A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Simple themes of heroism and bravery run throughout, but the focus on each level and mission is to cut a path through enemies with ever-increasingly powerful weapons and attacks.
Positive Role Models
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
Players simply need to point their character in the general direction of enemies and hit the attack or skill button they've chosen to strike enemies. Multiple difficulty levels means you can make combat as easy or as hard as you like.
Violence & Scariness
Players spend virtually all of their time fighting fantastical and humanoid monsters in bloody fights. The game provides literally hundreds of weapons to choose from, along with various types of wands and magic. Attacks frequently result in blood spattering the environment and enemies groaning in pain. But the action is presented in cartoonish graphics and from a raised perspective, lessening its impact.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some outfits for female avatars reveal modest cleavage.
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Products & Purchases
Sequel to 2009's role-playing game Torchlight.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Torchlight II is a downloadable role-playing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and WIndows PCs. It's the sequel to 2009's role-playing game Torchlight, and was recently re-released on newer consoles. Players use an enormous arsenal of hand to hand, ranged, and magical weapons to tear through thousands of fantastical and humanoid enemies, leaving lots of crimson stains along the way. But graphics are a bit cartoonish and action is viewed from a raised perspective, which lessens the brutal nature of the carnage to some degree. Apart from some cleavage shown on some female characters, there's no other inappropriate content to be found in the game.
Is It Any Good?
Like its predecessor, this role-playing game nails the strangely compelling formula of kill monsters, collect loot, equip weapons and armor. Part of Torchlight II's 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, and the game's New Game Plus feature lets you take your favorite hero on a new adventure with a much higher difficulty level to keep you playing for additional hours. But what's even more telling is the fact that the re-release of the game on modern consoles, which comes out almost seven years to the day after it was released, manages to withstand the test of time. The gameplay still feels fresh, fast-paced, and easy to dive into. Plus, there's a surprising amount of depth available in making each character and pet your own that will keep you engaged, from equipping gear to transforming your pet into various creatures thanks to the food you feed it. Torchlight II 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.
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