Median XLhas long been the crème de la crème ofDiablo 2uber-mods; the original of which was built from the ground up by Brother Laz, who is one of the best modders khổng lồ grace PC gaming. But the recent developments inkhổng lồ Ultimative sầu are headed up by MarcoNecroX, and it"s this version of the hack that I"m treating here.

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Having recently re-played it lớn the point of burning myself out, I thought this might be a good time lớn explain the thủ thuật & giới thiệu some of my experiences in a size that"s easy lớn digest for any new players or people just interested in the genre, or how far mods can push old games inlớn current gene relevancy.This mod thugs out the base game lớn a large extent, but also adds many new concepts and content lớn make it seem almost lượt thích a new game.

Entering into lớn the starter area - the Bloodmoor - the first thing you notice is that density and variety of the enemies is majorly increased. Instead of one pathetic fallen or zombie sparsely dotted around, you now have sầu assorted packs of aggro that converge on you from off-screen and fire projectiles from positions you can"t yet see. These ranged enemies seduce you into approaching, which in turn invites more convergence from new packs. For new or bad players this can easily result in getting swarmed, stun-locked and owned in an instant, but veterans will liông chồng their lips at all the stuff khổng lồ kill, then loot the corpses with relish.

Besides, this added difficulty is mostly offphối by your increased base rate of movement (+FRW), increased base rate of attachồng & casting (+IAS/+FCR) và deeper mana and health pools with faster regene rates. You also level-up much faster, hitting second cấp độ on your tenth slay. Drops are much more generous, frequent & useful; these include jewels, runes, gems và magic & rare items.Unlike the preceeding Median XL 2012 v005 (the version I play), Ultimative added a 100% chance "Gift Box" drop from Griswold that rewards you with unique items relevant lớn your class. This Gift Box can quickly be farmed over & over again to get an array of class-relevant uniques. However, this makes it too easy lớn get up khổng lồ speed; it"s really a newbie feature that should have sầu been left out.
You can up-tier the various uniques that drop khổng lồ make them Destruction (Hell) difficulty-proof, reroll items inexpensively, enhance them with alchemy, disenchant them khổng lồ get their residue, remake them from scratch, craft them with shrines & then bless them for end-game epicness. You can even legally dupe jewels và reassign stats & skills at any time around your newfound items by concocting a potion (respec).
Mercs are also beefed up, the squishy First Act Rogues are now Rangers và Priestesses who have sầu better AI, buffs & vastly increased DPS, tanking and self-healing to hold their own against the hordes, at least until you take on Ubers. They can also be equipped with gloves, boots, belts & helms, all of which are now socketable. (In Median XL 2012 005, mercs could not be equipped with gloves, boots or belts.)
As you level up và break inkhổng lồ the next skill tier, you feel a sudden growth in your build; none of this incremental, imperceptible stuff. My starter Barb went with Stance, Rage & Melee trees, initially using Wolf Companion sumtháng, Earthquake angular AoE melee, and Titan Stance. Just as the game started khổng lồ feel lượt thích an uphill battle I conveniently broke inkhổng lồ 2nd-tier Snake Stance, giving me poison dmg which polluted hordes with Earthquake AoE, and this took the heat off until Andariel, when I broke inlớn the next tier. And so on.
Early enemies in Ultimative sầu can teleport, avenge their fallen, summon, corpse explode, (de)buff, self-replicate, pounce, revive, hit n run, fire from off-screen & just generally make major nuisances of themselves. Super Uniques are amped up. Rethành viên Bishibosh of the Cold Plains, the face roll? Well, he"s been replaced with Snotspill (from the originalDiablo) và his rapidly swarming mob on crystal meth, who hit like trucks. Another early-game hindrance is cold-enchanted Prince Albrecht of the Den of Evil, the famous starter dungeon.
Speaking of which, delving into the Den before clvl5 is probably suicide thanks khổng lồ the giant quill rats who fire homing spikes from their bristling fur. At clvl5 you"re wiser lớn tackle the "Level Challenge 0" first lớn get the Harkon Crystal (a "charm") before doing the Den.

