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Diablo 3 was my "welcome back" to the arpg genre after a loooong vacation (Diablo 2 was my last dedicated arpg), and like most, I played it and I enjoyed it. Sure it had its problems, but I had my little fun with it. So let's not turn this into a versus thread.
Anyway, so the other day Torchlight 2 was on sale for $10 on Steam and I picked it up. I was not a fan of the "WoW-esque" graphics I've previously seen on review sites but I figure for $10 it was worth a shot to kill the boredom of the day. To say I was not a fan of the graphics was an understatement, I HATED the look of it from what I saw on review sites. And another thing, WTF is up with the pokemon pets? Boy, was I wrong.
The graphics lend a charm to the world that makes it quite enjoyable to play through. Most would refer to it as art direction.
The gameplay has been addictive.
The pet system did not take away from the immersion to the hero character, quite the opposite. In my opinion the pet system is quite brilliant. You can send your pet to re-supply and sell merchant fodder for you during gameplay without distracting from the action. If I wanted to play micro-management with an inventory system, I'd go play Skyrim. The developers of TL2 got it right.
The music is downright awesome and adds a layer of atmosphere missing in a lot of rpgs as of late.
And let's not forget the mod system!
So what are some of your favorite builds in TL2?
I've put 12 hours so far into the game, is the storyline short?
What are some of the better mods out there I should download?