12 Jul 2000 dancer   » (Journeyer)




v0.35 released. Jeff's back at the barges, and we're targetting feature completeness. Not far to go now.

Diablo II

What was it we all said about Diablo I? That it's Rogue with Graphics and Sound and a bit more of a story? Yeah, that...a twenty year old idea dressed up in glitz. See? Glitz really is important to some degree, much as we would like sometimes to pretend that it isn't.

Well, Diablo II is Moria with glitz, more-or-less. A few little tweaks and the thing holds your attention like a blonde with a glock 17 (vary mental image to personal gender and legginess/beefiness preferences)

Voice acting: Of course, the voice-acting is just as bad as Diablo's...terrible. I can't decide whether people are reciting loudly and slowly because they feel that their target market cannot read the supplied scrolling text or what, but it makes each speech sound terribly, terribly pompous. (There's a couple good ones, where the voice actor appears to have accidentally managed to sound like a human being saying something appropriate to a situation, and not tried to sound like the voice-of-god pronouncing doom upon the sinners. Those few clean scraps of vocal really stand out and make me smile)

Cinematics: Beautiful. Those fire imp things in the intro movie? Magic. This is Blizzard, right? Much crafting and polishing. The voices are better there, too :)

Overall: This is The Big Black Hole Of Time(tm). Just getting too close to it will cause impromptu relativistic effects that will distort your personal space-time reference frame, and ensure that your friends, relatives, and assigned duties all get old without you. (God help you if you pass the event horizon) I'd like it better if it was an RPG, perhaps, but I think a major part of it's charm is that it isn't...it's a glorious arcade/roguelike romp with graphics and more character stats...and more kinds of magical dingus than you can throw a Sand Leaper at.

It's got things that suddenly appear out of the dark and scare the snot out of you. It's got sound and graphics. It's got random generation. It's got a variety of playing styles depending on the class you choose. Even my father would play this... Beware! Beware!

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