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Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (Windows)

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A great game with amazing re-playability phorque (141) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
Baal is finished.... Chris Martin (1098) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Lord of Destruction improves upon the original D2 in almost every way imaginable and brings a lot more replayability to the game. Droog (463) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
There is nothing like D2:LoD v1.10. Nothing at all. phlux (4143) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Brilliant! MAT (71409) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Dungeon Crawl with COOL ITEMS Evan Peterson (2) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
Click Click Click - Simply Boring The Gay Elf (16) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars
The Coolness factor. El-ad Amir (110) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
All new adventure; all old gameplay. JPaterson (9147) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.9
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (131 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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96
Mana Pool
Overall, if you missed this, you missed a classic that’s still well-worth playing. There are good imitators out there, like Torchlight or Titan Quest, that may have a modern edge on graphics. But this beats them on sheer variety, replayability and setting. It beats them into a Brilliant Cocked Hat of the Moon, using a Toxic Cudgel of the Leech. You can pick the original and the expansion up from Blizzard for a total of £20, which is a very fair price for a huge and wonderful game.
93
Gamezilla
It may cost a bundle at $30, but Diablo II: Lord of Destruction is worth the price. The expansion is so packed with new features, creatures, classes and items that you could mistake it for a new game. And with at least an additional 10 hours of play, the expansion is definitely worth the price. The best game of last year may feature the best expansion of this year.
91
Deaf Gamers
This expansion pack retains all the great text feedback and excellent interface of Diablo 2 and pads the game out rather nice with its extra features. Fans of Diablo 2 will love this expansion pack. Although the fifth act is rather short it is the other additions that make it a quality add-on. Think of it as expanding the width of the game rather than the length.
90
Legendra
Cette extension en son temps a su redonner un coup de fouet à Diablo II, plus encore, elle a amélioré un jeu déjà très bon, le rendant encore plus attractif pour un grand nombre de joueurs. On regrettera cependant qu'elle n'ait pas apporté plus que ça au niveau technique. En effet, de meilleurs graphismes n'aurait pas forcément été un luxe. Je conseille quand même à tous ce Hack'n Slash qui n'a plus rien à prouver et qui reste, aujourd'hui encore, la référence du genre.
90
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Faults? The 800x600 resolution is still a hit dated and the game chugs a little now and then. It’s pricey, too. But that’s about it. This expansion has taken a game that didn’t quite live up to sky-high expectations when it was released and made it one of the most satisfying gaming experiences I’ve had. I’ve played through the entire five acts with both a druid and assassin and I’m nearly done playing through them again with both characters in Nightmare mode. Now I can’t wait to go to Hell. And if LORD OF DESTRUCTION keeps getting me stared down at 5:30 a.m. by my wife, I may get there sooner than expected.
90
The Review Busters
Despite the few drawbacks and the availability of newer alternatives, Diablo II is still just as popular as ever. In fact, Blizzard is planning a new patch sometime in mid-2008. Other patches had big impact on how the game was played. Will version 1.12 make the game better? Who knows, but what I do know is that Diablo II is so painfully addictive that it's nearly impossible not to put in an hour or six a day. This MMORPG classic gets a 9 out of 10 from my aching right index finger.
90
PC Games (Germany)
So besessen wie sich Kollege Valtin auf Teufelsjagd begeben hat, ziert sicher schon eine dezente Hornhaut seinen Klickfinger. Ich kann seine Begeisterung nur teilweise verstehen: Natürlich sind die Änderungen des Add-on sinnig, aber mal ehrlich: Die höhere Bildschirmauflösung, die erweiterte Schatztruhe, die endlich hochwertigen Set-Gegenstände, die sich nicht mehr vor seltenen Waffen verstecken müssen  all das habe ich mir schon fürs Hauptprogramm gewünscht! Hinzu kommt: Bis Baal besiegt ist, vergeht bestenfalls so viel Zeit, wie für das Durchspielen des zweiten Akts von Nöten ist. Zumindest der Spielumfang rechtfertigt den stolzen Preis von 60 Mark nicht. Wirklich positiv dagegen sind die beiden exzellenten Charakterklassen: Druide und Assasine spielen sich wunderbar neu und fügen sich perfekt ins bestehende Helden-Repertoire ein.
