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Torchlight II

Posted by GG Goblin On September - 19 - 2019

The long awaited console version.

 
Seven years. That’s how long we have been waiting for Runic Games’ Torchlight II to launch for consoles. A lot can happen in seven years, such as everyone becoming Vegan or the world realising plastic is not that great. Don’t even get me started on politics! But, so far as isometric action RPG Torchlight II is concerned, the most important thing to have happened in the last seven years is that the games’ developers got shut down. Runic Games are no more. Although it doesn’t explain why we have had to wait so long, but Panic Button picked up the challenge and ported Torchlight II over to Xbox One, PS4 and Switch, finally giving loot collecting dungeon crawling fans a chance to try this highly rated PC game. But has it been too long?

 


 
Torchlight II is an isometric action RPG that is quite easy to compare to Blizzard’s Diablo games. Considering this sequel came out just a matter of months after the mighty Diablo III, it is amazing that anyone really noticed the game. However, the original Torchlight was something special and by the time the sequel arrived, the game had already built up a following. Sure, it may not be as well known as Diablo III, but there is a lot about Torchlight II that players preferred.

 
The story was probably not one of them though. Torchlight II follows on from the first game with one of the main characters, the Alchemist, going crazy, burning down the town of Torchlight, and becoming the big bad for the next group of heroes. Beyond the player going chasing down after the Alchemist, there is not that much of a story to worry about, which leaves more time to go explore the huge playing areas and wander through all manner of dungeons. It’s not all bad then.

 
With this sequel come a whole new set of characters to play as. As always, the player will have to create their adventurer at the very beginning from four different classes. They are an interesting selection, appearing at first to be quite exotic compared to the standard classes found in most games. There is the Berserker, a brutal melee class with added spirit animals. The Outlander brings the ranged attacks, along with a bit of magic, while the Embermage is all about the elemental magic. The last, and perhaps the best, is the Engineer, another melee specialist who can construct bots. I know. Awesome. In truth, all of the classes are pretty good, and the fact that each has three different skill trees means that players can develop very different builds as they progress, catering to a good range of play styles.

 


 
The other consideration, aside from which class to choose, is what pet to have. Pets are much more of an integral part of Torchlight II than perhaps in other games. There are a wide range of different pets to choose from, and they actually have a function. Your pet will actually fight with you, carry your loot and even take loot back to town to sell while the player continues exploring. They are even able to change shape if the player feeds them certain items.

 
Speaking of loot, it is indeed plentiful in Torchlight II. Players will be making use of their pet time and again or risk drowning in mountains of loot. It is nice and varied as well, with plenty of different sets to collect and a constant stream of new gear to equip in order to improve the hero. Some equipment has sockets as well that can be filled with items for additional abilities. Players on a quest for epic loot will find themselves busy.

 
With the main quest, side quests and all manner of secrets to find, players will not be short of things to do in Torchlight II. As they explore, they will come across a nice variety of different environments to keep the game fresh. The thing is, compared to other similar games, everything feels so vibrant in Torchlight II. It is a beautiful looking game with an interesting style, and the port over to Xbox One has done it no harm. It runs very smoothly and without any problems that I have seen.

 
Despite the passing of seven years, Torchlight II holds up really well and is great fun to play. The only real problem was a problem when the game released on PC, and that is the repetition. It is a great gameplay loop and that desire to improve, progress and get more loot will keep players going for a while, but eventually players will start to tire of the same thing over and over again. Something that does help out this repetition is the co-op multiplayer, as most things are better with a friend. Sadly, the co-op is online only. Local co-op would have been a real winner, but sadly is not available.

 


 
Torchlight II has been a long time coming for console gamers. At one point, it may never have been. But thankfully Panic Button have made it so and, while it may not be the plucky contender that it was when released on PC, it still manages to be a lot of loot collecting fun. Torchlight II has a charm rarely found in games of this genre, and fans of action RPGs will not be disappointed. Well worth picking up.

 

 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 



 

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