Diablo II: The Lord of Destruction Expansion Set

In Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, players travel to the Barbarian Highlands of the North in pursuit of Baal, the last surviving Prime Evil. Baal and his minions plot to corrupt the Worldstone that protects the whole of the mortal plane from the forces of Hell, thus damning the world for all eternity.

The expansion features new support for 800x600 resolution. And, of course, multiplayer is available through TCP/IP and Battle.net.

Thousands of new weapons, armour and magical items, including class-specific, crafted items, Rune Words and Elite Unique items have been included. The amount of available player storage space has doubled, and more than 50 new monster classes and seven new bosses are on offer. The expansion features two new character classes, original enough for satisfaction. Each is equipped with 30 unique skills and spells, and a new act complete with six new quests. The druid is able to turn into a wolf and has elemental magic, while the assassin does martial arts and performs unarmed combat as well as armed combat. The assassin's psi abilities make for great mage killing.

If you want to play with one of the new character classes, you will have to start the game from the beginning and play through, among the new game enhancements.

Aspects of the original game have been maintained, with many subtle tweaks to things such as the inclusion of an on-screen mini map, new weapons, new monsters and cool functions like being able to switch between two differently-equipped weapon sets. The method of manual weapon and item upgrades has improved, and you can now get socketed armour. New jewels have an assortment of unusual magic properties, whereas gems have set functions. There are also new runes, and if runes are socketed into items in a certain order their effect is increased.

The new story line is interesting and the cinematic sequences are beautiful, although short. Overall, the expansion has added a lot of nice touches and definitely improved all-round game play. While perhaps not including the depth and challenge that I would have liked to see in this expansion pack, the deciding factor in the end will be one of personal preference.Publisher: Vivendi Universal Interactive Publishing
Developer: Blizzard North
URL: www.blizzard.com

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