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  Diablo 2
Here it is after the third day of having this game in my work computer and I cannot seem to quit. I just want to go a bit further and it is keeping me from the rest of my work. This state is called addiction and Diablo II falls dab smack in the middle of it.

1,183.4 Megabytes is the size of a full install of this game and it makes me remember 9 years ago when I bought a big 386DX with 4 Mb of RAM and a whopping 40 Mb hard drive. Times have changed and the programs have gotten a tad bigger these days as you can see. The full install makes the program work much faster and I found it very smooth in the scrolling and refresh rate.

BASIC GAME CONTROLS

Esc – Toggles the Esc menu on/off and exits other menus.
Left Mouse Button – Performs "smart" actions depending on the situation:
Click on a spot on the ground to go to that spot.
Click on a monster to attack it using the skill currently assigned to the Left Mouse Button.
Click and HOLD on a monster to attack it repeatedly until you release the button, or the monster is dead.
Pick up/drop items from/onto the ground, inventory, or belt.
Operate shrines, doors, and chests.
Interact with the NPCs – Talk, Trade, Gamble, Hire, Identify, and Imbue.
Right Mouse Button – Use the skill currently assigned to the Right Mouse Button on a selected target, drink a selected potion, or activate a scroll or
tome.
Arrow Keys – Scrolls the Automap.

When I first received the game, I went right to installation and picked a character, specifically the sorceress and I went right to it. I did not read the manual that came in the box, I did talk to a couple of characters in the camp it started in but then I went out and started on killing. It has been a looooong time since I played "Diablo1" so it took me a couple of deaths to figure a few things out and then I proceeded to build my characters strength and stamina and of course the weapons and armor.

It was simply by accident that I found out something very interesting. When you die, you press escape and you end up back at the Rogue camp but nothing on (No Armor or money). You then have to go all the way back to where you got killed to regain all your weaponry. Remember it takes a long time to get equipped just right so to loose it all is a real pain. So what I found out was that when you get killed and you press the escape key, right after you press "ALT & F4" and it ends the game. You then restart the game and your body is in the rogue camp and you can retrieve all your weaponry as well as what you have collected. This will save you an incredible amount of time.

What I have not been able to do is to save my game and stay where you left off. I need to read some more in the manual that comes with the game.

All in all, this game is very addictive and should only be played if you have enormous amount of time on your hands and love great adventure. It took 2 years to come out but the wait was definitely worth it Major Kudos to Blizzard for an excellent job, my hat is off to you!

Review ID Number: 173
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Blizzard Entertainment
Review Date: 2001-04-20
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 10 out of 10
 
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