Should I play through D2 again?

  • #1
    Okay so on D2 I never beat hell mode and I never played online for very long.. I always played single player offline. Why? Well I was pretty young at the time and the game was obviously harder for a 12 year old, and I got bored of starting new characters and doing the same storyline over and over. The furthest I managed was a summoner necromancer to the end of nightmare (which became VERY boring, just clicking summon over and over, standing behind minions and waiting).

    Now I feel like I haven't accomplished enough. Since D3 is going to always be online and have hell and inferno modes, and I'm 16 (bit older, smarter, more dedicated video gamer), I want to play D3 really well. So I'm considering starting a D2 character, and playing through the whole game (beat hell and all). Do this before D3 comes out, so I've got some practice and experience in the higher difficulties.

    First, should I do this offline single player or online? Someone mentioned that the online ladders are resetting on May 2nd. Should I wait for that and play then, or just do single player? I've got no experience playing online at all, and I honestly prefer diablo to be single player, since that's how I've always played it.

    Which character should I play? I'm not doing my necromancer anymore, it's just too dull. Summoning is boring for me, and to be honest, it's far too easy. I made an incredible summoner build which killed anything in nightmare, but it was repetitive and slow. I'm thinking of making a hammerdin or something - something really strong that I can just breeze through hell mode with. Any ideas?
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  • #3
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    Okay so on D2 I never beat hell mode and I never played online for very long.. I always played single player offline. Why? Well I was pretty young at the time and the game was obviously harder for a 12 year old, and I got bored of starting new characters and doing the same storyline over and over. The furthest I managed was a summoner necromancer to the end of nightmare (which became VERY boring, just clicking summon over and over, standing behind minions and waiting).

    Now I feel like I haven't accomplished enough. Since D3 is going to always be online and have hell and inferno modes, and I'm 16 (bit older, smarter, more dedicated video gamer), I want to play D3 really well. So I'm considering starting a D2 character, and playing through the whole game (beat hell and all). Do this before D3 comes out, so I've got some practice and experience in the higher difficulties.

    First, should I do this offline single player or online? Someone mentioned that the online ladders are resetting on May 2nd. Should I wait for that and play then, or just do single player? I've got no experience playing online at all, and I honestly prefer diablo to be single player, since that's how I've always played it.

    Which character should I play? I'm not doing my necromancer anymore, it's just too dull. Summoning is boring for me, and to be honest, it's far too easy. I made an incredible summoner build which killed anything in nightmare, but it was repetitive and slow. I'm thinking of making a hammerdin or something - something really strong that I can just breeze through hell mode with. Any ideas?


    First I would like to compliment you on being 16, yet typing intelligently and maturely. Don't see that much these days. With that said, I'm not sure exactly what you are asking for. You kind of contradicted yourself by saying the necromancer was too overpowered and became boring, yet you want to create something else that will become over powerful and boring? Help me understand.

    Secondly, I wouldn't recommend playing on Battle.net with people at this stage of the game, as when I quit playing years ago, it was rife with illegitimacy, bots, hacks, you name it. Unless they seriously cleaned it up, I can only imagine what it is like now. That's not to say that you can't play online and enjoy it, because you can. It's just harder than it was back in the day. You could always sign in and create private games, so you had a character on the server, in case you did happen to run into a like-minded individual that you wanted to play with. Being online and playing single-player are not mutually exclusive.

    To be honest, I've tried playing it again, but since playing D3, it just doesn't feel right. I'm sure playing through it (completely through it...have never once been rushed EVER) about 5 gajillion times has something to do with it...meh. Anyways, good luck.
  • #4
    Well the necromancer was boring because he isn't very "involved". All you have to do is summon skeletons, golum, etc and cast curses. But you don't do any of the actual fighting. After playing over and over as a summoner it's just boring. I'm playing single player as paladin, and I'm going to make a hammerdin.. hopefully I can beat hell before May 15th, and then play Diablo 3.

    I don't think it matters what character/build I use though - you're right, after playing D2 storyline and acts about "5 gajillion times", it's not as exciting anymore. But I still want to beat hell with a powerful build, just so that I can have accomplished that. xD
  • #5
    Fire Claws druid, Fireball/Frozen Orb Sorc, Frost Zealot Paladin, etc. All great builds that require minimal gear and have lots of involvement in the action.
  • #6
    I was thinking of firing up D2 again, but I felt it would be a waste of time with D3 so close.

    Until its actually here (I played the open Beta but have no Beta key) I'm spending time looking over the skills and progressions of all the classes. Personally, I think thats more productive that playing D2 again, which is a different game all together.
  • #7
    Try a Frost Zealot Paladin, fun and challenging. If you like, I'll post the build and how to attain it (what points go where) and tips on playing him. I'm suggesting this because the hammerdin in my opinion is cheap ass guy, always hammering away at things, making such a racket. Goddamn it people are trying to sleep. Just kidding, the hammerdin is just too easy and really overpowered. He's just not fair.

    I would play some games with you, but I'm really getting crunched under a lot of physical geology work just before finals. That's what you get when procrastinating. I'm pulling an all-nighter tonight to get a good chunk of this work out of the way.

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  • #8
    I have two necromancers, boner-mage and poison-vampire both of them are very strong, combat-involved and dynamic.


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  • #9
    Thinking of replaying barb?
    Started replaying D2 a couple months ago, and i had just made it to hell on my barb, when the open beta weekend hit...
    No going back now...
    The major reason is that when you've tried both (old and new barb), the gruesome truth hits... The D2 barb is ironically a slow senior citizen, where the D3 barb is a furious powerhouse. Let's say the class aged well.
    D2 and D3 will give me the same thrill of finding an awesome axe to plant in the heads of my enemies, but said "planting" just doesn't cut it in D2 anymore, at least not after i tried D3... And it pains me...
    It pains me because D2 was something i loved a lot back when i was younger. Ever since i got the demo in a PC mag... Only class available was the barbarian, and i played the demo hours on end... Ahh, good times...
    But now... I'm retiring D2... Rest in peace!
  • #10
    Sorc and Paladin are the best D2 classes, in terms of power, flexibility, diversity, enjoyment, usefulness yadda, yadda, yadda.
    Paladin is easier to play.
  • #11
    Paladin is the most powerful/overpowered class in the game. The unstoppable dude.
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  • #12
    Paladins > Everything...even with the Hammer Magic nerf, they can just do a holy bolt hybrid and still kick the crap out of everything. Plus making a Smitedin with proper gear will allow you to do torch runs solo with absolutely no problem.
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