Interplay Entertainment and Black Isle Studios absolutely dominated PC role-playing games in the 1990s. From Fallout to Baldur’s Gate, the era produced a load of classic games, one of which was Planescape Torment. Like those other titles, Planescape Torment is based on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition ruleset and uses Bioware’s Infinity Engine as the underpinning platform.
And, similar to the Bioware Baldur’s Gate, Planescape Torment not only shares an engine with that title but also a general setting: The Forgotten Realms.
One trademark of the Forgotten Realms’ titles is their heavy focus on story and heavy narratives.
This is much the case in Planescape Torment.
Download Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition
You can download the 2017 high-res version of the original Planescape: Torment (which was released back in 1999) from GOG.com or Steam. To begin, click on the Download button at the end of the review. Additionally, you can also get the official soundtrack of the game. The enhanced version not only has better graphics but also many updates such as improved user interface.
And if, after completing the game you want more check out the sequel: Torment: Tides of Numenera, which was just like the enhanced version of the original also released in 2017.
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition Review
Due to the fact that it shares a game engine with Baldur’s Gate the game is also related to the Icewind Dale and Neverwinter Nights titles. These games received a modern revamp in so-called “Enhanced Editions” that updated the game for modern audiences.
Planescape Torment also received an Enhanced Edition that, like the others, did much to bring the game into the modern era while still maintaining the gameplay style that makes it such a cult classic.
Beamdog lead the project to release Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition and brought the project to market in April 2017.
Like the other enhanced editions, this game received wide release across a variety of platforms including both smartphones and PCs. The team at Beamdog largely implemented the same types of improvements – the quality of life and balancing issues, for the most part – that were implemented in other enhanced edition games.
In terms of substance, the vast majority of the original game is preserved in this release. Working from the original’s design documents and what remained of its assets, the team at Beamdog was able to fill in the gaps with assistance from Chris Avellone, designer of the original title.
A cult classic, Planescape Torment was not a huge success when it was released. But it is a prime example of the type of quality RPG that dominated PCs at the time.
As the “Nameless One,” players will traverse the various planes of existence and explore their unique environments, factions, and lore. One of the primary places that the player will spend a lot of time in before breaking out to the other planes is a city on top of a very high hill. Here, the player will interact with factions, learn about their motivations, and gain some insight into the world of Planescape Torment.
Due to its overwhelming lore and attention to detail, Planescape Torment is a game that begs to be savored and explored from beginning to end. The varying experiences offered by the Infinity Engine games often place titles at one or the other spectrum – that is, being too action heavy or too action light.
Planescape Torment’s languid storytelling does not undermine its combat and gameplay though it might be more occasional than most gamers would desire. Yet, like a good book or film, Planescape Torment holds you from the beginning until the very end.
- Addictive gameplay and story all these years later
- Remake does little to change the classic
- Few games are made with this level of craft anymore
- It is an older game
- Not as action heavy as you might like
- Mechanics can some overly complex or obscure at times