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Strange. I've had Diablo 2 for some time now, several years, but I never really played it until now. For some reason I just never had the desire to do so after I bought it. I installed it a few hours ago and while I haven't gotten very far there is something oddly satisfying about it. Now I've played other games that have been similar. Sacred, Titan Quest, and Dungeon Siege are the more recent ones that I can remember. Yet Diablo 2 feels different. Not better mind you because I had a LOT of fun with Titan Quest just different.
Still not sure why people go crazy over it but I can see to a degree why they might. Though the graphics are clearly outdated and the resolution can't be increased it's presentation value seems well done. From the sound, to the sounds enemies make (seems like they lifted some of those into World of Warcraft when that was finally made), the voice work (was surprised this was even in the game). Getting weapons and armor isn't a problem from what I can tell or that important but that could clear change. I only did the first quest, the Den of Evil, so I'm clearly not far in the game. However once I fought my way there, killing demons left and right to get there did make me feel like my character was an actual hero there to help, and cleared out the cave to have the light shine done once it was clear was great and fun. Think I'm going to stick around and continue to play to see if it gets better.
Playing this has made me want to look into Diablo 3 more as the graphics are updated. However I do hope not all of Diablo 2 is filled with dark areas. I enjoy the varied landscape in Titan Quest a lot but perhaps I should not expect the same experience.