I haven’t played most of the newer games, including Torchlight 2. For me, the biggest appeal of these games would be the action in gameplay and the loot.
Diablo II with the Lord of Destruction expansion is my favorite. It has the best loot in any game I’ve played (in all the other genres). The variable damage, combination of things that enhances them, special items and sets, there was always something new to find that was useful and caused me to have to decide what to keep.
Weapons and armor degrade so you have to keep your gear repaired, and should keep a second set of weapons and armor in storage in case you die to fight your way back to your corpse, gather your things and lost experience/gold. Otherwise, you could always exit the game and when you return your body is near to base camp (though you’ll lose a little experience and gold).
The storyline is classic and rewarding to get each piece of the puzzle as you play through the acts. The atmosphere visually and the action is still good to this day. If areas are too tough, you can always hire mercenaries as companions, and give them armor and weapons. The expansion gives you more storage, which makes a huge difference and improvement in itself, plus adds more gameplay. Also, the maps are redrawn with every new gameplay, though the places you visit and bosses are still the same.
Titan Quest is great if you like the theme of traveling through locations in the Ancient World. Starting in Greece, through Egypt and Asia, the loot is good, but the best things rarely drop, so it is good to scan the merchants for random enhanced things, weapons, armor, rings and amulets. The action in this game is very good, switching from melee to ranged weapons, and drawing a few of the enemy to fight at a time instead of being swarmed by a horde.
You can create Male and Female heroes, and name them. The classes are varied having ability to merge two classes (out of the 8 or 9), and has pet companions to watch your back in a few of the classes. Also, you can share items between separate characters with the transfer storage area, not have to be in MP to trade with others. This invites you to play two or three characters at a time, at least. :)
The maps are fixed, and though they are relatively small, there are a lot of them strung together to journey through, with lots of little places, caves and tombs to make them worth exploring. Visually, the game looks great even to today’s standards of graphics.
The Immortal Throne expansion adds more gameplay but I never got through it because of a difficulty spike during the third act. Lost interest when I kept dying at one point. Hoping they addressed that issue in the Anniversary edition. To be fair, it could have been a flaw in my character build, and my choices to distribute points leveling up.
Another game to look at is Sacred Gold. I’ve only done a test run through it, but the loot looked really great. I remember finding great weapons an armor right away, and the items you use to enhance them get better as you go level up and explore the world. It seemed that if you liked some weapons and armor, you could keep them, and just upgrade the enhancements.
I also remember there was some kind of bug if you found certain items and used them before completing a quest, or did one quest before completing that quest, so that is something to read up on to avoid if you decide to get the game.
Another thing that stands out about Sacred Gold is that the enemy was always on the move in packs around the map. You could clear out an area and more enemy would wander through. Seemed like you would never run out of enemies to grind for experience. The game is visually dated, but the action was good. It’s on my backlog to play through one day. Sacred 2 looked good, but didn’t keep me as engaged as the first game when I tested it. but that too is another game to consider.
Divine Divinity only looks like a hack n slash clone of Diablo1/2. it is a huge world rpg that has similar combat action but the classes are all open to be customized. It has an odd sense of humor too, and is a game to consider playing, just not as a hack and slash like the rest of the games discussed in this thread.
I have yet to find any game that has better loot than Diablo II, so if that is part of the appeal of these games for you, it is one you should definitely plan to get and play. If anyone knows of other games that have as good a loot system as Diablo II, let me (all of us) know. heh...
Post edited October 02, 2016 by GhostwriterDoF