Friday, October 5, 2007

RPGs: Diablo to WoW (Part 1)


One of the first major computer RPGs that really caught on to the public was a game called Diablo. This eventually evolved into Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction (pictured right). Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction features the same story line as Diablo and Diablo 2, in that your basic goal is to kill the three brothers of Hell, Mephesto, Diablo, and Baal.

This game really took off because of the online aspect of it through battle.net. Blizzard Entertainment made the game to where the items were relatively hard to get, and most required trading. Your character level was also made to be hard enough to level, after you get to level 90, that it took a lot of time to play just to level up you character. The real part of the game that takes the most time is perfecting your character and experimenting with other characters and skills. This pretty much makes this an almost unlimited game, for the fact that no one would be able to, or want to make every single possible outcome over all 8 classes of characters.

Diablo 2 has been out for many years, and is a lot older than such games such as World of Warcraft. Some people may even say the graphics and game style are of a previous generation, for the fact that they are older graphics. However, I don't think we can say the generation of Diablo is older, for the fact of how large it actually still is. Sure the number of people that play Diablo might be down from what they were from when the game first got released, but that is how every game turns out to be after a few years.

Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction has been a game that has been able to stay the same, making only a few minor changes, and it has keep a large number of gamers playing it. It has also been able to keep selling copies of the game for many reasons, especially the highly appealing free online gaming offered by battle.net.