This challenge begins with you transmuting a statue in the Horadric Cube (given early by the mod), which enchants it with a special summoning skill. You then head inkhổng lồ the Bloodmoor & activate the skill, summoning Volrath the Vile who is encircled by traps which must be destroyed before he can be harmed. This is made more difficult by his emitting of a 360 degree rotating beam of insta-death.
I circled him khổng lồ avoid the beam while attacking the traps; then I turned on Volrath himself & he dropped like a sack of shit. Then I transmuted the Harkon crystal with a gem inside the Cube, and what resulted was a sweet thành công with various bonuses, one being a re-animate.
Reanimates are an important survivability concept in Ultimative. They differ from hard summons in that there"s a %chance that the corpse of a slain enemy will come back to life, as another Boss type, lớn fight, tank or debuff the enemy for you.There are many challenges in the game that reward charms like this, và in Destruction difficulty ubers a charmless build is a dead build, unless you have sầu ultra-optimized gear và madskillz.
Money can quickly become a problem in starting Ultimative. D2 had a good chance you"d find at least one thành tựu early that would sell for a few or even several thousvà gold, but here normal items sell for lượt thích 1-10 gold, magic items for about 10-100 và rare items maybe for a few hundred towards the end of Act One. Which is a slap in the face for new players until they find other means of cashing up. For example, there"s this amusing enemy with the subtitle "Detháng AFK". These tanks are just sitting there & don"t attaông chồng (because they"re AFK), và when killed drop loads of gold. Since your Harkon Crystal offers +21/2 GF, this enemy is a massive money-bag.
Farming in D2 drains my will khổng lồ play at times, but Ultimative reduces the need dramatically or manages to lớn make it fun long enough that you get what you need, và stop. I found two great runes within 30 mins in Fauztinville (Qor & Ghal). Now, a top-tier rune in D2 could take many years of concerted farming in single-player mode. Potions that massively buff XP. gain+magic find for 60 secs are frequent drops. I did an untwinked run (which means I don"t use any items or gold gained from previous runs from the shared stash in PlugY to thug myself out) without repeatedly farming areas for XPhường, GP, and items or manipulating /players x, và succeeded. You don"t necessarily need madskillz khổng lồ vì chưng this, but you bởi vì need to utilize many of Ultimative"s extra mechanics khổng lồ succeed.
I"ve just touched mostly on beginner stuff here but as anyone who knows D2can gather from what I"ve sầu written, Ultimative sầu improves itin many ways và cuts down hugely on time-consuming tasks and luck-based success, replacing much of that with knowledge và skill. You can have the best build out there with items và charms lớn match but if you bluff your way through or simply suông xã, you won"t succeed. This wasn"t true of certain basebuilds...

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While Ultimative can at times be exhausting & frustrating khổng lồ play, the rewards are mostly worth it and you can burn lots of time polishing your build. Any other game of this type is a snoozefest in comparison. Playing this casually to an extent is possible (depending on build), providing you look out for clearly-marked "WARNING! UBERQUEST AREAS!" where only dedicated players should tread. So yeah, I recommkết thúc this thủ thuật lớn veterans & new players, alike.
This is Tran Athulua ubermàn chơi, showing my barb tanking heavy amazon fire; also some Zons are preoccupied with "modron" reanimates, and bots (in blue):
Tran Athulua
This is Fauztinville ubermàn chơi, showing my barb fleeing a horde that rapidly converges at an intersection. This màn chơi is difficult lớn navigate, because it has a height maps, the sidewalk being higher than street cấp độ. The necrobots - clearly shown at top-left - are the tankiest generic foes, and are also phys-immune. The orange guys are chargers (PS:T sprites) và you can see undead stealthed here, bottom-left and center screen:

Overall, just like MXL 2012 v005, Ultimative sầu game-play is characterized by blistering pace & highly compacted enemy mật độ trùng lặp từ khóa, diversity & abilities, resulting in total, unbreakable immersion which few mods can match. The lightning-fast leveling, powerful and nuanced itemization and skills (including "oskills"), & huge stats means this thủ thuật is tailored to lớn gamers who lượt thích experimentation and extremes - those searching for a more pedestrian pace or prudent evolution onDiablo IImechanics should probably look elsewhere.I"m sticking with Median XL 2012 005 for now, though, because that"s the version I"ve sầu invested the most time inlớn.A couple of sets: