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6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

ZAM News has posted a new preview of Torchlight, Runic Games' upcoming single player action RPG with colorful cartoon graphics and Diablo inspired gameplay. Torchlight will give players the chance to choose a character and venture from the safety of the town of Torchlight into randomly generated dungeon levels. Once inside they will find a variety of monsters, a large selection of loot to find, and quests to complete.

Character classes fit the conventional archetypes you would expect in a dungeon crawler, but they're done so well that they feel almost new. There's a melee-heavy class called the Destroyer, a spell-caster called the Alchemist, and a ranged attacker called the Vanquisher. They sport standard branching skill trees, but also special perks that can be used to further customize your playstyle. Your characters can ultimately 'retire' from their questing once they complete the game and pass on unique benefits to their progeny.

Showing us some of the abilities available to the alchemist, Travis Baldree, President of Runic Games said, "As you can see I've got a couple of summons out. The alchemist has two or three summon types that he can do. He can summon these alchemic golems, which are basically robots, some that do melee attacks and some that shoot laser beams." That's right, Dr. Evil. "He can also summon these nether imps from the corpses of fallen enemies, and later in the game you can have up to six of those. You can have lots of pets."

Pets play a central role in the game. Every character starts with a pet that can accompany him into battle, and they'll level up with your character as well as provide extra inventory space to assist you in pilfering priceless artifacts from long forgotten ruins like an asinine Indiana Jones villain. Baldree made his own comments about pets saying, "Your pet stays with your for the duration of the game. They never die, and they can actually hold and carry loot for you, they can attack monsters for you, and you can send them back to town to sell all your extra loot so you don't have to go. Over the course of the game you can also catch fish in fishing holes that you can use to turn your pet into other monsters which all have different abilities. So, you might turn your pet into a spider that can spin webs on the ground and slow any nearby enemies. Some of those are only temporary, but some can be permanent if you want them to be."
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