A very, very enjoyable game. If Diablo is the older, serious, stylish sister, then Torchlight is the younger, jovial, fun-loving twin.
At its heart beats a quick-based action RPG where performing story based kill or fetch quests, see you fighting through numerous levels of varying monsters and enemy bosses. In addition optional sidequests though similar steal your focus from time to time allowing you to power-up your characters abilities if you so desire.
Now while you can expect alot of repetitive gameplay you can choose from three archetypal characters with which to complete the challenges ahead: Go hand-to-hand combat with the fighter, shoot from range with the archer or blast your foes with magic as the wizard. Each character can assign skill points to four seperate skills: Melee, Ranged, Magic and Defense and each has a set of three skill trees from which to customize their style of gameplay further. Through the clever use of item pre-requisites you can actually choose to use all three types of weaponary available to you. So mix and match to your hearts content.
Players can choose to equip many aspects of their character with a truly huge assortment of equipment from armor types, jewelry and weapons - all of which are designed to provide you with a selection headache. If that is not enough some items can be upgraded further by slotting them with magic igots called ember that boost certain abilities. These igots can be transmuted to form bigger more powerful items, that provide bigger bonues if enough are found.
Further to the base game you will be able to use numerous magic spells to augment your offensive and defensive capabilities from casting fireballs to calling on temporary npc allies. You also possess an animal companion which can be used to send items to the town above when you can trade and upgrade items. This animal companion can also be temporarily be turned into other creatures with other powers in your fight to reach the end of the game.
Overall despite its functional story its graphics, music, voice-overs and design provide some nice touches filling with with atmosphere, providing a fun flilled blast-a-thon with plenty of action and reward for those of you who'd love a change from a deep meaningful game.
Probably the only down sides is restrictive nature of the inventory which can be a pain when handling alot of items, its purely singleplayer aspect and also the expected reptitive nature of gameplay. (If you want mp/coop try TL2)
However I would recommend this to anyone who likes to try something different from shooters, strategy or deep RPGs.
Posted: December 17th, 2013