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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2012, 12:53:14 AM »

Not as deep, but more refined is how I'd compare the original Torchlight to Diablo 2. It played really smooth and had little things like auto looting gold by walking over it(Which I believe D3 adapted).

One neat thing that stood out, which makes a return in the sequel, was pets. It doesn't matter what your class is, everyone gets one. They'll distract and peck at enemies as you'd expect, but you can also unload your unwanted items onto him and send him back to town and he'll sell everything for you. http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/11/04 show's you how it's done. In the sequel I hear you can have him pick up some potions and such while he's there too. Of course you'll have to fight without him as he goes and does his thing.

You can also feed them and they'll turn into more powerful monsters for so many minutes.
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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2012, 01:37:54 AM »

Thanks for linking to the existing thread, Monsoon. :)  I'm gonna lock this one and post in that one to bump it back up.

Fyle, here are some knowledge bombs for you.  Hope they help.
Our own Dave Yeager's preview of Torchlight 2, currently at the top of the front page. :)  http://www.rpgfan.com/previews/Torchlight_II/index.html

My review of Torchlight 1, PC version: http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/torchlight/index.html (gave it an 89%)
My review of Torchlight 1, XBLA version: http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Torchlight_XBLA/index.html (gave it an 83%)

I really liked that game, and I'm a huge Diablo fan.  I'll absolutely be picking up Torchlight 2, even though I have Diablo 3.
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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2012, 01:40:13 AM »

With the game approaching, someone started a new thread.  I didn't have a way to copy the posts or anything, so I'm reviving this thread.  Here are the links I posted there.

Our own Dave Yeager's preview of Torchlight 2, currently at the top of the front page. :)  http://www.rpgfan.com/previews/Torchlight_II/index.html

My review of Torchlight 1, PC version: http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/torchlight/index.html (gave it an 89%)
My review of Torchlight 1, XBLA version: http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Torchlight_XBLA/index.html (gave it an 83%)
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« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2012, 01:51:55 AM »

With the game approaching, someone started a new thread.  I didn't have a way to copy the posts or anything, so I'm reviving this thread.  Here are the links I posted there.
Eh, that part's easy to do via merging. Leaving it on Multiplayer though since that's a major new feature, and these games seem to be best for multiplayer anyway.
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« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2012, 02:27:14 AM »

Thank you all for the quick responses. Maybe I didn't exactly express myself when I said I wanted an information storm.

I would like to hear more opinionated responses from people here who played both Diablo and Torchlight. Just pros and cons of things you simply liked are disliked when compared. I named the thread Torchlight 2 because T1 is too old, and I have no time to go back and play it with D3 now and a modded up Skyrim I've waited so long to get my hands on. Reviews are great and I will read them as I have read many random reviews just out of curiosity having no intention on buying the reviewed game - but, the discussions on the forums is what paints the clearest picture many times. I value the opinion of the random game lover the highest, they're usually completely honest and mention more details and nuances about games then reviews, articles and such ever would. Furthermore, when I actually have the time to look up info. on games rather than play them, I come here (I think I just like the green - damn good choice).

So, I wanted to start a discussion about T2 starting it off by comparing the two series (assuming T2 will be similar to T1) for my own reference and figured it would naturally bleed into T2 as new info. arose.

If this thread is confused with another or already existed I apologize.
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« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2012, 07:09:42 AM »

OK, lessee....

Torchlight 2 so far feels like Torchlight, but better.  It's probably the same engine or similar, but there are more environments, more classes, more pets, a nicer item interface, and a few other changes of that nature.  Most of the pros and cons of Torchlight can be extended to TL2. 

First of all, the basic framework of Torchlight and the first Diablo are, well, identical.  They're designed by a bunch of the same people after all.  You choose one of three classes, start in a hub town, and you tackle a dungeon that goes down and only down.  Sure, there are sidequests and NPCs and such in the town, but the story is an afterthought and the goal is to loot, level, and advance. 

Levels and skills - Torchlight is awfully similar to Diablo II.  Lots of clicks, lots of loot, and a ton of skills mappable to hotkeys.  You have to go into Torchlight's editor to change the hotkeys if you don't like the defaults (the editor's helpfully provided by its creators for free).  Each class has unique skills, but all three classes share passives (i.e. + to armor, + to a certain kind of weapon, etc.) that work similarly to the weapon masteries of the Diablo II Barbarian.  Levels and skills are almost the same as in Diablo II - you gain levels and get one skill point for level.  All abilities can have up to 10 skill points placed into them, or eventually raised up to 12 via +skills on items (+skill equipment is quite rare).  There's also a "Fame" stat that works parallel to levels.  Every time you kill a boss or a Champion-level monster you gain fame, and every level of Fame gives you another skill point. 

