I recently decided to give TQ another shot, now, some time after the release of Immortal Throne. I'm glad I did.
h3rb wrote this review on .
Major wins for TQ:
Graphics - Outstanding environments. Each area gets progressively more beautiful as you move along.
Audio - Music and sound effects are great, and the voice acting is really really well done. Though, truth be told, there is A WHOLE LOT of voice acting to be heard there... at times, maybe even too much. No complaints though.
Mix-and-match class system: This is what really sets this game apart from the previous hack-n-slash king, Diablo II. Depending on the one or two class masteries you choose to follow, your character class will change. All told, there are something like 45 classes to choose from. I don't think any game as ever come close to a number like this. The variety of playstyles you can choose from here will keep the game enjoyable for a long, long time.
Gameplay - While it doesn't break much in the way of new ground, the huge variety of skill choices and gear, gorgeous environments, and freedom in character development will keep you glued to your seat.
Further, the Immortal Throne expansion really took aim and fixed just about every complaint I had when I was playing the original game. Here's a list of personal gripes that are now things of the past...
Item stash - You can now store items in a place that can be easily accessed by ALL of your characters.
Item sort - Brilliant! With a quick press of the button, you can quickly sort your gear. This saves a lot of time and lets you focus on the hack'n'slash game, spending much less time on the Pack'n'stash mini-game.
There are always some gripes. So here they are:
Many games are front-loaded... packing lots of amazing content into the first few hours of play, and then tapering off towards the middle. Leaving the end content dry and sometimes boring. This game does the opposite, and I think it may have hurt it's chances in the end. At the start, there is not a lot to keep the player engaged. STICK WITH IT, however, and the later stages of Titan Quest are well worth the wait.
Basic player animations seem a little unnatural and odd. Minor gripe here, and it can be easily overlooked.
Playing with friends requires some communication outside of the game as there is no in-game friend or buddy system to speak of.
In the end, I'll just say that for any hack'n'slash fan, this is a must own. Until Diablo 3 graces us with its presence, this is truly the best experience in the genre to date.