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When you played through Torchlight II, did it feel like something was – I don’t know - missing>? Wait, for real? Because there was a whole, whole lot of stuff in Runic’s brilliant sophomore slasher (read that phrase again; videogame lingo is weird sometimes, you guys), so I was mostly joking for the purposes of introducing this sentence: Torchlight II was a glorious loot pinata explosion of glowy, sparkly, monster-y things, but a positively mad mod team has decided to add more anyway. Heaps more. A new Necromancer class, 108 Elite monsters, 28 raid dungeons, a new hub, and new quest lines. And that (available right now) is only the beginning of a plan so absurdly grandiose that it may as well be the sun to vanilla Torchlight II’s tiny disposable travel bag flashlight.
Months after players have eked the last drop of content out of the vanilla version of Torchlight II, modders are still going strong, twisting, re-vamping, and moulding the game into whatever they please.
But while there are many fine mods out there (more than I could hope to keep track of, really), the Synergies Mod by Salan stands apart. Billed as a "complete conversion mod for Torchlight II," it adds a new class called the Necromancer, new maps, and new mobs to the game.
From the ModDB description:
SynergiesMOD is a complete conversion for Torchlight 2! Adding 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 Quest lines, a new World hub for ACT5, and a whole new class: The Necromancer. Future plans include 24 planned Classes, 3 more Raid Dungeon chains, 2 Quest hubs, 2 more ACTS of overworld play, 3 more Legendary Armor sets, a second tier of legendary weapons, as well as fleshing out the tier1 weapons with more options! The mod is aggressively developed and the community is being built around inclusion and discussion on our Website, Steam group and Facebook pages.
Woah. The video up top demonstrates the Necromancer's main skill, called "Skull Barrage," which sends out, well, a barrage of exploding skulls. You can learn more about the Mod over at ModDB, and check out a lengthier video of it in action here:
I'm not sure how I didn't immediately catch this humorous Skyrim tribute, but I didn't—thanks to TorchlightGGP and the wonders of YouTube, you can too.
The only drag is that it doesn't grant some sort of temporary dragon shout power, and that lovely choir doesn't start to play. Can't have everything, I guess.
One of the big differences between Torchlight II and Diablo III is that in Torchlight II, it's much more difficult to re-spec your character and choose new skills.
You can visit a vendor in town to undo your last three skill upgrades, but past that, you're probably stuck with the options you've got. Choose well!
However, there is a re-spec potion in the game that lets you totally overhaul your character, even at a high level. But that potion is rare, and so it's difficult to find.
Thankfully, there's this workaround, uploaded to YouTube by MaguzEx. It's a hack, really, not a mod—you'll have to download a file and drop it into your Torchlight II save game folder. After that, the potions will magically appear in your shared stash, and you can re-spec to your heart's content.
Not bad. Maybe it's time to find out how my Embermage would do if she was more into lightning.
Torchlight II Hack Allows You to Reset Skills Infinitely: Respec My Dodge Mastery [Technabob via Nibblehacker, YouTube video by MaguzEX]
It's really been a couple of weeks for hidden easter eggs in games. First we've got Borderlands 2, which managed to hide something in what feels like every single room, and now there's Torchlight II.
The third act of Torchlight II is so big that I have a feeling people are just scratching the surface of what's hidden there. But surely this is one of the best secrets—watch here as YouTuber iobuffa discovers a wonderful Minecraft easter egg, and reacts appropriately.
[Torchlight 2] The Secret Minecraft Easter Egg - World's First!? [iobuffa on YouTube]