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Diablo (Windows)

Mature
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90
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A graphical NetHack for the 90's Ray Soderlund (3500) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Fantastic action-based roleplaying game surely ahead if its time Darrabban (33) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
...A veritable Clickfest Paolo Cumin (14) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Pure Hack and Slash ZombieDepot (45) unrated
From the Darkness of my Heart MAT (72562) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars
Truly another classic from Blizzard Cyric (50) unrated
Hack n' Slash Heaven Yeah Right (57) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Simple but addicting. Meg C (7) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
Click, click, click, clickity-click, click - BORRRING! Maury Markowitz (226) unrated
Really Addictive... and SAVE OFTEN! Chris Martin (1098) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 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 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall MobyScore (212 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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100
The DOS Spirit
Det er ingen tvil at Diablo var uhyre skummelt når det kom, men samtidig ulidelig spennende å oppleve. Hva har egentlig skjedd med kongen og hans bortkomne sønn? Hvorfor er erkebiskopen vekk, og hva i all verden er det som foregår her? Spørsmålene stod i kø når vi dykket dypere under katedralen, til alles store forskrekkelse og nytelse. Action-rollespill ble aldri helt de samme etter at Blizzards første spill i Diablo-serien entrêt banen. Atmosfæren, musikken og de fantastisk varierte monster-galleriet byr alltid på nye utfordringer, med tilsvarende belønninger bare Blizzard vet å lage. Oppskriften på å banke fiender, samle utstyr for å enten selge eller benytte, er en løsning som er utrolig effektiv (også kjent som "Hack 'n Slash"). Som spiller må du alltid "bare spille litt til", for det kan fort lure godsaker rundt neste hjørne. Vi klarer heller ikke å motstå å utdele vår "Golden DOS Spirit"-utmerkelse.
100
Future Media
אל תחפשו בו חידושים טכניים מפתיעים כי אין! מה שכן יש בו הוא מה שמאפיין משחקים טובים: אפשר להסביר את העיקרון שלו ב-30 שניות אבל הוא יחזיק את השחקנים דבוקים למסך למשך עשרות שעות.
100
Entertainment Weekly
Maybe it's the seamless integration of familiar adventure-game elements (loathsome demons, valorous heroes, creepy dungeons). Maybe the polished 3-D graphics. Or maybe the curiously satisfying thrill of crushing a hellspawn's skull with your battle-ax. (Myst this ain't.) Whatever it is, this addictive game, Diablo, has something that lifts it magical helm and shoulders above the rest of the typical sword-and-sorcery fare.
100
High Score
Diablos upplägg är traditionellt rollspel: du är en karaktär med olika egenskaper, du hittar prylar, köper, säljer, använder magi osv. Inget sensationellt nyskapande i det. Känsla, atmosfär, ljud och grafik är dock strålande. Det är mörkt och fuktdrypande och de onda rör sig mjukt och "realistiskt" innan man (föhoppningsvis) klyver dem med ett slemmigt KLAFS! Det är också mycket lätt att komma igång. Ingen "roman" att läsa och inte särskilt många knappar att hålla reda på. "Plug and play and KILL", typ, sedan är man torsk. Stör mig inte nu.
100
Game Revolution
Blizzard is an upcoming, fast growing company who aims to please, and has succeeded every time so far. They reek of pride and that's a very good thing in my eyes when you have something to be proud of. So, to sum up Diablo: buy it! If you don't trust me, try downloading the demo from our downloads page. I could type all night trying to convince you to give it a shot, but I'll leave you with just one reminder: FREE MULTI-PLAYER GAMING...! The next warrior you see on Battle.net just might be me.
100
Just Adventure
My criticisms of the game pale, however, in the face of its almost scary playability. I'm now on my third time through the game. I have never played a game three times in my life. For a long time I've been intimidated by this title, thinking that as an adventure wimp it wouldn't be accessible to me. I'm happy to report I was tremendously wrong. I can cheerfully recommend this dark game of demonic butt-kicking to gameplayers everywhere. Diablo is one of the ultimate crossover games that all players should try.
