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Torchlight II

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Excellent fantasy RPG is too bloody for younger players.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Torchlight II wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

Simple themes of heroism and bravery run throughout, but the game's primary mission is to entertain via sensational fantasy violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The player's customizable avatar doesn't speak more than a few lines throughout the game, which makes it hard to tell what sort of person he or she is. What is clear is that s/he is a hardy warrior who seems completely content to use vicious combat as a solution to pretty much every problem.

Ease of Play

It's quite easy to get the hang of this one. Just click on the bad guy you want to attack and press numbers corresponding with an onscreen guide to initiate special abilities or use potions. Multiple difficulty levels means you can make combat as easy or as hard as you like.  

Violence

Players spend virtually all of their time fighting fantastical and humanoid monsters in bloody fracases. The game provides literally hundreds of weapons to choose from, including axes, swords, hammers, mauls, bows, pikes, staffs, pistols, shotguns, and various types of wands and magic. Attacks frequently result in blood spattering the environment and enemies groaning in pain. However, the action is presented in cartoonish graphics and from a raised perspective, lessening its impact.

Sex

Some outfits for female avatars reveal modest cleavage.   

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Torchlight II is a role-playing game with plenty of bloody violence. Players use an enormous arsenal of bladed, blunt, ballistic, and magical weapons to tear through thousands of fantastical and humanoid enemies, leaving lots of crimson stains along the way. However, graphics are a bit cartoonish and action is viewed from a raised perspective, which lessens the brutal nature of the carnage to some degree. Parents should note, too, that this game supports online text communication with strangers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Written byAnonymous April 24, 2014

A Great Family Game

We bought Torchlight 2 for everyone in our family, and we play it together sometimes on Family Game Night through our local Ethernet. (We wired all the rooms i... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 6, 2012

Great game, a little to bloody

A amazing game overall, diffenitly worth the $20. the blood is incredibly frequant and you fight humenoid (and occasionally human) enemys. though the blood can... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 19, 2013

okay game, for 9- 11

this game can be pretty bloody and gory, but the age rating goes down to 10 or 11 after you turn of the blood, which you can do in the settings. if it is still... Continue reading

What's it about?

The sequel to a surprise hit downloadable PC game released back in 2009, TORCHLIGHT II delivers a very similar type of action role-playing experience. Players begin by picking an avatar and a pet, customizing gender and appearance. They then set out on a journey across a fantasy world on the hunt for a character known only as the \"Alchemist.\" He was corrupted by a magical substance called ember and is now wreaking havoc on every town he passes. Players spend their time exploring dungeons, fighting ghastly creatures by clicking on them, and then grabbing the loot dropped at the feet of their corpses. You can pick through the plunder, choosing items to equip based on your character's level and statistics before shipping off the rest to nearby vendors who purchase it for virtual currency. The entire game can be completed playing alone, but gamers looking for company can opt to join up with others online in a traditional cooperative adventure mode.

Is it any good?

Like its predecessor, Torchlight II nails the strangely compelling formula of kill monsters, collect loot, equip weapons and armor. Part of its appeal is that it's instantly accessible. It has controls that just about anyone -- gamer or not -- should be able to figure out within a few minutes, as well as a slowly elevating difficulty curve that nudges players toward combat mastery before things get too challenging. It also sports a polished, cartoonish aesthetic that should prove welcoming to most fantasy fans.

But Torchlight II's real appeal, most likely, is in the satisfaction it delivers as players continually grow their characters by distributing statistic enhancing points, acquiring new abilities, and equipping new gear. There's a constant and gratifying feeling of progression that lasts throughout the game's lengthy story. It compels players to keep clicking. It may not be quite as sophisticated as a game like Diablo III, but keep in mind it's just one third the price. This one's an easy recommendation for folks who like a little hacking and slashing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games and media. Where do you draw the line on the kind of violence your kids can watch? Should context matter, or do you rule out anything with splashes of bright red blood?

  • Families can also discuss online safety. Text communication can sometimes be even more worrisome than voice since you can't hear what a person sounds like. What markers do you look for in determining whether a texting gamer might be someone better avoided?

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