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Car à l'image de Warcraft qui a permis de démocratiser les STR, Diablo porte haut les couleurs du genre hack'n slash qui passait plutôt inaperçu à l'époque. Avec son ambiance macabre et mature, le soft parvient à plonger le joueur dans un univers cohérent et angoissant où l'action prend le pas sur la narration, sans jamais la reléguer au second plan. Extrêmement accessible dans sa prise en main, Diablo n'en reste pas moins complexe et permet aux amateurs d'optimisation de statistiques et d'équipements de se faire réellement plaisir. Même si l'aventure peut sembler courte au premier abord, elle s'avère au final quasiment infinie grâce aux contenus générés aléatoirement. Enfin, le mode multijoueur offre quelques belles virées entre amis où la coopération est parfois synonyme de trahison. Une page historique vient d'être écrite dans le petit monde des hack'n slash désormais aussi appelés Diablo-like.
Diablo, on the other hand, retains all the stuff essential to a good fantasy role-playing game but builds it into an interface that lets you concentrate on the adventure at hand. Furthermore, the game casts off the usual turn-based structure in favor of exciting, real-time play. The game's painstakingly animated characters are also enchanting. Even if you don't generally like fantasy games, you'll be enthralled.
Some say Diablo is not a real RPG because there is very little interaction between characters-NPCs and they cite several other spurious reasons . I say Diablo is an RPG for the rest of us. Solo, Diablo is like a great movie or novel. It leaves you wanting more. Is that a good or bad thing? I'll let you decide.
Although Diablo's interface could have been a tad more Mac friendly (it definitely looks like a PC port at times), and although the fixed angle of gameplay was bothersome to this gamer, Diablo is an addictive, immersive game that Myth, Quake, and Warcraft fans will likely enjoy. The game carryies a MATURE rating (ages 17+) for good reason: the violence is very realistic. Multiplayer gaming via Battle.net is very easy to access, and the randomization of the game's quests and monster locations extends the game's longevity. Sure, it took Blizzard too long to release this game for the Mac. However, I'd rather wait if it meant having a solid, stable, and bug-free game without the need for endless updater releases. Well, okay, I wouldn't want to wait two years for such a game, but you catch my drift!
The long-awaited Mac version of Diablo does not disappoint. Blizzard has combined the classic RPG style with real-time action and multiplayer networking to produce an addictive game with fantastic graphics and an absorbing plot.
Diablo offers players a lot of fun, some exploration and the opportunity to kill lots of demonic creatures. As a nearly straight combat game, it has it all: numerous foes, plenty of treasure and reasons to keep on fighting until the end. After beating the game yourself, you'll likely want to check it out again in the company of others and enjoy the experience of fighting the monsters with friends.