I know in the midst of Diablo 3 excitement that Torchlight 2 is not in the forefront of gaming nor will it do as well as many AAA titles. Despite that, I'm looking forward TL2. I've played Diablo 2 and had trouble getting into it, but when I played Torchlight, I racked up tones of hours in-game and even got my dad hooked. Between the two of us, we've played about 250 hours in just Torchlight. We played other games at the time too, but this was something we really enjoyed. As to why I liked it more than Diablo, I think I just found myself enjoying the atmosphere more. The games play very similarly, but the atmosphere is very different. Enough about that.

So I've been playing the Torchlight 2 beta, and this is an improvement over the first in almost all areas. There's now 4 classes, as most probably have heard. I've been enjoying the Outlander who's like the Gunslinger from the first game, but instead of using traps and turrets, the Outlander has more direct attack abilities, such as different attacks with a glaive and special gun abilities. I haven't tried the other classes, but I am looking forward to seeing how some of these work. To add to it, there are more weapon types. As the Outlander, I've come across pistols, bows, crossbows, shotguns, cannons, and I think a few rifles too. The best way I can describe the game is that they've made everything broader.

The item system is the same with a few changes. The pet has a bigger inventory (or at least seems to be). I haven't encountered an enchanter in a town yet, but I've found a few in dungeons, and they're more specialized, like one enchanter will add ice enchantments. Also, there's a limit to enchantments you can put on an item making finding new items more important.

The graphics are improved by quite a bit. It's no Diablo in that regard, but it is a step up from before, particularly in the textures and polygons. The music is better, but not great. In the first game, I got annoyed with the music after a while, now I get kinda bored with it. It is very atmospheric to the game, but I find my self wanting something that ties into the game more than just something to be played in the background.

The story is a continuation from the first game. The Alchemist from the last game has grown corrupt with the power of ember and destroyed Torchlight. The goal for the player(s) is to stop him. I know the Gunslinger makes an appearance as an NPC who is there to guide and help along the quest. No sign of the warrior yet, but I expect him to show up at some point. In stead of dungeon crawling like last time, the world is more open. You go across surface territories completing quests and making trips to side dungeons. One thing I like a lot about this change is it allows for more side quests.

The biggest change is multiplayer. The TL2 beta supports up to 6 players over the internet, and the full game will feature LAN and single player, as well. All I can say is it runs well.

So cool stuff coming from this one. I'm excited for its release.

Tungsten wrote on 05/17/2012 at 01:35am

i played a bit of the first one. It was a lot of fun. Honestly, if D3 didn't just come out I probably would pick it up... bad timing I guess. Knowing me I'll pick it up on Steam Sale some time.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/17/2012 at 04:14pm

Cool. I liked Torchligt quite a bit! Since it supports 6 player multi and LAN play it is offering some features above Diablo 3.

I think for the best launch possible they should wait a few months because launching it so close after D3 won't be a great idea strategically.

Oh, does it allow fishing still? Did they add crafting?

vdogmr25   Post Author wrote on 05/19/2012 at 06:38pm

Fishing is still there, and I haven't found much in the way of crafting yet.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/19/2012 at 06:47pm

Ok, that makes sense.

Tungsten wrote on 05/19/2012 at 11:29pm

I loved making the dog run errands. That was a great idea that more game makers should steal.

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