Comprehensive Guide to the Diablo Franchise
Hack’n’slash and adventure fans will fondly remember the first two instalments of Diablo, the popular action-RPG by Blizzard Entertainment. Should you wish to relive old times consult Bright Hub’s guide on all things Diablo, including previews of the upcoming third game.
Overview of the Games
Diablo certainly sold well and received critical acclaimed when first released, and the second game did not do too badly either. Bright Hub’s complete reference for the Diablo franchise brings you all you need to once again hack your way through those sixteen dungeon levels. Diablo II articles are also available, if a single town is not enough for you and you have itchy feet to explore the wilderness in the second game.
Below are some reviews helpful to those who do not know what Diablo is, what the game does and how it plays. There are also two articles on the much-anticipated third game, scheduled for release in the first quarter of next year (2012).
Magic in Diablo
Like any respected RPG, Diablo features a variety of spells for the Sorcerer class. In this section we focus specifically on the first game, listing all the spells available from level one to four and detailing their effects. A general guide on magic is recommended for those who don’t know the particulars of how magic works in the game, or those players who have simply forgotten the mechanics of the original Diablo. The guide lists how magic is divided, how the player learns spells, how magic is cast and much more in one bite-sized article.
People and Classes
Both games feature a variety of characters, even if the first game is essentially one dungeon only with different levels. In the town you will meet characters ranging from wise old men, to the town’s drunk. Below are articles on characters classes, bosses and even previews of characters in the upcoming Diablo III. A section on defeating the boss Andariel, found in the fourth level of the dungeon, might be helpful to those who find the demon's minions and poison attacks impossible to overcome.
Potions and Recipes
This section concentrates on Diablo II and particularly the Horadric Cube, which is used to create enchanted items to defeat the many perilous foes, both in dungeons and the wilderness. Some articles on the Lord of Destruction expansion detail the use of Rune Words in the game, and how to make the best of Shrines. Finally a potion guide and blood item recipes are included, which provide the player with the life-steal ability.
This guide on items features all the player needs from both games, though there is almost an infinite variety of items found in both games. The articles include rare swords like Doombringer, important gems to buff your character up, deadly crossbows like Hellcast and the detailed use of jewel prefixes in the game. Jewel prefixes increase player’s attributes or abilities, like minimum/maximum damage, attack rate, resistance to elements and much more. They are particularly important if you want to increase your stats at the higher levels of the dungeon, allowing you to beat the game somewhat more easily.
Guides and Walkthroughs
In this last section of our complete reference for the Diablo Franchise, you can find guides and walkthroughs for the game, from a comprehensive list of Diablo quests to beating each act in Diablo II. You can also read about the various special quests in Diablo II, like the cow level or the pandemonium event, in case you forgot about them or missed them in your first playthrough all those years ago.
Time to Say Goodbye
This concludes our complete reference for the Diablo Franchise. Feel free to leave comments, advice or vitriolic criticism in the appropriate section below. Enjoy replaying through these classics in the action/RPG category, perhaps by finding ways or paths you'd never thought possible.
Lastly, read our review of Divine Divinity, a game similar to Diablo but with less emphasis on hack'n'slash. This game is ideal for players who prefer a more story-driven title, with combat elements and GUI resembling Diablo and the usual Western-RPG elements.