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GameSpy gives it a 4/5:
At twenty dollars, Torchlight is a remarkable value. If you're looking for a challenge, try out the higher difficulties and hardcore mode; if you want a more casual loot-gathering experience, set it on normal and you can focus on just picking up shiny stuff with little grief. The randomly generated maps and impressive loot variety make it so that you'll still be entertained plumbings its depths after retiring your characters a second and third time, thanks to the never-ending supply of dungeons and an open-source approach that has already been embraced by mod-makers. If you're desperately waiting for Diablo III, go ahead and whet your appetite with Torchlight. You won't regret it.
GamingBolt gives it an 8.0/10:
All in all Torchlight is a great game with the only major issue I had with it was the story, I highly suggest you at least try the demo out and for $20 this game should not be missed out by RPG fans.
Games32 gives it an 82%:
Torchlight brings very little innovation to the RPG genre and it is only fair to call it a clone of Diablo, but it's equally important to give Runic credit for the way they've succeeded in replicating the popular Blizzard product. A few new features were added to the solid gameplay and the game is also superior in terms of visual effects, making it a welcomed distraction for the RPG enthusiasts waiting for the third chapter in the Diablo series.
Techulous gives it a 91%:
So overall an excellent game, not expensive either which is a nice change for a new title. I believe they are working on a multiplayer game that will be set in the same universe as Torchlight so this is something I look forward to hearing more about, but if you are fan of action role playing games, you can't go wrong with Torchlight.
GameShark gives it an "A":
I can't give a more enthusiastic endorsement than the following: I would happily have paid 60 dollars for this game, as I received more enjoyment and quality play time from it than most of this year's big budget hits. You may not have heard of it, but you owe it to yourself to play this game.
1UP's The Grind goes scoreless:
Consider this post a public service message -- even with only four hours under my belt, I can tell that Torchlight is a fine little game that's bursting with personality. If you doubt me, you can check out the demo, which is reasonably how little I've actually played. But so far, my feeling is that this is the best $20 you'll spend all year.
Gamezebu gives it a 4/5:
So often in this industry we hear about casual games that are "bridging the gap" between casual and core gamers, but we so rarely hear about it going the other way. Torchlight is a triumph of game design. The developers Runic have taken a genre that traditionally appeals to only the hardest of the hardcore gamer and have found a way to open it up to everyone. It's simple, it's straight-forward, and it's fun. Combat shopping rules. Be a part of it.
GamingHeaven gives it an 82/100:
You will get eventually bored killing and collecting loot, but you will have a good time doing so and all for a modest asking price. I hope the developers revisit this genre later and do something more '˜serious' with a wider range of environments and mission objectives - I would be very willing to pay full price for a deeper game based around the Torchlight core experience.
Bitmob leaves off any type of score:
I am, of course, playing Torchlight to level up and get some new gear. But I'm also playing it to kick ass. It's a satisfaction that is hard to find in games. So far, Torchlight is toeing the line (on Very Hard anyway) between frustration and opportunity just perfectly.
And GameTrailers goes with an 8.3/10.