100
Just RPG
For all that, it is difficult to deny that Diablo is perhaps among the most addictive RPGs ever made. I have yet to meet a person who has not played the game for hours on end after starting it. There are those who claim that Diablo is nothing but a violent game that panders to mankind's baser instincts. All I can say is that it transports you to another time and another land, asks you to fight evil and makes it all utterly engrossing. All this without asking for high system requirements, whether PC or Mac.
100
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Diablo is about as close to Hell as you're going to get - whether you believe in it or not. Everything about this game just rules and it will blow you away. The gameplay is the easiest I've ever come across in an RPG which is just fantastic. If you've been looking for that one awesome game or just for that one game that breaks all the rules then Diablo is the one. If you're big into multiplayer games then Diablo won't disappoint you there with support for 1-4 players via LAN or free battle.net service from Blizzard or play head to head via modem - you can even spawn a game remotely if your friend doesn't have a copy! I highly recommend this game for not only role players but for action gamers as well. I would go so far to say that everyone should like this game (unless you're very religious) and if you don't, you need to seek help.
100
PC Player (Germany)
Diablo ist eines von den Spielen, die einfach Spaß machen. Und zwar sofort, ohne überlange Anleitung, komplizierte Bedienung oder stundenlanges Charaktergenerieren. Die Motivation quillt über, weil man sich ständig gegen eine Übermacht durchsetzt, seine Fähigkeiten steigert und eine immer bessere Ausrüstung zusammenstellt. Dazu kommen die düster-schöne Grafik, die vielen Monstertypen und die fantastischen Soundeffekte.
98
Gamezilla
Diablo is, hands-down, the best game I've seen in years. If only it had been released when I was thirteen, I may have spent all of my formative years lost in the catacombs somewhere. The fantastic design, intuitive gameplay, spectacular graphics, inspired music and sound effects, sheer number of monsters and unique items, and the free Battle.net service put Diablo at a high level of excellence that future releases may never reach.
96
Electric Games
It's still lots of fun and very well thought out. One final warning: this game WILL cause loss of sleep. Bottom Line: One of the best games ever. Even players who are not RPG fans will probably like this one. Beautiful graphics, sounds, and a simple interface make this game addicting and tons of fun to play.
96
GameSpot
Diablo is the best game to come out in the past year, and you should own a copy. Period.
95
Jeuxvideo.com
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.
92
PC Player (Denmark)
Diablo er på ingen måde originalt eller banebrydende, bortset fra, at interfacet er ekstremt intuitivt. Dette faktum, blandet sammen med et godt gameplay, gør Diablo til et af tidens allerbedste spil. Eller sagt på en anden måde: Diablo er djævelsk godt!
92
Coming Soon Magazine
Following the two immensely successful titles of the Warcraft series, Blizzard Entertainment innovates once more with a revolutionary RPG game named Diablo. In this epic adventure, far from the noise of the clashing battles between Human and Orc armies, only the courage of a valiant hero will liberate the world of Man of its greatest threat. Beneath the foundations of a desecrated church lies an underground labyrinth whose crypts and halls are haunted by hordes of nightmarish creatures. In this blood chilling place is where the game of Diablo sends you.
90
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
DIABLO has had a noticeable impact on my life. I now get of average one hour less sleep each night, and my wife is about to check me into the Betty Ford clinic. I had an easier time quitting smoking than I do putting this game down. From the first steps in town to the final battle with DIABLO, this game is a solid bill's-eye. If Blizzard isn't careful, they might find DIABLO regulated by the government as an addictive substance. My recommendation: If you are interested in this genre at all, you have to have this game.
90
Joystick (French)
Simple d'utilisation, intéressant en solo et écroulant en réseau, Diablo est un vrai jeu. Entendez par là un produit majeur, techniquement quasi parfait. Parfait à ce point qu'on oublie la technique pour se concentrer sur le principal : le plaisir pur.
