Old Friends

Diablo 2. How many hours of my life have I lost to you? I’d be willing to bet that only EverQuest II has more of my play hours invested in it than Diablo 2. It was also the victim of one of my harshest game burnouts ever. I was already growing tired of the repetitive gameplay by the time the expansion, Lord of Destruction, came out. After LoD’s release, I whipped through the content as quickly as possible just so I could get to the end. After killing Baal, I quit the game and never went back. I was done.

For the past while I’ve had an urge to bring out my old game discs and try it out again, which I finally did following the announcement of Diablo 3. At present, I’ve had two relatively short play sessions with it and am currently standing at the Outer Cloister in the Monastery. Honestly, I’m having a difficult time seeing why I loved the game as much as I did. I like the story behind it, but gameplay-wise, so much of it feels like a chore. Regardless, I’ve vowed to at least fight my way through to the end of Act 1. After that, whether I continue or not will be up in the air. I may force myself to complete the game again, given that I’ve only killed Baal the one time.

The whole experience got me wondering if I’d be able to go back to any of my old favourites and try them again. My inability to enjoy my brief return to EverQuest II during its Living Legacy promotion has me wondering if I’ll be able to go back to it when the next expansion comes out, like I said I would.

I’ve actually got a few games on my shelf that I’d like to check out again which I’ll get to as soon as I determine how much further I’m going to take Diablo 2. At the top of that list are Baldur’s Gate II and Fallout 2. It’ll be interesting, for me at least, to see if I can enjoy them again. I’m going to do my best to dedicate some time to these older games and report my findings here.

3 Replies to “Old Friends”

  1. I reinstalled Diablo 2 after the D3 announcement as well. Managed to get a barbarian into the 40s before I quit. I found it a lot more challenging this time around because I played through the whole thing with /players 8 turned on.

  2. I also reinstalled D2 recently. Played a Necro for a few levels. It has changed a lot actually and this time I’m playing it hardcore mode for that extra bit of excitement. To imagine this was the game I eBayed items and made enough to pay for my net access on a regular monthly basis. Even got a tv interview out of it in Edmonton. 8^) I am definately looking forward to D3 but WoW has too much of my interest for me to play D2 for more than an hour a week or so.

    If you want to try out any old RTS games I’d be up for that.

  3. okay, i find if i just listen to the D2 soundtrack, i need not play the game, thus reminding myself how much of a “time dump” it is. This strategy seems to work much better than any MF sorc guide G-)>

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