Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sep 9, 2019
    95
    The Nintendo Switch version of Torchlight II is excellent.
  2. Sep 3, 2019
    95
    Torchlight II on the Nintendo Switch is not just a re-release of an established game, but it takes full advantage of this transformer-like platform. Its ability to utilize all the Switch’s hardware to make the game more appealing was achieved, without cutting corners or gameplay experience. Offering hours and hours of single or multiplayer monster demolishing gameplay, Torchlight II is everything it was when it first debuted, and more.
  3. Sep 13, 2019
    90
    Torchlight II is as fun on the Switch as it was back when it launched on PCs seven years ago. The controls on the Switch feel pretty good and eased my worries about transitioning from PC to console. While a lot of the game is basically fighting enemies, collecting loot, and repeat, if you’re into games like the Diablo series you should enjoy Torchlight II, and at a third of the price of Diablo III (at least on the Switch), Torchlight II is a great alternative.
  4. Sep 3, 2019
    86
    At its heart, this game asks a lot of you. For some people (like me!), the toll is freely paid. For others, the boon of hours and tough calls will be too steep to part with. At least, I can confirm that your fond memories of grinding for loot and facing off against the hordes are wholly intact. Torchlight 2 is easily as good as you remember. I lost hours and days to this game with a blink. Whether you’re looking for a new ARPG, or just a little more time with an old favorite, Torchlight 2 won’t let you down.
  5. Sep 10, 2019
    85
    TorchLight II is a fantastic dungeon crawler, and it works great on Switch. Some aspects haven’t aged particularly well, but overall is a great title for those who enjoy Diablo-like adventures.
  6. Sep 3, 2019
    85
    Torchlight II on the Switch is an excellent addition to its library of fun, multiplayer-oriented games for both new fans and those wanting to return to the world of Vilderan after an extended absence.
  7. Sep 3, 2019
    85
    Torchlight II is a superb addition to your library and an absolute blast alone or with friends.
  8. Oct 18, 2019
    80
    When compared with the plentiful amount of action-RPGs already on the Nintendo Switch Torchlight II can seem like a bit of an afterthought. But while its story has a poor endgame, it offers a cute aesthetic with plenty of charm. Panic Button has done a great job once again with porting, and those new to the genre will find plenty to entertain at a fair price.
  9. Oct 7, 2019
    80
    Torchlight II was a great action RPG back in 2012 and it still remains it to this day. Everything I enjoyed about it still holds true now, and of course, that is also the same with the negatives, plus with the lack of local same Switch cooperative play is a bummer. Still, this is a superb port by Panic Button that the minor niggles should not put you off, because Torchlight II‘s addictive dungeon crawling action is a wonderful fit for the Nintendo Switch, even if you already own Diablo III: Eternal Collection.
  10. Sep 21, 2019
    80
    Torchlight II takes what makes iconic action RPGs like Diablo fun and presents it in an accessible and highly enjoyable package.
  11. 80
    Torchlight II is a cleverly designed game which is decidedly good at what it does – even if it is following a fundamentally flawed design philosophy. Its gameplay is compulsive and honestly a little bit vapid: the incessant grind and push forward is neither intellectually stimulating nor conducive to big, memorable moments. My time through Torchlight II is really just a blur of primary colours and explosions of gibs. If that’s what you need, and you’re able to look past the very deliberate shortcomings, then this will be a game that you will find hard to put down.
  12. Sep 11, 2019
    80
    In the seven years since Torchlight II was released, dungeon crawlers have both evolved into a more complex genre and toyed with mechanics pulled from outside them, such as roguelikes. However, complicated doesn’t always mean better and it’s hard to deny Torchlight II’s addictive and immediately accessible gameplay and overall, it seems like a natural fit for the Nintendo Switch.
  13. Sep 10, 2019
    80
    The Switch port of Torchlight 2 is an impressive product overall. The game looks just as good in both portable and docked mode as it does on the PC, with no technical issues in sight. I can’t help but be disappointed with the restrictions on the local multiplayer, however the online play works well if you can find someone to team up with. The procedurally generated nature of the game also suits the design ethos of the Switch and offers exceptional replayability. Fans of ARPG’s won’t need much convincing to pick this one up, but if you’re new to the genre, then this is the perfect time to jump in.
  14. Sep 9, 2019
    80
    A great port of a fantastic game, Torchlight 2 still holds up as a great example of an ARPG dungeon-crawler that is unfortunately plagued by some annoying bugs and control scheme limitations.
  15. 80
    It’s no longer the Diablo killer it used to be, but this remains a superior dungeon crawler, with great action and loot that still puts it amongst the genre’s best.
  16. Sep 5, 2019
    80
