Diablo 2 Resurrected comparison video shows some impressive improvements over the original

Written by Stuart Thomas on Wed, Feb 24, 2021 11:30 AM
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Blizzard recently gave fans what they have been hoping for a while now: a full remaster of the iconic Diablo 2. But not in the same way they did Warcraft 3, mind you. It seems that Blizzard has learned from their mistakes there. Anyway, a new comparison video has popped up online and shows some impressive improvements over the original game.

Diablo 2 Resurrected overhauls the original 2D sprite-based game with all new “full 3D physically-based rendering” as well as many more improvements like dynamic lighting, improved animations and spell effects, all in 4K resolution. But if you were wondering how it actually compares to the classic, then check out the video below:

Yep, once again it seems that the remastered version looks exactly like what my young child brain thought the game looked like back then. But it is undoubtedly much better in the 2021 remaster. 

But hey, if you ever want to feel nostalgic whilst playing Diablo II Resurrected, you can easily switch between the new and original graphics just like the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Plus, you can play offline at any moment if you want to (though you will have to launch the game online first for authentication).

So yeah, sounds like Blizzard learned from their mistakes with Warcraft 3: Reforged and thankfully won’t be pulling another one of those for Diablo 2.

What do you think? Are you impressed by the Diablo 2 Remastered’s visuals? Do you think it is worth the upgrade? And what other classic games would you love to see get the Remaster treatment? Let us know!

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15:31 Feb-24-2021

Can't wait for this as I never played Diablo 2. Put 100s of hours into 3 though.

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17:24 Feb-24-2021

I put a lot of hours into 3 as well, but it doesn't hold a candle to 2. Get ready to not see billions of damage and having to actually plan out your character builds :)


I would love to play D2 more, but there's something about the graphics (very low res, fps and limited color palette, I guess) that makes my eyes very tired after a while. I'm quite excited for a 3D remaster just for that reason alone!

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23:52 Feb-28-2021

it's been a while since I've played either game, but if memory serves me correctly, Diablo 3 is totally different then the second game. So just because you liked 3, does not mean you will like the 2nd one.

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00:43 Mar-01-2021

I agree with you there. My missis liked 3, but she finds 2 to be "boring" lol. For me - 2 is still the better game overall, but it could be my childhood bias talking :D

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13:50 Feb-24-2021

If only they had put this amount of care and attention into WC3 Reforged I'd be so happy. Instead they half-assed it and practically completely abandoned it.
So big FU Activision-Blizzard, just F U.

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13:14 Feb-24-2021

Does anyone know why they remastered diablo 2 instead of 1?

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13:25 Feb-24-2021

There is a much larger D2 community and D2 is just a better game overall. The multiplayer experience in D2 is much, much better and deeper. More importantly is that they'd make more money selling D2 remaster than D1 (historically D2 has sold significantly more than D1).

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13:30 Feb-24-2021

I'm pretty sure they have an annual D1 event in D3 too where you can pretty much play through the game in D3

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17:36 Feb-24-2021

Yeah, it's there during every D1 anniversary. I played it a couple of times. It's literally a slightly modified map gen - same maps from D3 though - but with a pixelated graphics filter, low fps animations and capped to 8 character directions (to look more like older sprites). That's all. You go through the 13 levels, you kill the Butcher, you kill Lazarus, you kill Diablo and you get your soulstone gem (which is crap for higher Torment levels, because it stops your character in place periodically and you get killed). Not particularly exciting.

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12:54 Feb-24-2021

I havent finished any of diablo games but i remember that scary fight with the butcher in first game "AHH FRESH MEAT" Btw i suppose this remaster dont have EAX support anymore? EAX is one of the things i love revisiting old games.

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11:44 Feb-24-2021

I WON'T STILL PRE-ORDER THE GAME. I'LL WAIT FOR 1 WEEK AFTER ITS RELEASE AND A LOT OF REVIEWERS. IF THE RATING IS GOOD. I WILL BUY IT.

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12:28 Feb-24-2021

That's exactly what all of gamers should do with all upcoming games. No matter if it's cyberpunk or some indie game. If ppl stop preordering, we'd get finished products.

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13:02 Feb-24-2021

I already preordered. Even if the game was a sh*theap I'd still buy it as I mod it and modify mods. Also, my country's currency is unstable and the exchange rate would likely make it more expensive closer to December 2021 (10–20%). This is my 1st preorder and I understand how the game engine/logic works and the devs proved they understand the complex systems intimately based on the private Q&A.

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13:10 Feb-24-2021

In short: the devs have really done a serious fan-service with this remaster and based on all the info they divulged they'd probably have to be permanently drunk for 6 months straight to screw it up lol...and even then it will still be solid.

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17:44 Feb-24-2021

They've done this game a solid, so I'd treat it as one of the safer remasters and pre-orders in general. I've preordered games before, a few were duds, but I've been quite successful in not getting duds after the first few. Just gotta look into what's going on with the development, see how it progresses, look at the studio track record and you'll be fine. Games like GTA V, DOOM 2016/Eternal, HITMAN 2, etc were safe pre-orders for me, for example.

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13:52 Feb-24-2021

But isn't this game rebuilt from the ground up as the source code was lost? Won't that impact modding?

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14:13 Feb-24-2021

The source code being lost was a rumour. In fact they said they want to make modding more integrated so that we will no longer have to inject .dlls


You have the option to toggle between the old 25 fps graphics and the new uncapped graphics. The game retains the ruleset, logic and gameplay that was designed around a 25fps cap...meaning the game has the same pacing and timing.

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17:45 Feb-24-2021

I'm very keen on trying to run this game at 5K 165fps like I did D3. It's glorious that way - sharp, jaggy-free and smooth!

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