I know you guys are deeply delving Diablo dungeons, but you may want to take a minute to give Torchlight 2 a look. This weekend, starting at 11:00 am PDT today (that’s only one hour from publishing of this story) through Tuesday of next week, you can stress test the latest version of the game. Getting a free shot at your next obsession is a good thing, and if you can pull yourself away from D3 you may find yourself having a ton of fun with another loot fest. As much as I want to say I’ll be taking advantage of the test, I can’t promise I will. The timing seems a little off to me, since the target fans just started playing a game they have been waiting a decade for.

Regardless, Torchlight 2 is going to eat up a ton of hours when/if I grow bored of that other game. If you haven’t spent some time looking at the title, it is shaping up pretty nicely and it will only cost you 1/3 of the price you happily played for the Blizzard version. The verdict is still out, for me personally, on which of the games I enjoy more. The developers on the Torchlight series have some ties to the earlier Diablo titles, so it is close enough to keep me engaged for weeks to months on end. With a significantly bigger budget, this sequel may surprise players that didn’t give the first title a chance for whatever reason. Multiplayer is included now, so I can see myself hacking and slashing through dungeons from today until the end of the world in December.

If you get on for the stress test, let us know what you think in the comments below. We may just use them in a future preview of the title, or even the review, to see how right, or wrong, you were for this build. Until next time, may your loot be legendary and stacked with stats.



  1. Its fun, but I wish the classes were more balanced when it came to soloing. ATM I’ve only been able to solo as engineer and bezerker.

  2. Hmm, let me see…

    Plusses this game has (to me):
    -It’s made by the same people that made Diablo 1 and 2
    -It has the same music composer from Diablo 1 and 2
    -It doesn’t have the real money auction house that Diablo 3 has
    -You can play single player without a persistent internet connection
    -It has pets and somewhat customizable characters
    -It’s 1/3 the cost

    -Cannot continue the official Diablo story
    -D3 supposedly has a “darker” atmosphere, where T2 has a more cartoony (but crisp & well-made) art direction.

    To me, T2>D3.