Titan Quest: Ragnarök Review
Disclaimer: PC Aficionado was provided with a code for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions expressed in the review are the writers own and are not influenced by the developer and/or publisher in anyway.
What a truly amazing surprise when you find out that one of your favorite childhood games not only comes back more polished and improved upon than its original version, but also has a brand new expansion! It is so remarkable to see this level of love and care for a game that is over a decade old. Make no mistake, Titan Quest has always been an underdog in the ARPG genre, very few people have heard about it, even less people have actually played it. Take it from someone like me, who has played countless action oriented games, when I say that Titan Quest is a classic role playing game that can be enjoyed by anyone, and it honestly still feels great coming back to play it after all these years. If you love Diablo-style games, or if you are interested in Greek Mythology then I would highly recommend that you go out and buy the Anniversary Edition.
Now, let’s discuss the new expansion Ragnarök and what this represents in the world of gaming in 2017. This year has been plagued by numerous missteps from the big publishers that have shook the trust of consumers and have basically raised enough eyebrows for people to realise they need to be careful and not empty their wallets so quickly on any game just because it is related to a multi million dollar franchise. People have every right to be upset with publishers who only care about making a quick buck and not giving a damn about the product they are about to sell. If there was ever a reason to doubt that developers and publishers have all but given up on creating quality games, then allow me to introduce you to lovely people at THQ Nordic, who have managed to bring back a game from 2006 to life and pretty much expanding its world with the Norse Mythology. An expansion that nobody asked for, but was brought to the players as a labour of love to the series. This kind gesture is something that many future developers should take notes or use as reference as to how to treat their fans.
One of the best parts about Ragnarök is that it does not require you to play the previous expansions. You are very much allowed to start with a level 40 character (with all the skills points), and some extra coins, that you can customize and prepare for your journey in The North. This is yet another solid expansion to the series, one that feels much larger than Immortal Throne. It is actually mind-blowing how much work went into a DLC that has not been hyped or teased about. Again, this reflects on the passion that these developers have for the game and their fans to give them more than they asked for. So what does Ragnarök bring to the table? We have a new story arc revolved around Northmen, Asgardians, Celts. There are many new and powerful gear, including pants. Yes, pants! But wait, there’s more. New enemy types, new bosses that require different learning curves. There is a new class, Runemaster, that give players an additional 10 base classes to play. Most of the graphics have been improved and even the combat feels much more fluid. More importantly, fans can play together, because the multiplayer is still alive and well. So band up with your friends and explore these beautiful icy lands!
However, can it be said the same about people who are not familiar with the series? Does Titan Quest still hold up? Even though the game has been improved upon tremendously, it is still an aging ARPG. The casual player will probably avoid it just by looking at the outdated models, and they wouldn’t be wrong to judge them as such. Even back in the day, Titan Quest was never the best looking game on the market. The combat itself can be janky compared to any modern ARPG. Not to mention that the physics, while providing some laughs, are not very good.
Also, the current price for this new DLC is quite high, in my opinion. It’s difficult to see anyone other than the hardcore fans buying it and really appreciate the effort that was put into Ragnarök. It’s probably not going to win any awards, or even show up on anyone’s top list this year, but it does not take away the fact that THQ Nordic deserve a standing innovation for being a beacon of hope for the game industry and showing everyone that, with enough love and care, games like Titan Quest will never fade away. This is definitely a game that deserves your money!
- Northern Mythology Story Arc
- New Weapons and Gear
- Better Character Customization
- Good Character Progression
- Outdated Graphics
- Overpriced DLC