Torchlight II review round-up

The original Torchlight hit at a time when high quality Diablo-like dungeon crawlers were scarce, and garnered critical praise and a fan following. Leading up to the release of Torchlight II, developer Runic Games was aiming to beat Diablo 3 to store shelves, but as it became clear that that goal wasn’t going to be met, some became worried that it may have trouble. Those worries can now be put aside, as Torchlight II seems to be just as delightful as the original, and even outdoes Blizzard’s behemoth, all for $20.

Here’s some opinions from around the web:

  • Joystiq (4.5/5) – [...]Runic has made a phenomenal game here, and fans of the original will be overjoyed to find that most of what they loved is still here, with lots more of it. Yes, Runic may not have had Blizzard’s multimillion dollar budget, or the thousands of highly paid developers working on getting the game systems just right, but it has made an exciting indie dungeon crawler here. -Mike Schramm
  •  IGN (9.1/10) - Torchlight II doesn’t do anything radically new, but does everything incredibly well. It fits all the pieces of varied monster behavior, interesting items, excellent skill design and random surprises together into a near-perfect formula, where the action never stops and rewards are never far away. -Charles Onyett
  • GamesBeat (85/100) - Torchlight II is undoubtedly worth the $20 price, and it’s high on replay value with new classes to discover. The problems it does have are mostly minor, but it’s not for gamers looking for an involved story. And in some places, it could use a little more depth. -Stephanie Carmichael
  • GameSpy (5/5) - There’s oodles more I could go into detail on about why Torchlight 2 is simply an amazing game, but I think you get the idea by now — it’s not to be missed by anyone who considers themselves a fan of the proud tradition of action RPGs. It’s great, it’s gorgeous, it’s hugely replayable, it’s multiplayer, it’s moddable (with Steam Workshop!), and it’s dirt cheap. A game like that doesn’t come along every day, you know. -Dan Stapleton

At $20, Torchlight II seems like a no-brainer for anyone even remotely interested in a light-hearted, loot-heavy, dungeon-crawler.

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  • Joonas

    There hasn’t been a game this good in positive feedback loops and showering you in rewards since Burnout 3.

  • Jon Cole

    Borderlands 2 and Torchlight II (and Guild Wars 2 still hanging out)? Way too many loot games for this guy.