The ambition of this modification is a full, original and enjoyable Diablo 2 experience including all Battlenet-exclusive content and not wasting too much time on leveling. A linear XP increase and a higher – but not too high – droprate guarantee lots of enjoyable (coop-)sessions of the best Diablo.
Including Battlenet items, battlenet runewords, better but balanced droprate, better but balanced gambling chances, buyable runes (prices defined by rareness), doubled starting statpoints, easy un-/install, full D2SE modmanager support, infinite and character shared stash, more unique monsters, new gem effects, new items available for gambling, Uberquests, upgraded shrines and much more!
A modded Diablo II should only be played in TCP/IP mode for example over Tunngle (tested, works flawless) or Singleplayer.
Needed Diablo Version: NOT THE OFFICIAL BATTLENET INSTALLER
Blizzard released two patches 1.14a, 1.14b, which totally destroy all modlaunchers and mods for Diablo II out there. Still can not believe they did this to us.
Get and install correct Diablo II: LoD Version
- Go to Diablo 3 Ingame Forum (link) where User ChaosMarc offers the installer .iso files for Diablo II: LoD 1.12a. No fear, these are the official blizzard download files from before the 1.14 destroy the community patch and should be completely legal. You own this game and can install the patch version you like. Do keep this version somewhere on your HDD/archive, because this upload my not be available forever! Legally bought serial keys for D2 and LoD still required
- Download D2-1.12A-yourlanguage.iso and D2LOD-1.12A-yourlanguage.iso
- Mount and install the images. On Windows 10 you can simply double click on it to mount it as CD/DVD and use the installer.exe. Others use daemontools or similar
- Install the game and LoD just like the current official download
Do NOT attempt to play Battle.Net this way. You risk a ban!
This hack requires you to be running Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction (not classic!) on patch 1.12a.
Connecting to Battle.net will update your client to 1.13 which is incompatible with D2MultiRes at this time.
Download a mod, D2MultiRes.
Extract it to your game directory, and launch using D2MultiResGame.exe. Once you start a game, there will be a new “resolution” option in the video options menu. Select it, and resolutions above 800×600 will be available.
The readme warns that you may get bad graphics glitches in Direct3D mode. I did, myself. Refer to additional screenshots. But when I switched to DirectDraw 2D mode, it worked just fine. You can set this by running D2VidTst.exe. Sadly, DirectDraw 2D disables parallax scrolling and other visual effects.
Lacking Direct3D mode is a pretty big one. But everything else seems fine.
Side-screens like inventory retain their original size, but take up half the screen with a tiled background (they originally took up half a 640×480 screen without needing any tiled background).
The HUD keeps its original size, with the life/mana spheres anchored to the corners, and the stamina and potions anchored to the bottom-center. And the map is pixel based.
FMVs run at 640×480, but are hard-letterboxed to a theatrical 2.20:1. This means windowboxing on wide monitors.