Confession: I never did finish the original Torchlight. For whatever reason, the game failed to grab me -- maybe it was the pacing, the lack of co-op support, or something else entirely. Whatever the case might be, I'll finish Torchlight II. It's come together nicely and feels like a true sequel, to the point where I had completely forgotten that Runic Games is only asking for $19.99 come September 20, 2012.
While getting some hands-on time at PAX, Runic president Travis Baldree recapped many of the changes and additions that went into Torchlight II, both big and small, from the reworked impact of animations to the varying amounts of splash damage associated with attacks. Long story short, the end result is a game which just feels right -- an absolute must for click-heavy titles like action-RPGs. This is not merely more Torchlight, it's better Torchlight.
What stood out to me the most was the combat. Not only did it seem more fluid, but the actual number of creatures -- which have some ridiculous, awesome designs -- seems to be noticeably up. I wouldn't say my Engineer was overwhelmed, but it came close a few times, seemingly right at the sweet spot between gameplay that is either unexciting or overly difficult.
What's happening after the September release? Runic will focus on getting the mod tools out in the coming weeks, and there's also the Mac port to look forward to. While not necessarily a huge deal, Baldree did mention that Steam Workshop will be supported as well. With Diablo III disappointing some players, there's been a lot of pressure placed on Torchlight II. The wait looks to have been worth it.
|10:00 PM on 04.01.2013|
Torchlight II mod tools have been released!
After what feels like forever, the Torchlight II mod tools, nicknamed GUTS, have finally been released. In order to access the GUTS editor, simply go to your install folder and open up the "Editor" executable. Since modd...more
|12:15 PM on 01.30.2013|
Torchlight II mod adds another class and way more
The SynergiesMOD for Torchlight II is ridiculous. Here, just look at all that it adds: 108 Elite monsters, 6 Rare dragons, 28 Raid dungeons, 11 unique World Bosses, 4 Sets of Legendary Armor, 16 new Tier-1 Legendary Wea...more
|2:00 PM on 09.24.2012|
Review: Torchlight II
Torchlight II was, unfortunately, subject to a number of delays. Originally set for release back in 2011, it's only now become available for purchase. I'm happy to say the wait was worth it. It's a bit rough around the edges,...more
|9:30 PM on 09.18.2012|
Torchlight II's OST will set you back all of $0
Looking forward to Torchlight II's release in a couple of days? How about the game's soundtrack, composed by Matt Uelmen of Diablo and Diablo II fame? Originally, the OST was released back in June in limited quantities, as Ja...more
|4:00 PM on 09.05.2012|
Exclusive: Torchlight II OST highlights with Matt Uelmen
Torchlight II's release is right around the corner, and after hearing how well it's coming together from our hands-on at PAX last week, I've been anxiously waiting to hear composer Matt Uelmen's music in-game. We already revi...more
|1:00 PM on 06.22.2012|
Diablo III is blatantly better than Torchlight II
Diablo III launched a few scant months ago, but its PR snafus and controversial business decisions have soured a fair few players. Meanwhile, Runic Games has sat back and capitalized, as jilted dungeon crawlers look toward To...more
|3:00 PM on 05.22.2012|
Six things Torchlight II does better than Diablo III
When I received an invite to the Torchlight II beta, I let out a noise that can only be described as a "yelp." It was a happy noise, one that I wasn't quite sure I was capable of making. "This will be a great time killer unti...more
|4:30 PM on 04.26.2012|
Torchlight II now available for pre-order
You asked, they delivered. Torchlight II is available for pre-order. You can now reserve your copy in advance through two outlets, Steam and Perfect World Entertainment. Says Runic Games CEO Max Shaefer: "As we put the finis...more
|6:00 PM on 04.21.2012|
Torchlight II's intro cinematic links story to Torchlight
It turns out Ordrak is still a problem in Torchlight II even after he's dead. Like most fantasy villains, death is not really an issue for him. This trailer shows three heroes trying to kill him yet again, after the eve...more
|4:30 PM on 05.16.2013|
Shin Megami Tensei IV video showcases English voicework
Shin Megami Tensei IV hits shelves in Japan next week and its North American release is right around the corner. To celebrate several more weeks of waiting Atlus USA has decided to drop a trailer to remind everyone that we h...more
|4:00 PM on 05.16.2013|
'Hardcore action-RPG' Lords of the Fallen announced
City Interactive has had an interesting past, but its latest game, Lords of the Fallen, sounds intriguing. Announced as a 2014 title for next-generation consoles and PC, its story is centered around a world where "the gods ha...more
|2:45 PM on 05.16.2013|
Kingdom Hearts 3D is only $10 at Best Buy today
I don't know what it is about Square Enix games, but they always feel like they cost too damn much. This is especially true of the handheld titles -- I refused to pick up Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy for $39.99, waiting instead...more