Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.
I admit, I missed the first two Diablos at the time. Yes, yes, think of me what you will, but I did. I’ve made up for it since, and the genre is one of my absolute favourite ways to while away merry time. And few more than the glorious Torchlight [official site]. Have you played that have you?
This of course came from those who had previously brought us Fate and Mythos, with Travis Baldree heading the project, so everything important was in place. And it worked. It didn’t break new ground, or redefine how we understand the ARPG as a concept. It just created the incentive to click on hammering away at your mouse buttons until they were a dusty pulp.
The levels were perhaps a mite small, and it certainly didn’t put any significant effort into creating a reason why you were hacking and looting, but yet it was so entirely compelling. For me it remains my favourite game to play while listening to podcasts.