With the hype that surronded D3's launch and Path of Exile launching i decided to take a blast to the past and try out a game thats been on my steam list for as long as i can remember. Upon installing TQ: IT it said that the game could not run without the original TQ installed....alright whatever ill install it too just to try this game out. The game completely bugs out with all of the buttons screwed up and only showing the background of the start screen. Checking out the steam forums i find the solution to my woes by deleting a few files and ♥♥♥♥ing around with a script editor. Start up the game for real this time and finally start playing this ancient relic and remembering that this was a game reviewed on X-Play on G4 back in the day.
Im sad to say that through all of this i dont think it was worth the hassle i went through to get the game to even work properly and heres why:
1.) The Combat is clunky as dog ♥♥♥♥ - Compared to diablo 2's fluid and bloody combat that made you feel like your attacks were not only connecting but had unique death animations ( with gore ) to show you what your character was doing. TQ felt more like your "hero" was hitting (and getting hit) with a pool noodle until somebody fell over from exhaustion with no blood or visual que.
2.) The Skill Trees - When you put a point into a skill tree its supposed
to make you feel more powerful and give you some kind of ability to do more with your character. To even progress with your skill tree you have to put points into a side bar to access said skills (32 points maximum into the sidebar). Not only does this take AWAY from the action it also elongates the amount of time it takes to get into the more fun abilities. The skills add nothing bombastic or as fun as a Barbarians Whirlwind or a Paladins Blessed Hammers or anything interesting...what you get are passives and things to boost your auto attacks.
3.) The Gear - Progressing through the games "Acts" you would expect to have to change out entire sets of gear for something new that makes all the grinding worth while. That is simply not the case....I am in Act 4 with mostly level 3 and 8 gear being worn on my Warrior/Champion with no forseeable change, Most likely you wont even get good drops from monsters but instead the trader in town has better quality gear than any mob you will ever kill. So you will ultimately end up just hording gold so that you can just buy the gear yourself, which again, takes away from the combat.
4,) The Leveling - As you complete quests and go through the story your character will more than likely out level the enemies you are facing. This is a problem because you will have to kill two or three times the amount of enemies just to get the same amount of experience as if they were scaled to your level.
5.) The Mobs - In Diablo 2 as you fought your way down into the Barraks / Catacombs of the first Act you see many mobs that either do poison or fire damage which makes any sane person grab a few pieces of gear with those two resistances on them. This all culminates with fighting Andariel who does surprise surprise ♥♥♥♥ tons of poison and fire damage. After beating Andariel and going to Act 2 you will also find many enemies doing poison damage and reinforcing the idea that your decision to invest in some resistance gear was a good one. While in TQ its true that the acts all have their specific mob types and stay true to the mythology they are NOT fun to fight against and dont have that special something that ties them all together like some kind of elemental damage or special attack.
What you end up with is just a cluster♥♥♥♥ of poor design decisions that make you feel more like you are a kid mashing action figures together and desperately trying to use their imagination to fill in the blanks in the vein hope that you feel like you are having fun. My sugguestion is to go try Path of Exile, Diablo 3 or even Grim Dawn ( since its basically a darker version of TQ ). I wanted to like this game but too many things weighed this game down. Maybe try it with friends over a few drinks but on its own i wouldnt even pick this game up on sale.