Torchlight II Review

Sep 28, 2012

Torchlight has been set aflame from the now Ember-crazed Alchemist after the ending of the first game. The Destroyer and Vanquisher have fled the little town to where new heroes can now take on the new threat set to conquer everything.

Armed Heroes Online looks awfully familiar

Jul 18, 2012

You can’t plagiarize and expect not to get caught, it just doesn’t work this way anymore. You can’t hide on the internet.  But somehow, Chinese developer EGLS Ltd. (Electronic Game Labs) thought no one would notice that the assets that appear in this free-to-play game were ripped directly from Torchlight, developed by Runic Games.

Currently this is still available on the Canadian App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/armed-heroes-online-3d-mmorpg/id533790395?mt=8, I spoke to Runic Games’ Community Manger, Brian Ward via Twitter:

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A thread started by Serena Zhang at EGLS, Ltd on TouchArcade went on to discuss the differences between their game and Torchlight – which they have been accused of stealing assets from. Travis Baldtree, who has worked on Fate and Torchlight stepped in to point out some of the things EGLS failed to mention or completely sidestepped.

A comparison image provided by Travis shows the artwork is identical, save for some alterations made by the developer to appear different. Also included with Travis’ post is the fact that misspellings existed in the files used that were never fixed. Having unpacked the files for Armed Heroes Online, he found the exact same misspellings.

Can you spot the differences? I can’t.

It’s deplorable that EGLS expected to profit (through microtransactions) in their free-to-play mobile game. It’s sickening that they defend their position that they did not steal assets and then try to turn the tables on Runic for borrowing from other games.

Hopefully EGLS or Apple will do the right thing and remove the game from the App Store and so the game can be redesigned to be re-released. I just hope they don’t steal from a different game next time. #StolenTL

UPDATE: Armed Heroes Online has been pulled from the Canadian App Store and the developers will be “modifying some things”.

Torchlight II Pre-Orders are now being taken

Apr 26, 2012

Runic Games, Inc., a specialized developer of PC and console game software in the United States, launched pre-orders today for their upcoming PC APRG title Torchlight II.

The highly-anticipated sequel is available for pre-order through two platforms, Steam, and Perfect World Entertainment, and retails for just $19.99 (£14.99, €18.99). Players who pre-order through Steam will receive an added bonus, a free download code for the original game, the award-winning Torchlight.

“As we put the finishing touches on Torchlight II, it made sense to start pre-orders after the great response we received at PAX-East,” said CEO Max Schaefer. “Fans have asked us for a pre-order, and we are planning an imminent network test, so the timing was perfect.”

In other news, Torchlight II’s “Friday Updates” are moving to Thursdays. Gamers can visit the official website at http://www.torchlight2game.com/ to see the latest Thursday Features, news updates, game play details, trailers and screenshots.

And of course you can visit the official Torchlight II page for more: http://www.torchlight2game.com/news/2012/04/26/torchlight-ii-available-for-pre-order/

Torchlight sells 1 MILLION units across all platforms

Jul 07, 2011

Congratulations are in order, for probably one of my favorite developers today, Runic Games has announced that TORCHLIGHT has officially sold over one million units across all platforms (PC , Mac, and Xbox Live Arcade).

The announcement comes after closing a successful 4th of July holiday sale on Steam, which kicked-off a Deal of the Week promotion on Xbox. This sale also coincides with the simultaneous Xbox unlock of a new spell (spoiler: bees) by the Xbox community.

“We’re very excited to share Torchlight’s success with our fans and supporters. It’s been a great ride so far and we can’t wait to give everyone more of what they want in Torchlight II,” said President Travis Baldree. “It isn’t every day you sell a million games. We’re grateful to be here.”

Torchlight debuted in October 2009 for PC, and premiered on Xbox on March 9th 2011. Runic Games is currently developing the PC-based multi-player sequel, Torchlight II, which was nominated for six awards at E3 2011, including Best RPG and Best of E3.

For more information on Torchlight, gamers can visit the official websites for TorchlightTorchlight XBLA, and Torchlight II to view additional game play details, trailer, and screenshots

Torchlight for XBLA Winners!

Mar 10, 2011

The contest is over, and has been for about 8 hours now. We had a great turnout and over 150 entrants. The winners were chosen using RANDOM.ORG.

Winners of Torchlight (XBLA):

  • Patrick McCarron
  • AbysmalSpecter

Both winners have been contacted through Facebook message or e-mail with their redeemable codes. Congratulations to the winners and thank you for participating! Look forward to more contests in the future.

Torchlight launches on XBLA and permanent price drop on PC!

Mar 09, 2011

Hot off the heels of the XBLA release of Torchlight, Runic Games has just announced a permanent price drop to Torchlight PC and Mac to $14.95 to match the XBLA price. Now you can get Torchlight for $15 anywhere:

BONUS! Our review is now featured amongst all the others on the official Torchlight page: http://www.torchlightgame.com/gamenews/2011/03/09/happy-torchlight-xbla-launch-day/

Win Torchlight for XBLA!

Mar 09, 2011

The cordial folks at Runic Games have given us TWO codes to giveaway their newly released Xbox Live Arcade game: Torchlight. I was able to review the game last week.

Give the demo a try, and before you buy – enter here and you may be selected to win 1 of 2 codes for FREE! The full game costs 1200 Microsoft Points (or $15 USD). If you don’t win, buy it for yourself, you won’t regret it.

How to Enter:

  1. Comment on this story.

That’s it! Just leave any comment you wish (be nice though) and you’ll be entered to win 1 of 2 codes for Torchlight. It’s that simple!  Please ensure you have a way for us to contact you if you win.

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CONTEST ENDS AT 11:59PM PST, MARCH 9TH!

CONTEST HAS ENDED – WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER TODAY!

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Official site: http://www.torchlight360.com/

Torchlight (XBLA) Review

Mar 04, 2011

If you’re returning or just coming into Torchlight for the first time, enjoy your stay – you’ll be here awhile. Torchlight for the Xbox Live Arcade is an in-depth, addictive, action RPG that you haven’t seen since the likes of Diablo. And for good reason, Runic Games was formed by Max Schaefer and Erich Schaefer – the original creators of Diablo.

Torchlight Review

Jan 24, 2011

It’s been some time since Torchlight was released, and yet I am STILL coming back to this game using different classes, ratcheting up to harder difficulties, and using different skill trees.