Average User Score: 8.6Sep 24, 2012I really wanted to like Diablo III, but it just didn't hook me. I like Torchlight II better.
That said, I feel like the series -- a DiabloI really wanted to like Diablo III, but it just didn't hook me. I like Torchlight II better.
That said, I feel like the series -- a Diablo clone from the beginning -- is making some of the very same mistakes Diablo franchise made.
I loved the original Diablo as a kid, and even in retrospect I really admire its elegant simplicity: A single town, and a single, massive, randomly-generated dungeon. When Diablo II came out, I enjoyed it but felt like it kind of lost its way -- By adding multiple towns and outdoor areas, it kind of felt like it was trying too hard to be a "real" RPG.
So when Torchlight came out over a decade later, I was in nostalgic heaven. It recaptured the spirit of the original Diablo better than any game since the original Diablo. One town, one massive, randomly generated dungeon. Yeah, this is what a dungeon crawler is supposed to be.
Now, Torchlight II is out -- and it follows in the disappointing footsteps of Diablo II. Well, I say "disappointing," but I don't honestly have any better ideas. If they made another single-town game, it would essentially be the exact same game, and that would leave me underwhelmed too.
So, yeah. It's a good game. And in many ways it's closer to what I hoped Diablo III would be than Diablo III. It definitely warrants a score in the green range. But it's not without its shortcomings.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.0May 25, 2012Is it a good game? Yes. Is it good enough to cost three times as much as Torchlight -- the most recent previous competitor among thisIs it a good game? Yes. Is it good enough to cost three times as much as Torchlight -- the most recent previous competitor among this particular type of action RPG -- and three times as much as the soon-to-be-released Torchlight II? No.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Apr 12, 2012I'm old enough to have played games like this when they represented the cutting edge of RPG technology. So when I saw Grimrock show up onI'm old enough to have played games like this when they represented the cutting edge of RPG technology. So when I saw Grimrock show up on Steam -- at a bargain price and with overwhelmingly positive reviews -- my heart leapt with nostalgic excitement. And... well, it's kind of fun, and yeah, it brings back pleasant memories of childhood dungeon crawling. I'm sure I'll get my $13 worth of entertainment value out of it. But mostly, it's a reminder of how much better games have gotten over the past couple decades. It is what it is, and it's worth the price they're asking. But I suspect I'd be happier replaying Skyrim yet another time.… Expand