Diablo II is an action role-playing hack and slash game developed for Microsoft Windows and the Mac OS platforms, both the Classic version and the modern macOS version. It is the third game in the series overall, and features the same horror and action elements which defined previous games in the series. It was a critical success, and sold 1 million copies within a week of its release in 2000.
Diablo II takes place directly after the events of the previous game, where an unnamed warrior (whom the player controlled) defeated Diablo in combat and was able to contain the King of Terror in his own body. However, as time passed by, the hero’s body grew corrupted, and soon portals opened around him that let in demons from other worlds to wreak havoc in the world of Sanctuary. Now the player must work to figure out the cause behind this mystery with the help of a band of wanderers, and figure out what Diablo is attempting to do by taking control of the Warrior, now dubbed the Dark Wanderer. The story is explained through four Acts, in which the story is revealed through periodic cut-scenes after set missions are completed.
Each Act will take the player through different journeys where he must pass through tombs, catacombs, wilderness, dungeons and other exotic and horrifying locations. There are side quests along with the main one that allow the player to earn more money, through which items can be repaired or bought. Weapons and armors in the game are of various qualities: normal, magical, set, rare and unique. Normal items have basic attributes; magical items provide bonus attributes to the player or other weapons, and so on. Each item in its type have their own unique characteristics, which can be utilized by the players from the five classes available.
In total, five classes are available in the game: the Amazon, a female warrior; the Necromancer, a male wizard; the Barbarian, with brute strength; the Sorceress, a witch, and the Paladin, a fighter with varied skills and weapons. Players can choose their class according to their play type and make the best out of their choices. They can also replay the game, and choose another character to do another run-through of the game. Thus the gameplay value and the replayability of the game is uniquely high, which is why the game is revered to this day.
A multiplayer feature to the game is also available, in which players can connect with each other via a LAN or a Battle.net connection. Diablo II puts more emphasis on multiplayer, and for this reason various elements and character elements in the game work the best when they are performed in parties with teamwork.
Several patches to the game have been applied since its release, some increasing the amount of content, and others removing bugs and errors. A sequel to the game titled Diablo III was released on various platforms in 2011.