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Seeing as Torchlight II's release date is soon approaching. I realised that I have barely completed Torchlight I. Seeing as I am quite desperate to get playing Torchlight II with my friends, I would quite like to start playing it upon launch.

My question is, Should I complete Torchlight I before starting to play Torchlight II?

Are there any parts of the plot in Torchlight II I wouldn't understand without completing the first game? Also, would there be any spoilers in the second game that would ruin my Torchlight I experience?

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How are we supposed to answer this before the game is released? –  ElfSlice Sep 17 '12 at 16:08
    
Good point. I completely overlooked that fact. –  njallam Sep 17 '12 at 16:11

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While T2 is definitely a direct sequel of T1, you have to realize, these are both games that focus on "kill everything that moves" and "loot everything you see". The storyline is only there to help players become familiar with areas and the enemies that arise from them, but isn't necessary play T1 over T2.

Honestly though, T2 is a completely reworked version of T1 that features a whole slew of new improvements, as well as dedicated modding support, etc.

Consider this, it's very much like the L4D series. While L4D had a storyline, and so did L4D2, the storylines were only vaguely connected, but the game was more about a zombie co-op game. This isn't to say the storyline was non-existant, but it's there to guide players to understand what's happening around them. Gameplay wise, much like TL2, L4D2 is a very very nice upgrade to L4D, in that there are more weapons, more game modes, more special infected, and other nice sweets.

Basically, consider T2 over T1 as a nice upgrade, with more features than it's predecessor. If you really really care about storyline, by all means, it doesn't hurt to play T1. If you really like gameplay, then I'd say it really doesn't matter.

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Thank you, this is the kind of answer I was looking for. Cheers. –  Madara Uchiha Jul 25 '13 at 12:45
    
@MadaraUchiha Glad to help! –  meme scientist Jul 25 '13 at 17:00

Judging from the Torchlight II FAQ, it would probably be worth getting past the main story (Defeating Ordrak) before playing this game.

Years ago, the Heroes of Torchlight saved the world from the ancient evil, Ordrak. Now someone has stolen the essence of his power...

It looks like there is a tie between the storylines of these two games and that yes, I should complete Torchlight I first before starting the next game.

I'm not entirely sure how loose this tie is as the second game hasn't been release yet, however I'm just going to play it safe and complete the first game first (The way I assume the series is meant to be played).

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I just want to point out that while the story of T2 is more or less a direct sequel to T1 (all 3 classes of T1 show up as NPC's in T2), story has never been the main focus of either Torchlight games. The main draw of the games are the click to kill things and get loot aspect, and that part is mostly improved in the sequel. If you have the time and resources for both, play the first one first, but if you can only play one, play the second. –  jw013 Jul 19 '13 at 21:07

Having played Torchlight 1 and now some of 2, I'd say there's little benefit to having finished T1 for T2. The stories are only vaguely connected at the very beginning and there's no T1 spoilers in T2 so far. The T1 story was very small and narrow, T2 has a relatively broader scope, but it's still not very story driven.

Neither will finishing T1 help you play T2. While the controls are the same, T2 has a reworked class and skill system. The builds and techniques are different.

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