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.
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
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.