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Glad I did it
on May 15, 2000
I was approached a few weeks ago by a friend of my cousin who worked for blizzard. He said he knew I loved the original Diablo (I still play it) and wanted to know if I wanted to beta-test it. I said sure.
Playing it for the first time, I found it performed very well on my P-200, 32MB RAM. It begins with an amazing cinematic sequence that fills many of the plot gaps for those unfamiliar with Diablo I. The actual gameplay is the same system of mouse commands, the interface very similar, but less obtrusive (eg. when talking to somebody, the text is not screen-sized, but specific to the part of the screen in which that character is located). The level upgrade system is more logical, less mathematical. The weapons actually appear diffirent when you hold them - a short sword is not identical to a dagger when weilded by the character. I haven't had a chance to play all the characters (the game is VERY long), but they seem very distinct, with varying, but well balanced strangths and weaknesses. As before, however, the general tradeoff is speed and magic for brute strength.
I've come across 100's of distinct weapons, armor, and magic items in the first level only, so I guess there may be 1000 or even more! The soundtrack is eerie and differs in each level. The sounds of dripping water and moaning add true realism to this game when played late at night!
The graphics are far from state of the art, but very decent (I assume this was either 1) to keep the size of the game down or 2) because it's been in production for so long), and I found myself grateful for my 3Dfx card, which greatly smooths out the gameplay (I don't know if it is neccessary on a faster machine, but it is supported nevertheless).
This game is the crowning jewel of my collection. From the depth of the storyline which is, literally years in the making, to the subtle wit and plot twists that are so obviously showing of hard work and dedication. I think this game will be Blizzard's best ever. Buy it now!