Created by a lead group of Diablo & Diablo II, Fate and Mythos, comes the newly action role-playing game Torchlight. A fantasy-themed game set in a fictional town called “Torchlight”, ruled by Ember. A rare and mysterious ore, holding the essence of magic and the keystone for alchemists. It holds the power to enchant or to corrupt all that it contacts.
Players will have to choose from three heroes and restore peace and order in the boomtown of “Torchlight”. Endless quests, hordes of monsters and many mysteries await our heroes as they adventure themselves onto randomly generated and deep dungeons to prevent a malicious corrupted villain to terrorize all mankind.
First big impression! Its a big and awesomely revamped Diablo clone. The creators of Blizzard’s action rpg did not only mixed all the Diablo and Fate gameplay but they were able to improve and develop a newly and advanced clone. Torchlight comes up with the same clicking-actions, key bindings possibilities and World of Warcraft’s equipment rating and skill development trees and undless dungeons, flooded with enraged beasts and creatures to give you a full-time enjoyable experience Diablo was once able to.
Quests, quests and more quests. And don’t forget sidequests too. Aside from the main quest, there are some NPCs that will ask your help from time to time. You’ll either be sent to find rare objects or to slaughter evil creatures, but nothing is simple and everything comes with a neat reward. You can also buy maps from the vendors which will open a portal to another dungeon and grant you even more exploring and awesome rewards for your character. Oh, did I mention you have a lot of quests?
What makes exploring and looting even more enjoyable is the hero’s personal assistant. Each character is able to either tame a cat or a dog and it will always help you during your adventures. You can teach him spells and he’ll use them when needed, you can equip rings and necklaces to improve its stats and you can even fill its loot bags and send him to town and sell those items. As he comes back he’ll return to you the money rewarded for the loot. Your pet will be your best friend and you’ll learn to love it. And a pet always needs to be fed! Do some fishing from time to time and feed your dog or cat with different fishes, to transform it into another stronger creature for a certain time or increase his strentghes and weaknesses.
As you earn experience and level up, your character will also be able to learn to new spells and improve his stats. Each class has different skill trees and some new equipment won’t hurt nobody. Sockets can also be added to each equipement and there are even sets which will improve your stats even more. Enchant your weapons for more power and you can improve them as much as you want, but, it comes with a price. This is mostly good to all of those, who like to create a powefull mage or a decent warrior, and with a lot of time, tweaking your abilities and equipment details.
The soundtrack is incredibly Warcraft-ish. Matt Uelman, the composer and sound designer of Diablo, composed all the Torchlight‘s soundtrack based on the pace and context of the game. Just a small example, “Torchlight” town theme uses some elements of Uelman’s “Tristam” theme from Diablo, infused with 200 live takes using a twelve-string guitar among other instruments. Don’t ask yourself why you’re feeling like playing World of Warcraft the next time you crawl onto crumbling dungeons or a huge beast comes after your head.
A big modding community will make your dog turn onto a “Simpson” character! Runic Games provided the same game editing tools which they used to create Torchlight. Players are able to use them for any extent or own purposes. This tools package known as “TorchED” is capable of editing quests, dungeons, creatures and make your stray dog turn into a badass artic wolf.
In overral, Torchlight manages to surpass all the Diablo players’ expectation.
I don’t have many things to point out as a bad point in Torchlight. The story concept crumbles a bit from time to time, becoming a bit linear. There’s no big deal about it. You just need to prevent some evil-looking nerd geezer to spread corruption and abuse ember ores power for his own will.
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