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: 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: Torchlight II allows for online co-op for up to six players. Each player in a co-op game sees their own loot, removing the often contentious problem of greedy players snapping it up and refusing to share. Enemy strength scales based on the number of players present. Torchlight II also allows for LAN play, though as with many PC games, it’s lacking local co-op. While the online play suffered from a few issues at launch, Runic quickly worked to fix the problems, and the...
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
Conclusion: Torchlight 2 is a good role-playing dungeon crawler with a lengthy story, lots of side quests, and even more systems designed to keep you hooked on its experience after you complete the campaign. Throw in the online co-op system plus the promise of mods thanks to the tools that will soon be released to the community, and you have quite a great package that, at just $20/€18.99, is a fantastic deal.