Torchlight 2 is one of the strongest candidates in the Diablo-like list of games, and while it doesn’t necessarily do anything new, it does almost everything very well. Although Torchlight 2 is definitely superior, there’s also no reason you can’t start with the first game, which is also a pretty strong entry. Both games take place in a fantasy world where a mysterious ore called Ember can imbue people and items with magical power. A mining boomtown known as Torchlight is nestled above a rich vein of Ember, drawing adventurers and all other kinds to it, seeking fame and fortune.
If you’ve played Diablo you’ll feel right at home with Torchlight 2, which uses a similar top-down action-RPG style. Dungeons are randomly generated, and you’ll have access to four different classes to choose from: Engineer, Outlander, Berserker, and Embermage. Unlike a lot of randomly generated games, however, each dungeon in Torchlight is made up of “chunks” hand designed with special objectives or objects to interact with, as well as scripted events. So while each dungeon is random, the developers wanted to make things feel more purposeful or unique. There’s plenty of loot to grab from enemies to change up your equipment, and you can periodically return to Torchlight to buy items or take a break. Even better, you’ll have a pet creature that accompanies you through the game to keep you company while you explore.