Diablo

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Diablo is an isometric top-down dungeon crawler with a Gothic theme.

Status

I own this game for Windows and have beaten it as a warrior, rogue, and sorcerer.

Review

Overall: 7/10

Good

  • Ignoring the cheats and exploits, the game engine is pretty solid.
  • The monster AI is varied and interesting allowing for different tactics. Fallen Ones can be scared away by killing a monster in front of them, scavengers can be delayed by making corpses for them to eat, etc.
  • The ambient music is creepy and the town music is quite nice.
  • The palette is nicely dark and foreboding fitting the mood of the game.
  • The prefix/suffix system for items and dungeon randomizer allows for a lot of replay value.
  • The dungeon generator is nicely designed for various environments.

Bad

  • The story is pretty lame.
  • The pre-rendered 3D graphics aren't very good. I would have preferred hand-drawn sprites.
  • The cut-scene animations aren't very realistic.
  • Once you've explored the town and find it has little to offer, it becomes tedious to navigate.
  • Farnham and Gillian are entirely pointless NPCs.
  • There is a lot of recorded dialog for quests among NPCs, almost all of which is unimportant and wastes your time.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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