90
Gamesmania
Pro: So ziemlich alles. Würde ich Diablo mit Rollenspiel-Maßstäben bewerten, müßte ich die fehlende Tiefe der Hintergrundgeschichte bemängeln, so bleibt mir nichts anderes übrig als so ziemlich alles "Gelungen" zu heißen: Die Grafik ist gediegen, der Sound hervorragend, das Spielprinzip herrlich kurzweilig und auch die Langzeitmotivation nach einmaligen Durchspielen durch die Möglichkeit, per Internet, Nullmodem oder Modem gegen menschliche Kontrahenten zu spielen, lange nicht erschöpft.
Contra: Hmmm. Nach reichlichem Überlegen fällt mir nur die holpernde Animation der Spielfigur ein. Nun gut, ich hätte mir noch eine Ausbaumöglichkeit des Inventars gewünscht, ab und an fällt es mir wirklich schwer, mich von meinen Waffen zu trennen. Das war's schon.
90
JeuxVideoPC.com
Lentement, imperceptiblement même, Windows 95 s’installe sur les PC du monde entier. Les jeux deviennent doucement compatibles pour la bête de Microsoft, puis vint l’heure de franchir le pas. Blizzard en bon élève envoie Diablo au front, premier jeu à tourner entièrement sous DirectX, et la claque est de taille. Eteignez les lumières, armez vous de courage et de café, le démon vous attend.
90
PC Games (Germany)
Diablo ist der spielgewordene Trend der letzten Monate. Statt verzwickter Rätsel und umfangreicher Dialoge bevorzugt der Prototyp des modernen Spielers Action, Action und nochmals Action. Unter diesem Vorzeichen betrachtet, wird Diablo sämtlichen gestellten Anforderungen gerecht. Alles, was in einem Rollenspiel Laune macht, nämlich Charakterschulung, Monster verkloppen und das ständige Verbessern der Ausrüstung, wurde aus dem klassischen Spielprinzip herausgelöst und in ein Actionspiel à la Crusader: No Remorse gepflanzt.
88
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Met Diablo bewijst Blizzard, de makers van Warcraft 2, dat ze de titel van meest beloftevolle nieuwkomer terecht hebben gekregen.
87
PC Joker
Den Blizzard-Jungs ist das Kunststück gelungen, für den PC den ersten wirklich überzeugenden Hack & Slay-Rolli auf zufallsgesteuerter Basis zu entwerfen. Man sieht der Grafik ihre Generator-Herkunft nicht an, lediglich ein paar Kleinigkeiten trüben den optischen Genuß – so sind Krieger und Magier immer männlich, während das Jagen ausschließlich dem weiblichen Geschlecht vorbehalten bleibt. Die drei unterschiedlich begabten Charaktere und das flexible Dungeondesign sorgen für Spielspaß ohne Ende. Der Multiplayer-Modus ist zwar nicht ganz so zukunftsweisend, wie man das von der Internet-Konkurrent „Meridian 59“ (und bald auch „Ultima Online“) her kennt, aber dafür ist eben auch der kostensparende Offline-Übungsbetrieb nur hier möglich.
86
RPGFan
In the end, though, Diablo is a great way to kill some time. Sure, all you're doing is hacking and slashing through hundreds of monsters to get a bit of treasure - but it's incredibly addictive. Playing with some friends is great, and can lead to some fun competitions. It's got great replay value, and you'll be re-installing it every so often to play through it again - I know I've done it many times. If you've never played the original Diablo, go find a copy of it (it'll cost you very little), and give it a shot. You'll find it's more addicting than you would expect. We can only hope that Diablo 2 is as much fun.
86
Pelit
Pimeydessä kuuluu sihinää ja näköalueen laitamilla heilahtelee inhan näköisiä pikkuhirviöitä ja huojuvia, möriseviä mörköjä. Urhea sankari nielaisee pullon taikajuomaa ja valmistautuu taisteluun. Onko hän tuhoon tuomittu? Suurkaupungin lauantaiyö on vaaroja täynnä, Blizzardin odotettu Diablo tarjoaa samaa turvallisemmassa muodossa.
