A modern day remake of Diablo 2
There is often a sense of deja vu when playing through Torchlight 2 (TL2). I suppose at a base level there will always be that feeling of been-there-done-that when tackling a game within this particular genre but what strikes me is how similar in content and play-style TL2 actually is to Diablo 2 (D2). Now I know most of the dev's that created D2 have had a hand in TL2 but its still suprising to see how closely TL2 plays like a modern day remake of the ol' Grand Daddy of ARPG's itself right down to the setting and story. Like D2 you'll first traverse through a wooded area and move on to a desert, then encounter a swampy glade before moving onto the games version of hell. Is this a bad thing? Probably not when you are working of a template that has yet to be matched since D2 came out in 2000. In many ways TL2 actually surpasses D2 in gameplay, content and most importantly the fun factor. I honestly believe its set the new standard. I loved and played the hell out of D2 upon its release and TL2 has been a floodgate for releasing all those wonderful memories that games like Sacred and Titan's Quest (good games in their own right) were unable to do. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed Diablo 3 this year (once I got over the anger of the always online DRM) it didn't hold a candle to what was D2 so I walked away a little disappointed. TL2 has managed to rekindle that flame and for that reason alone TL2 wins the ARPG contest of the year. If you loved and played D2 like I did back in the day, you owe yourself the favour - pick this game up now. You won't be disappointed, I can guarentee that and perhaps you too will be transported back to the year 2000 to relive the wonder that was D2. I for one hope these guys make a tidy profit for they deserve it !