Torchlight 2: Is It Worth It?
Torchlight 2 has been out for a while. The game is a dungeon crawler much like Diablo and Path of Exile. The game currently has four classes to pick from and customization is what you make of it. The game itself gives is actually fairly easy to pick up. I liked the lack of a tutorial and learning along the way makes the game far more interesting. Is Torchlight 2 worth getting though? Let’s find out.
Torchlight 2 has pretty simple and easy to pick up game play. You won’t really need a tutorial as the game kind of teaches you along the way. Like most dungeon crawlers the game is point and click. This might take some getting used to if you aren’t used to that already. You interact with most of the world via left clicks including fighting and movement. Using your right click you can use your mana ability. You also get a pet that you can pick in the beginning. You can use fish that you acquire via fishing to change the way your pet looks as well.
I have to say that I am absolutely in love with the graphics in Torchlight. Most of the other dungeon crawlers try to take a realistic approach to graphics, but I think that hits the mark. I always felt like the game was too dark and tried to hard especially with a top down view. Torchlight has polished and cartoonish style graphics that are vibrant and really nice to look at. On top of that the game is not very GPU or CPU intensive and can run on almost any device.
There are four classes in Torchlight and they aren’t your typical dungeon crawler classics either. There is a lot of customization and each class has 3 sub classes. This gives you quite a lot to choose from. The first class is the Berserker which plays like your regular melee class. Then there is the Embermage which harnesses magic to vanquish foes. The third class is the Engineer which uses crowd control abilities and can take quite a bit of damage. The last one, and the one I chose, is the Outlander which is the sharpshooter class in Torchlight 2.
Dungeon Crawlers can have the habit of being a bit repetitive. It feels like if you played one you have played them all, but Torchlight is different in that regard. The game is easy to digest and light on your system while maintaining a rich story line. Torchlight 2 is a vibrant colorscape of fun. The game is simplistic in design and does not take up much room on your pc. With no tutorial you are somewhat thrown to the wolves, but adapting is easy and learning the game shouldn’t take much longer than a minute or two. Having four classes to chose from and getting to pick your default pet is a nice feature. My only regret with Torchlight 2 is that I didn’t play it sooner.