One of the earliest action role-playing games released that still has its mark today is Diablo. If your idea of an adventure or combat game is the battle between good and evil, this could be literally provided by the game. Players of the game portray the role of a hero which seeks to end the reign of evil by the three Lords of Hell including Diablo in the world of Sanctuary.
Similar to the current role playing and multiplayer games, the hero can learn skills and accumulate items which he can later on use for battles. There are three versions of this game, Diablo I, Diablo II, and the recently released Diablo III. If you are searching for an alternative of this game, the following have the closest similarities to it.
One of the recently released action-RPG game which has consistently been compared with Diablo is Torchlight. It’s a hack-and-slash game where much of the player’s adventures are situated in dungeons, ancient tombs, and lost cities. The goal is to combat the spawning monsters while collecting all essential items like gold, equipment, and other items. The game also features NPCs where characters can get info and serve as places to trade. It features a simple skill system and a well polished graphics.
Path of Exile
If you like the darkness of the world of Diablo, you’ll also experience it in the popular game, Path of Exile. Your character and other exiles’ goals are to collect magical artifacts, enhance your combat skills, and survive the seemingly post apocalyptic world you are transported into. To add up to the challenge, the game randomly presents indoor and outdoor areas that will serve as your battleground. The graphics are presented in stunning 3D. And, it’s a multiplayer action-RPG game which can be enjoyed for free on the internet.
Another game that experts and gaming enthusiasts note as being strongly similar to Diablo is Titan Quest. With this game, your hero also needs to win the battle against beasts and monsters. The only twist or difference of this game with Diablo is that instead of the strange settings and characters which are mainly fantasies, Titan Quest takes the player to the ancient world of Greece, Egypt, and Asia where mythical characters such as dragons were popular. It’s a multiplayer 3D online game which can be enjoyed by up to 6 players.
One of the games that tried to overthrow Diablo off its throne is Dungeon Siege. Similar to Diablo, this game has already released three versions. One of the noted features of this game is the ability for the player to form and control a party composed of warriors who are always ready for battle. This action-RPG game is also noted to have one of the best 3D graphics.
Compared to the other role playing action games which try to direct the hero or character, the game Sacred on the other hand grants the opportunity for players to explore the game maps. It’s a fantasy game which lets the player choose among the popular character classes like elves, dryad, shadow warriors, inquisitors, and temple guardians. The game also features item or weapon upgrade, secrets and quests, and lots of combat. It’s a game for PCs but also has versions suitable for Playstation and Xbox.