Diablo 1 -PC-
4/5 (Reviewer = Tim)
Here I am again busting out one of those PC reviews with another splendid Blizzard game. Last review I wrote on Diablo 2, but this time I’ll be reviewing Diablo 1 its predecesor. If you haven’t checked my Diablo 2 review, just click on this Diablo 2 green text.
Diablo 1 is an action RPG which was released on January 2nd, 1997. ’97 was one great year for video game history. Here’s a list of some of the great games that was released in 1997 along side Diablo: Mario Kart 64, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Star fox 64, Mega Man X4, NBA Jam Hang time, Goldeneye 007, Final Fantasy 7, Grand theft auto, Fall out, and a whole bunch of other great games. I still remember as a kid many of these great games. From going over to my friend Mark’s house to sneak in some Diablo late in the evening or the time I purposely logged into my brother Matt’s NBA Jam’s undefeated characters account purposely lost to ruin his record because I was a angry and jealous lad. Or all those wonderful times spent in front of the tube pwning foos with the golden gun getting head shots. Ah the great memories.
Anyways, enough of the great memories of my childhood and back to the blissful game of Diablo 1. This game has a rich storyline that I never knew about when I first played the game as a kid. I did some reading up recently on Diablo lore and was actually surprised with the story behind everything. I’ll give you a paraphrased version of what I found out. Diablo is one of the three prime evils and his war against heaven continues on. Centuries ago a secretive order of mortal magi called the Horodrim banished Diablo to the far reaches below. In hell Diablo was bound in crystaline prison called a soul stone. As time went on and centuries passed, Diablo’s powers increased and the soulstone power weakened. AfterDiablo had gained much of his former power the town Tristam was thriving and the town coincidently happened to be right above the spot where Diablo’s soulstone lay. He then took control of the Archbishop Larzarus and used him to corrupt the kingdom surrounding Tristam and King Leoric himself. King Leoric goes somewhat crazy from the loss of his Son Prince Albrecht. Prince Albrecht was kidnapped and brought down below the church and ends up getting sacrificed by Lazarus to Diablo unbenounced by King Leoric. So in a nut shell Diablo corrupted the whole kingdom and almost brought Tristam and the lands surrounding that kingdom to ruin.
One last interesting detail which may or may not be true is when the Archbishop Lazarus was bringing many people from the town of Tristam to the caverns below the church to fight the demons. He supposedly brought your family, many townsfolk, and all of King Leoric’s knights down there to have them murdered by the demons below. You as the unnamed hero have returned home for revenge against Lazarus and Diablo himself. So yeah its pretty interesting the story behind everything. Of course as a child I had no idea about all this crap. I just knew I liked clicking the left button on the mouse and killing these little weaselly creatures/demons.
Anyways enough of the storyline and more about the gameply. Like I mentioned earlier, Diablo is an action RPG with single player and muliplayer capibilities. You have a life and mana bar and kill creatures to gain experience. You can equip armor to increase your toughness. There’s also four main attributes that you can increase from your leveling up. You have strength, dexterity, energy, and vitality. Strength Helps you to attack with more and wear heavier armor and use stronger weapons. Dexterity helps your percentage of hitting a creature. Energy increases your magic abilities and mana capacity. Vitality of course increases your hit points. So you’ll have to decide with each level where to put your 5 extra points.
In the game you can choose from 3 characters: A Warrior, a harry potterer (a sorcerer), or rouge. Most of the time out of personal preference I choose to be a warrior or someone who uses hand to hand combat. Other sissies choose to use harry potteress or weak rouges, but yeah that’s just personal preference I guess. But each class starts out with different attributes. But there’s really not that much of a difference. Because technically you could choose a warrior, but the game allows you to read as many spell books as your energy attribute level allows you to, which doesn’t really make sense. Why have a sorcerer class when the warrior at a higher level can do everything the socerer can do? So that’s one thing in the game that wasn’t very thought through. They ended up fixing that with the skill tree in Diablo 2.
Some other things that were quite annoying the game was how slow your character walks. When you get further into the game and into the deepest creveces of hell you end up using quite a few potions. But you only have 8 slots to put potions in and the hot keys 5, 6, 7, and 8 are sometimes hard to reach with your fingers. These potions run out so fast and you have to town portal so much and you walk so slow. So what you end up doing is selling all your cool 2nd armors or weapons in your inventory and filling it up with all health potions and hoping that it’ll last longer than a couple minutes. So yeah this was quite annoying. One last thing that was messed up was how much things cost and how you had to carry your gold in your inventory. One slot in your inventory could hold 5,000 gold. So let’s say you had 60,000 dollars in gold pieces. That would take up 12 spots in your inventory which is a crazy amount of space being taken up with gold. They fixed that in Diablo 2 where the gold didn’t take up inventory slots. So good work Blizzard on fixing that, but nevertheless it was super annoying.
All in all I had fun playing the game eventhough there really only was 3 quests or objectives in the whole game. Objective 1: Kill the Butcher, Objective 2:Kill Lazarus/Save Albrecht, and lastly Objective 3: Kill Diablo and Jam the soulstone into your freaking brain. So yeah it was a great game eventhough it had some problems, so I award this great game a 4 out of 5. If you haven’t played either of the Diablos get your hands on a copy, its definately worth your time.