85
GameStar (Germany)
Wenn ein Spiel beweist, daß auch ein simples Spielprinzip ungeheuer spannend sein kann, dann ist es Diablo. Im Prinzip machen Sie nämlich nichts anderes, als sich von Level zu Level durch Horden immer härterer Monster zu kämpfen. Diablo kaschiert diese Schlichtheit durch die schiere Masse an Zaubern, Waffen und Gegnern und fesselt mit dichter Atmosphäre und zufällig, aber gut generierten Dungeons.
85
RPGamer
This is an excellent game for the PC. It has the trademarks of a PC game -- mouse-based control, and almost total non-linearity. Some things are disappointing -- only one town to explore, not much plot, but if you aren't looking for those things, and focus on the dungeon-crawling aspect, you will most likely enjoy the game. It offered online playing, three character classes, several difficulty levels, and different sidequests, so that you could enjoy that dungeon-crawling until your mouse hand fell off.
84
AllRPG
In the year of 1996 a small gaming company named Blizzard, whom at the time was most famous for the War Craft series, released a game that would change and revolutionize the gaming industry forever.
83
Génération 4
Après Warcraft 2, Blizzard nous surprend encore avec Diablo, un jeu de rôle médiéval fantastique débordant de monstres et de magie, un Dungeon Master en 3D isométrique en quelque sorte mais avec une réalisation époustouflante et une option multijoueur !
83
Power Play
Back to the basics: Diablos Kapital ist neben hervorragender Präsentation vor allem die ausgereifte Umsetzung des obersten RPG-Prinzips vom Aufbau einer starken Zentralfigur. Mit Spieltiefe im Sinne von komplexer NPC-Interaktion und einer Unzahl von Skills hat das Ganze jedoch nichts zu tun. Wenn Eure Rollenspielneigungen eher in Richtung „DSA“ tendieren, wird “Diablo“ Euren Geschmack nicht unbedingt treffen. Fans von Actionspielen mit taktischem Einschlag dürften sich hingegen sehr wohl angesprochen fühlen. Eine weniger statische Oberwelt und zumindest simple Puzzles, z. B. abgeschlossene Türen, zu denen man die Schlüssel finden muß, hätten die Wertung noch höher schnellen lassen, aber auch ohne diese Details bleibt es ein Spiel erster Güte, dessen Wiederspielbarkeitswert dank Zufallsdungeons und Multiplayermodus im Genre vorerst unschlagbar sein dürfte.
80
Just Games Retro
Is Diablo everything you've heard of? If what you've heard is "addictive," "short," and "click-fest," then yes. I admit that I was turned off by the game when I heard that it shares the same stat focus and control scheme as Microsoft Excel, but the execution turns out better than it sounds. It's certainly not the best game ever made, and it's probably too simple these days, especially considering that its core gameplay has been raided by MMOs. This obviously wouldn't have been an issue when it was released, but you certainly don't require hindsight to see the game's deficiencies.
80
FZ
Oförglömliga bossar, magiska föremål, en underbar manual i stil av en sedan länge glömd artefakt du som hjälte hittat med all information du behöver och mycket annat. Visst finns det mycket att störa sig på och musklickarhanden kommer aldrig att vara sig lik, men att sugas in totalt i spelvärlden får alla problem att försvinna. En perfekt upplevelse för alla som bara vill komma bort från verkligheten.
70
Legendra
En conclusion, Diablo est un très bon RPG PC avec lequel vous passerez de très bons moments. Mais pour pouvoir l'apprécier pleinement, il conviendra surtout d'y jouer en multijoueur.
70
Edge
It’s a strange facet of multiplayer games designed for the Internet that they are likely to have a very strong Tolkienesque fantasy theme. Hence games such as 3DO’s Meridian 59, Sierra’s The Realm, and Ultima Online. And, as can be deduced from these three, Internet games tend to have something else in common – they are all based upon very tried and tested game formats. Meridian 59, The Realm and Ultima Online are all glorified MUDs, given a bit of a face-lift, but based on the same principles as games that are 20 years old.
70
PC Player (Brazil)
Em Warcraft II, da Blizzard, a luta épica entre Orcs e humanos invadiu o mundo dos jogos de computadores. Mas a empresa não se contentou com isso e espera revitalizar os RPGs com Diablo.