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Old 10-29-09, 07:44 AM   #1
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Default Torchlight - A review from a Diablo 2 fan

I was < > close to buying Torchlight last night because of all the "rave" reviews. Literally, EVERYONE is saying how amazing this game is. I went to website upon website and glowing reviews all around. All the forums I visit were saying it was the "best $20 for a game I have ever spent" . I was skeptical when people started saying "This game is just as fun as Diablo 2!!!". So then, I downloaded the demo.

My opinions:

This game has zero story. All the quests were absolutely stupid and randomly generated. But you know what, thats ok. I never pay attention to stories any way, I just want to kill. But in this game is just so blatantly obvious, it really takes away from the game.

The Graphics. The graphics are "ok". They are pretty bright and happy. Which is.... meh ok I can deal with that.

The sound. The music is the best part of the game. It IS diablo 2 music. I love the music. However, the gameplay sounds are lacking very much and there is hardly any dialogue.

Multiplayer? Theres no multiplayer. Does that affect how I feel about the game? not at all. I don't play multiplayer in diablo 2. I never did. Only single player for me. So no multiplayer is fine by me.

The gameplay. Heres the kicker. Let me be blunt. The gameplay sucks. As good as diablo 2? are you ****ting me? Are you ****ing retarded? This game is nowhere near Diablo 2. If Torchlight offered Diablo 2 a free blow-job, Diablo 2 would smack Torchlight in the face for talking to him. This gameplay is boring. I felt repetitiveness within 2 minutes of playing the game.

This game IS a carbon copy of a game called "Fate". Fate was an "ok" game, it gave me a solid 8 hours of playtime, until I got bored with it. But all in all, it was pretty good. When I play this game, I keep thinking "I've played this before, and it got pretty damn boring. I'm only 5 minutes in and its still pretty boring".

The gameplay on this game is very childish. If you have the brain of a newt, you might enjoy it. Going from "downstairs" to "downstairs" to "downstairs" to "portal" to "downstairs" to "downstairs" to "portal" to "downstairs" to "downstairs" , gets boring after a while. Where are the zones? Don't give me this "We randomly generate levels to ensure the game stays fresh! " bull****. This game was made lazily. They didn't feel like designing a well thought out map, so they made EVERYTHING random. Its stupid and its boring. I want to visit an actual "zone". Sure, you can make some of the content random, but at least give each zone and level a different feel and a name. Is that too hard?

The Skills/Spells? Wow. How lame can you get? I looked through EVERY different skill and I couldn't find a single one I would ever want. Even the highest level skills looked boring. All the skills were either "increase blah blah stat by blah blah percent" or "area affect spell that freezes/fires/slams everyone around you". Thats it.

Wheres the creativity? This game has ZERO creativity. None. Zero. Zilch. Nadda.

To be franc, You guys who say this game "reminds you of diablo 2" are out of your damn minds. Not only is this game NOTHING like Diablo 2, its not even fun. Titan's Quest was fun. Dungeon Siege was fun. This? Not fun. This game is boring and extremely repetitive within 5 minutes of play. I LOVE hack and slash games, but this game just seems lazy to me.

Within a week, half of you will have quit Torchlight. Within 2 weeks, you will forget it exists. This game isn't an "instant classic" like I've seen all around the internet. This game is only fun to old WoW players who never played Diablo 2. Playing this stupid little game reminds them of playing WoW, so they think its fun. You "think" you like this game, but you don't really. You really don't.

Do yourself a favor, play Titans Quest or Diablo 2 if you are looking for a decent hack and slash game that you will actually enjoy.

Torchlight = Fate with Diablo 2 music. Thats it and thats all.
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