    Torchlight II proves to be a wonderfully well-polished ARPG that’s sure to provide dozens of hours of fun, all at an incredibly low price point when you consider what’s all being offered. Rewarding, loot-heavy gameplay, an expressive art style, and oodles of replayability come together to make for an impressively charming and addictive experience, even if it’s let down by the occasional technical hiccup or glitch. We’d give Torchlight II a strong recommendation to anybody who’s interested in seeing what the ARPG genre is about, as this proves to be an accessible adventure that sacrifices none of the unique qualities that set the genre apart. Genre veterans may want to pause and think before buying, as there isn’t a whole lot here you haven’t seen before, but it’s tough to argue that you won’t enjoy the time you spend with this one.
  17. Sep 5, 2019
    80
    A fantastically designed hack-n-slash RPG that kept me enthralled for hours on end. It fits right at home on the Nintendo Switch with its colorful, exciting, and inviting world that made it a pleasure to explore, but it was let down by its lack of local co-op features which really is a crying shame for a game of this kind.
  18. Sep 3, 2019
    80
    If the player is looking for a fun action RPG that can be enjoyed with friends, then they can't go far wrong with Torchlight II, especially if they aren't fond of the grimdark setting of the series that inspired it.
  19. Sep 3, 2019
    80
    Torchlight II offers the same dungeon hacking, loot-acquiring thrills of a big-budget Diablo at a fraction of the price without a paralyzing amount of content. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys this style of game. It's a great fit for the Switch's portability.
  20. Sep 30, 2019
    77
    Despite some bugs, Torchlight II is a recommended game for every lover of Diablo ARPGs. Personalization, replayability and multiplayer are the highlights of this title.
  21. 75
    I wish I had more to say about Torchlight II, because it is a solid dungeon-crawling RPG that features a quality Switch port with some flexible and smart functionality and UI tweaks for the console in both docked and handheld forms. It just doesn’t go above and beyond, feeling more generic overall. This is a Diablo-like game that feels a whole lot like Diablo, but doesn’t carve out enough of an identity on its own to leave a lasting impression. Still, the only games of this genre that do the raw gameplay better are the ones that snuck their way into this review as a modifier to explain the style of game this is.
  22. Sep 13, 2019
    70
    Torchlight is a good portage of a still good game, and it's great to play it everywhere on your Switch. But unfortunately, it lacks a local multiplayer mode on one console.
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  1. Sep 3, 2019
    The classic question remains: Is Torchlight 2 better than Diablo 3? But I’m not sure that it matters. They’re both pinnacles of action RPG design that coming at the genre in different ways. And having both on the go via the Switch, where a lengthy commute can be whiled away while smashing rock elementals with big hammers, is a gift to us all.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Sep 4, 2019
    9
    A great port overall. UI overhaul for handheld is nicely done. My only complaints are that the “charge” system is unexplained per class,A great port overall. UI overhaul for handheld is nicely done. My only complaints are that the “charge” system is unexplained per class, inventory management is inconvenient (you can’t sell items in your pet’s bag while at a vendor, have to manually move it all over first) and basic attack targeting is hit-or-miss (badum-tss) in its implementation. Full Review »
  2. Sep 7, 2019
    9
    Good port, good framerate, no bugs.

    Do not believe the idiots who give a rating of 0 or 1. Once again I repeat - a great port.
  3. Sep 4, 2019
    8
    I loved the many hours I spent playing Torchlight (both 1&2) on PC, years ago. I got it again for Switch after seeing how great Diablo 3 wasI loved the many hours I spent playing Torchlight (both 1&2) on PC, years ago. I got it again for Switch after seeing how great Diablo 3 was on it, and so far I haven't been disappointed.

    Graphically, it has aged well, and the color palette, chunkier art style, and general "personality" are a refreshing change of pace from Diablo, and it runs smoothly. Combat is still fun, equipment and skill mechanics are both broad and deep, and it's overall as great as I remembered.

    I will say that - especially after a lot of hours in D3 - there are some minor annoyances that crop up just enough to stop this from being an amazing Switch port: equipment management is a little clunky considering how many item types and stats you're looking at, when increasing stats upon leveling up there's an obnoxious bug which shows the wrong stat (i.e. shows the text/details for Strength, but if you hit A, it will actually level up Dexterity), and every so often the combat targeting seems to get confused about which enemy is closest. Hopefully some of these get ironed out, since I'm basing this on having played it the day it's released.

    Overall, still a lot of fun and a very well-made game, and a great fit for the Switch.
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