I am on a pre-release server and got in tonight without a queue, last night it was 10 min. Not bad. mini patch today sposed to have cleared up a few issues. So far game is fun. You can play it pretty solo if you want, just find a nearbye group for "heroic" areas and the flashpoints when you get around to it.
8 story lines to play though- so good for 4 months or so depending on your playtime.
Seeing as how Diablo III is going downhill fast, Torchlight is becoming worth more then the paltry 20$ they are asking. I will order a few on steam and gift em to friends. Wonder if there are teeshirts and other methods of supporting the developers. I just hope there is easier access to mods.
Since the game is really built for consoles, their specs are rather low, so hence the pc specs are low. It usually the cruddy port job to pc that makes games need extra power to overcome sloppy programming.
Note you still need to pay monthly fee to get into Monsterplay. Sad since Monsterplay is the only unique thing that LotRO has. Also Turbine never really updated or pay much attention to it since release
Played in beta and for a lil after release,Spam bots were horrible in this game and ncsoft was actually not doing anything about them. They had a year before us release to implement some anti spam features and did nothing. One could log in on a brand new toon, and within 10 seconds be getting spam messages. So if its taken this long for them to get around to doing something, it dose not bode well for the rest of the game and their products.
Younger baby gamers that are whining about it being "WoW" like just don't grasp the concept of industry standards. The cartoony look is there because the models are quick and fast. This means more overall content. You really cant do much more without having a hudge art/modeling team and budget. This also drives up the client requirements. Icons on the bottom of the screen is a standard. Interface menus have the same basic layout because they are intuitive. All of these were in place before WoW came along. The EvE like real time skill studies is the first I have seen in a fantasy RPG.