For those of you that didn’t know torchlight II recently had an open beta for those that signed up. I had a chance to play for a little bit and so now that I feel that I am an expert in the content I will give a review to be taken and flamed by others.
Firstly let me say that I have never played torchlight 1 so I will not base my review on what I was expecting from the first game nor will I compare it to Diablo as I always find that comparing one game to another is unjustified to both games.
Firstly lets get the bashing out of the way. The game is is a hack and slash dungeon crawler but to me I did not have the feel of a dungeon. Maybe I am taking the word too literal I don’t expect the game to be entirely based in a dank dungeon but I do expect the game to have a dark and gritty feel. Sadly however the only dark feel I got from the game was from the music the art and models just seemed out of place. Also character design is a bit over the top imagine taking one of those final fantasy hero’s (you know the ones that wear an outfit consisting of only belts an zippers) and placing it into resident evil 2. It seemed all the character designs I could choose felt childish.
On the positive I found the game very easy to pick up and the controls had been very clean I choose an Embermage as my character and found the questing to be enjoyable. I also liked the fact that the terrain could be both your friend or your enemy. At times I found myself blasting a small hill with a fireball rather than the rat creature that I wanted to be killing. other times I was able to channel the enemys between tree’s so they didn’t gang me.
Overall the game was fun and probably will be picking it up to play when its released.