89
GameStar (Germany)
Alleine die höhere Auflösung (längst überfällig) und die Myriaden neuer Gegenstände locken mich immer wieder nach Harrogath. Bei jeder gefundenen Rune freue ich mich diebisch und überlege tagelang, wo und wie ich sie wohl einbauen werde. Die sechs Quests und die neuen Gegner motivieren ungemein; blödsinnige Monsternamen wie in Diablo 2 kommen kaum mehr vor. Momentan sind die Fertigkeiten der frischen Charaktere sowie die Söldner etwas zu stark, ein Patch könnte dies verbessern. Einen Rüffel verdient Blizzard für den Preis des Addons. Für 60 Mark ist auch so manches neue Spiel schon zu haben. Gelegenheits-Monsterplätter und reine Solo-Spieler sollten sich genau überlegen, ob sie ihre sauer verdienten Goldstücke für die Jagd nach Baal ausgeben wollen. Ernsthafte Diablo-2-Fans haben dagegen keine Wahl. Das Addon ist ein Pflichtkauf für jeden engagierten Mausklick-Meuchler.
89
Peliplaneetta.net
Koska Lord of Destruction on laajennusosa, eikä sitä voi pelata ilman alkuperäistä peliä, aiheutuu henkilöille jotka eivät alkuperäistä Diabloa omista lisäkustannuksia molempien pakettien hankkimisesta. Laajennuspaketti tuo paljon uudistuksia myös pinnalle näkymättömiin ominaisuuksiin, mutta pelaamista alkuperäiseen on lisää loppujen lopuksi melko vähän, eikä pari uutta hahmoakaan tuo peliin riittävästi uutta ja ihmeellistä. Kuitenkin jos internet-yhteydet antavat myöten kannattaa peliä kokeilla verkossa, sillä vasta moninpelinä pääsevät laajennuspaketin ominaisuudetkin vasta oikeuksiinsa. Monet uudistukset parantavat Diablo 2:n niin loistavaa pelattavuutta entisestään ja pelaamista kokonaisuutena kuitenkin riittää melkoisesti.
89
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Blizzard verbetert zijn klassieker op onnavolgbare manier en toont zich opnieuw als de meester van het hack & slash genre.
88
PC Action
Das Add-on macht Diablo 2 mehr zu dem Spiel, das sich vor einem Jahr alle wünschten: Höhere Auflösung, bessere Performance und mit noch mal zwei neuen Charakteren und dem fünften Akt mehr Einzelspielerspaß. Im Battle.net herrscht wie nach der ursprünglichen Veröffentlichung erst mal Chaos. Die Situation dürfe Blizzard jedoch schnell in den Griff kriegen, um auch ein ausgezeichnetes Mehrspielererlebnis zu ermöglichen. Den hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad in ’Nightmare’ und ’Hell’ sehe ich positiv: Das fördert das Teamwork, schließlich hat niemand gesagt, dass man da solo auf Monsterhatz gehen soll.
88
IGN
One of the more hostile moments in IGN PC's history has been Dan Adams's review of Diablo II -- primarily because he's the sort of guy that believes that games should regularly use more than one mouse button. So this time around to spare Dan the hatemail, the EIC asked a guy who actually liked Diablo II to review the expansion pack. So, as a fan and a critic, I have to say the Lord of Destruction is really good -- Blizzard really revised, tweaked, and added features that will make it a "must buy" for any fan, but there are some serious caveats (actually, only one big one) that you need to be aware of before diving straight in.
86
FiringSquad
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction is to Diablo II what Brood War was to StarCraft. The changes are many and irreversible, but in general Blizzard is taking things in the right direction, and if you don't mind investing another $35 into Diablo II (you first need to admit the fact that you purchased items off of Ebay), LoD will be well worth it!
