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Torchlight

November 9th, 2009

The Valve team highly praised this game ($20 on Steam) in a recent Steam Update and I was hook line and sinkered, credit card out and everything. Demo schmemo! I’m an FPS kinda dude, very limited as readers of the blog will attest (TF2 and DoD:S). I’ve been looking for something fun and different, I tried that Goo puzzle type game and was quickly bored. I tried Jason and the Argonauts, mostly because I’m a Harryhausen fanatic. Very bad game, though I liked the visuals and the fighting, etc.

We were D&D geeks in Jr. High (we’re talking the mid-1980s, folks) so I’ve always wanted to play a Warhammer type game, but RTS just doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t like all the crap that gets in the way of the visuals; overstuffed HUDs and stupid health bars floating over a hundred soldiers heads.

Played Torchlight for a couple hours now, it’s very very fun:

It has a beautiful design, I love the player animations, and it’s pretty intuitive (still can’t figure out how to use the Identity Scroll or whatever the heck it is).

No multiplayer though, but that’s probably a good thing. These sorts of games usually are pay to play type deals are they not? Anyway, gets two thumbs up from me.

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2 Responses to “Torchlight”

  1. ottothecow

    Actually, torchlight is closest to being a descendent of diablo/diablo II (their designers were on the torchlight team). The diablos were completely free to play online and online play was certainly a lot of fun.

    Torchlight is planned to be released as a free MMO in the future which will be interesting seeing as Diablo II was never an MMO…it was multiplayer but never more than 8 people at a time.

    So far, torchlight has been fun, the interface is almost identical to Diablo (I believe you are looking to right click the identify scroll and then click an unidentified item). The story elements don’t seem as strong though…the game is more of a nethack like infinite random dungeon game where as diablo II featured 6 different towns and many different areas.

  2. PadSeeEw

    Yep. I was it would have a Multiplayer component, but I hate the thought of an MMO.

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