Torchlight 2

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Torchlight 2

Developer:Runic Games Genre:Action Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

Runic Games’ Torchlight II builds on the classic gameplay of its forebear and improves on it in every way. Play as one of four classes and hunt down the Alchemist, one of the heroes from Torchlight, who has become corrupted by the dark ember mineral and is wreaking untold havoc on the elemental planes, upsetting the balance of the world. With a peer-to-peer matching system for multiplayer, the return of the series’ signature loot-gathering pets, and a massive overworld with multiple zones, Torchlight II is an ambitious project guaranteed to take the IP places it has never been before without losing sight of its humble yet impressive origins.

Game Features:

  • • Four brand new classes: the Engineer, the Outlander, the Berskerer, and the Embermage
  • • Cartoonish aesthetic similar to popular titles like League of Legends
  • • A long-awaited multiplayer mode for up to four players
  • • Massive world, quadrupling in size from the previous game
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Torchlight 2 Videos

Torchlight 2 - Game Trailer

Trailer of Torchlight 2 features including co-op multiplayer, an epic new storyline, customizable characters, brand-new overworld zones, and of course, the randomized dungeons you know and love.

Torchlight 2 - Official Launch Trailer

The award-winning action RPG is back, bigger and better than ever!

Torchlight 2: Act II Gameplay and Boss Fight

Watch an Outlander take on the boss from Act 2 of Torchlight 2.

Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2 Review

By Gus McZeal |

When I played the first Torchlight, I really wasn’t that impressed, but that could be because my unhealthily obsessive adoration of Blizzard’s Diablo games clouded my judgment. I had similar feelings when Torchlight 2 was announced; all I could think was, “What the hell are those dudes over at Runic Games thinking? How can they possibly hope to compete with Diablo 3, one of the most anticipated and heavily-fapped-over video games of all time?” Then I actually played Diablo 3, a fun game ruined by the introduction of a real-money auction house which devastated the spirit of the series by rendering the hunt for items largely pointless. Torchlight 2 was a ray of hope, sating my desire for killing demons and rolling about in piles of gold and sharp weaponry. I guess I sound like a bit of a fair weather friend here, but damnit, Diablo is the one aspect of high school that I wanna get nostalgic about, and Diablo 3 failed me utterly.

Torchlight II’s storyline is basically a big fat Diablo rip-off, but that’s OK. The Alchemist, one of the character classes from the first game, finds a piece of something called Dark Ember, basically a powerful mineral with super corruptive qualities. Soulstones, anyone…? Anyway, the rock got to his head and now he’s being controlled by Ordrak, the ancient demon responsible for corrupting the mines beneath Torchlight (the town in the first game) and is running around with his stolen heart. How cute. Your hero, which will be one of four classes that basically blend the usual archetypes we see in this sort of game, has to go chase him down and destroy the heart so that the world’s six elements don’t fall into chaos and annihilate everything—or something like that. 

The four classes are the Engineer (OK, this one is kind of original, a melee fighter who uses a variety of technologies to beat the crap out of demons), the Outlander (basically a Ranger hiding behind a different name), the Berserker (who has some druid-like magic abilities, which is pretty cool actually), and the Embermage, who uses elemental spells. The game is set in this kind of steampunk world—after all, the franchise revolves around a mining town: there have to be cogs and primitive metal doohickeys everywhere!—so the classes tend to incorporate gadgetry into their respective combat repertoires, although we’re still faced with the same ol’ fantasy thoroughfare that RPGs just can’t seem to escape from. This time around you can customize your characters a bit by changing their hair, skin tone, gender, and face. The graphics are really cartoonish and reminiscent of games like League of Legends—I’m undecided about them, but I think this is Diablo creeping up on me. The character designs look kind of weirdly flat on paper, but things always translate differently to 3D models. At least the game will run on a crappy computer… Trollface.

An almost unquantifiable improvement over the first game is that Torchlight II actually has a freakin’ multiplayer mode. Seriously, what were they thinking by excluding that option from the first game? You and three of your fellow nerds—maybe, they still haven’t confirmed the numbers officially—will be able to team up and chase after that douchey power-mad alchemist . If you’re like me and all your friends abandoned you because you prefer to hang out in the dark, don’t worry: the game’s peer-to-peer matching system will find you some likeminded individuals to go dungeoncrawling with you. Or, if you’re super antisocial, you can just play alone… You get an in-game pet, so maybe that’s enough company for you.

Torchlight II is four times the size of the previous game, and features an overworld instead of a structurally questionable dungeon that sinks down underground for like forty levels. Once again, all the game’s terrain is randomly generated, making the game very replayable, especially once you’ve beaten it and decide to head back for Round 2 under “New Game+” mode. This supercharges all the game’s enemies so your hopefully-badass character can take ‘em on all over again and still find things challenging.

Torchlight II is a pretty great game, even though it borrows heavily from some old classics that were truly original when they were first released. I’m not totally sold on the graphics—I dunno, something about cartoons and demons just seems childish to me, and I’m not even one of the basement-dwellers who whined about Diablo 3’s new aesthetic—but at least the game is original in this regard, and the classes at least try to do something new even if Runic Games are Frankensteining together old concepts. But hey, I liked Frankenstein, and any game that might help me forget the travesty that is Diablo 3 is an exciting prospect. Torchlight II  is available on PC and Mac and gets a Z-Score of 88%.

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