Torchlight II is the actual successor to the spiritual successor of Diablo II. Unless Torchlight I is the spiritual successor of Diablo I, and Torchlight II is the spiritual successor of Diablo II…either way, something spiritual is happening, in some order or other. Are all ARPGs that aren’t Diablo III spiritual successors to Diablo II? I’m thoroughly confused. About a genre that really isn’t supposed to be all that confusing. It’s supposed to be a lot of pointing and clicking in order to get The Loot. It’s really a cycle. You point and click to collect The Loot, but ultimately you only want The Loot in order to make pointing and clicking more effective…in order to get more Loot…see where this is going?
Anyways, you have probably heard of this game and maybe you even played the first one. The gimmick is it’s colorful and funny and there is a also a dog that goes to town to sell your crappy loot for you. How convenient! Seriously. It’s pretty convenient. There are several new additions to the character classes of Torchlight II. Four, to be exact. You’ve got Double Sword Guy, Steampunk Gun Guy, Elemental Wizard Guy, and also Double Gun Guy in case one gun wasn’t interesting enough for you. These classes replaced Scantily Clad Barbarian, Slutty Archer, and Wiznerd, although Steam Workshop integration means you can download some mods to get a few of those guys back if you are so inclined.
Gameplay is exactly what you would expect with a ARPG but it is very polished and it is very fun. Everything is colorful and bright which is either a blessing or a curse depending on how you like your games, but it matches the overall art style and it looks good. The story is terrible like everyone says and I don’t really even know what it’s about to be honest with you, but if you’re playing with somebody else like you should be they are probably going to skip it anyways and you don’t want to seem like this is the first time you’ve played this game like some kind of noob so you have to skip it too to make it seem like you know what you’re doing but don’t worry you wouldn’t have understood what was going on anyways.
Torchlight II is currently on sale at 66% off for $6.79. This is a great deal. It is a game that you can jump into and out of or you could sink several hours at a time into with your buddy. Of course, if you aren’t a fan of the ARPG genre or pointing and clicking this game isn’t going to change your mind. But if you like both of those things then what are you waiting for? Verdict: Buy it.