I agree with the IGN reviewer, that <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beyond.gif" alt="" /> is really a lot like Ultima 7, while the Battlefields are more Diablo-like. But then, Ultima 7 is one of my all-time faves. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

The action/RPG was much older than Diablo. I remember playing one as far back as 1982, though I couldn't tell you the name. An old SSI game from 1986 added random item drops, too. What Diablo had were randomized dungeons, fantastic graphics (for the time), and a lack of competition for a few years so it could claim to be the first. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif" alt="" />