Diablo II: Resurrected Review
Video Game Information
Date Released: September 23, 2021
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Rating = 3/5 Graves
Diablo II: Resurrected was officially released September 23, 2021. This is a remake of the original game, Diablo II originally released on June 29, 2000. We have put off this review to go through all three difficulties (Normal, Nightmare and Hell) in Diablo II. Here are the positives and negatives of the remake. So far, we have more negative feedback than positive feedback.
Fast forward 21 years from the original release, the graphics are bound to be better and in fact, they are. With the newly improved graphics, the characters, the enemies and items appear to be less pixelated from the original release and aesthetically pleasing to look at. I also appreciate the fact the Blizzard stayed true to the original game, virtually copying it exactly as it was.
Battle.Net Server Issues
However, there are an ample number of things wrong with the Battle.net server.
After going through all three difficulties and leveling a sorceress up to level 80 in Hell, the character disappeared from existence. It was reported by Gosunoob that these characters not be actually be lost but are somewhere within the server. This sounds like something out of the movie, Tron. Sounds like someone needs to deal with the Master Control Program.
I have also observed that if you try to create a game and the name is already in existence, you must log out and log back in, in order to then create another game. However, when this happens, you can still join someone else’s game.
In addition, after a while, a game becomes “unavailable” and can no longer be joined. When you finally are able to join a game, sometimes the messenger system does not work. In this situation, you the text box shows up and you can type your message, but it does not appear on the message box.
Battle.net is continuously undergoing maintenance and patch work. As with any new release, this should be expected. But now that our character is gone, we are not going to rush to continue playing this game because now we know that at any point in time, you character and your progress can be completely erased.
As of this posting, there is no official release date for the Ladder game play. The Ladder game play allowed a player to obtain additional items and runewords that were otherwise unavailable in a non-ladder game. However, while ladder has not started, all ladder items are available in non-ladder games.
Better Graphics and Cinematics
True to the original game
Good attack system
Battle.Net Server Issues
Requires enhanced computer specs
Slow load speeds
Diablo II: Resurrected is pretty much how I remember the original game. Overall, the game is entertaining centering on leveling up, completing quests and finding treasure. But the Battle.Net issues are really killing the enjoyment and unfortunately cannot be overlooked. It is extremely disappointing. Until these issues are resolved, I will not be revisiting this game anytime soon.
Of course, if you would like to play solo offline, you can always play by yourself. I always found the offline mode to be less enjoyable. But, you will avoid the server issues the Blizzard is currently undergoing.
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