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One Hour Review: Torchlight

So, I've been hearing lots of people on this site talking about Torchlight, so I decided I have some time to kill, why not give it a try?  I downloaded the demo, and started playing it this morning.


For those of you that don't know (like I didn't), Torchlight is an action-RPG, and is a dungeon crawler in every sense of the word.  I don't really know what's going on with the story, but it has something to do with Ember, a magical substance that apparently can corrupt the soul.  I guess it's like if you could mine the One Ring or something.  At the beginning of the game, there are three class types to choose from.  I chose the Alchemist, and I don't really remember what the other two were.  Sorry, but magic is always my thing in RPGs.  I also got to choose the name of my dog (or cat), who helps you by attacking enemies along side you.  (You eventually can equip this sidekick with spells and equipment... sweet!)

To begin the game, I was assigned the task of basically kicking everybody's butt.  That is exactly what I did.  You have a basic attack (which varies depending on the kind of weapon you have), and you have spells that you can cast using the right click.  It doesn't take very long to level up or to find new stuff, and very soon I was comparing weapons, armor, spells, and all that jazz to make myself as powerful as I possibly could be.  This works very well, and I found myself exploring unnecessary areas of the dungeon just to see if I could find more powerful items.  As you level up, you add points to your characteristics to make your character more powerful, as well as add skill points to acquire new spells or skills.  Pretty standard, but still really fun.

I had a few problems with the controls on this game.  I am playing on a laptop, so not exactly the best choice for computer gaming.  However, I still think it would be confusing for anybody when the primary attack and movement are both assigned to the left click.   I was wanting to attack people from afar, but I would miss by just a little bit and end up wandering into the middle of battle to have my butt kicked for a while.  The enemies so far weren't very hard, and very rarely did I die, but it's still frustrating.  Having lots of room to map items to your numbers is helpful as well.  There were very few instances when I had misplaced a spell or item in the wrong slot and got confused for a moment.  Of course, I'm new to PC gaming, so this might not be something you encounter.


All in all, this is a very fun game, and I could see myself getting lost in it for hours.  Am I going to purchase it?  Well, right now it's on sale for $10 until January 4th, so there's a very high probability.  I'm new to PC gaming, and I feel this is a great spot to start.  If you're new, you might want to jump on here, too.  At least give the demo a try.  It's a full-scale version of the game that gives you a two-hour time limit.  If you like, buy.  If not, hey, you only wasted 2 hours of your life.  You've done worse... :)

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