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586  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 24, 2012, 11:45:35 PM
Beat Torchlight II, level 55 Engineer.  Focused on 2H weapons, Flame Hammer, Ember Hammer, Healing Bot, and a BUNCH of passive skills.  I put one early point in Seismic Slam but it stayed there.  Of the Engineers 9 passives, I had points in 6 of them.  Probably should be 7, since I didn't get much mileage out of Seismic Slam, and my ratio of Flame Hammers to Ember Hammers was in the neighborhood of 30 to 1.  MVP skill is a tie between Flame Hammer and Heal Bot.  The former is maybe the best level 1 starting skill I've ever used in my RPG lifetime, and I can't possibly think of a TL2 Engineer that doesn't need a Healing Bot. 

So, my favorite parts of Diablo Clones are getting loot, making character builds, and multiplayer.  Torchlight II absolutely DOMINATES all three categories, and has nice detail and variety in its maps and dungeons.  It's not fair to compare it to a grand open world game with a superior map like Dark Souls or even a good Zelda game, but it's way better than Diablo Dos and just about every other Diablo Clone that I've ever played.  I fuckin' love this game and I've already started a dual-wielding Berserker build, a tri-element Embermage build, and a second Engineer build that's a bit more of a tank. 
587  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: September 24, 2012, 11:36:01 PM
I think you'll find that plenty of us on staff are T2 fans. We just weren't on the podcast this time.
Yeah, I know.  I was anticipating a little TL2 discussion with some interest, and got incensed when a few staff seemed to dismiss it.  I overreacted. 
588  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: September 24, 2012, 09:13:14 PM
Hey, thanks for assuming Torchlight II's success is no more than a referendum on Diablo III.  Some of us aren't playing Torchlight II because it isn't Diablo III; maybe they're playing Torchlight II because they liked the original Torchlight?  I understand that Torchlight will always be compared to Diablo - the comparisons from TL1 to D1 and TL2 to DL2 are numerous bordering on mimicry - but I think that the podcast team (mostly Robbie) was being a little unfair.  It's cool if some of you aren't interested in Torchlight II and think Diablo III is unfairly hated, but come on.  
589  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 22, 2012, 01:37:10 PM
Torchlight II is Diablo Dos, except better.  I'm early in act III and loving every second.  Surface comparisons are kinda hilarious:

- One of the main characters from predecessor becomes corrupted / insane, leaves a trail of destruction in his wake, starting with the original game's town
- First act is forest & hills, second act is desert and ruins, third act is big ol' swamp. 
- Mage class's three skill trees are Fire/Ice/Lightning
- Identify scrolls and Rejuvenation Potions are exactly like Diablo II

Look, I know those are trivial bullshit, but it's an easy comparison to make.  Luckily, Torchlight II is far superior in combat, loot, skills, spells, pets, visuals, color pallet, and customization.  My only complaints are 1) tricky to make a pure auramancer class as there are maybe two real aura skills; 2) elemental resistances play a MAJOR role for certain parts of the game (re: I'm in stage full of poison and it hurts bad - playing on Veteran difficulty); and 3) The Destroyer just sits there moping at the starting point for the whole game (so far). 
590  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 20, 2012, 10:55:21 PM
Played about 5 hours of Torchlight II.  Engineer is smashing things with Flame Hammer, whacking things with Ember Hammer.  Very early in Act II.  This is Diablo II, but more and better.  If Runic Games gives TL2 an official expansion, I will buy it in a hot second.  If they try a KickStarter then I'll probably donate $100. 
591  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Torchlight 2 on: September 20, 2012, 09:03:44 PM
Right now I'm rolling Engineer with Flame Hammer, Seismic Slam, Ember Hammer, and Heal Bot.  Heavy Lifting and Fire & Spark for passives.  Basically I keep using the strongest 2H weapons I can get, stunning foes with Seismic Slam (fire damage and stun in a large radius) and then wrecking them with the two Hammer skills (one is fire, one is electric, they both have splash/range damage).  Heal Bot is a nifty little summon that restores health and mana every few seconds.  Heavy Lifting boosts damage with 2H weapons and F&S boosts fire and electricity.  Gonna focus on those six skills and maybe switch to some more defensive stuff if I'm dying too often.  If not, then I'll focus on some of the Charge passives once I get to a high level with those six.  

