According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Blood & Gore, Animated Violence 

Parents should be aware that the game is rating 'M' for mature audiences. Diablo II isn't morally reprehensible compared to some of today's more violent games (profanity and sex aren't present in the game), but the bloodletting and carnage that ensues during massive battles will probably raise a few eyebrows. Many of the often mutilated dead corpses that often decorate the landscapes will probably irk as few parents as well.

Owners of lower-end systems and 56k connections will be happy to know that Diablo II—which utilizes sprite-based graphics—isn't very hardware intensive and should probably run smoothly on most setups.

Conversely, owners of high-end rigs will probably be upset that Diablo II isn't any kind of a technical benchmark for their hot new 3-D videocards.

Fans of the original Diablo should not be disappointed. Blizzard took time developing the sequel and it shows in the final results which is well designed and produced properly.

Fans of RPGs expecting elaborate and complex system or some sort of a sweeping storyline will be probably be disappointed with the action heavy and streamlined interface of Diablo II.

Fans of massive multiplayer RPGs like Everquest and Ultima Online won't find a similarly complex social system in place, but there is a large community of players present, and the trading element to the game keeps interactions constant and appealing.

I also have some advice for all gamers. Be prepared to lose a couple of nights of sleep, and if you want to save time, forget about the single player mode and jump right into online Battle.net game since that's where the Diablo II shines its brightest.

Chi Kong Lui

Chi Kong Lui

In the 1980s, Chi grew up in small town on the outskirts of New York City called Jackson Heights. Latino actor, John Leguizamo referred to the town as the "melting pot of the world," and while living there, Chi was exposed to many diverse cultures, as well as a bevy of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Space Ace, Space Harrier and Double Dragon. Chi's love of videogames only seemed to grow as his parents finally caved and bought him an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (after being the only kid in the block without one). In the 1990s, Chi finagled his way into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.

Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.

Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers GameCritics.com his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that GameCritics.com will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
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