...for whatever reason...
Happy to use console and Rapid Respec. Sort of.
In fact if it weren't for RR I wouldn't even be playing TL2. Generally when I speak on the forum (anywhere in gaming) I'm speaking of the default game and the "official" experience. For some reason (which I have been trying to purge from my mind) hacking/editing/modding/cheating, all ruin "the feel" for me. For example, even though it's a hack fest and is no more "legitimate" than open, I still prefer Diablo 2 closed battle net non-ladder. And even that feels like I'm cheating a little since it's not the true default mode. (Ladder)
Speaking of "reality" in the context of gaming, may seem absurd but the fact is the default/intended experience for me is more enjoyable simply because it feels more real. By that, I am aware, I must mean more official, more like canon. As opposed to fan fiction that, while equally imaginary, and perhaps even better in quality, still lacks some (admittedly conformist on my part) rubber stamp appeal.
So for me, a console command that doesn't flag the player is better than using RR, and flipping an in game, gui setting toggle would be better still.
With an increased levelling speed you would outlevel your enemies, with an increased item drop rate you would would outgear them.
But that bridge is already burnt by having difficulty settings at all. It doesn't matter which end you put weight on, it's the same scale. Especially with a shared stash.
How come? The lower difficulties are far more permissive, you can play any build and play any style you want there.
Because it requires a console command, which is a save hack more or less, or save editor, or game mode restriction (the lan "trick") to change it. Also clearly the names of each difficulty imply achievement or the lack of it. Though I admit "casual" is a lot more friendly and flattering than "easy" though it might just as well have been called "pansy" "lamer" or "newb" for what it feels like to me
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To me it's not about beating the game on the hardest possible settings, to prove I'm "elite" it's about figuring out what the default, and thus most canon, setting is. Right now I believe that to be "normal" because of its name. I see the various efforts to get away from that kind of mentality, most obviously by making the game extremely mod friendly, to the point of releasing an official modding tool, and I say bravo. But again, that just goes back to the fan fiction comparison for me.
The only way around that for what its worth would be to somehow make mods a part of the canon. To put the mod manager in the game menu itself, and make it so that they are more like plugins designed to improve subjective experience, rather than mods which to me are as I've said, equivalent to retellings of the default story.
By making them integrated with the primary in game settings menu, or better yet a character panel, as in the plugins/extensions menus in firefox for example, you invite the world of modding into the canon. It would be even better still for me and my weirdness if they somehow made it part of the story. Like how Rifts opened the door literally to every other game universe by having rifts. Since the plot of torchlight involves a character trying to change the very nature of magic, it could easily accommodate the chaos and paradox that clashing mods would inspire.
If mods are ever "welcomed in" in this way, the resulting game will outlast tetris and chess.
For the record and future searches: To access this mode...Alter the file “settings.txt” found in your Torchlight 2 Save file. (%userprofile%\My Documents\My Games\Runic Games\Torchlight 2\save) Open the file with a text editor, then press Ctrl+F and search for Console :0. Change the parameter from Console :0 to Console :1 Now that console is activated, you can open the Console window while in-game by pressing Insert.
That this mode requires an outside edit breaks canon for me, so I'll just continue to rationalize my use of RR since it boils down to convenience. Until such time as I get tired of "compensating" and go to a different game :/