Torchlight II Review

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Posted 9:55am on Wed 26 September 2012
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Torchlight II is up there with the best examples of the genre, but Runic Games makes very little attempt to advance the genre beyond what we were already comfortable with a decade ago.

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Posted 9:55am on Wed 26 September 2012
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Fab review. After spending 70 hours+ in Diablo 3 I thought my yearly dungeon crawling quota was filled... I may be mistaken.
Posted 10:13am on Wed 26 September 2012
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So, completely as expected. Which is good, because that makes it completely as wanted. So, that's me buying it as soon as I can do!

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hasn't mastered Blizzard's all-encompassing mastery
The only line in the review that didn't quite flow, for me reading it. Equalled, matched, reached, bettered, topped; all would sound better than having 'master' twice in the same sentence.
Posted 12:09pm on Wed 26 September 2012
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    So, completely as expected. Which is good, because that makes it completely as wanted. So, that's me buying it as soon as I can do!

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    hasn't mastered Blizzard's all-encompassing mastery
    The only line in the review that didn't quite flow, for me reading it. Equalled, matched, reached, bettered, topped; all would sound better than having 'master' twice in the same sentence.

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    I do that now and again on this site without noticing until it's too late Blushing
    Posted 2:20pm on Wed 26 September 2012
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    Great Review Martin! When tried to play Diablo 3 on my PC, it outright told me that my computer wasn't good enough. So when I read preview of this game, in order to satisfy my ARPG itch, I pre-ordered it and played through the first game.

    Whilst this isn't as good a Diablo 3, but for £15 Torchlight 2 certainly is better value for money! Can't wait to start playing! No seriously if I wasn't really busy right now I would totally be playing this right now!
    Posted 3:31pm on Wed 26 September 2012
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    So, completely as expected. Which is good, because that makes it completely as wanted. So, that's me buying it as soon as I can do!

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    hasn't mastered Blizzard's all-encompassing mastery
    The only line in the review that didn't quite flow, for me reading it. Equalled, matched, reached, bettered, topped; all would sound better than having 'master' twice in the same sentence.

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    Balls. You got me. That one slipped past my eye. I think I'd read/written a few too many words yesterday Sad
    Posted 10:42am on Wed 3 October 2012
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    I tried the demo on Steam and gave it every chance possible i.e. set it to display full screen on the HDTV (looks great!) then discovered it didn't have control pad support. I'd have dropped £15 on it easily and immediately if it did, the demo is generous in size and scope so normally an instabuy because I rate Torchlight on XBLA higher than Diablo III on PC.

    But as it is, no sale, which is a shame as I really want to support Runic Games.

    An alternative to them adding support or me waiting for an XBLA version would be for me to learn how to lay back and chill with a mouse and keyboard, but that's hard to do when you know you've got a controller right there not being put to good use.

    What I can say, however, is that if you're a huge loot-fest fan that loves the Diablo genre then you should love Torchlight 2 if you're happy with mouse/keyboard/desktop gaming.
    Posted 1:21pm on Wed 19 December 2012
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    Well, I buckled and bought it on PC afterall. It doesn't really need me to sell it anymore, other than I found a weapon early on that after 25 kills gets bonus stats added to it. And the game has fishing. And pet cats that deal slightly more damage than my own, and can learn spells like heal and frost too. And you feed them fish and they go nuts, just like my own. And... well... whilst both are great games I actually prefer the Torchlight franchise to Diablo now.

    If I had to pin down why, it'd probably be along the lines of more fun in smaller chunks of time. Or something about cats.
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