Diablo, released in the heady days of 1996, is Gamespot's latest choice for Greatest Game Ever. While it's fair to say that Diablo jump started the action RPG genre,
the fact is, it took the basic gameplay elements of something like Nethack, and
shoved a shiny graphics engine on it. This is no bad thing, but Nethack was busily creating random dungeons long before
Diablo was a twinkle in it's developers eye, so some folk may want to check out what was arguably the precursor, so
long as they don't go in expecting all sorts of eye candy.
Diablo is definitely a classic game. The first of it's kind really, and still one of the best. There's a reason it's still Gamespot's highest ever rated PC title.