Archive for October 31, 2009

“Scared Shepard” or “That Scar has a Very Specific Shape”

October 31, 2009 2 comments

Amidst all the frenzy leading up to Dragon Age: Origins (just two days left!), BioWare hasn’t forgotten about the upcoming adventures of Commander Shepard.

They released a new Halloween themed poster to commemorate the dark side of Shepard. You can download a 1920×1080 version by clicking the image below.

Scarred Shepard

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Categories: Mass Effect 2

“Traversing Torchlit Trouble” or “Deliciously Designed Dungeons”

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Still waiting to try Torchlight?

I have played it for about eight hours since last night, and it is a nonsensical amount of fun!

Se7en reasons to try Torchlight:

  • It costs a mere $20. And even at that price, you can try out a demo here. The game recieved a solid 86% at Metacritic. The user score was even higher at 92% overall.
  • You can choose from one of three classes. But each class has three specializations, for a total of nine separate play styles.
  • You get a pet that fights for you, hits like a truck, has its own inventory, and you can teach it spells and used food to shapeshift it. The food you feed the pet comes from a fishing mini-game (among other things). But it is the simplest, most intuitive, most enjoyable fishing minigame ever designed for any MMO or RPG.
  • There is a level editor. It is the same set of tool used by the designers to craft the entire game. Let’s just say those $20 will undoubtedly get you a much longer shelf-life.
  • In 18 months time, the developers will release a free-to-play MMO version of Torchlight.


Se7en helpful hints for beginners

  • The game is too easy on ‘Normal’. Try ‘Hard’.
  • Your pet can pick up loot if you shift-click on it.
  • Your pet can also be sent back to town with an inventory full of stuff you want to sell automatically, so you can continue playing in the dungeons.
  • If you have an unidentified item, right-click an ‘Identify Scroll’ in your inventory, and left-click on the item.
  • Can’t use an item, but it looks like it might be good for an alt? The game comes with a shared vault system. Every one of your characters has access to it.
  • TnT barrels can be exploded from a distance, say if you are playing the Avenger class, to help expedite enemy deaths.
  • Shift+F9 takes screenshots. They are saved in the Torchlight install folder.
Categories: Review, Torchlight