Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Turn On Your Torchlight

I'm so impressed with Torchlight. Learn more about the game at the official site, then grab the substantial demo on Steam. Torchlight was developed by a bunch of action RPG vets, and it shows. These guys worked on Diablo and Diablo II, Fate, and another one called Mythos. (I'm not familiar with the last one, but I did play Fate and I thought it was a lot of fun, if not a bit soft and repetitive.) Torchlight takes everything you love about the action RPG, distills it down to its bare essence, and adds a fine coat of polish. (Players of Fate will recognize the clever pet system.) Gorgeous art direction and great UI, fluid animation and pitch-perfect music, sharp writing and world building...the game is firing on all cylinders. Well, the only false note is the voice acting, which is pretty darn wince-inducing at times. But nobody's perfect, right? Bottom line is, the game looks and plays great. I just adore the art style!! And the "cinematic pause" feature is fucking brilliant. Everyone should have that.

For game development nerds, the YouTube "dev diary" clips are interesting. Remember: tools, tools, tools!

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