Loot is great - hundreds of items, with the best ones typically being high-end sets and uniques.  You can also continually enchant items to make them stronger, similar to how the smith in Act I of Diablo II can add enchantments to an item with the Horadric Malus.  Your pets make loot even better.  Each Torchlight character comes with a pet of your choosing (no difference between them other than appearance, but this might be different in TL2) and your pet represents a second inventory that you can use.  If you want to sell off a bunch of your crap without going back to town, you can send your pet up and in a minute or to he'll sell everything in his inventory and bring back the profit.  It's possible to beat the game, with plenty of loot and gold, without ever visiting town, but I wouldn't recommend this because sidequest rewards in town can be pretty good. 

Combat is fast and crisp, just like the first impressions linked above indicates.  Monsters are all meatbags, though, with nothing as challenging as elemental immunities or really brutal auras like Diablo II bosses or even environmental tricks like some Diablo III bosses.  You just power through them, and they aren't difficult.  Overall, Torchlight is much easier than Diablo I or II (I've only played a little of III) but the final few floors of the main Torchlight dungeon (which is 35 floors in all) are a significan step up in difficulty.  Once you beat the main game, you can challenge an endless dungeon that can get pretty tough.  Good for achievement hunters or people that want to max out a powerful item set. 

Visuals are smooth, bright, and colorful (more like D III than Diablo II) and the visuals are cartoony.  Some people compare it to WoW, which I think is unfair, but Torchlight is a lot brighter than Diablo II.  It also goes for a steampunk fantasy setting instead of a gothic fantasy setting, and Torchlight enemies include goblins, trolls, golems, lizard-men, rat-men, spiders, and small dragons in addition to Diablo classic undead and demons.  Basically Torchlight has much greater enemy variety than Diablo, but is a little lacking in environment variety.  That 35-floor dungeon changes dungeon type every 4-5 floors (kinda like in Diablo how the dungeon changed every 4 floors), but I'd say that Diablo II has a slightly better environment variety, especially since Diablo II is a longer game.  You can beat Torchlight in a few hours if you rush, but it's probably an 8-10 hour game if you go at a normal pace. 

But hey, do you want me to just give you a copy of Torchlight?  If you preorder TL2 on Steam you get Torchlight for free, and I have a spare copy from that promo.  I can just give it to you and you can try it out for yourself.  Most of my friends already have the original because, well, I kinda made it rain on my friends' list during the winter sale when Torchlight cost $3.75.  If you want a free copy of Torchlight, just PM me on this forum with your Steam ID and I can send it your way after I get home from work (about to leave for work right now). 
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« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2012, 10:25:32 AM »

Great summary Monsoon.

One other thing I'd note is Torchlight is fully moddable by the community. There are a few really cool mods people have done of the original game, and Torchlight II will feature the same capability.

The original Torchlight is still one of my favorite games ever. Torchlight II looks poised to be even better based on my experience with the beta.
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« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2012, 05:59:28 PM »

Monsoon,

That was it. Guess I'll get them both.

Just not much time to play all these games, that's the problem.
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« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2012, 02:55:20 PM »

Sounds good.  Always glad to promote Torchlight.  If anyone wants some random free Steam games, I still have extra copies of Torchlight 1 and Portal 2 in my Steam gift inventory.  If anyone wants either of them just PM me and we can arrange it. 
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« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2012, 06:21:32 PM »

Sounds good.  Always glad to promote Torchlight.  If anyone wants some random free Steam games, I still have extra copies of Torchlight 1 and Portal 2 in my Steam gift inventory.  If anyone wants either of them just PM me and we can arrange it.  

Good job. Being that it does closely resemble a game I consider Top 5 for me without thought, an easy sell.

Im not sure how much other stuff Diablo type games get right arguably over other RPGs but, the randomized loot is where it's at. It's that random reinforcement that keeps me coming back and arguing its the best system and that everyone does X everyone gets X system isnt half as good. Even in single player offline RPGs I hate when things are in the same spot for everyone. It's kinda like a slot machine reward mentality with randomized loot and the set spot loot is always there for you when you're ready to go pick it up.

So ya. T2 has randomized loot? $20? Sold.
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« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2012, 07:36:53 PM »

I should have just waited for this game instead of buying diablo 3 for $64... Such a waste of money if you ask me. I wish I could give my copy away to someone who would play more than my 8 hours lol.
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« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2012, 02:17:21 PM »

Had a really awesome discussion about Torchlight II with Runic Games' Erich Schaefer at E3 this morning - we'll be getting an updated preview up as soon as we possibly can.

This is absolutely at the top of my list for games coming out soon.
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« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2012, 01:31:51 AM »

Is it going to xbla is my question, or is it too big? Im balls deep into D3 but i'd totally grab the game on xbox.

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« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2012, 01:42:37 AM »

Having read Yeager's preview article on the game when it was being proofed, I can confirm... that he talks about that. >:D
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« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2012, 06:53:41 AM »

I should have just waited for this game instead of buying diablo 3 for $64.
I hear ya. Part of why I passed on D3 is that I decided that TL2 would be a more than worthy substitute and at one-third the price. I think it and Rain-Slick 3 will be the only new games I buy before the Steam winter sale.
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