Diablo II included on "10 Games That Won't Die!" list.

ExtremeTech recently posted a list of games from yesteryear that "just won't die". Diablo II was mentioned right at the top o' the list and here's what they had to say about it:

"1. Diablo II
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Will it Run on Vista? Yes
Still Available? Yes

Widely hailed as the greatest action RPG of all time, Diablo II has legions of clones and followers, but none have come close to gripping the enthusiasts as much as Blizzard's powerhouse. You can get both Diablo II and its expansion, Lord of Destruction, plus strategy guides, at the link above for $40.

The game features five character types, each with its own range of abilities, but it's the interface that made Diablo II, and its predecessor Diablo, what they are. So move, you simply click. To attack, click. You can access various functions like a map or your special abilities through hotkeys?or you can click

While Diablo had something of a story, Diablo II is far more plot-driven, involving taking on evil itself, and takes place throughout four acts. Lord of Destruction adds two character classes, a new campaign, and much more to the mix.

Keeping Diablo II alive, besides its core gameplay, is a host of mods. You can find them all over the Web simply by wielding the power of Google, but a good place to start is Diablo II Sector's Mods directory. You'll also find hacks, bots, and many more downloadables for the game

Of course, single-player gaming only goes so far, and Blizzard still supports Diablo II multiplayer via Battle.net. And there's still a thriving Diablo II community, playing and trading items with their Realms characters (as opposed to "Open" or locally-stored characters). Even as Diablo III is in development, don't look for Diablo II to fade away just yet. The upcoming sequel doesn't yet have a release date. If you crave action-RPG clickety-click frenetic gaming, look no further than Diablo II."
So how many of you are still playing Diablo 2 on a regular basis? Do you think that'll all change once Diablo 3 comes out or will you still play the second installment here 'n there?

Comments

  • #1 Siaynoq
    Still confuzzles me that people call Diablo 2 an RPG. I mean, like the author states even, it is plot driven. It's not character driven. But yes, I am still playing D2, but only with the Eastern Sun mod. It's surprisingly fun and I'm still learning a lot.

    Regular D2:LoD I simply cannot go back to playing again. But I do acknowledge it as one of the most replayed games of all time.

    Ooh, and I see they included Fallout out as well. A wise choice. I'm confused though how he could mention Freelancer and not include a Wing Commander game on there.
  • #2 Kenzai
    I loose interest pretty fast in games. :/
    Its just that ive played the crap out of all these games with cheats and hacks at younger ages (= not understanding shit about storyline or properly playing) that theyre just not that interesting anymore when it comes to gameplay.

    But storyline and all, the style in general (feeling?), those leave a much different mark.
    I'll definitely be playing D3 for some while. LOL

    Quote from "Siaynoq" »
    Still confuzzles me that people call Diablo 2 an RPG.


    From what i know (ok ok, its Wiki knowledge >_>), the characteristics of RPG' s include mainly the stat-driven (improvable, usually level-driven), character oriented, action-adventure style gameplay as well as a deep storyline.
    Diablo really is more or less an RPG.
  • #3 LinkX
    Does anyone notice that all three of Blizzard's Franchise's are on there?

    Diablo 2
    Starcraft
    Warcraft 3



    I think we picked the right company. :D
  • #4 Siaynoq
    I didn't realize Warcraft 3 that that prevalent really. It seems like even Warcraft fans don't care that much about Warcraft 3. I only hear talk about WoW.
  • #5 DSquared82
    Yeah, i still jump on DII every now and then; building up a character or getting some new loot. Doesn't make me happy that the article more or less supports bots and hacks. Once DIII is out, there will be no point for me to play DII anymore. It be like having filet and going back to flank steak or something.
  • #6 kefka666333abc123
    Quote from "Siaynoq" »
    I didn't realize Warcraft 3 that that prevalent really. It seems like even Warcraft fans don't care that much about Warcraft 3. I only hear talk about WoW.


