Posted: March 1, 2014
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Torchlight II is an isometric action Role-Playing Game developed and published by Runic Games who's composed of developers from popular titles such as Fate and the Diablo (1 and 2). This game was designed to resurrect the old school dungeon crawler genre adding to it a fresh coat of paint and an attempt to quench the thirst for the classical isometric experience. True to the formula on what made the first Torchlight great, Torchlight 2 is one of the better Dungeon Crawler / Top-Down Action RPG available in the market.
The game takes place several years after the first game. The Alchemist, one of the three original heroes, gets corrupted by the Heart of Odrak, the monster that was the source of evil that plagued the small town of Torchlight. The Alchemist, wearing new power armor and wielding the Heart of Odrak, destroys the town and sets out on a mysterious quest that would, if not stopped, eventually disrupt the flow of nature and interrupt the delicate balance of power in the world.
+ Classic gameplay with nice little tweaks to fit the modern age of gaming
+ Colorful Graphics
+ Good level variation and environment design
+ New classes and a much more varied choices for pets
+ Much more complex skill tree: This is a good new addition from the first game. More complex and more specialized player builds are sure to come up.
+ Good re-playability: Lots of characters, lots of builds and lots of loot.
+ Multiplayer option that was absent in the first game
+ Better end game content
+ PC hardware friendly
+ Steam Workshop Support
+ Does not require 24 hour internet connection to play.
- Inferior voice acting: -Unlike Diablo II who had very good dialogue and memorable quotes.
- Inconsistent volume levels on dialogue: -background music can sometimes drown NPC voices.
- Confusing Story: -The story isn't immersive enough to keep you interested. Story is also very difficult to comprehend without paying close attention and references.
- Inconsistent Difficulty: -Normal is extremely easy that you will probably get bored the moment you get some of your more powerful skills/spells. Hard and Elite however are extremely difficult that it would make a frustrating experience to the casual gamer. I would recommend playing at Hard since I believe that getting a better challenge is much more acceptable than getting bored.
- Connecting to multiplayer can sometimes be difficult
GREAT GAME, GREAT BUY and comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Torchlight II is a great game and a great sequel, it gives justice to its heritage and shall rise as a testament gaming history that old genres of video games can still be relevant in future generations of gamers for as long as it its executed properly, with care and with love. Torchlight II provides a great multiplayer or singleplayer experience; has a very colorful art style with graphics that more or less gets the job done; it has an extensive class system which gives the game great replay value and Steam Workshop support that substantially brings new life to this title through the hard work of the modding community.
Torchlight 2 is a great spiritual successor to the classic Diablo games and at the same time, provides a good alternative to the Always-Online Diablo 3 experience (specially if you're only looking for a Singleplayer or Local play.) This is a MUST BUY and MUST TRY title for both fans of the classic isometric RPG games and new players alike.If you liked this review or want to see more recommended games, be sure to follow our curator group: Follow Original Curator GroupCheck out the Original Network Groups. Win free games, make new friends on Steam, & more! Original Curators Group, Original Traders Group, & Original Giveaways Group