Přidáno: 23. června
TL;DR: Titan Quest (and its extesion) is a strong player in hack&slash competition: in solo or multiplayer you'll get dozens hours of fun mob-bashing in refreshing greek mythology.
Welcome in the Mythological era! You have been chosen to save your world!
A few years after Diablo 2, while hack&slash fans were eargerly waiting for a valorous contender, Iron Lore crafted one which would prove a worthy entertainer in every aspect, brilliant by its audacity.
Audacity in the settings first, sparing the players the all-so-common heroic-fantasy to design a universe heavily reliant on Greek mythology. Beyond simplifying the monsters design brainstorming (the mythology being rich in charismatic creatures), it allows a coherent universe, rich in lore and overall developing a real personality. As for the realization, it ages very well, thanks to an inspired artistic direction.
Audacity in the gameply then. Apart from some minor design choices like keeping some logic in the loot (you'll never see a crow dropping a heavy chest plate), the real incentive to play comes from the mixed class system: among eight "skill masteries", each favoring two stats and a role (heavy damage, controller, tank etc), you can mix and match 2 to make your class. Hence many interesting combinations, especially since the classes governs your skills but your stats as well.
While single player experience is already fine as it is, multiplayer greatly enhances the fun: the upgrade in encounter difficulty (more monsters, more resilient) makes it necessary to build a coordinated and complementary team, much more than in other games (like in Torchlight 2 when you really roll over everything unless being in higher difficulty settings).
The somewhat slow level progression stresses this more. Unlike Torchlight, you won't be getting a level every 5 mn, more like every hour at best. Making your character choices ever more important. With that said, there are some editors that can help you repair some bad choices. :)
In short, THIS is one of the big classics in hack&slash games. If you like the genre and can cope with a slow progression, this is a good choice. A few notes to finish:
- Please don't take my "hours played" into account. I owned and played this game long before it came to Steam.
- TQ, as many others, suffers from the fall of Gamespy, as it used it for online multiplayer management. AFAIK, there is no replacement. LAN mode is still here so you can circumvent by playing with friends over Hamachi or the like though.