So in lieu of neither my desktop nor laptop being up to the task of running Diablo 3 I decided to install Torchlight, a game that is more or less the original Diablo if it had a more World of Warcraft color scheme.
The game was alright, there wasn’t really much of a story other than “keep going deeper until you hit the final level” and on easy and normal difficulty the game is a cake walk. There’s only three other quest givers which just give you the same quest again, but in a dungeon crawler there’s really only one option, and that’s more violence.
I opted to play as a rogue, mostly because I’m playing a Thief right now in my current D&D game and I figured I may learn some insight to help give my mediocre character some kind of advantage. Sadly if my D&D character were to ever meet Nymeria he’d walk away so full of holes you’d think he slept in an iron maiden. One thing I noticed during my play through as the ranged class is that the game is pretty frugal with what it gives you. I was picking up loads of awesome swords and staffs, but whenever I found a bow, rifle, or pistol it was always far less powerful than what I was already carrying.
I honestly don’t remember much about the game, which is kind of scary considering Steam says I played it for 14-hours. The game kind of put me in a trance, where I was just clicking my mouse buttons with no real care for what I was doing. It may sound like I’m down on the game, but I’m really not, it was colorful, nicely varied, and cartoonishly gory. From what I’ve read on the upcoming sequel, it’s going to take a more Diablo II approach with acts and an actual story, so perhaps that will tickle my fancy a bit more, but if you’re into dungeon crawlers… then you’ve probably already played this game.