ARPG’s Incoming

There are a lot of games that fall under the banner of Action RPG. Games like Fallout 3, Mass Effect, Elder Scrolls, and others definitely have their fair share of action and role playing. But, when I hear the term ARPG I immediately think of games like Diablo and Dungeon Siege. Dungeon crawling, loot grabbing, level upping, monster killing, clicky clicky fun. Luckily for me the future looks bright for ARPG lovers. There are some great looking ARPG’s coming soon. Games like…

Torchlight 2

It’s no mystery how much we at P*N love Torchlight. It took the classic ARPG loot and leveling formula and nearly perfected it. One of the only glaring faults of Torchlight was the lack of multiplayer. Torchlight 2 is going to fix that. In November you will be able to run around Torchlight’s stylized world with a friend. With four completely new classes to play and large outdoor environments, Torchlight 2 looks like it is going to outclass the original in nearly every way. If that was the only ARPG on the way I would be happy, but there are plenty more.

Path of Exile

This free to play ARPG is in beta right now and it’s looking great. The influence of Diablo 1 and 2 is immediately recognizable. Path of Exile will send you into a dark and dreary world filled with things trying to kill you at every turn. Don’t worry too much though. You will be able to turn yourself into a monster murdering machine all your own. There are five classes announced right now and one more on the way.

Path of Exile doesn’t shy away from its Diablo influences but it does bring some new stuff to the table. Skills aren’t handled like they usually are in ARPG’s. Instead of getting them as you level up, you find them or earn them from gems you can socket into items. These gems level up on their own and become more powerful. They can even be modified with other gems to create different version of skills. You can have your regular fireball spell shoot multiple fireballs or have your zombies do lightning damage with every strike. The gem system really makes Path of Exile stand out. You can apply to get in the beta here.

Grim Dawn

There isn’t a lot of information about this game right now but I’m still on pins and needles waiting for it. The developer, Crate, was formed by former members of Iron Lore Entertainment, the makers of the excellent ARPG Titan Quest. It takes place in a bizarro Victorian era so you will get the typical swords and shield alongside pistols and shotguns. Check out some of the few videos of the game here. I love the splintering wood and flying bodies.

Diablo 3

This is the big daddy of the bunch. Diablo 3 has had more than it’s share of news coverage detailing every new game mechanic and controversy so I won’t go into too much detail here. I just want to say I can’t wait to have my little frogs hop at enemies and blow up in their faces. Or my pygmies turn monsters into chickens. Or to set fire to my minions only to blow them up later. Can this game be out please?

Better get your clicking fingers ready because the next few month are going to be filled with ARPG gold.

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  • First it was always going to be Diablo III until they announced the always online bits. I then settled down and figured that if they manage to reduce the latency to make it playable (for us that aren’t lucky enough to live close to one of their servers) then I’d still get it. Well I’ve had enough feedback from the beta (sure, they say it’ll be better but I’d beg to differ when the number of players at release time is going to increase significantly) to write it off again (at least as a day one purchase).

    Grim Dawn is now my most anticipated ARPG (in fact I have already paid for a legendary copy!) and with Torchlight 2 including support for LAN I’ll be picking up two copies (my girlfriend is also a fan) and at the asking price we’ll get two copies with some change to buy something other than “the mystical better connection”.

    Sadly I’ve now also written Blizzard off as I fear all of their future releases will follow in the same steps (just as many other companies will no doubt do so I know it’s not them alone) – it’s just that our countries infrastructure is just not geared for it yet (and Blizzard does just not seem interested in providing a local server).