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Torchlight II Now On Linux, Old News By A Day, But Here’s My Report

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You know since yesterday with our massive SteamOS news post that Torchlight II is now on Linux, but since the dust is settling we have had some time to check out the port, here’s how it runs.

My thoughts
I played through a fair bit of the first Torchlight and loved it, so I am extremely pleased to see Torchlight II on Linux. We don’t have many high quality Diablo-like RPG games on Linux, so this should help fill a big void.

I’m very happy to report, that we do actually have characters heads and faces this time around. For those that don’t know, the original port of Torchlight had a bug where characters heads disappeared.

I’ve been testing out Torchlight II for a little while now, and I’m pleased to say for me the port works really, really well. Take into account that I am on an Nvidia 970, but even with everything set to High I haven’t seen the game dip below 70FPS even when tons of action is going on.

I haven’t noticed any bugs myself yet, but I’ve seen a few Linux specific bugs on the Steam forum like this one, and it seems it’s an issue with AMD Catalyst drivers, and this one too, which also seems to be on AMD GPU’s.

I haven't yet had a chance to try anything other the single player, so I can't say if the co-op works or not.

You can see an unedited video of my game-play below, and you can see the FPS in the corner. Please note that recording does affect the performance, but not by a lot in this case:

Final Verdict: Buy it if you're on Nvidia, works fantastic for me. Everything seems smooth, and it’s fun to play. If you're on AMD you may want to wait until it's fixed up, or AMD release a new driver if it's driver related.

It’s also on sale, and it’s extremely cheap (£2.99!). Check out Torchlight II on Steam now.

About the game (Official)
The award-winning action RPG is back, bigger and better than ever! Torchlight II takes you back into the quirky, fast-paced world of bloodthirsty monsters, bountiful treasures, and sinister secrets - and, once again, the fate of the world is in your hands!

Torchlight II captures all the flavor and excitement of the original game - while expanding the world and adding the features players wanted most, including online and LAN co-op multiplayer. Torchlight II is fast, fun, and filled to the brim with action and loot. Adventure solo or online with your friends! Article taken from
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darkszluf 5 March 2015 at 11:47 am UTC
Bought an instant 4-pack
Beamboom 5 March 2015 at 11:51 am UTC
Excellent port of an excellent game.
This is one of those games that should be in every Linux gamers library. When it is on sale it's an obvious nobrainer, but even at a "regular" price it's worth it.

Coop is yet to be tested by me - I had too much fun soloing yesterday.
tuxilero 5 March 2015 at 11:59 am UTC
Really nice! Thanks for great review. Downloading now

BTW: I recommend using vokoscreen for screen recording. I'm using it for recording games, and there is almost no impact on games performance. But looking on your spec, you don't have problems with that ;)

EDIT: Whoa, have no idea why it posted twice. Can someone please remove duplicated comment?
Pangachat 5 March 2015 at 12:05 pm UTC
I played it on yesterday on my SteamOS testrig, which still don't have dedicated videocard, just the 7600k APU, and got no problems, it's running very well, without graphical glitches, or slowdons in 1080p maxed settings. (SteamOS using 14.10 Catalyst now)
Eike 5 March 2015 at 12:38 pm UTC
hidekin 5 March 2015 at 12:41 pm UTC
Awesome game :-) I was waiting for it for a long time :-)
You could also add in you article that the mods are working on linux , it's quite rare on linux to be the case :-)
Xpander 5 March 2015 at 12:55 pm UTC
liam did you change graphics settings or all was default?
cause i maxed everything except bloom and i get dips down to 35 even in places.
mostly its around 50-60 fps though.

what i saw was that the damn game was using 1 core that might be my problem..since AMD perf sucks in singlethread.. didnt test __GL_THREADED_OPTIMIZATION=1 yet.

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Liam Dawe 5 March 2015 at 1:07 pm UTC
Yeah, I turned everything up.
mirv 5 March 2015 at 1:35 pm UTC
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I can definitely say that "radeon" level cards have fglrx problems, but using mesa can be made to work (by removing/bypassing some of the steam runtime - it's a known issue).
It would seem that radeonsi level cards (with fglrx at least, I've not tried with mesa yet) work just fine, and the game also runs perfectly at 1080p on my APU (no framerates to provide, just a quick play).

Also, cheers Liam for pointing out potential issues, and links to them!
oldrocker99 5 March 2015 at 1:40 pm UTC
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Hmmmm..Yet Another Game that I bought on Windows in my dual-boot days (along with X-COM, The Witcher 2, Bioshock Infinite, Borderlands 2, and Empire:Total War) that are counted as Windows sales .

Oh, well. I'll probably buy it anyway.
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