Every so often I find a reason to reinstall Diablo 2. Since Diablo 3 was announced this weekend that reason smacked me upside the head leaving me little choice. The urge – no – the CRAVING to crawl through dungeons in a game that manages to pull off a storyline at the same time it delivers an online loot driven experience is a strong one.
This time around I am not going at it alone. I have Graev and my good friend Bartlebe hacking and slashing alongside me. Well, Graev is doing more summoning and cursing as a Necromancer and Bartlebe is smashing and smiting our foes as a Paladin. I originally created a Barbarian thinking I wanted to whirlwind and just slash stuff the whole time but I recently (this morning) decided to remake as a Werebear Druid because I have truly never played a Druid in D2. (Bartlebe, if you’re reading this you now know I have rerolled and I’m all caught up on a Druid!)
So far we have nearly completed Act 1 and plan to take it at a casual pace while enjoying the subtleties of the storyline (I say subtleties because we’ve all played through a dozen times and know it by heart). That’s something I like about D2 though. I always find something new in the story like a word, phrase, or name that forms a connection and gives me new insight.
For the first time ever the graphics of D2 looked old. I think that could be because I have been gaming on a widescreen monitor for over a year now and haven’t even looked at a game at a resolution lower than 1680×1050. Diablo 2 is limited to 800×600 and that really looks awkward and pixelated more than it ever has to me on this current monitor. I’m also playing an older game for the first time on Vista but I’m happy to report that I have had no issues. I simply run it in XP SP2 compatibility mode and run the program as administrator and it works perfectly.
This blog post officially adds Diablo 2 to my list of games I’m currently playing while waiting for something new. Not a bad place to be considering the game came out exactly (well, as of yesterday) eight years ago in the year 2000.