2016 marks the 20th year of the Diablo franchise and what better way to celebrate the franchise than to include an homageto the first game in the series Diablo 1 as a dungeon in Diablo 3.The first game in the franchise was released in 1996 and it is sort of “included” in the patch 2.3.4 for PC as a very special dungeon in the game as it adds tons of nostalgia giving you goosebumps while playing with the mechanics of the latest game but with the look and feel of the first game.
Diablo 1 in Diablo 3 is More Homage Than Remake
The dungeon in question is the “Darkening of Tristram” event which tosses an old school filter over Diablo 3 which makes everything feel like its 1996 all over again. Looks-wise you won’t get any low resolution here, going back to being more homage than remake, the dungeon is supposed to capture the feel of the original 1996 game but still within the confines of the latest. The animations are jerky like the 2D sprites animation on the original game as well as limiting the 360 directional movement of the player character to just 8 sides literally making it move like it’s 1996.
The 16-stage dungeon in “Darkening of Tristram” has the town of Tristram destroyed and it’s up to the player to venture into the dungeon to take on the original Dark Lord; talking about it just gives you goosebumps what more when you’re already playing it and suddenly a burst of nostalgia comes rushing in, it’s awesome. The special event basically turns Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls into a mildly blurry, frame-limited version of itself. The dungeon took about an hour and half to make it to the final boss in the 16-stage dungeon and after the first 15-minutes the fuzzy animations can get tiring but it’s part of the charm of the original game, live with it because you know you’re going to meet familiar faces such as The Butcher.
Aside from The Butcher, Diablo 3’s special dungeon also includes other originals such as the Skeleton King, as well as the original Dark Lord; the fights don’t last very long and that includes playing with a fresh character that went from level 2 to 21, while as of writing the patch is still in public test form, much of these are likely to change once it goes live. As it stands, this tribute to Diablo 1 is a charming little trail of pixelated blood and guts while you stroll down memory lane and is likely to end in some headaches from the animation but it’s all part of the nostalgia, just soak it all up and feel like its 1996 all over again.
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