Diablo II/Diablo II Expansion

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Well-made, but not good for kids.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 21 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Majority of the game involves violence, either physical or magical. The battles can be quite bloody--larger monsters, in particular, can explode into a large puddle of blood and guts. Multiple scary themes, demons, battles, blood, violence.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game contains almost constant fighting -- there is very little storyline. In addition, young players could be frightened by the cinematic interludes, which contain torture, demon possession, and battles.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymistwold March 16, 2012

Parents should use their discretion

I think every parent has to make the decision to let their child play this game based on their child's maturity level. I play this game and let my 9 year o... Continue reading
Adult Written byRoseRose October 25, 2009

Good game, old graphics

I've played this and the original Diablo for quite a while. While there is a lot of violence, most of it is pixilated, and it is fairly old graphics. Als... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Addicting, just addicting

This game is very addicting and can tear apart your grades, friends, family, and mind, if you don't regulate it. Limit yourself to playing it 1 hour a day... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byJaguarByte Prod... September 5, 2020

Maybe not perfect, but not even close to 2 stars

Alright, so, judging by the review you made, Mr. Gieske, you say this game is not good at all for any kids. No offense, but this game had an M rating (about 17... Continue reading

What's it about?

The premise of DIABLO II involves the character taking on Diablo, which is, of course, another name for the Devil. The expansion pack picks up where Diablo II leaves off, by having the character fight Diablo's \"brother\" Baal. The idea of Heaven versus Hell is prominent throughout the games, with the player being assisted by an angel of sorts while taking on various demons and monsters, all the while building up to the battle with Diablo, and later Baal.

Diablo was one of the first popular games to employ a \"real-time\" aspect of gameplay: With every click of the mouse, the player can move a sword or cast a spell to attack enemies. Strategy primarily involves choosing the best weapon or spell your character can use.

Is it any good?

Diablo II and its expansion pack contain a rudimentary story that, while well done, only serves as a weak link from one battle to the next. Perhaps one of the more worrisome aspects is the direct correlation between player action and violence.

The battles can be quite bloody -- larger monsters, in particular, can explode into a large puddle of blood and guts. The potentially scary segments are mostly contained in cinematic segments between the main "acts." These scenes tie the overall story together, and contain some of the most disturbing scenes, including battles, possession by demons, torture, and fires. Although undoubtedly a popular and well-made game, Diablo II isn't a good choice for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in this game. Do you enjoy the constant action, or do you prefer more of a story?

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