I figured I would hold off on getting any new games this Steam sale. That was until I saw Torchlight II for $9.99 and Dragon Age Origins for $8.99 and... well... I picked them up.

Cool thing about Torchlight 2 is that my character from the demo holds over to the real game. Torchlight 2 is pretty fun and offers a challenge on Normal mode from the start. With a proper Single Player, LAN and Online Multiplayer it sends itself into a different zone than I have become used to with Diablo III. That said, I picked the Bezerker expecting a fairly normal Tank class. I am still pretty low level and already the class is different that I expected. I am only a few levels into the class but already he seems like a Tank/Mage class with some shape shifting elements.

Wanted to pickup Dragon Age Origins for a long time now as I heard it was fantastic. Figured $9 was a good price to give it a spin.

Gary_Butterfield wrote on 11/26/2012 at 06:41pm

Torchlight 2 is my all time favorite Diablo-like, bar none. I'm not specifically a fan of the genre, however, so take that with a grain of salt.

I'm sort of alone in really disliking Dragon Age Origins. Modern Bioware has great companions and dialog but garbage play, in my experience.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/26/2012 at 07:41pm

Torchlight 2 is very well done. It gets high marks being well priced and easy to play even compared to Diablo 3.

I have heard good things about DAO. I really loved Neverwinter Nights and its expansions, hoping this is similar. How much of DAO did you play? Was it on PC or console?

Jacob_Richardson wrote on 11/27/2012 at 03:33am

I don't think your alone in disliking it Gary. I too own DAO but, felt like it was lackluster in gameplay. It had interesting characters and story which made me force my way through it. It wasn't really enjoyable through the whole thing. I think a lot of people overlooked the basic combat because of the characters and it being a new IP. New IP's are rare to come by and it's always better if they at least get a second shot. Although with DAO2 they did a terrible job.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/27/2012 at 03:50am

Yeah, I didn't hear awesome things about DA 2. It seems to have gotten the "EA Treatment."

Jacob_Richardson wrote on 11/27/2012 at 08:54am

Well they tried to improve the gameplay. It was as bad as Gary makes it out to be. However they didn't do a good job and they made the story lackluster as well. So it lost the only good thing it did have going for it.

Gary_Butterfield wrote on 11/30/2012 at 04:44pm

I played about 2/3 of Dragon Age Origins and about 2/5s of Neverwinter Nights. I made the mistake with NN of doing the main campaign, which takes so long to ramp up. The first area where you're visiting the different quarters of the city is unending and bland, I thought.

This is coming from being a huge fan of the Baldur's Gate games. The combat there is interesting and tactical, without resorting to MMOery like in DA:O. To each his own, however. It's got a good story, interesting lore and wonderful voice acting.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/30/2012 at 06:59pm

I felt most of the NWN campaign to be bland but I completed it all. I think what kept me playing was the gameplay and settings. The expansions were better, Hordes of Underdark being the best.

You planning on picking up the new Baldur's HD Remake?

Gary_Butterfield wrote on 11/30/2012 at 08:06pm

Depends on what is added. I'm in a wait and see holding pattern.

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