Diablo is an unmistakable giant within the genre it helped create, effectively coining the term ‘action role-playing’. That’s just what it is – an engaging action game with some general, if still very intriguing, role-playing elements. It’s ease of use is so great that anyone can just pick it up and start hacking without so much as glancing through the manual. It helped spread the dark-fantasy RPG to a much wider audience thanks to its fast gameplay and intuitive controls, leading countless companies to develop their own batch of Diablo clones.
The story places you in the befallen town of Tristram, where an unspeakable evil was unleashed deep below the town’s cathedral. The locals are worked up as to why their only place of worship is now teeming with blood-thirsty demons straight out of Hell, and so naturally it’s your job to descend into the thick of it and find out what’s brewing. The plot unfolds in steps as you explore the dungeons, caves and catacombs below Tristram, eventually leading you to the very bowels of Hell itself.