In contrast to the first game, in which players take an active part in a storyline, the second one involves players taking on the persona of a certain secondary character, and travelling throughout the various realms in search of answers to several lingering questions. It's significant to note that the gameplay in Torchlight II isn't quite as ambitious or open-ended as the first game did, but this doesn't take away from its substantial benefits. In particular, the new game plus system offered by Runic Games really does make this game significantly greater than its predecessor. Players who previously enjoyed the first game, but lost interest after a few hours, will find this to their advantage, because they can now play through the campaign in the way they used to - but still enjoy the game at the same level they once found it. With additional challenges to the gameplay, the game is also much more replayable, with players able to try out all the levels again.
There are several things that make Torchlight II stand out from other Runic games. One of the greatest advantages is the outstanding visual quality, enhanced by the use of modern, high-tech animation. The character designs are more detailed, and facial expressions are more natural looking than in previous versions of Torchlight II. The musical score, including the main theme, is also quite memorable.