Diablo 3 will not be mentioned in this review. I’m not gonna fall into that trap. I usually write at the end of the review if the game is worth getting or not, but I’m making an exception for Torchlight 2 since it’s just so freaking awesome. If you like RPGs, loot, hack and slash then get this game…NOW! It’s only $20 on Steam. Get it for the times you feel like playing a single player game, offline (yes, that was a Diablo 3 reference).
This game is very pretty, it’s really lovely to look at and is a big disparity compared to other games of this genre that usually adopts the stale brown look. But its swooshes of colour does manage to make you lose sight of your character and you might have a hard time figuring what’s going on when the action gets more intense.
You will pick up a lot of loot in Torchlight 2, and I mean a lot of them. You’d probably spend half your time just sorting through your inventory. Having a 2nd inventory via your pet is a lifesaver, no need to go back to town to sell off your junk. Just send your pet.
This game is also about choices. No, not that morality crap you get with so many games these days. The choices you make when you’re building your character will be crucial. You can only reset the last 3 skill points you allocate and plenty of people have said they can’t continue on playing the game due to poor choices when building their character, the enemies just get too tough and they can’t advance. This isn’t to scare you but experimenting and maybe reading up on some build guides beforehand can be helpful but when you get a build that you like and is kicking ass with it, you definitely feel a sense of satisfaction.
A couple of things I didn’t like was the skill slots. Only two interchangeable slots on your right mouse button and the numbers on the top of your keyboard and that’s it. Pretty limited and I usually either click on the skill I want activated or look at my keyboard to press the associated number. Not good if you’re getting mauled by dozens of monsters at once.
One more thing is the mini map. You can either toggle it to be on the top right corner of your screen or a huge transparent one in the middle. No menu option to look at the entire map.
There is a story here somewhere, some guy called Alchemist or something like that and you got to stop him basically. That’s excuse enough to collect loot, loot and more loot and click click click your way to him. The quests are the standard affair, go here kill that take this. But there are times where the game have a little change of pace if you explore it enough.
A word of advice, when you create your first character, it’s fine to start on the Normal difficulty setting to test some things out but don’t play too far along in it as there is no challenge whatsoever. To get the most out of this game, you got to play it on Veteran at least.
To conclude, Torchlight 2 is beautiful, colourful and fun to play with especially with friends. Play it with a bunch of friends for an extra challenge and more powerful loot and only at $20, this game is a steal. They could have charged $40 and it would still be a great deal so go out there and get it already.