Diablo 2 official artwork

Median XL is by far the biggest and most complex full conversion mod for Diablo 2, so big that its almost impossible to describe it in short. It features a whole bunch of new and challenging monsters to plough through, the items have been completely reworked in order to provide meaningful choices, each character has been rebalanced and bolstered with a whole new batch of interesting spells, there are several extremely difficult challenges with extremely awesome rewards sprinkled throughout the campaign, and the list goes on for quite a while.

And if that wasn't enough, the developers have just released a massive patch that more or less tinkers with the entire game. If you're interested in the full patch notes you can find them over at the Median XL website, but I would recommend grabbing a coffee before you start because you're going to be there for a while. If you're just interested in some of the general changes so you can get a feel of what exactly the mod does, here they are:

Max character level increased to 125. Beware - the last 5 levels are very difficult to obtain!

Gold is now automatically picked up outside of act towns

Increased the limit of areas the game can have. This means new ubers will be added, without replacing existing areas

Highest possible character resistances have been capped to 90%

Damage cap removed

Monster health cap removed

Third-party cheats (Qoo, Sting's, Multires) have been disabled. Hooray for a cheater-free game!

Since walls of text aren't the best way to describe an ARPG, allow me to share with you the recently posted teaser video. It showcases most of the important new additions, as well as actual gameplay so you can get a feel of just how different Median XL is from Diablo 2. And if you find yourself liking what you see, you can download Median XL over at ModDB. Enjoy!

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