Was Diablo II the greatest RPG to emerge from 2000?

Its hard to believe that Diablo II was released over 20 years ago for Microsoft Windows. Diablo II was released during a time period where PC gaming was starting to become more popular even though social media did not catch until the late 00’s-early 10’s. In terms of popularity within the RPG genre some people would put Diablo II on the same level that the Unreal Tournament was on as it relates to the first-person shooters. In fact, many would argue that Diablo II was more popular than the critically acclaimed StarCraft game that Blizzard released back in 1998. As it relates to computer games Diablo II huge in countries like America to a point where it managed to reach 4 million in sales by Summer 2001. It should be noted that the Lord Of Destruction expansion pack for Diablo II was released in ‘01 played a significant role in keeping players emotionally invested in the game. The Lord Of Destruction pack included new character classes along with an additional scenario plus modifications to the existing gameplay of Diablo II. Also, the storyline in Lord Of Destruction very intriguing be a it followed events after the end of Diablo II.

Following the downfall of Mephisto and Diablo players eventually have to deal with one of the Prime Evils Baal who is revealed to be the main antagonist. The graphics for Diablo II looked great and the game was so addictive people were still playing it by the late 00’s. In fact, a remastered version of Diablo II is set to be released on September 23th, 2021 for the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and even the Nintendo Switch. The remastered version of Diablo II will include the same type of gameplay for the original version from 2000. However, Diablo II: Resurrected will include brand new features including an improved battle net, cross progression, modernized graphics along with cutscenes that will be recreated from scratch. Along with new features that are going to be included in Diablo II: Resurrection; the in-depth customization along with PvP will most likely make a return. Diablo II is arguably one of the greatest RPGs of all-time despite the fact it only sold about a fraction of what Diablo III did from 2012 onwards. Despite, selling less than World Of Warcraft from 2004 Diablo II is still seen as a more superior game by hardcore fans of the series due to its darker tone. Diablo II from 2000 was special because the gameplay looked and felt like the pinnacle of 2D isometric RPG gaming. The more realistic gameplay in Diablo II surpassed other 2D isometric RPG classics like Tactical Orge: LUCT and Final Fantasy Tactics from ‘95-‘97 in quality. Diablo II also had an ominous storyline that featured dark mythological demon creatures which were basically manifestations of sin. Diablo II was a dark fantasy-horror game that appealed to Americans who either had morbid personalities or just fans of RPG gaming in general.

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