Great Game Tour Day 1: Diablo II Resurrected

Welcome to Bio Break’s Great Game Tour ’21! This is a personal challenge of a sort that I’m choosing to do to kick my butt out of a gaming rut that I’ve been in for the past couple of months. Like many of you, I’ve built up an extensive backlog of games in my various libraries that I’ve never touched — but now, they’re gonna get touched with a vengeance.

The idea of the Great Game Tour is that over the span of a month (30 days) I’m going to dip into a new game every day and spend at least an hour that day checking it out. It’s a total tourist approach, sampling various wares and taking notes of what titles I want to go back and play more in earnest later on. I’ll be pulling titles from my GOG, Steam, and Epic libraries that I’ve never played before and offering up my thoughts in a 30-part blog series. Probably also dip into a mobile backlog and some untouched MMOs as well.

However, I’m going to start with a Blizzard title, as I got into the Diablo II technical alpha and had some time to check out this renovated classic. It’s shiny and crisp and all that, and I’m sure it’ll really appeal to some people, but what I found was a return to a game that I hadn’t touched in well over a decade. It was visiting with an old friend once more and finding, as I often do with retro games, that delightful times can still be had.

What I really liked with Resurrected is that you can easily swap back and forth between the updated version and “legacy mode,” which is how Diablo II looked back in the day. I actually ended up liking the legacy mode better — I kid you not — because I felt like the pixel art had more color and personality than the bland-but-functional revamp. And either edition played pretty much identically, with that same fast-and-furious combat style that Diablo II perfected.

I wasn’t that thrilled with the skills or (unrespeccable) talent tree, as it made me miss Diablo III’s more vivacious options all the more. But it certainly would be very interesting to play through D2 from start to finish, as I never actually beat it back when I was in my 20s.

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