Diablo 2: Resurrected Review
With the Lord of Destruction Included in the expansion, players have access to seven character classes, all of which are very different from one another. Whether you go for the melee-oriented barbarian, the magic-wielding sorceress, or even the paladin with his team-building auras, you will find a number of skills that will make your experience unique, even among characters of the same class. The loot and character development system here means there are a lot more endgame build options than in Diablo 3, where the only thing is to get one of numerous class sets, to pump points into your primary value and to supplement them with selected unique items.
Some may regret that no more quality of life features have been introduced over Diablo 2: Resurrected – You’re still limited to just three character respecs, for example – but there’s just enough to help without breaking the game’s no-compromise nature. The largest is the larger shared supply, which allows players to set aside three times as many items as they did before for other characters. You can start the game with no intention of playing as a necromancer, but when you find a unique helmet with phenomenal stats you will likely feel the urge to do so just to try it out. This is how the enlarged shared stash works, and gets you trying other classes and builds thanks to the interesting loot you’ve acquired and then squeezed away.
There are several aspects of Diablo 2: Resurrected however, this will be really off-putting to some players. First of all, the characters you create need to be defined as either online or offline, and the game is strict with that – they cannot be mixed up. Your online characters’ progress is saved on Blizzard’s servers rather than locally, which means you won’t be able to play with them if you don’t have an internet connection. Offline characters, on the other hand, whose progress is saved locally, can be used at any time, but cannot engage in any multiplayer activities – Diablo 2: Resurrected unfortunately doesn’t even have a local co-op. For those who have spent hundreds of hours playing Diablo 3 with friends or family by their side it will be a devastating blow.
I would never have believed that in 2021 I would be sitting there and playing Diablo 2 on a console. And thanks to Diablo 2: Resurrected , with its beautifully depicted controls and stunning graphics, it doesn’t have to be an eyesore or ordeal. Some are immediately put off by the lack of local co-op, but for those who like to play online alone or with others, Diablo 2: Resurrected remains one of the best action RPGs of all time. It may be a bit clunkier than I remembered it, but not daunting, and once you’ve taken your first steps and started developing your favorite character, it’s hard not to be completely consumed by the dark world of the game and all of that to be it offers. Diablo 2 is back, and up Diablo 4 shows up from the bowels of hell it will do just fine. Though I’ll probably play it beyond that as well.
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