10 April 2018

Planescape Torment

Companions from Planescape Torment 1999


Companions from Planescape Torment (1999) The Nameless One, Morte the chatty skull, Dakkon the philosophical dude with the living blade, Annah the quick tempered thiefling, Ignus the burning mage, Vhailor the restless spirit in its living armour, Nordom the backwards modron and Fall from Grace, the succubus.

Planescape: Torment (1999) is a role-playing video game developed by Black Isle Studios (the guys responsible for some of the best rpg games of their era) Planescape: Torment is low on action and heavy on dialogue, almost an interactive novel with some minor combat and inventory management sprinkled so you don't really find your self clearing dungeon after dungeon like in many other infinity engine games. Yet somehow it feels surprisingly fun probably due to its interesting setting and story.

You play some poor sod who is covered with scars and looks like he was beaten to death with an ugly stick. Apparently you wake up in a mortuary with a skull next to you, who chats and floats and it doesn't take much time to figure you are an immortal who has lived many lives but has forgotten all about them so off you go to reclaim your memories of these previous lives.

I'm a fan of these old school rpg games but I have a couple of exta reasons to love this game; Your memories count as experience points to level up your character and also push the story forward while keeping you guessing what actually happened. Killing your character in couple of situations to prove people you are immortal or to make the story proceed. Party members are people you have encountered in your past lives but have forgotten, they usually bring interesting back stories with them. Doesnt have orks, goblins and other common races found in every fantasy setting (which is a great change). There is a perverted wizard who has morphed himself into a closet to be closer to a bunch of women working in the brothel of intellectual lust

Recently the game was updated to Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition, it comes fully patched and bug free, works with modern computers, high res, and as I said before; if you are into old school rpg games with good story and dont mind the heavy text, go pick this up right now as you wont regret it. However If you prefer action and more dynamic sort of rpg games then maybe you should pass this one out.