Monday, February 25, 2013

Random Gaming: Torchlight Slash Torchlight 2

Towards the end of my Dead Space 3 playthrough, I desperately needed a break. So I was fairly receptive when a friend called me with the idea of playing through Torchlight 2 together. We made plans to meet up on Steam after work, and chose classes that would supposedly play well as a team. Everything was cool.

Well, everything was cool until we actually tried to play the game together. Strict NAT Detected, that's what it said next to the log in button at the bottom of my screen. It's OK, I thought to myself, we've never had problems before(This suddenly seems like a Viagra post.) The two of us have played more than a dozen games together without a single issue.

Army of Two
Army of Two: The 40th Day
Borderlands 2
Castle Crashers
Dead Rising 2
F.E.A.R. 3
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Gears of War 3
Gotham City Impostors
Halo: Reach
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2
Monday Night Combat
Saints Row 2

My buddy hosts the game, and I'm able to join without any trouble. Then, after about an hour of killing mobs, my character just froze on my old pal's screen. Even though I was wantonly murdering enemies and looting items in my game, I was just standing there in his. So we logged out of his game, and I tried hosting. This time it was an issue right from the start, I was just standing there on his screen.

I logged completely out of Torchlight 2, went to Runic's forums, and read about how to fix the Strict NAT Detected issue. I updated my Router's firmware, turned on UPnP, and hopped back into Torchlight II. Guess what, the same problem popped up again. Neither of us had a lot of time or patience to keep fussing with it, so we wrote off Torchlight 2, decided to stop being friends, and committed ritual suicide.

Once my friend was gone, I started playing through Torchlight 2 on my own as a Berserker. It's a fun game, and I was really enjoying gaining levels and collecting loot. Unfortunately, one little issue kept poking at the back of my brain. (There's that Viagra post again.) I never played Torchlight. I own it, I've owned it for a while, but I'd never sat down to actually play the game. In fact, the only reason it ever ran on my PC is because my girlfriend loves dogs, and you could have a dog pet in the game.

I decided that I had to play them in order. So I abandoned my two level twenty-somethings in Torchlight 2 and started a Destroyer in Torchlight. Yeah, buddy! Just the name is badass, Destroyer. I loaded into the game and... You can't change the controls?! Runic, once again, threw me for a loop. Sure, you can change the controls, you just have to access the SETTINGS.txt file in the hidden AppData folder, then find out what Javascript Character Code each keystroke on the keyboard relates to. No big deal at all.

After I successfully changed the controls in the SETTINGS.txt file, I logged back into Torchlight, and got to the killing. It's a good game, but I could definitely see the improvements that were made in Torchlight 2. For instance, you don't need to use an Identify Scroll on every item in Torchlight 2, but it certainly seems that way in Torchlight. The ability to change the controls in-game in Torchlight 2 feels like a blessing after what I had to go through with Torchlight. I also find the inventory in Torchlight 2 to be larger than the one in Torchlight. All good improvements as far as I'm concerned.

I want to finish both games, and I believe I will, but first, I have to play a little game called Devil May Cry. There's also this Video Game Club thing going on, but I don't think that will get in the way of Torchlight.