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author: Karol Laska

First Reviews: Torchlight 3 - Acceptable, But Nothing More

The first post-launch reviews of Torchlight III, a new installment of the well-known hack'n'slash series famous for its characteristic pastel style and co-op mode, appeared on the web. It's not bad, but fans of the franchise may be a little disappointed.

IN A NUTSHELL:
  • From now on we can play the full version of Torchlight III on PC, PS4 and XONE, and the critics have published their first reviews;
  • The game is, in their opinion, an acceptable action RPG, but far from being outstanding or revolutionary.

The Torchlight series has served hack'n'slash fans for many years as a lighter and stylistically different alternative to Diablo. It attracted with dynamic gameplay, cartoonish visuals and a very nicely designed co-op mode. As many as eight years had to pass before we got the third installment of the game, the seemingly green (only seemingly, as it is composed of former employees of Runic Games, the devs of the previous installments) Echtra Games is responsible for its development. Can we consider Torchlight III a successful return? Critic ratings on Metacritic are positive (70/100 point average for PC version), but the RPG has several weak spots.

Selected reviews of Torchlight III

  1. Game Informer - 80/100
  2. Attack of the Fanboy - 80/100
  3. Noisy Pixel - 75/100
  4. Critical Hit - 75/100
  5. Shacknews - 70/100
  6. Windows Central - 60/100
  7. Multiplayer.it - 60/100
  8. Destructoid - 60/100

The journalists' opinions drip with lack of enthusiasm and greater emotions. They accuse the work of not moving even an inch forward compared to the predecessirs. While it may work as a grind-based action RPG, but it's far from being a reputable representative of the genre, which was expected, at least to a small extent, after so many years.

The third installment of Torchlight boasts clear skill trees, a division into specific classes, and the addition of so-called relics, helping to make the game more attractive depending on the chosen path. Such simplicity may not have been expected, but in general, it is one of the main advantages of the work. The visual layer is also far from being a significant progres, but according to the journalists, the world was built so carefully that this style still works well.

The game has been available on Steam for some time in early access, but as of October 13, 2020, the game has received patch 1.0. The title has also appeared on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will be released on Nintendo Switch in 9 days, on October 22.

Last update: 2020-10-13

Torchlight III

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