Excerpt: Torchlight is a RPG hack and slash adventure in the mould of Diablo II and Baldour’s Gate. You would be hard pushed to find something that was more addictive in the slash, kill, collect RPG than Diablo II and Baldour’s Gate over the past few years. There is something strangely compelling about the thought of finding loot after a dungeon run, applying certain items to your character or even selling them at the local merchant for some extra gold to carry you through.
Conclusion: All in all, Torchlight is a solid game. While a simplified action RPG, with nice console controls, it should find a home with the genre-savvy and newcomers alike. 8.0 / 10: Interesting story, fun gameplay, immerse environments… enough said.
Fun fantasy role-playing game with moderate violence.
Common Sense Media
18 May 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Torchlight is a downloadable role playing game (RPG) that has players fighting trolls and spiders and other fantasy creatures with swords and magic. There is some blood, but it’s seen from a distance, isn’t particularly realistic, and disappears quickly. The focus isn’t just combat, but also exploration and loot collection, with players meant to derive satisfaction from the discovery of various weapons, spells, and articles of equipment that...
Summary: " Torchlight " is a brilliant little single player loot-grinding RPG. The frame-rate issues and lack of multiplayer do hurt the game, but you can see the quality oozing through, especially when compared to so much of the dross that gets released for XBLA. Whilst by no means perfect, I’d say Torchlight instantly shoots to the top of the RPG league on the marketplace.
Conclusion: Even without it though, Torchlight should hold a vast amount of appeal for many people. If you’ve been weaned on the likes of WoW and want something to take on the road: this is for you; and if you fell in love with Diablo or Titan Quest and want to sample the likely direction in which Diablo III will head: don’t hesitate, just buy. In fact, that holds true for all of you. Stop reading this, and go support one of the best PC games you’ll play this year.
Conclusion: Don't let the dungeon crawling aspect completely turn you away if dungeon crawling is not your thing. I've never really cared for Dungeon crawlers but felt Torchlight's accessibility, style and relatively short completion time kept the grinding and crawling from becoming too monotonous.
Excerpt: Torchlight, originally released for PC in 2009, was a successful addition to a genre of Diablolikes. For anyone who spent the noughties waiting for Diablo 3 to turn up on shelves - for anyone who's still waiting for a bloody release date - Runic Games' title was a stopgap, one of a few in the last decade. Now little Torchlight is all grown up and making the move from PC exclusive to XBLA game.
Excerpt: Who does not enjoy a simple hack and slash dungeon crawl now and again? Better yet, with the likes of Travis Baldree, the person who designed “Fate” and then Erich and Max Schaefer, co- founders of Blizzard North join forces that is of course promise of gaming awesomeness. Add in Peter Hu and the team that was part of Flagship Studios who brought us Mythos….all join forces as part of the team to put together a game, it is going to be something pretty darn cool.