85
Jeuxvideo.com
En bref, sans procéder à la refonte totale du jeu ( de toute façon c'est pas le but ! ) Lord Of Destruction apporte un lot de nouveautés tout à fait interessant. On peut diviser celles-ci en deux catégories, celle des améliorations qui viendront améliorer l'interface, mais également certains aspects du gameplay et d'autre part celle des nouveaux éléments apportés à l'univers du jeu original. En bref, les passionnés verront ici une bonne occasion de se relancer dans Diablo 2 pour le boucler avec les deux nouveaux personnages mais également écumer de long en large les nouveaux territoires offerts par cette extension.
85
JeuxVideoPC.com
Le seigneur des Enfers vient d’être vaincu, mais une nouvelle menace pèse sur le monde... Cette fois, c’est le petit dernier des Démons Originels qu’il vous faudra affronter. Celui qu’on appelle le Seigneur de la destruction - ou plus simplement Bhaal - tentera en effet de « corrompre la puissante Pierre Eternelle qui protège le plan terrestre des forces du Mal » (dixit le scénario). Rien que ça ! Bref, c’est encore à vous que l’on fait encore appel pour sauver l’univers de cette vile engeance, terrée dans les profondeurs des Hautes Terres Barbares...

Moins d’un an après la sortie de Diablo 2, Blizzard accouche donc de l’extension Lord of Destruction. Apporte t-il de réelles nouveautés ou n’est-il qu’un simple coup marketing destiné à remplir ldes caisses déja probablement bien garnies ?
85
GameSpy
If you're a diehard Diablo II player, you either have LoD already, you can't afford it yet, or you've complained loudly that Blizzard is effectively forcing players to "upgrade" by releasing changes you've asked for within the expansion pack. However, LoD is easily worth the money a Diablo II player will put into it, if not for the two new characters and new Act alone.
84
ActionTrip
I have to say that even though I hate what Diablo Hack'n'Slash gameplay does to my mice (note: I said mice), this expansion and what it had to offer really got my attention. If you are an old Diablo fan, you probably already finished the expansion, and if you never even played Diablo II, well, now you can play a complete debugged game with seven available PC classes.
83
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Meer tactische mogelijkheden, een mooier uitzicht aan een hogere resolutie, en op en top Diablo.
83
Svenska PC Gamer
Expansionen förändrar förmodligen inte folks syn på Diablo II, men det är ett bra tillägg till originalet. Jag kan avslöja att den femte akten slutar på ett sådant sätt att Blizzard har goda chanser att skapa fler uppföljare. Om det blir en tredje del hoppas jag att man moderniserar serien. Spelkänslan är det inget fel på.
82
PC Zone Benelux
Diablo II Lord of Destruction is een grote aanrader voor iedereen die van avontuur en actie houdt. Het spel biedt vele uren spelplezier en veel variëteit. Wanneer je de singleplay campagne hebt uitgespeeld, kun je je avonturen vervolgen op internet.
82
Power Unlimited
Blizzard bouwt Diablo II niet alleen verder uit, het overklast het origineel en biedt naast twee ijzersterke nieuwe karakters, een waslijst aan nieuwe goodies en gameplay.
82
GameSpot
Lord of Destruction has a lot of depth that's readily apparent, yet it takes a long time to really see how much is packed into this great expansion.
80
4Players.de
Obwohl nur ein neuer Akt und zwei neue Charaktere hinzugekommen sind, beschwört das Expansions-Set wieder die Lust zu spielen: Man wird gefesselt und kann teilweise gar nicht aufhören, Charaktere hochzuleveln. Gerade die Assassine und der Druide machen es wieder interessant, mit einem Charakter wieder ganz von vorne anzufangen. Im Allgemeinen hätte man sich Harrogath größer vorgestellt und sich für die letztendlich doch schwierige Schlacht in den Barbarian Highlands bessere Belohnungen gewünscht. Kritikpunkte bleiben die schlechte Droprate und vor allem der hohe Preis, der unsere Wertung stark nach unten zieht. Trotz allem kann man das Add-On jedem Diablo-Fan empfehlen.
