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Tuesday, May 8, 2001

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Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Beta Details
9:54 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

GameSpot recently received their beta copy of Lord of Destruction, the upcoming expansion set to Blizzard's highly popular RPG Diablo II, and have posted their impressions regarding their initial viewing.

First off, they note that the newly available 800x600 screen resolution improves the game's appearance noticeably. The automap overlay is less intrusive, bitmapped characters look smoother, and the parallax scrolling in the game has a more pronounced 3D effect.

Readers following the news trail for this title have known that a huge number of new items, some class-specific, will be available in the expansion. A new detail is that there is a new type of item that can only be found if the player adventures in "Hell" difficulty.

There is a new fifth act as well, which has new monsters and challenges. The monsters are, in the higher difficulty levels, reported to be nearly invulnerable to certain types of attacks. GameSpot notes that "players need to join together in well-balanced hunting parties if they're going to make it through Act V in hell mode."

The two new character classes, Assassin and Druid, bring a host of new skills with them. The Assassin can set traps in the ground to be triggered by an enemy, such as fire blast, shock web, and blade sentinel. She can also use Shadow Skills to enhance her battle skills, such as improving her speed, rate of attack, and making her attacks poisonous. The Assassin's martial arts skills comprise special attacks that must be charged, but can deliver a great amount of damage in one shot.

The Druid can cast a wealth of element-based spells, similar to the Sorceress class. He can also shapeshift into either a werebear or a werewolf, gaining new abilities and stats. For example, the rabies ability gives the werewolf the power to infect enemies with a bite. The ability to summon creatures and plants is also available to the Druid, giving him allies in combat if need be.

For the full write-up, be sure to check out GameSpot's article at the provided link.

In other news, Blizzard has updated their What's New page with a partial list of changes from Diablo II to Lord of Destruction. Some of the major bug fixes:

    Fixed a bug with Paladin skills and party/hostility on the borders of town.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed a Necromancer to summon more than one Golem at a time.
  • Player can no longer steal Life/Mana from inanimate objects.
  • Fire Mastery now correctly increases the damage of the Hydra skill.
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally prevented Hirelings from dying along with the player.

The list also contains class-specific changes and general modifications, and is accessible at the below link.

GameSpot - Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Details
Blizzard - What's New with Diablo II
Blizzard Entertainment
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

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