They have been called many things over the years. Isometric RPGs, hack'n'slash RPGs, ARPGs, Diablo clones. But one thing is certain: They wouldn't exist if Diablo didn't come out in 1996. Diablo and its sequels spawned a whole catalogue of isometric action RPGs.
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Even though the Arcane Sanctuary and the jungles of Act 3 in Diablo II were not the nicest maps with their unforgiving layout and enemies, there's something in laztheripper's Minecraft recreation that makes me want to log back and run through them again.
StarCraft II's Galaxy Editor is really powerful. We've seen FPS mini-games, hockey with Protoss zealots, but things go wild when someone starts to remake Diablo II using it — in HD, no less.
On the eve of the release of Diablo III, I've been hearing chatter about the great Diablo series from office colleagues who I didn't even realise were fans. It turns out, for example, that Greg from finance not only loves Diablo, but he used scam people in it. Today, the man who pays me is reformed (thank goodness!) and wants to warn you about the kind of shady dealings that occur in games like these.
College is all about getting exposure to new ideas and experiences. For me, after I made friends with a couple of PC gamers my sophomore year, those experiences began to include countless new games. We routinely played Worms Armageddon or Heroes of Might and Magic III (hot-seat mode on both) until dawn and then kept going through the next day until somebody finally won.
Microsoft isn't the only one swinging the account crushing banhammer just before the holiday rush. Blizzard has suspended an impressive 350,000 Battle.net accounts identified as using "third-party hacks" in both StarCraft and Diablo II. According to folks at Blizzard, this is on top of an additional 7,700 Warcraft III accounts getting the same treatment. We won't miss you, you cheating sons of bitches — no postcards necessary. The full warning statement and explanation for banning follows.
Like me, many of you folks drooled over the mere idea of the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational exclusive Archangel Tyrael pet for World of Warcraft. Now we get to see the little guy who'll have players /telling the lucky recipients with "Were'd u get tht?" from now until the end of time. Blizzard just updated the WoW build on the public test realms, and the nice folks at MMO Champion rooted around in there until they came up with these images of the in-game model for the Diablo II (and presumably III) star.
I want one. Strike that, I need one. My soul cries out for it, but not so badly that I am willing to spend more than of $US 600 to snag one off of eBay. I'll just use the old model-swapping technique. Sure, no one else will see him and he'll make panda noises, but the screenshots will be fantastic.