5. Torchlight - 2009 (PC, Mac, Xbox 360)
Really good game. Not as much variety in the locales as I would have liked, and the total lack of multiplayer was hard to swallow. But the pet system was amazing and the music superb.
4. Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes - 2003 (Xbox)
I hated it at first. No online multiplayer, and I felt that the ancestral weapon being OP endgame was counterintuitive for a loot hunting game. But really, Heroes was more hack & slash than a true loot fest. It had elements of loot hunting, but was more in the spirit of Gauntlet than Diablo. I still included it on this list because it is crazy fun to play with 3 other players (local). Most people never got to experience that.
3. Titan Quest: Immortal Throne - 2007 (PC)
Just absolutely amazing build diversity. Although I wasn't a fan of the multiplayer model or the Grecian setting, the build diversity alone is enough to put it among the best of the Diablo clones, at least in my opinion. This is actually the only game in this list that I still play to this day.
2. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 - 2003 (Playstation 2, Xbox)
Wow. As much as I loved the first game, this surpased it in every way but story (which doesn't matter at all to me). The gem system was amazing. I spent countless hours tinkering around and combining gems to turn out new equipment. The necromancer was amazing and I had a roommate at the time that played with me every step of the way. Swapping out and comparing equipment and working together - it may have been the best fun I've ever had with a Diablo clone, even if it did end all too soon.
1. Champions of Norrath: Realms of Everquest - 2004 (Playstation 2)
Favorite Diablo clone of all time. I must have beaten this game 50 times, imported my Wizard (Kimbol) to Return to Arms and beat it 50 more. I played this game to death, and the Snowblind engine was perfected in this game. The water effects in particular were breathtaking. Innoruuk was an amazing villain, and at one point actually pulled out a poor lad's soul and, him still screaming (as a soul), shot it with a bow into Oblivion! This game literally had everything (including online multiplayer!), and even though I was not and have never been a fan of EQ, this game will always hold a special place in my heart.
I wonder how many of you have played these games, in particularly D&D Heroes, BGDA2, and Champions of Norrath?
Does anyone have any games that they would like to add?