#5My thoughts on Torchlight 2 vs. Diablo 3
After playing Diablo 3 to death and becoming very frustrated and bored of it I gave Torchlight 2 a go. I had heard so many good things about it - and boy they were not wrong. Here is my take on it so far:
- Attribute points.
Torchlight 2 allows you the freedom to assign your own points, which allows greater customisation, replay value and meaning to all that levelling up. Not only that, but all attributes are useful for all characters. Depending on what kind of character you want to play, you are allowed to tailor it to your liking.
- Skill points.
D3 unlocked skills as you levelled up which meant every single other character of your level and class had exactly the same skills available. Torchlight 2 gives you more customisation and makes it feel like you are achieving something.
You can improve items by paying to have them enchanted, which allows you to breath more life into an item you already like.
Torchlight 2 allows you to pick up certain spell scrolls that are available to all character classes
. These range from passive enhancements to certain character areas, to summoning monsters and throwing fireballs. Even your pet can learn and use them! This further increases build diversity (and is really fun). Diablo 3 of course, has none of this.
- Random levels.
Diablo 3 made a very half-hearted attempt at this and failed. Torchlight 2 levels really are random. Each new game really feels like a new game.
Torchlight 2 drops loot you can actually use, rather than having to play 'D3 - Auction House Tycoon 3' in order to get anything even half-decent without spending your whole life farming. Diablo 3 also has the habit of feeling extremely unrewarding due to so much CRAP being dropped that is never of any use.
No, I am not repeating myself. Loot in Torchlight 2 has so much more variety than D3. Diablo 3 loot is boring and same-y. With Torchlight 2, because attributes are useful to all classes in some way or another you are also not pigeon-holed into only looking for items with one stat. e.g. A D3 Barb is only ever interested in Strength and Vitality etc. On top of this, some of the affixes are truly imaginative, useful and fun!
- Offline / LAN play.
YOU have control over how (and when) you want to play. Diablo 3 server down? Can't play. Internet down? Can't play. Disconnected from server? ... You get the idea. Torchlight 2 has none of these moronic 'features' and is all the better for it.
Torchlight 2 can have mods. D3 can't.
- It's your game.
No matter what you say, Diablo 3 never really feels like it's yours. Due to it being set up much more like its MMO cousin WOW. The client-server set up may work for WOW, but it does not with a game like Diablo 3. I could repeat all I said in 'Offline / LAN play' here too. Basically, Torchlight 2 is a gamers game and it is YOUR game. You do not have to bend your knee to Blizzard in order to be given the 'privilege' of playing.
Torchlight 2 is cheaper. The 'Cost Vs Entertainment' value for D3 is dreadful when you compare it to Torchlight 2.
- End-game content.
Diablo 3 has the waste-of-time 'Inferno', which is simply covering everything you have already done AT LEAST 3 TIMES again for absolutely no reason. Torchlight 2 has random dungeons and rewards you for playing.
Diablo 3 has followers. These are useless cannon-fodder that do nothing for you. They spout out the same repeated dialog every minute that you have heard thousands of times. The die. A lot. The kill nothing. They achieve nothing. Torchlight 2 has pets. These pets actually have a use. They can run back to town and sell your loot or buy potions and scrolls (thus not breaking a run just to go back and sell stuff), they contribute to fights and they can even be morphed into other animals to become really handy in a tough fight.
Diablo 3 promised this and even this long after launch, it is still not here. Torchlight 2 has it and has done since launch. 'Nuff said.
- Economy/auction house.
Other than greed, there was no reason for Blizzard to include this in a game that never required (or asked) for it. Even though Blizzard states that you are not required to ever use it if you don't want to, this is simply not the case. When you hit Inferno you have 2 options. 1. Farm for the rest of your life in the (slim) hope you will find some items that benefit you (and probably die of boredom before you do). 2. Head to the auction house and buy the items you need for real money or in-game gold, thus completely ruining the whole point of the game. Torchlight 2 has none of this shite.
Torchlight 2 truly is everything Diablo 3 should have been and wasn't. It is a game made by gamers, for gamers. A game made from listening to their customers. A game that IMPROVES on everything we have previously seen. A game that is made from love and not corporate greed.
Diablo 3 is not a bad game (and I enjoyed my time with it until I hit level 60), but it is not really what it could (should) have been. Basically, Torchlight 2 is the nuts.
If you liked Diablo 1 and 2, buy Torchlight 2.
I'll leave you with some memes... Diablo 3 loot.
Says it all.
Last edited 12 Nov 2012 at 11:42.