    Most people that play wow are mmo fans I find that never even played wc3(not to say lots of wc3 players dont play wow im sure they do). I think tho that most of the wc3 players now are just playing for dota which is seriously awesome

    EDIT: Cant wait for the ladder reset....ill be playing on ladder again for the first time since the first season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • #7 Feabreg
    this would make blizzard see that we all need Diablo 3 a lot more than SC2. :P
    dont get me wrong, i want to play SC2, but i can wait for that... and i am dieing to play D3 AAAHHH
  • #8 AndyTheShap
    Diablo II's PvM was fun when I was younger, but as like a few of you said - you got into hacks/cheats/pk. PVP/trading was the best thing about the game because you could build your character to your own unique killing machine (pvm/pvp). Putting cookie cutter aside, it still was a good thing because it made followings and sites like d2jsp/original diablo3.com possible.

    Im swamped with work and graduating college and I know I will put together some type of pc int he next week or so to atleast try out the new patch/ladder reset!

    race to act 5/preceed to diablo 3 :)
  • #9 Equinox
    I know little games that are actually dead (aka not one person plays them). Or is this an old game popularity contest? Not sure what they mean when they say "won't die".
  • #10 Lord_de_Seis
    Still playing Diablo, I mean, who Diablo fan doesn't? Level 99 Summonancer which I worked really hard on creating and I ain't dumping him. Waiting for patch update and ladder reset.
  • #11 Feabreg
    oh and i think there are some games missing there... what about Mohaa???
  • #12 Daemaro
    Quote from "Equinox" »
    I know little games that are actually dead (aka not one person plays them). Or is this an old game popularity contest? Not sure what they mean when they say "won't die".


    I think it's the most played games that have been out for a long time.
  • #13 akse
    I started playing again at 1.12 cuz of the D3 announce and such. Also I lost interest to WoW lately.. so I've been playing D2 again every now and then in battle.net.

    Only classic tho..
  • #14 Lestater
    Quote from "Siaynoq" »
    I didn't realize Warcraft 3 that that prevalent really. It seems like even Warcraft fans don't care that much about Warcraft 3. I only hear talk about WoW.


    Warcraft 3 is prevalent still, even if it's only because of DotA.
  • #15 DesmondTiny
    Kidding me? I still play the first Diablo. Im probably one of the few. Im probably one of the few that think Diablo is better than Diablo II. Oh well. Im a Warcraft III and Starcraft gamer as well :D I play WoW once in a while though. Getting into Warcraft III again tryin to get better. (Also Diablo2 classic is better than LoD)
  • #16 Diagelos_Necrovio
    I still play and will play even after the patch update. I don't know if I'll play as much after 3 comes out but I'll know then.
  • #17 DarkMagicc
    When Diablo III comes out I'll probably store Diablo I, II, and Lod away in my game closet, and probably not go back to it for a few months or years.

    Unless they somehow screw up DIII, I won't go back to DII until maybe D4 was announced, or unless its 2015, and I want to remember what its like to play.

    What I thought was really funny and weird, is that we complain SHIT LOAD about our favorite game of all times. It makes me realize that I'm not sure why I love the game so much..Why did I play this game for 10 years?
  • #18 Number1SuperGuy
    I still play D2, in fact I was playing it earlier today with my fiancee, my brother, and my friend. I doubt I'll be playing it much after Diablo 3 comes out... maybe some years down the road I'll get the nostalgic urge to bust it back out and play it again. After all, I still play all the old Mario and Zelda games from time to time. In my eyes Diablo 2 is just as epic as those titles.
  • #19 gamma11
    haha that game most certainly deserves that title... i still play for endless hours when im not at school :D
  • #20 PhrozenDragon
    Quote from "Siaynoq" »
    I didn't realize Warcraft 3 that that prevalent really. It seems like even Warcraft fans don't care that much about Warcraft 3. I only hear talk about WoW.

    Quote from "Lestater" »
    Warcraft 3 is prevalent still, even if it's only because of DotA.

    Yeah, it's mostly DotA, but there is still some melee going on as well I think. Not too up to date on that part of WC3.

    Anyway, I definately enjoyed Freelancer just last year, and it just goes to show what a game can accomplish when it can be modded. Great game that.
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