Summary: Torchlight II was, unfortunately, subject to a number of delays. Originally set for release back in 2011, it's only now become available for purchase. I'm happy to say the wait was worth it. It's a bit rough around the edges, but Torchlight II takes the successful formula of the original Torchlight (and its predecessors) and expands on it, without making any drastic changes.
Excerpt: I have a tentative abandon with role-playing games, in the same way that I can’t commit to watching Star Trek. I’m already a Star Wars Guy, right? I can’t get involved with Captain Picard and the Enterprise and that silly holodeck and that episode where Data has a British accent. I’m already married, Kirk, it just won’t work out. I only have so much to give.
Pros: Light and accessible, Optional depth, 6-player co-op
Cons: Click clickity click, Not much of a story, No real surprises
Excerpt: When the original Torchlight was released in 2009, it was easy to simply write it off as another Diablo clone. It featured the same dungeon-crawling gameplay, a similar level-up system and a never-ending quest for loot. It was even developed by the same team that was responsible for Diablo and Diablo II. Yet there were differences between Torchlight and the Diablo series.
Summary: Parents need to know that Torchlight II is a role-playing game with plenty of bloody violence. Players use an enormous arsenal of bladed, blunt, ballistic, and magical weapons to tear through thousands of fantastical and humanoid enemies, leaving lots of crimson stains along the way. However, graphics are a bit cartoonish and action is viewed from a raised perspective, which lessens the brutal nature of the carnage to some degree.
Excerpt: I'm giggling like a schoolchild. I really shouldn't, but so far, my Beserker has completely failed to die. I've gotten him in all sorts of situations, and I've gotten damn close, but my little digital avatar, bloodthirsty mite that he is... refuses to quit. I'm having so much fun, I can't help but feel a little guilty that I might be playing the game wrong.
Excerpt: Torchlight II was the highly anticipated sequel to the original Torchlight which features both familiar gameplay, and some great new additions. With more classes, more pets, more loot and more action, you'll undoubtedly get a lot out of Torchlight II . For the full written review, head on over here !
Excerpt: Click click click. It's all about the rhythm. Click click click. Shoot, bash, backflip. Click click click. Loot loot loot. For all its detailed stats, loot, and skill trees, the Action RPG genre has never been about sophistication. While it is of course appreciated, in the end all that matters is the rhythm of the mayhem, death, and piles of loot. Everything else is just gravy. So does Torchlight II get the beat? Or is it a sloppy slush of ideas?