "Games Worth Playing", check out the article by Captain Chris: "Games Worth Playing: Left 4 Day 2".

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