Genre: Action Role Playing Game
Studio: Runic Games
Publisher: Runic Games
Price*: USD 19.99
*Torchlight is currently priced at USD 9.95 until January 4th 2010
Windows XP or later, x86-compatible 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 400MB Hard Drive space, DirectX-compatible 3D graphics with at least 64MB of addressable memory (such as an ATI Radeon 7200, NVIDIA GeForce 2, or Intel GMA 950).
An Internet connection is required to download the game and activate your installation.
Torchlight, true to the indie games tradition, snuck-up on us with what could be described as the best action-RPG to grace us, since maybe Titan Quest. Even though this game is a debut release for Runic Games, the studio’s development team has some heavy-weights from other studios like Blizzard and the now defunct Flagship Studios. Torchlight in essence is— like any other games in its genre— a Diablo clone and since the founders of Runic Games are ex-Blizzard, they have been a little more liberal with their inspiration. Not to take anything away from this game, Torchlight shines with brilliance in almost every conceivable aspect you would expect from a game in its category. It has the polish and finesse about it that any AAA title would aspire for. In addition, unlike the other aspirants that are generally system hogs, Torchlight is a great looking game that can run on any machine that was built in the last ten years or so. In fact, this game does not even require a video-card with shaders, and it has been specifically optimized to run on a netbook. So if you are one of those guys who have always planned for it, but never could get around to building a power-rig; here is your chance to enjoy this truly kick-ass game that can visually stand-up to any other game in its category. Of course, this is only true if you like what hack-and-slash action RPG games are all about in the first place.