It is another take on the genre. Different games suit different people. Why do I like Titan Quest?
Titan Quest was introduced to me as the “thinking man’s” Diablo 2. Both Titan Quest and Grim Dawn are difficult enough games that require a player to think a little bit about their builds and working on ways to refine their builds to progress. The number of skill options opens a range of possibilities. Add in the devotions on top and suddenly characters feel unique. Compare that to Diablo 3 where I had uninspired character builds suiting the meta of the current patch, or Diablo 2 where it was completely possible to develop an unviable character that dies the moment she entered nightmare difficulty. Yes, I’m speaking to you my long lost Javelin throwing Amazon… Titan Quest says skills are important, and let’s ensure there are meaningful choices to be made, but those choices offer value adding game play and monster demolition success. The other annoying thing about Diablo 3 is that I would wade into a monster pack, smash them fast and move on. Grim Dawn doesn’t want me blowing my skills all at once, there is a time and place to use them. When my demolition character uses his canister bomb, I want the enemies packed together to make full use of the fragment explosions and the underlying aether fire that procs thanks to my Imp devotion courtesy of the stun effect from the concussive bomb skill I upgraded. Bit of a long sentence there, but shows the thinking behind part of my build.
Ok, admittedly TQ did need a fanpatch to ensure pets did scale across difficulties, but that has since been resolved in Grim Dawn I believe.
The other thing about Grim Dawn is that it feels different. The setting is perfect. It isn’t some high fantasy world, there’s a dirty Victorian theme going on and I love it. The weather cycles, the landscape ranges from dark and gritty to oft-times chaotic pastoral land. I am hopeful as I move through the game some inspiration from Act V of Titan Quest comes back. And the music with boss battles also does a lot to fire me up.