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Torchlight 2 Vs. Diablo 3

Updated on September 26, 2012

Torchlight 2 Vs. Diablo 3

Torchlight and Diablo, two of the most popular series in all of PC gaming, are forever intertwined in a cosmic battle to see who's best monster killing, loot collecting, mouse breaking game of all time, well, at least they're supposed to. Actually they are both pretty solid, so if you are reading this with the hope of trying to see if one game dominates the other, I can personally promise you that if you like one game, you'll probably like the other. As it turns out both Diablo 3 and Torchlight 2 are, of course, similar, but they also have some nice distinctions between the two to allow for originality.

Internet: Seeing as how your on the internet right now, I assume you know how to use it, sadly it seems, Diablo 3 doesn't, but still it's ok. Torchlight 2, much unlike Diablo 3, allows for players to play offline and level up their characters without the internet, which is really great for players like me who have to go away from home for a while without the internet, but still want to play an action game. Before anyone gets angry at Blizzard, the reason they don't have offline play allowed is because they have a Real Money auction house, so if a player goes offline, hacks, gets an uber weapon, and goes and sells it on the auction house, it would not only be a form of legal fraud, but it would also break Diablo 3. On the notion of the RMAH, their isn't one in Torchlight 2, so if want to have a great set of gear in the game, all you have to do is play it!

Graphics: Lets not kid ourselves here, Diablo 3 wins. Diablo 3 not only looks more realistic, which sharper colors and more detail, the attack animations also look pretty sweet too. But lets also be fair, Diablo 3 was made by the Juggernaut know as Blizzard and Torchlight 2 was made by the small be effective Runic Games, so it makes sense that Diablo 3 would look a bit better. On the other hand, the cartoonish style from Torchlight 2 doesn't look half bad, and it also doesn't stress your computer so much, allowing for lower quality systems to play it on higher graphics. But if you have a maxed out PC, Diablo 3 does look pretty sweet.

Leveling: Arguably the second most important aspect for a game like Torchlight 2 or Diablo 3, leveling is actually the area where these two differ the most. In reagards to the speed at which you level up, Torchlight 2 is much faster than Diablo 3, which in turn means that you'll be spending more time allocating points in Torchlight 2, but spending more time grinding in Diablo 3. When you are actually picking your new skills, in Diablo 3 its a clear cut linear path, but after you unlock a skill, you can switch it in and out whenever you want. Torchlight 2 is much more like a classic RPG or MMO in that for each class their are 3 seperate skill trees to pick from, and each choice is relatively permement since you can only undo you last 3 choices, for a heafty gold price.

Combat: While each of these games have to their seperate skill trees and combinations, the end goal is still to kill stuff. In Diablo 3, if you play a demon hunter, it would be incredibly stupid to use a two-handed weapon, but in Torchlight 2, any class can use almost every weapon. Of course each class has weapons that would be smarter to use since you get buffs, but if you want to be a ranged beserker, you can go right ahead. Aslo since Diablo 3 follows the exact same path each playthrough as you go up in difficulty, Torchlight 2 is much more exploration based, which helps to make the game feel less repetative. The side quests in Torchlight 2 are also much better, unlike Diablo 3's few and far between. An interesting side note, I have found all the boses in Torchlight 2 to be much cooler, mainly because I haven't had to kill each one of the torchlight 2 boses as many times as I've killed Azmodan, but also because they feel a bit different from the norm.

Story: Diablo 3's is an incredibly epic story literally spanning over a decade long, with great narrative, fast paced plot, and incredibly beautiful cutscenes. It also becomes significantly less cool each time you play it though. Torchlight 2 just kinda confuses me, and it seems to me that your whole purpose was to kill stuff, just kinda because you just wanted to. While both the stories have some setbacks, I never had that " Oh wow that's really cool" moment in Torchlight 2.

Loot: The best part, bar none, of each game, is the incredible loot. The big difference that I have noticed is the battle between quantity and quality. In Diablo 3 you have some sweet looking weapons, especially the newly added ones that have their own individual effects, and armor that will add to the over-all bad-assery of your character. In Torchlight 2, there are sooooooo many differnt pieces of weapons and armor that it almost makes Diablo 3's armory look like Cod's, but each weapon has had less time spend on it, so while they look nice, they don't have that added effect to make them look extra special. Also in Torchlight 2, it is much harder to tell what the added effect of using a new piece of gear will be, unlike in Diablo 3 where it gives you a straight forward answer of "Stronger but less health" or "My god why would you ever use this piece of crap" signified by the red and green stats. Even though each game has a few short falls, these two games clearly lead the genre of loot colecting without any competition( well, maybe Borderlands 2).

Looking Ahead: We know that in the future for Diablo 3, Blizzard will be putting out a PvP option as well as other expansions to add whole new classes. The quality of that work will be outstanding, but sadly there is no user generated content. In Torchlight 2 I'm sure we will see a few add-ons or two, but they probably wont bring anything new to the table. The real edge that Torchlight 2 has is the addition of user-generated content, because while the guys over at both Blizzard and Runic have some great idea's, I'm sure that at least a few of the millions of players that play each game respectively will have a few great ones of their own.

Other Fun Stuff: You can fish in Torchlight 2, you can't do that in Diablo 3, simple. In Diablo 3 there is a difficulty mode where you can permentaly lose your character, not in Torchlight 2. In Torchlight two you have a dog that you can send to town to sell and buy items for you while you fight, and you can even give him a potion to turn him into almost anything you can imagine. There is a serious lack of K9 assistance in Diablo 3. $$$-Torchlight 2 costs 20$ on steam, and Diablo 3 costs 60% from where ever you want to get it from.

So clearly each one of these games has their ups and downs, but all in all they are both tons of fun to play and I will keep pressing the point that if you like one of these, you will definitely like the other.



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      Jessica Marello 4 years ago from United States

      One of the reasons I am on an extensive Diablo 3 break is because of, like you said, the repetition of the storyline. I don't mind killing things over, but doing the same quest lines over and over really makes my head hurt. Nice review!

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      benkling 4 years ago from Madison, WI

      Hey nice article, I think you brought up some very good points.

      I got D3 because I had a bunch of friends who were planning on playing it. Sadly, we all got frustrated in one way or another, and never really ended up following through on the game. I'm currently taking a break because I found this game to be particularly repetitive.

      I haven't had a change to get Torchlight, but it's definitely at the top of my list.

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      Flip 4 years ago

      Hey there,

      Just a few remarks regarding Torchlight 2 (haven't played D3, don't plan to)

      - Fishing gives you fishes (obviously), these fishes can be fed to your pet and it turns it into another creature for a short moment (5 minutes, 15 minutes, ...). Potions don't turn your pet, fishes do. Also, fishing sometimes give you loots such as gems.

      - Pets : dog, ferret, panther, hawk, owl, ... ~12 different pets, not only dogs. And you can find fishes turning it permanently into a new creature.

      - Story : If you've played the first episode, things seem less confusing. However, I must agree it's not the strong point of this game.

      All in all, nice article, thanks :)

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