Another Games of the Decade list has popped up, this one on GameZone.com, and since they’ve got Diablo II at #5, here’s a link. (WoW made #3.) Here’s a quote: click through to read the whole thing.
Diablo II succeeded in an area that many other genre leaders haven?t ? it set the bar so high that everything else has paled in comparison. Yes, that?s right. Every hack and slash and/or dungeon crawler is still being compared to the nine-year-old Blizzard title that hasn?t fallen from the position of being the king of the mountain.
Online gaming and Battle.net pushed Diablo II above and beyond the expectations of the hack and slash genre. The advancement of multiplayer is always a welcomed feature in the gaming industry and Diablo II did just that with a cooperative experience that gamers are enjoying still even to this day. Even Blizzard has realized this and updated the title earlier this year with a new patch.
Blizzard perfected their mistakes from the original with much larger world maps to explore, less loading, and adding even more longevity to the series. The longevity was beyond anything ever seen in the genre at the time with new role-playing aspects for increased satisfaction with deeper skill trees and strategies to learn and master due to new powers. Beyond that, gamers are tempted to keep playing in order to find and collect rare items.