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Hob is a fascinating departure from Torchlight

Zelda. Ico. Shadow of the Colossus. Even a little Metroid. Runic Games has borrowed concepts from these iconic adventures for its next PC and console game, Hob. Why "Hob?" Well, the name has a dual meaning that refers to little sprite chara...   read

 
 
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Torchlight developers announce adventure game Hob

Torchlight developer Runic Games has announced its newest project, Hob. Hob is a vibrant, suspenseful adventure game. As players delve into the mysteries around them, they discover a planet in peril. Can it be mended, or will the world fa...   read

 
 
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Years later, Torchlight II is almost ready for Mac

You mean to tell me 2012's action-RPG Torchlight II isn't already available for Mac? Oh. I see. Well, props to Runic Games for not abandoning the task, then. Maybe I'll play it on my next flight. The Mac version of Torchlight II hits Steam...   read

 
 
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Torchlight II reaches two million copies sold

Runic CEO Max Schafer has announced today that Torchlight II has reached two million sales -- nice! In addition to a few celebratory comments on sales, Shafer adds, "I'd just like to say a big thank you to all the players who offered their ...   read

 
 
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Torchlight II mod tools have been released!

After what feels like forever, the Torchlight II mod tools, nicknamed GUTS, have finally been released. In order to access the GUTS editor, simply go to your install folder and open up the "Editor" executable. Since modding is a pretty...   read

 
 
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Torchlight II mod adds another class and way more

The SynergiesMOD for Torchlight II is ridiculous. Here, just look at all that it adds: 108 Elite monsters, 6 Rare dragons, 28 Raid dungeons, 11 unique World Bosses, 4 Sets of Legendary Armor, 16 new Tier-1 Legendary Weapons, brand new...   read

 
 
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Review: Torchlight II

Torchlight II was, unfortunately, subject to a number of delays. Originally set for release back in 2011, it's only now become available for purchase. I'm happy to say the wait was worth it. It's a bit rough around the edges, but Torchlight...   read

 
 
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Torchlight II's OST will set you back all of $0

Looking forward to Torchlight II's release in a couple of days? How about the game's soundtrack, composed by Matt Uelmen of Diablo and Diablo II fame? Originally, the OST was released back in June in limited quantities, as Jayson Napolitano...   read

 
 
Torchlight II. This particular mix (which is unique, but close to the in-game mix) starts with the classical guitar placed in a way that should be familiar to adventurers who have faced the curse of ember at least once before.

As I listen to this now, I realize how much of an impression the early-nineties ambient movement made on me. Those whispering synth textures (mostly courtesy of Spectrasonics' spectacular Omnisphere, featured on hundreds of soundtracks in the past year or two) remind me more than a little of albums like "U. F. Orb" from that era, and other similar works. It seems to fit the mood of the Estherians - despite being enslaved by rifle-toting bandits, stalked by armored ten-foot bears and rumors of some turning into something resembling calamari, they seem to have a genuinely placid and even condescending demeanor.

"Wasteland"

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Here's a unique teaser mix of a few tracks from the deserts and salty barrens of Act 2. I couldn't resist being somewhat literal minded and using shakers, maracas, and the such, along with a few of the usual suspects in terms of near-asian instruments. But the real influence in the left-hand piano stabs is obviously the action soundtrack king of the era I was born into, Lalo Schifrin. His background in Latin instrumental music was the perfect means to redefine action music, and I'd like to think I subconsciously absorbed a little of it.

"Dungeons"

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Exclusive: Torchlight II OST highlights with Matt Uelmen Torchlight II's release is right around the corner, and after hearing how well it's coming together from our hands-on at PAX last week, I've been anxiously waiting to hear composer Matt Uelmen's music in-game. We already revi...  
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Torchlight II. This particular mix (which is unique, but close to the in-game mix) starts with the classical guitar placed in a way that should be familiar to adventurers who have faced the curse of ember at least once before.

As I listen to this now, I realize how much of an impression the early-nineties ambient movement made on me. Those whispering synth textures (mostly courtesy of Spectrasonics' spectacular Omnisphere, featured on hundreds of soundtracks in the past year or two) remind me more than a little of albums like "U. F. Orb" from that era, and other similar works. It seems to fit the mood of the Estherians - despite being enslaved by rifle-toting bandits, stalked by armored ten-foot bears and rumors of some turning into something resembling calamari, they seem to have a genuinely placid and even condescending demeanor.

"Wasteland"

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Here's a unique teaser mix of a few tracks from the deserts and salty barrens of Act 2. I couldn't resist being somewhat literal minded and using shakers, maracas, and the such, along with a few of the usual suspects in terms of near-asian instruments. But the real influence in the left-hand piano stabs is obviously the action soundtrack king of the era I was born into, Lalo Schifrin. His background in Latin instrumental music was the perfect means to redefine action music, and I'd like to think I subconsciously absorbed a little of it.

"Dungeons"

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Exclusive: Torchlight II OST highlights with Matt Uelmen Torchlight II's release is right around the corner, and after hearing how well it's coming together from our hands-on at PAX last week, I've been anxiously waiting to hear composer Matt Uelmen's music in-game. We already revi...   full story

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Exclusive: Torchlight II OST highlights with Matt Uelmen

Torchlight II's release is right around the corner, and after hearing how well it's coming together from our hands-on at PAX last week, I've been anxiously waiting to hear composer Matt Uelmen's music in-game. We already reviewed the promot...   read

 
 
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PAX: 30 minutes of Torchlight II left me craving for more

Confession: I never did finish the original Torchlight. For whatever reason, the game failed to grab me -- maybe it was the pacing, the lack of co-op support, or something else entirely. Whatever the case might be, I'll finish Torchlight I...   read

 
 


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Torchlight 2 finally dated for September 20

Runic Games has finally announced Torchlight 2's release date, lighting fires in the souls of those hoping it'll be better than Diablo III. You'll be able to shoot your guns and swing your swords in Torchlight's beautiful world on September...   read

 
 
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iOS MMO shamelessly rips off Torchlight

Armed Heroes, a mobile MMORPG, is the latest game on iTunes to be caught shamelessly stealing stuff from other studios. The victim this time is Torchlight, with Runic Games' Travis Baldree calling out the thieving party -- EGLS Ltd -- on Tw...   read

 
 
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