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Diablo II Official Strategy Guide Paperback – Jun 23 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Brady Games; 1 edition (June 23 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566868912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566868914
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #638,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most impressive and successful computer role-playing games of recent years is Diablo, and creators Blizzard Entertainment turned up the heat with its similarly popular follow-up Diablo 2.

In this sprawling game, you take the role of an adventurer out to stop the evil Diablo from bringing his equally evil brother Baal back from the dead. It's a daunting quest, and the game itself can sometimes seem as awesome to overcome. But thanks to this strategy guide, things can be a little easier. The book features detailed breakdowns of all the classes of adventurer, and how best to equip and train them for their arduous journey.

It gives an in-depth overview of all the skills, spells, potions, weapons and items you might possibly need on your way, along with staring a hard stare into the cold eyes of the enemies you might meet. On top of this, it gives a stage-by-stage breakdown of your quest, with helpful hints and tips of how to cope with the many obstacles you will find in your path.

It is, as you would expect, terribly useful for those brick-wall moments, when you can't seem to get any further and also serves as a much more detailed depository of knowledge than the game's manual can muster, as well as being a helpful guide to the games online multiplayer options. If you want to delve deeper into this already very immersing game, then this guide should will certainly help you on your merry way.--David Bailey

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BradyGames Diablo II Official Strategy Guide features coverage of the five character classes, including strategy for each skill and detailed tables of all vital stats. A guide through all four Acts-- featuring valuable battle strategy and tips for discovering secrets along the way. An exhastive compilation of the monsters and items you will find in Diablo II.

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All I can say, well, is that I finnaly found the answer to my constant Diablo 2 Problems! This book containes pure, helpfull information on all the charector classes and skills. These well explained definitions also contain helpfull strategy tips and wondefully illustrated pictures. Theis Guide also has an amazingly descriptive guide on each quest throughout the game, not to mention helpful hints. AND, the book also has lists of EVERY monster in the game- including details such as resistince, special attack, etc.- ranging from the dimwitted zombies, to the prince of terro, diablo himself. And to top that off, it has details of all the unique items, and set items, not to mention information on the rare and magical items. Though only downfall is that it only covers normal difficulty, not the harder ones, and that there are no maps- which is of course impossible, because Diablo 2 Randomizes the maps and levels each time you play, creating a wondefull replay value. All in all, from the first time player to the Hardcore Enthusiast, this book is just what every gamer could ever want.
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The Diablo II Strategy Guide has almost no strategy, nor is it a guide. It's nothing but a regurgitation of spell tables and damage, as well as a set of tables on the unique weapons and magic items. Nothing more.
This book is lacking the following: 1) Character building strategies. Which skills mesh well with others? What combat strategies work best with each class and various skill sets. Examples: a Sorceress concentrating in Ice proficiencies works much differently than one concentrating in Lightning proficiencies. Similarly, an Amazon choosing the bow over the spear develops much differently, yet we get no hint from the author regarding this. This could have taken many pages and provided useful hints, but instead the author takes the easy way out, mentioning which skills seem to be liked by the Blizzard team and nothing more.
2) Creature descriptions, especially in comparison to the Strategy Guide written for the first Diablo, are severely lacking, but conveniently all available on Blizzard's own website.
3) Better descriptions of quests. The Guide's "hints" usually consist of "go here, fight this, and get this." Well, DUH! That's exactly what the villagers tell you in the game.
4) A better understanding of the Horadric Cube, the game's item transmogrifier device.
5) A comprehensive listing of areas that you can adventure in, as well as hidden areas.
6) Information on the "Cow Level," which now actually exists.
Simply put, don't let the shiny cover hypnotize you into purchasing this book. It's not worth it.
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By L. Parker on July 9 2000
Format: Paperback
Before I went out to buy this guide, I wondered if it had maps. I read the reviews and saw that it DID have maps, and color ones too! Let me correct this now... there are NO maps and the color section is not map related whatsoever! However, this is an excellent source of information if you are a hard core gamer and are going to go for the long haul of play.
The book includes the original story behind this game - short section. The characters in detail and their options. The Quests, and this is a very good section that does NOT spoil the play. It is a short description with pictures (small) of what to expect and briefly so as not to ruin the play value. Also since the maps regenerate, the Quest section cannot explain it with map detail or any other perfect detail. It is just enough to help you and let you know what to expect. Very detailed charts and listings of potions, spells, etc.. Just what you would expect the book to contain as far as I am concerned. Without this guide, you would miss out on a lot and find things out the hard way, when it is too late! :-)
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By A Customer on July 5 2000
Format: Paperback
Simply put, this strategy guide is the most complete, most in-depth, and most detailed guide I have ever read. As you leaf through the pages your first time you will notice the amount of raw information it holds. Bart Farkus, from Brady Games, covers almost all aspects of the game, written in a very clear and concise manner. His coverage includes all five character classes, (Amazon, Paladin, Necromancer, Sorceress, Barbarian) their abilities, strengths and weaknesses. This info will definitely optimize your style of game-play, as you will quickly learn what kind of situations to retreat from and regroup, or if you should push ahead and attack. The guide also includes a complete bestiary, items list, and guide to all weapons. These sections will outline and help you define what kind of items you will want to use. If you are unsure of what pairings to use, for example sword with mace, or dagger with javelin, this will definitely help you find the best weapon selection for your unique character. Not to mention which gems go best or worse with other gems. As you read deeper into the book, explanations of shrines, armour, spells and abilities also appear. If you're ever caught in a game not knowing what the spells or shrines do, as I often forget, then grab the guide and in less than a minute you'll understand. Detailed instructions for completing every quest, and killing each boss are also included. It may not be a good idea to read this section, you might like the surprise of finding out how each is to be solved, but this is for emergencies when you've played hours and still cannot beat the boss.Read more ›
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