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  • Summary: It's been a century since the events of Torchlight II, and the Ember Empire is in decline. In Torchlight III, Novastraia is again under threat of invasion and it's up to you to defend against the Netherim and its allies. Gather your wits and brave the frontier to find fame, glory, and newIt's been a century since the events of Torchlight II, and the Ember Empire is in decline. In Torchlight III, Novastraia is again under threat of invasion and it's up to you to defend against the Netherim and its allies. Gather your wits and brave the frontier to find fame, glory, and new adventures!

    Travel the Frontier
    Explore the wilderness, party with friends, gather materials to craft gear, or use magic to enter unknown dungeons! There's always something to do in the new frontier.

    Build & Upgrade Your Fort
    It's time to rebuild and that includes you! Enjoy your very own fort, where you can upgrade gear and renovate your fort to show off to your friends and the world.

    Collect Epic Gear
    Whether it's armor, weapons, dyes, recipes, ember cores, or even new pets...there's always more to find as you battle through dungeons and take on dangerous foes.

    Pets Are Back
    Fight your way to fame and glory with your loyal companion! Add skills and equip them with gear to make them stronger. Each species comes in a myriad of colors and styles, so make sure to collect them all!

    Build Your Hero
    With four unique classes to choose from, players can utilize class-specific mechanics to maximize damage and their odds of survival. Combine epic gear, Relic powers, and class abilities to customize your playstyle.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 23, 2020
    75
    Even after a dozen hours and more, I still want to log on every night with my friends and grind some genie challenges out to try and get a new piece of gear and upgrades. Best enjoyed with friends, visually it can become quite chaotic when four players are all casting their spells and abilities, filling the screen with particles, explosions and damage numbers. I don’t normally get hooked on ARPG’s like this, but Torchlight III is addictive, beautiful to look at and sounds great, it’s just a shame that there’s so many issues and crashes that are a constant frustration. With a patch or two that fixes its main problems Torchlight III could easily hang with the bigger names in the genre, but until then it’s still an entertaining game to enjoy, but you’ll constantly have to battle against the game itself.
  2. Oct 25, 2020
    74
    Torchlight III builds on the previous game's good gameplay, but the overall experience feels uninspired. A bit too many technical problems aren't helping, too.
  3. Oct 16, 2020
    73
    Torchlight III has come a long way from the original game. The graphics stay true to the series but look a lot more refined. The options for characters have been compacted, but the introduction of relics allows you to mix and match for variety without suffering from choice overload. It stands shoulder to shoulder with games like Diablo as a fair alternative, but I feel playing with friends is a must as you may lose interest just playing solo.
  4. Oct 21, 2020
    70
    But as annoying as those issues are, there’s no denying the actual gameplay of Torchlight III is a joy. Very few – if any – Diablo-likes have been able to grab our attention like Torchlight III has. It’s just a real shame that the weak endgame offerings means your desire to keep playing screeches to a halt fairly quickly. But if Echtra Games adds in further content at a later date, it’s something we’d be keen to rush back into.
  5. Nov 4, 2020
    65
    Torchlight III started life as a free-to-play title, and by all accounts it shows. It won’t bore you, but it’s just not engaging enough to become your next gaming obsession.
  6. Oct 13, 2020
    65
    Torchlight 3 is, by the very definition of the word, okay. It’s a perfectly serviceable ARPG that is just fine. It’s kind of fun, but gets repetitive rather quickly. And while Echtra's ARPG effort looks really pretty, it’s completely middle of the road stuff.
  7. Oct 18, 2020
    60
    In its current state, Torchlight III is a step down from its predecessor with its less rewarding gameplay and odd mishaps.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 7 out of 11
  1. Oct 22, 2020
    8
    I don’t understand all the hate being thrown at Torchlight 3, I really don’t :( I absolutely LOVE it!
    I’m thinking it may be just because
    I don’t understand all the hate being thrown at Torchlight 3, I really don’t :( I absolutely LOVE it!
    I’m thinking it may be just because today’s gamers hate change n don’t like that it’s not just essentially the same as it’s predecessor:/
    Have some faith in the developers!! This game is awesome!!
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  2. Oct 14, 2020
    8
    Solid arpg can feel a little scattered at times but I enjoyed the hours I have put in so far.
  3. Jul 22, 2021
    6
    Gameplay : 6/10
    Design (video + audio) : 6/10
    Story : 5/10
    Technical aspects : 7/10
    Repeatability: 6/10
  4. Nov 25, 2020
    3
    Stay away.
    I don't even know where to start about all the issues this game has. I actually wrote the devs about how much this game let me
    Stay away.
    I don't even know where to start about all the issues this game has. I actually wrote the devs about how much this game let me down. But it is legitimately too big to fit in 5000 characters here. I truly wanted this game to be only slightly-decent. But it has so many design problems that are already solved by the genre. This game is literally the most frustrating multiplayer experience I have ever had. Its not even bugs, it is just awful design decisions. Which i state again...THESE ISSUES ARE ALREADY SOLVED 15 YEARS AGO. Good luck trying to quest with your friends, especially if they have jobs and you can't all be the same level at the same time on the EXACT same quest, otherwise you will waste VAST amounts of time.
    I hope the game gets better over time. I truly do.
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  5. Oct 26, 2020
    3
    What a Glitchy broken mess! Why do I have to be there Game tester? There is so many things wrong. I owned both TL1 and 2 good games. thisWhat a Glitchy broken mess! Why do I have to be there Game tester? There is so many things wrong. I owned both TL1 and 2 good games. this one is a mess. Pets disappear, banks delete, cant swing in the direction you want, skills change how they work and bla bla bla. what I dont get is the ppl that say is a good game when it works like S@@T. maybe they are practicing being a Game tester. what ever. fix the game before you put it out. looks like i waisted 40 bucks wont buy from them again. Expand
  6. Jan 21, 2022
    2
    It looks like Torchlight, and it plays like Torchlight, but it's not Torchlight.

