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I gave Diablo 3 a five-star review, and though the word "perfect" didn't come up, I did call it "a masterpiece." I still stand by that score, despite the somewhat bumpy reputation the game has earned since launch. Now, Torchlight 2 has finally arrived to complete the pair. Besides their obvious genre connection, Runic Games' Max Schafer co-founded Blizzard North (whe...

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Let there be Torchlight for free

If you've yet to try it, Torchlight is a decent way to while away the holiday hours this week. A frequent flyer in our 2009 Best of the Rests, Runic's loot-heavy action-RPG is free until Sunday, November 30 on Perfect World's Arc client, and that's for keeps. If you don't have Arc then it's another...

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Torchlight 2 is free to play, 75 percent off this weekend on Steam

Runic Games' Diablo-like loot-'em-up Torchlight 2 is free to try this weekend on Steam. If you and your friends have been looking for a chance to delve into its cooperative multiplayer component, you might want to organize a dedicated dungeon raid party right about ... now. If you like what you ...

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Torchlight 2 sends pet back with two million sales

Action-RPG Torchlight 2 surpassed two million sales over the weekend, doubling its trade over the course of 2013. As developer Runic announced on New Year's Eve, the follow-up took three months to hit the million mark, which the first Torchlight reached in two years. In the seven months since Torch...

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Torchlight 2 in-house dev tool 'GUTS' released

Runic Games has released a consumer version of the internal development tools it used to build Torchlight 2. Dubbed "GUTS," the suite of tools allows the user to change everything "from item and skill balance, to level layouts, animations, quests, and much more," according to the game's official bl...

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Trine 2 Director's Cut 25% off in Wii U eShop, GOG.com holding RPG sale

Frozenbyte has announced that Trine 2 Director's Cut is currently on sale in the Wii U eShop, meaning the $19.99 co-op puzzle platformer is now on sale for $14.99 in the US. That price will last through February 28 in North America and all the way to March 7 in the EU. And if that sale and the ongo...

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Torchlight 2 sells over a million copies

Runic Games has been relatively quiet since the launch of Torchlight 2 in late September, but the company popped up on this New Year's Eve to note its game sold over one million units during 2012. Repeated delays of Torchlight 2 caused inescapable comparisons to the long-awaited Diablo 3, which rel...

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How Torchlight 2 gets character progression so right

This is a weekly column from freelancer Rowan Kaiser, which focuses on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. Here's the moment I realized I loved Torchlight 2: It's the screenshot right above this. This is an Engineer. He's ...

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PSA: Sizable Torchlight 2 patch available on Steam

Valve detailed the latest patch for Torchlight 2 on its Steam blog yesterday. Available now, the update includes wardrobe tweaks, map visibility toggle controls, a fix for the merchant system's "buyback" tab and dozens of other improvements. The patch also addresses a few hardware crashing issues a...

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Torchlight 2 on Mac 'will take a couple months at least'

The Mac version of Torchlight 2 is "next on the agenda, but it will take a couple months at least," Runic CEO Matt Schaefer says on Reddit. We knew Runic Games was working on a Mac version of Torchlight 2, before the team travels far away from any form of technology for a few weeks, and now we know...

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Humble Indie Bundle 6 devs ask you to ask them anything on Reddit

A few of the developers with games in the rather fantastic Humble Indie Bundle 6 are hosting an AMA on Reddit right now. In attendance is Runic Games co-founder Max Schaefer, representing Torchlight (and Torchlight 2, it seems); programmer Matt Bush and composer Terrence Lee of Dustforce's Hitbox T...

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