Rediscovering Old Games: Diablo II

We were talking about old games during our lan week, and ended up heading for the spare room and the piles of older games stored in boxes up there.  There was excitement as we found copies of Rollercoaster Tycoon, Theme Hospital, Homeworld 2 and others.. and more mockery from the guys as it turned out I had a copy of Supreme Commander, after saying no, I didn’t know the game.  In my defense, it was in a multipack which I had picked up for Titan Quest and its Immortal Throne expansion, and the Company of Heroes Anthology.. 😉

I also found my copy of Diablo II, plus the Lord of Destruction expansion, which I had thought lost when we moved house!  After a bit of messing around.. updates, copying files to allow the game to run without the CD, registration to Battlenet.. I rolled a Sorceress and went out into the world..

I’d forgotten quite how easy the game plays, at least in the early levels.. fights consisting of firing spells off at the enemy as fast as you can click, with no rotation to keep up.. I’ve gotten used to more complex gameplay! 🙂

I’ve only floundered when I’ve rushed into the middle of a pack and been frozen.. or when I met the first boss, Blood Raven, and all her summoned minions!

I’m also discovering the need to tame my loot-gathering instincts!  The inventory is too small to pick up every item without regular trips back to town to sell it.. there is the scroll of Town Portal, but I could easily spend more time fetching and selling gear than fighting enemies.

Swapping between spells and actions feels clunky, so I’m sticking to just a few spells for now.  I had planned to stick to the Fire skill tree, as many of the skills boost others in the same tree.. but when I was granted the Frost Nova spell via a stave, I was sold, and now use that to slow packs of enemies before starting on the Fire.

The guys have set me the challenge of finishing this game before Diablo III comes out.. challenge accepted! 😉

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