True to the formula on what made the first Torchlight game great, Torchlight 2 is one of the better Dungeon Crawler / Top-Down Action RPG I have played.
Made by Runic Games consisting of developers from popular titles such as Fate, Diablo I & II, this was the first game that would resurrect the old school dungeon crawler game with a fresh coat of paint.
+ Classic gameplay style: -Can be considered a Pro or a Con, depending on the people you ask, but in my personal experience with the game, I liked it. It brings back a feeling of familiarity and simplicity that old games had. Why fix something that's not broken right?
+ Colorful Graphics: -Again, can be a Pro or a Con, but I liked the way it presented itself.
+ New classes and a 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.
+ PC friendly: Can be played in almost all modern systems with no problems at all.
+ Does not require 24 hour internet connection to play.
- Inferior voice acting: -Unlike Diablo II who had very good and memorable lines, Torchlight II had the exact opposite, poor voice acting with an inconsistent volume rate, going so far as background music drowning npc dialogue.
- Confusing Story: -Mostly likely than not, you will just be accepting quest without reading or listening to the dialogue (see above). But the main reason you won't care much is that the story is not immersive enough to keep you interested. Story is also very difficult to comprehend without paying close attention. It has that MMORPG sickness that players will just be in it to make themselves stronger by grinding loot rather than investing in the story.
- 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 more frustrating experience to the casual gamer. I would recommend playing at Hard since I believe that getting better a challenge is better than getting bored.
GREAT BUY. It's a great game to play solo or with your friends. Torchlight 2 is a great spiritual successor to the classic Diablo games and at the same time, provides an good alternative to the Always-Online Diablo 3 experience (specially if you're only looking for a Singleplayer or Local play.)