Belated Torchlight Review from Dr. Professor
Date: 11-24-2009 Views:
KeyWords: Torchlight, review, Writer's Club, Dr. Professor
- Summary: Before you run off scoffing at the thought of an offline MMO, check out the review, or the game, you might find yourself surprised. It features a choice between 3 totally different classes and a massive dungeon that you can takle at your own pace, with portals back to town every 5 or so floors.
|Belated Torchlight Review|
By Doctor Professor
Ive been playing MMO's since ragnarok online first came out. I've always loved to make friends online. I feel like the more of a working world an MMO is the better. Thats why I love huge open worlds and big friendly communities. Most importantly is working together with team mates. I think that attention to detail and good art direction are very important to have in a game. It really bothers me to see that most games these days are quickly thrown together. So I'm on a hunt for games people worked hard on!
Torchlight is a downloadable action RPG that's been getting a lot of attention from dungeon crawler fans, namely, Diablo fans, and with good reason. Stealing some of Diablo's staff, Torchlight is rumored to have so much in common with Diablo 3, it actually postponed it's release. Torchlight is a single player point and click RPG. In otherwords, take an MMO offline and you've got Torchlight.
Before you run off scoffing at the thought of an offline MMO, check out the review, or the game, you might find yourself surprised. It features a choice between 3 totally different classes and a massive dungeon that you can takle at your own pace, with portals back to town every 5 or so floors.
STORYLINE AND VOICE ACTING
Torchlight's story is a simple one. It's nothing that will have a movie coming out any time soon. It's a simple, easy to follow story. Which is okay, Torchlight isn't about story. Basically, you are attracted, for whatever reason, to torchlight. A dank, gold rush town at the edge of a mine. The gold, in this case, is Ember. An ore that has magical properties. Now, everyone knows by now that the key property of any superpowerful ore or item is that you either go crazy looking for it, or go crazy when you get it. In this case both, It's called the "corruption". A type of curse caused by the ember that slowly drives you to madness. For some reason or another monsters are appearing in the Ember Mine. Here's where you come in: A man has chased some of these monsters into the mine, and his best friend and main female protaganist, has asked you to save him. You find him, but you cross an Ember crazed man, Ordak(Top right) the main bad guy, who turns your new friend into a monster with his magic. You were also touched by this magic, but not effected as much. Your job for the rest of the game is to find this ember crazed man and a cure for yourself.
As you begin to trek deeper and deeper into the mine you begin realizing that civilization after civilization has built themselves on this spot, one ontop of another, and they've all become corrupted, but immortal from the Ember. So you find yourself walking from caves, to morges, to progressively more ancient civilizations. This is a very acceptable excuse to get you into whatever environments the Developeres feel like making.
The graphics of Torchlight are colorful, using lots of dark gloomy cold colors. The game is, put simply, fun to look at. The graphics are not extreemely high detailed or high quality but the light, simple, cartoony art style and design makes up for what the game lacks graphically. The game is very easy on the eyes. The several different environments keep your attention through the entire thing. Characters are somewhat remnicient to a disney movie.
The music on the other hand is nothing much to speak of. There's no real melodies or songs in Torchlight just ambience enhancing music that borders white noise. It's nothing you'll be putting on your Ipod but it gets the job done. The voice acting is fantastic in Torchlight. Although the story itself isn't, the Voice actors perfectly matched their cartoony character counter parts. It's got some good emotion to it but it's not over acted.