Torchlight II

Common Sense Media says

Excellent fantasy RPG is too bloody for younger players.

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates privacy and safety concerns. This game allows players to join strangers online and play cooperatively. Open text chat is supported, creating potential for players to share personal information with one another and be exposed to unexpected and inappropriate language or topics of discussion.

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.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Runic Games
Release date:October 23, 2012
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Magic and fantasy

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Kid, 11 years old January 19, 2013
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

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 is to violent, consider getting your child fate, which is nowhere near as violent as any other rpg's like torchlight 2.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old December 6, 2012
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

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 be turned off. you can play on public games, so you never know what you will come across in those.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 11 years old August 25, 2014
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11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

a great game

torchlight 2 is a great adventure game! lots of content! if your not the type for the blood and guts there is an option in the settings to turn it off. i did find that it does NOT turn off purple goo or squished green spiders.

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