EDIT: yes, I'm aware those four skills are all the first ones listed in their trees, and that I'm totally avoiding the defensive / tanking tree.  They happen to be working out QUITE well for me. 

I want to try the other classes too, but I'm having a lot of fun with just the Engineer.  Might wait until I've beaten the game once.  
592  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Torchlight 2 on: September 20, 2012, 11:52:43 AM
One hour until launch!  My favorite Diablo clone classes are tanks, aura classes, and summon classes, so right now I think I'll start out as a... I don't know.  Every TL2 class can handle at least two of those roles! 
593  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Torchlight 2 on: September 18, 2012, 09:05:49 PM
Oh go and suck a click, you jerks....
594  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Torchlight 2 on: September 18, 2012, 12:27:30 PM
Looks like I may have to call in sick on Thursday.
595  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 18, 2012, 09:33:22 AM
I got up super early this morning and couldn't go back to sleep (~4am) so I did a few chapters of FE6. Beat Zephiel and unlocked the new chapters (which I didn't do the first time I played). Settled into a top 10 of Roy (SWORD OF SEALS), Lance, Dieck, Thany, Lugh, Lilina, Shin, Fir, Gonzo, and Miledy. Early MVPs were Lance and Dieck, more recently it's probably been Miledy, who is both a very good offensive flier AND my only trained character with Def above 20. She's great.
596  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Torchlight 2 on: September 17, 2012, 11:19:47 PM
So am I gonna be the only one throwing it down as a steampunk Iron Man or a demon dust wizard while everyone else is playing Borderlands 2 or Guild Wars 2?  Come on, there's another awesome RPG 2-sequel coming out in August/September!
597  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age Three (3) on: September 17, 2012, 11:17:26 PM
Wasn't really clear from my previous post, but I ****ing loved Origins, thought Awakening was pretty good, and DA2 was alternately awesome and disappointing.  The whole finale?  Awesome.  The lack of choice in certain outcomes and scenarios?  Disappointing.  The more console-friendly combat and new skill trees?  Awesome.  The re-used maps and battlegrounds?  Disappointing.  The dialog, characters, and Friendship/Rivalry?  Awesome.  The lack of armor custoimzation?  Disappointing. 

Overall, I liked DA2 a lot, but had weird, specific gripes.  I was far from enraged, and I want to play it again with some DLC added, but I dunno if I want to do that right the hell now.  Cautiously optimistic, gonna wait and see. 
598  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age Three (3) on: September 17, 2012, 05:38:28 PM
Part of my wants to buy a bunch of DLC, then replay Origins, Awakening and DA2.  Another part of me wants to just work through more backlog and save money.  Decisions, decisions....
599  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 15, 2012, 08:14:32 PM
The only BoF games I've played are 2 and 3, and I thought both were really good.  BoF 4 is a major missing piece of my PS1 RPG collection and I'm debating whether I should buy it on PSN or not.

The one thing I didn't like about BoF 2 and BoF 3 (other than its difficulty and bad dungeon slogs) were their weird, esoteric methods for getting a few of the secrets.  I don't remember exactly, but for the Earth Shaman in BoF 2 aren't you supposed to clear out a field of enemies without using magic and donating 20 times to a church or something?  And in BoF 3 I think I probably only got about 60% of the available Masters and battle formations by the midgame, even though I was pretty diligent in exploring.  For the record, I beat BoF2 via emulator several years ago, and haven't beaten BoF3 but I have a 20+ hour savefile on one of my memory cards.

And as for Bleu in BoF 2, the best part about her wasn't her magic (which is pretty good), but the fact that she's great without using any Shamans.  Just about every other character needs a specific Shaman combination to reach their full potential, and Bleu welcomely frees up Shaman slots.  Without using Bleu, the only obvious setup that lets you use transformed versions of three characters is Rand+Katt+Nina; that's a really good team, but maybe not the team everyone wants....  

EDIT: heh, reading this made me research some old BoF stuff, and I found this picture of BoF 2's six Shamans:

600  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 13, 2012, 10:31:51 PM
I swear to god, if I hear the lilting coo of ONE MORE GODDAMN SAPIENT SKY CHICKEN... I just might snap. 

...beat City in the Sky, now looking around for a Piece of Heart since I have 4/5, then I'll go fix the big mirror.  Woo comma splices!
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