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: 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: You've been patient and waited for this game to come out in the four years since it was announced. Was it worth it? Is it a worthy successor to the Diablo franchise? Will your mouse love you or hate you? Find out in this review.
Pros: Completely refined and focused gameplay, Much bigger world, You can finally play with friends
Summary: Torchlight II is not a perfect game, and I can think of a couple criticisms. I have already mentioned that I’m not fond of some of the decisions made regarding social options. In addition, I would kill for a chance to respec ALL of my skill points, not just buy back the last 3 I’ve spent at a town vendor, which is the only current option.
Pros: More of everything–loot, pets, environments, monsters, etc., Vast world and lore to explore, exponentially expanded after completing the game, 4 new classes with new skill trees, SIX PLAYER CO-OP!!!
Cons: Not able to respec skills, Some connection bugs in co-op, Limited social options, which are not available once you are in-game
Conclusion: Torchlight 2 is a fine example of what a sequel should be. If you liked the original, you’ll find plenty more to like here, with the changes almost universally providing you with more game options and fewer annoyances. Once you get past the sign up and log in steps, it is smooth sailing for both multiplayer and single player. A fine addition to the series.
Excerpt: Years after Torchlight was saved by the previous hero, an evil arch mage destroys the town and is on a rampage laying waste to other nearby villages. Of course, he must be stopped, but not many people are strong enough to take him on without dying. This is where your engineer, berserker, embermage, or outlander comes in to save the day. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagram #section_4 To not play a game because of pentagrams is silly.
Pros: A top notch dungeon crawler that now lets you play alongside your friends.
Cons: You have to join your friend’s games using Runic’s system and not Steam.