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Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction

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Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction is an expansion to the official Diablo 2 game. This title adds exclusively new character classes – the Assassin and the Druid – as well as new weaponry, items and types of armor. The story continues as you ascend Mount Arreat where you must fight against the Lord of Destruction, Baal.

  • Developers: Blizzard North
  • Publishers: Blizzard Entertainment, Sierra Entertainment
  • Initial release date: June 27, 2001
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS, macOS
  • License: Commercial

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Diablo II: Lord of Destruction is an action hack and slash expansion to the Blizzard game Diablo II, which was released originally in 2000 over multiple platforms.

Storywise Diablo II: Lord of Destruction includes a massive expansion storyline that builds on the original game. While there were four main “Acts” in Diablo II (with each act playing like an episode in a new environment), the Lord of Destruction brings forward a fifth Act, in which the main villain is a demon known as Baal, who was also a character in the previous game. The expansion takes place around Mount Arreat in the northern Barbarian Highlands.

There are also several new additions to the game brought on by this expansion. These include the inclusion of two completely new classes (there were five in the previous game): the Assassin and the Druid, both of which possess unique abilities like other classes. A whole new batch of weapons and armor equipment were added, with about 33 completely new runes that could be placed at various points to deal damage, receive gems from hidden location, among others.

The crafting system in the previous game has also been taken to a whole another level, now with an item called the Horadic cube. Rare items previously found after killing bosses or as loot drops are now not available in that way, but can be crafted personally with the use of a Horadic Cube if the right ingredients are acquired. There are literally hundreds of these crafting recipes, and each recipe produces rare and unique items that will aid the player in combat and on his overall quest to defeat Baal.

There are also several under the hood additions in the game. The Jewel system in the previous game has been improved, while the charms system has been modified. Now Jewels can also get bonuses that items do. A new type of Jewel, called the Rainbow Facets, provide different bonuses to different elements. Charms can now be stored in the inventory, and they’ll provide the player will passive bonuses like increase attack power or durability or speed. Class-specific items have also been introduced, and they can only be used by the class which it belongs to.

A major upgrade to the game is also the transition from just 640X480 resolution to now supporting 800X600, which can be selected for bigger screens. This was a much-needed update, because the wide fanbase of Diablo meant that people of all types played it, and the resolution would appear shaky or pixelated for people playing it on bigger screens.

The Lord of Destruction expansion, just like its main game, received positive reviews from critics, and like the expansion to Diablo, titled Hellfire, it is also widely regarded as one of the best video game expansions in recent history. It additions of new classes, weapons, crafts and magic and bonuses system made the main game a different experience for players having already played it, and a better one for those playing it for the first time. A sequel to the main game, titled Diablo III, was released in 2011.