80
RPGFan
I have to conclude that the expansion lives up to the expectations. Diablo 2: Lord Of Destruction will be a thrill whether you go solo or play with friends. Some bugs plague the game, but then again it's nothing serious. Besides, what PC game doesn't have bugs? That's what patches are for! This game is a definite must buy for those who already own the original Diablo II!
80
Super Play
Älskade man originalet kommer man utan tvekan att älska denna expansion. Och man gör bäst i att spela om hela spelet, inklusive den nya femte akten, fär att få ut så mycket som möjligt ur Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.
80
Gamekult
Diablo 2 : Lord of Destruction offre aux fans tout ce qu'ils pouvaient attendre de Blizzard. Il faut tout de même reconnaître que cet add-on ne change pas le concept en profondeur. Certes, ce n'est pas ce que les fans lui demandent, mais ceux qui ont vaguement joué au jeu original ne se laisseront certainement pas tenter par cet add-on. Lord of Destruction est destiné aux fervents adeptes de Diablo II, à ceux qui y jouent encore en solo ou sur Battlenet ainsi qu'à ceux qui l'ont laissé tombé par manque de réel challenge. Résumons : si vous aimez Diablo II, procurez-vous cet add-on... et vite.
80
All Game Guide
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction does that which an expansion pack should do. It adds features and options that enhance the game experience, but in generally indirect ways that are best appreciated by those who have already played through the original release.
80
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
The wide range of character classes to choose from, the forming and perpetual refining of each character, and the sheer breadth of customizing traits available all serve to solidify the replay value of this immense epic. The fact that maps differ when beginning a new game also adds to replay value.
80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Lord of Destruction is pure action. This is what fans of Diablo II want: pure monster-killing, item-dropping, fireball-chucking entertainment. The expansion doesn't offer a sophisticated plot, extensively scripted dialogue, or complicated puzzle solving. It only promises action, and delivers it in abundance. The millions of consumers who purchased and enjoyed Diablo II will find enhanced gameplay and replayability in the expansion. The increased difficulty ultimately weakens the single-player experience, but with great music, more territory and quests, additional monsters and items, and two new character classes, Lord of Destruction is worth the price of admission -- even more so because of the upgrades to Battle.net. Long after the marathon play sessions have ended, you may find the Lord of Destruction icon still sits on your desktop, and that you pop in the CD long enough to get "one more skill point."
75
Game Informer Magazine
Is this enough to put me back on the trail of Deckard Cain again? Not really. Unless you haven't tired of multiplayer on Battle.net, all the new characters, skills, and items don't take away the been there, done that feeling. This is especially true if, like many, you've gone through the game a couple times already to try out different classes. Buy Lord of Destruction if you're exploring Diablo II for the first time. Skip it if you've already had your fill.
75
PC Gamer
It says Blizzard on the box, but the new Act doesn't have those high-bar hallmarks we've come to expect.
74
WomenGamers.com
The original Diablo was my first PC gaming experience, so I have Blizzard to thank for opening me up to the world of PC gaming. It's a fantastic game filled with many fantasies to live and mysteries to unfold. I'd absolutely recommend Diablo II: Lord of Destruction to anyone who has played Diablo, another Blizzard game, or an action title with RPG elements. Even someone new to the world of gaming might enjoy it, though it would be wise to start at the beginning of the series. Otherwise, a new player might feel lost in the Lord of Destruction. It would be like skipping to the last few pages of a book and trying to understand why it ends in the way that it does. However, if you're in it for the pure hack and slash, dive on in. Please note that you do need Diablo II to install and play the expansion.
72
Game Informer Magazine
However, the lack of an on-demand save function is quite obnoxious. If you’re unlucky enough to get yourself killed, you’ll need to retrace your steps from the nearest town to get all of your equipment back. Bummer. Oh well, whaddya gonna do? Buy it anyway, of course.