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[Preview] Torchlight 2: Standing On Its Own Two Feet

BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing EditorBerea, OHPosts: 2,377MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Perfect World Entertainment and Runic Games have reached a benchmark date with today's release of Torchlight 2. We've been playing the action-RPG and have a few impressions to share about our first few hours in Torchlight 2. See what we think and then leave your own ideas in the comments.

What makes Torchlight 2 very different from its predecessor is that the game world includes HUGE overland maps. Gone is Torchlight 1's dungeons only game play. The overland map in TL2 is packed with interesting and exotic places to discover as well as monsters to defeat. There are towns to visit (quest hubs of a sort) and other NPCs sprinkled throughout the map that will give side quests as well. Not only are bad guys roaming the map but so are bosses sprinkled in here and there. It's a terrific opportunity to gather gear and experience to level up and toughen up your character.

Read more of Suzie Ford's Torchlight 2: First Impressions - Standing On Its Own Two Feet.

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  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,222Member Uncommon
    PW just sent me my key.  The download isn't available yet (unless you're on Steam), but I am so stoked to dive in when I get from work.  Between TL2 and GW2 I have my gaming plate filled for a while and it feels nice like it hasn't in a long time.
  • ZekiahZekiah Aurora, COPosts: 2,499Member

    "Additionally, if you were disappointed by Diablo 3 this year, Torchlight 2 may just reaffirm your love of the ARPG genre."

    I certainly hope so. D3 was my biggest letdown ever so it can't get any worse.

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  • NadiaNadia Canonsburg, PAPosts: 11,866Member Uncommon
    glad to see its finally launched :)
  • RocknissRockniss Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,034Member
    Looks just like d3 no thanks
  • kevjardskevjards carlislePosts: 1,463Member
    Originally posted by Rockniss
    Looks just like d3 no thanks

    may look like it but its not it..hopefully its a lot better..not too mention you get to play offline if you want to..now how nice is that.

  • IndromeIndrome NortheimPosts: 292Member
    Originally posted by Rockniss
    Looks just like d3 no thanks

    [mod edit]

    I might just try this out because of the price and amount of game I get out of it. Shouldn't be hard to beat D3's 80€ for 1 week of excruciatingly forced gameplay.

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  • just1opinionjust1opinion Kansas City, MOPosts: 4,844Member
    Originally posted by kevjards
    Originally posted by Rockniss
    Looks just like d3 no thanks

    may look like it but its not it..hopefully its a lot better..not too mention you get to play offline if you want to..now how nice is that.

     

    You also get to place your own points and there's an easy, medium, hard mode (may be more modes, I'm not sure anymore), but nonetheless.....this is not like Diablo 3.  If I could have gotten my money back on D3, I would have.  D3 and Warhammer were my worst game disappointments ever.

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  • JeroKaneJeroKane OsloPosts: 5,353Member Uncommon
    Downloading and installing! :-P
  • kevjardskevjards carlislePosts: 1,463Member
    what time does it go live..anyone?..ty in advance
  • megaraxmegarax LindesbergPosts: 259Member Uncommon
    7pm GMT
  • JeroKaneJeroKane OsloPosts: 5,353Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by kevjards
    what time does it go live..anyone?..ty in advance

    I am downloading and installing right now! :) So I guess it just went live about 15 minutes ago. :)

    I first thought it would be another 45 minutes..... but I guess not hehe.

  • JeroKaneJeroKane OsloPosts: 5,353Member Uncommon

    ROFL! They seem to have quickly suspended the download!  /facepalm

     

  • PsychowPsychow SF Giants Territory, CAPosts: 1,784Member

    What! No RMAH!! No thanks!!!!!!!!

     

    (I'm kidding...lolz)

  • GrinnzGrinnz Utica, NYPosts: 310Member Uncommon

    wow server overload......seriously has no one learned anything from first day downloads ever......companies...never cease to amaze me with inadequate preparations....

     

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  • wildtalentwildtalent Huntsville, ALPosts: 380Member
    Of all the betas I have ever participated in, this game impressed me the most from the start.  Too bad I'm dead broke or I would have bought this today.

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  • romanator0romanator0 Glendora, CAPosts: 2,382Member
    Started playing single player a while ago. Got my first unique at level 5. Game is even better than it was in the beta.

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  • DeserttFoxxDeserttFoxx North York, ONPosts: 2,360Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Rockniss
    Looks just like d3 no thanks

    You came into a torchlight 2 thread expecting a game that didnt resemble diablo 3? [mod edit]

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  • AI724AI724 Lansdale, PAPosts: 211Member Uncommon
    I want to play this game but I am not really into the art style of it :( too WoWish (Disney like)

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  • JeroKaneJeroKane OsloPosts: 5,353Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Alphamojo

    wow server overload......seriously has no one learned anything from first day downloads ever......companies...never cease to amaze me with inadequate preparations....

     

    The whole Runic Website is down! Account management down!

    At least we can play Single player offline lol.

  • OhMyGothOhMyGoth Parts Unknown, CAPosts: 56Member
    After 2 hours of refreshing, i finally got the download page to load up and am downloading the game, at least i can play offline. Seeing how i only got one friend who purchased the game as well, there is no rush for me for online play. 

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  • MueslinatorMueslinator AugsburgPosts: 78Member

    I've played the Beta extensively, and as soon as it's available in my country (still 10 days...), I'll get it.

     

    It boasts a more fluid combat than D3, a better character customization and it sticks to its atmosphere (where D3 zig-zagged between dark&edgy and 3 Stooges). It's also playable off-line, has LAN support AND moddability. Every single one something I missed in D3.

    Best thing so far? The soundtrack is exceptional and not that uninspired blarf that Diablo 3 had. Oh, and how do I know that? Because it's a free download from Runic. Yes, the entire sountrack in quite nice quality (no flac, but variable bitrate mp3).

     

    God, I still don't get how D3 managed more than 7.5 on a 10-point scale on ANY review site.

     
  • kevjardskevjards carlislePosts: 1,463Member
    Originally posted by JeroKane
    Originally posted by Alphamojo

    wow server overload......seriously has no one learned anything from first day downloads ever......companies...never cease to amaze me with inadequate preparations....

     

    The whole Runic Website is down! Account management down!

    At least we can play Single player offline lol.

    yeah they seem to have took a battering lol..but it dont stop you playing..unlike that other monstrosity.single player offline..yummee.

  • TerranahTerranah Stockton, CAPosts: 3,605Member
    Already purchased, but I won't be getting to it until I've grown bored of GW2 probably.  I enjoyed the first game though.  Nice time killer.
  • flynn444flynn444 Idaho, IDPosts: 40Member Uncommon
    TL2 has arrived at the perfect time: just as I'm growing really bored of GuildWars 2 and before XCom comes out early next month.
  • AilingforaleAilingforale Bellevue, WAPosts: 87Member
    I loved the beta and had this pre-ordered on Steam.  Many parts of this game just looks and feels better than D3 to me.  D3 wasn't horrible, but it wasn't a $60 game.  This seems more like the $60 game, but they release it at $20?  How could you go wrong with this game now that the joys of TL are now able to be played with buddies together in TL2?
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