In all the talk of graphical downgrades no one seems much preoccupied with 'why?'. Why build something and then proceed to tear it down, piece by piece, in the hope that ever more diminished expectations about the final product won't be severe enough to...
This also one of my absolute favorite games ever created. I even prefer this over Diablo 2 most of the time.
The graphics for this game (in 1996) were pretty much "top of the line" in that day and age.
Only 2 downsides to the game I saw was that they really should have done the intro better for the game, and at least told the story of what happened underneath the Church in text or something. Other downside was that too many people actually cheated (even though I did that too). Trainers made it a bit different.
The Hack 'n' Slash for this game was actually pretty good. You had the Rogue, Sorcerer and the Warrior to help you out, and you could multiplay up to 4 people to help you level.
The sound for this game was very well done, as well as the spells, items, and the quests you had to accomplish. Nightmare and Normal were pretty easy, but it was very, very difficult on the 3rd difficulty, no matter what items you were using: cheating or legit, it didn't matter, it was still hard. I'm rating this game a solid A for a game with it's age. It is simply put, one of the best games in the middle to late 90's for the PC.