    Game balance is awful, and even on the highest difficulty
    It looks like Torchlight, and it plays like Torchlight, but it's not Torchlight.

    Game balance is awful, and even on the highest difficulty there is little to challenge the player, mostly in the form of tedious damage sponges. Quests, zones, and enemy encounters are cookie-cutter and perfunctory, lacking inspiration or creativity, and all blend together. The bosses pretty much all fight the same except for the last boss, and with 0 challenge I was completely bored by the third act.

    The game is also quite buggy. My pet kept disappearing. The button to exit out of the current game doesn't even work. My character kept getting pushed out of bounds where I couldn't move.

    There's a passable ARPG game here somewhere if someone actually cared enough to make the pieces work together. What's here is the bare minimum to call this a game that vaguely resembles Torchlight. It's broken and boring. The old reason I'm not rating it lower is because I did have mild fun during the first act.
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  7. Oct 13, 2021
    0
    I fully intend on using all 5000 characters to talk about how bad this game is, I made an account just for this. This game is bad, beyondI fully intend on using all 5000 characters to talk about how bad this game is, I made an account just for this. This game is bad, beyond awful, and it is the biggest waste of time I have ever endured in my entire life. I play games for fun, because of this I often play games that are bad because they are fun to laugh at and at time are so bad that they are enjoyable. This is not one of those games, this game is garbage and needs to be treated as such. Don't buy this broken, unfinished, soul-less, bottom feeder of a game, your money is better spent on COD Mobile and no that isn't a joke, COD Mobile is probably more fun than this piece of **** For starters this game is buggy as hell to the point of being unplayable at times. Gameplay difficulty is altered simply by how many enemies the developer decided to mass produce at a time. Areas are easy until hundreds of enemies spawn instantly and the game drops to 5fps, when that happens if you're lucky you can spam AOEs and kill everything, if you're unlucky (or just anywhere in Act 3) the game will freeze and you will die. Simple as that. The bugs extend to audio as well which is the funniest thing of all. So much will happen at once to the point where the audio will completely break only allowing you to hear one or two random noises that are on loop and spammed in your ear for minutes after the encounter has ended. The main menu is laughably broken as well. Claim a new reward? The menu is now frozen and you need to exit completely out of it to get back in and continue accessing your items. Bugs aside the art-style is fine I guess, nothing to be enjoyed though because every area is literally copy pasted from each other. Most look completely the same and are just the same hallways re-skinned and filled with you guessed it, hundreds of randomly spawning enemies. The enemies also all look and sound exactly the same which is the biggest joke of the game considering how the entire point of this waste of code is to kill monsters. Phase beasts will randomly appear only for it to take you to a boss you've fought 22 times already. Remember when I briefly mentioned difficulty? It's beyond arbitrary. Actually it is generally beyond easy at times. My pal and I were literally running a stopwatch and finishing phase bosses in under 40 seconds. The only time a boss is difficult (that bastard bird in Act 3) is when there is some goofy mechanic that exists only to extend the fight further. Damage numbers are completely random, with an enemy hitting you for 1/10 of your health bar only for the same enemy during attack 2 to hit you for 8/10 of your health bar. Traps exist and don't hurt you at all unless they do in which it drops your health to 0 and you're stuck wasting a potion. Sounds dumb right? It's because it is. This loot grab wannabe pretends to be diverse with its weapons yet it constantly hurls the same types towards you that all do the same thing. The charm of a game like Diablo (same genre) and Borderlands (loot grab + bosses galore) is to give you similar weapons that all feel and act different. This masterpiece gives you the same exact weapon re-skinned 5 times that does the exact same thing. Swords are swords, they don't do anything different from one another. The same goes for staves, bows, guns, and anything else. The differentiating factor comes from the weapon skill that either boils down to "does an AOE or does nothing at all". That wasn't an exaggeration either, some weapons promise grand spells and features only for it to deliver exactly nothing leaving you with a waste of a legendary. There is a base building mechanic? Why? Nobody plays this game. I have played it for 20-30 hours so far and I have seen 5-10 people total online. Every fort you pass by is the default dev fort yet the game puts such a heavy emphasis on it with constantly giving you decorations as rewards for doing important quests and after killing bosses. Oh boy my favorite reward, a **** barrel to put in my fort. Speaking of rewards and calling back to constantly dying due to your game freezing one of the items you get most is a Scroll of Lifebound which attaches to your weapons giving them a 20% increase in stats only for the item to vanish when you die. Who would use this? I have received (I wish I was joking) 100+ of these and haven't used it once. Why would I put it onto a legendary item when that item now has a timer, uh oh my game froze again and I lost an inventory worth of legendary items because of this wonderful stat bonus. All in all this game has a lot of things that people would argue "just ignore it or just not use it" and honestly I choose to most times out of 10. This game however pushed me beyond my breaking point, it boiled my blood, it made me upset to even own an xbox. I didn't even talk about the story because it is nonexistent and boring. Nothing but an empty and heartless experience that lacks any sort of soul and creativity. The devs deserved so much better. Expand

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