Torchlight - First Impressions @ The Grind
There is a positive first impressions article up at The Grind titled 'Left Clicking for Loot'. It's a positive look at what Torchlight has to offer:
More importantly, it feels good using all that loot. The weapons crackle with every shot thanks to the powerful sound effects, and the bad guys drop in a hurry. It's not hard, but it is satisfying, which is all I ask for my $20.00. If I want a real challenge, I can always crank it up to Very Hard mode for another playthrough.
Like Trine, Torchlight fills a nice little niche populated primarily by downloadable games, in this case as a pleasant diversion for Diablo fans that does not suck up a ton of computer processing power. That last point is particularly important for me, as my poor laptop has basically crapped out after 70 hours of Dragon Age, and it simply refuses to run it at anything resembling a playable framerate. Either that or it always ran that poorly, and I've just been spoiled by Torchlight's ridiculously smooth animation (it even has a netbook mode!)
Consider this post a public service message -- even with only four hours under my belt, I can tell that Torchlight is a fine little game that's bursting with personality. If you doubt me, you can check out the demo, which is reasonably how little I've actually played. But so far, my feeling is that this is the best $20 you'll spend all year.