#27 – Torchlight 2 (PC)

I finally got around to finishing up Torchlight 2! This is a pretty big victory for me. I’ve never finished a Diablo-like action loot RPG. You don’t have to tell me, I know. I’ve played an awful lot of them (Diablo, Diablo 2, Titan Quest, Dungeon Siege 1, 2, 3,  Torchlight, and others), but this is the first one I’ve finished. Unless we’re counting Borderlands as loot RPGs, which I’m not.

The closest I got before was getting to Hell in Diablo 2, where I was mercilessly destroyed over and over before even getting to Diablo himself so I quit playing it. That’s probably the biggest reason why I never finish these games. They’re loot and run oriented and I hate grinding. Where as many many others would play these games repeatedly for better loot and cooler stuff, I could not care less about loot. The loot is secondary to enjoying the game for me. As soon as it starts feeling grindy, I typically move on.

But Torchlight 2 is pretty fantastic. It’s paced well enough that if you do most of what’s available, there’s no grinding needed to continue on. It’s structured a lot like Diablo 2, where you have a hub area that branches off, and then you move to a different hub after you’ve cleaned out the last one. And then you click on a lot of stuff until it dies.

#26 – Fez (PC)

Who hasn’t heard plenty about Phil Fish and Fez? If you haven’t seen Indie Game: The Movie, it’s on Netflix now and it’ll give you a glimpseof what goes into making a game like Fez. Some people see Phil Fish as a huge pompous prick. What I saw was a guy who just wants to make video games, without being constantly berated by the people he’s ostensibly making the games for.

Anyway, regardless of whatever anyone thinks about Phil Fish, Fez is so fucking amazing. It’s a 2D/3D platformer, in a beautiful world with no enemies to stomp or shoot, just a bunch of items to collect and puzzles to solve. If you think you’ve finished the game, you’ve probably only gotten halfway there. There are codes and secrets everywhere, and some of them are fairly obvious, and some of them are seriously well hidden.

Fez  2 has been more or less cancelled by Fish because of shitty people on the internet, and that’s a fucking shame.