Diablo II Official Strategy Guide Paperback – Jul 2000
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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
From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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! :-)
Most recent customer reviews
Exactly as described, great deal, great shipping, fast delivery. Wonderful to replace the original book I lost.Published 15 months ago by Kevin Sim
Don't think of buying it.You would be better off playing with your eyes closed!
Granted, it does give you a couple of good hints but other than that, POOP!
if you ever play D2, do not buy this guide, I did when it was brand new, then you know what happened? They released version 1. Read morePublished on June 3 2002
This book is just sorry.. I never thought that wasting (money) for this thing would kill me like that. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2001 by Cheenu S. Xiong
The only thing I found useful in this guide was the list of items. Everything else in the guide has either been outdated, or is just some crap opinion from some guy saying that... Read morePublished on May 31 2001 by Brian Duda
this guide sux! it doesnt give any overall characterstrategies, and tells you everything you DONT need to know aboutquests - i dont care how to find the boss, tell me how to kill... Read morePublished on March 6 2001
Too bad one-half of a star isn't an option, because this is by FAR the worst strategy guide I've had the misfortune of buying. Read morePublished on March 1 2001
This strategy guide has several problems.
First, it was outdated since the first patch of Diablo II to 1.03. Several skill tables are just not true anymore. Read more
I was greatly disappointed by this book. The layout is very good, but most of the character and quest info can be found in the game manual as well. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2001 by Christine
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