Perfect World Entertainment has just released Torchlight 3 on the PC. The publisher has provided us with a review code, so we’ve decided to capture some 4K/Ultra screenshots and share our initial tech impressions of it.
In order to capture the following screenshots, we used an Intel i9 9900K with 16GB of DDR4 at 3600Mhz. Naturally, we’ve paired this machine with an NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti. We also used Windows 10 64-bit and the latest version of the GeForce drivers. We’ve also included MSI Afterburner in our screenshots in order to give you an idea of the in-game performance.
Let’s start with some good news. Torchlight III runs silky smooth on the PC platform. Our NVIDIA GeForce RTX2080Ti was pushing around 100fps at 4K/Ultra. Thus, we can safely say that this new action RPG can run smoothly on a variety of PC configurations. We also did not experience any crashes or stuttering issues during our testing sessions.
Unfortunately, though, Torchlight 3 looks like a mobile game. Torchlight 3 features cartoonish graphics, low polygon-count characters, and numerous low-resolution textures. Comparing it to another isometric game, like Baldur’s Gate 3, Torchlight 3 feels like an old-gen game. So yeah, don’t expect mind-blowing visuals from this aRPG.
To be honest, this doesn’t really surprise me. Torchlight 3 was originally meant to come out on mobile devices (with a completely different name). However, Echtra Games and Perfect World Entertainment decided to rename it and release it on the PC. This basically explains the game’s underwhelming graphics. It also explains some of the gameplay changes that most die-hard Torchlight fans will immediately notice. For instance, the “Leveling Up” system has been streamlined.
If you desperately need a new action RPG, you can definitely give Torchlight 3 a go. However, you should temper your expectations as this isn’t the next big “action RPG” thing.
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved – and still does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics cards.”