Playing a few games at once:
Still making progress in this. I know people tend to rag on the "empty" wilderness areas... but if you don't want to explore those area, you don't have to! I've been just running through the wilderness areas to get from one quest area to another, and haven't had a problem so far. You get much more XP for solving quests than you do through combat, so exploring the wilderness areas seems to be optional at least at this point.
I'm glad I went with a fake muliplayer game so I could create my own party. I find the writing in this game to be very inconsistent in that quest/NPC dialog writing is decent and somehwhat immersive, but companion dialog seems really modern. I really don't care for the companions here.
My fourth time through this game, though this is the first time on PC. What can be said about this game at this point? It's amazing. Playing as a melee-focused character is quite different from playing as magic-focused character (even that is simplifying things; playing as a quick melee character is quite different than playing as a "tank" melee character). I love pretty much every aspect of this game. It's extremely atmospheric, it's difficult but fair, and the story is actually very interesting—but you have to seek it out on your own; you can play the game as a pure action game and never pay attention to the story if you aren't interested in it.
I played this a lot when I was younger, but I decided to finally beat it. Playing as a rogue now, just defeated Butcher and Leoric. It's aged pretty well I think, and the GOG release actually allows you to select an integer scale for the graphics (i.e. 1280x960 with black borders) that looks fantastic. A huge part of Diablo is the soundtrack, which is simply genius. Everyone love the Tristram theme, but the first dungeon theme is just as good if not better—like something out of a horror movie. Diablo is a lot of fun to play, but there's also a lot of walking slowly back and forth over maps—the soundtrack really helps make it bearable!