Beamdog is known for their enhanced versions of classic RPGs, like the original Baldur’s Gate titles or new ventures like Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, and Planescape: Torment – Enhanced Edition is another great addition to the must-play roster of computer role-playing games.
Planescape: Torment is one of those games I’ve had in my physical collection for many years without daring to dive into its expansive world for time management reasons, as the first hour I played was intimidating due to the text-heavy dialogues. Of course Baldur’s Gate wasn’t any different, but still there was always something holding me back (like shorter story-driven games). So maybe now it’s time to give this epic adventure another chance, as it was praised by many as one of the best RPG experiences one can have.
The 1999 release still stands as something unique when it comes to storytelling in RPGs, as it puts the player into the role of the Nameless One, a figure scarred by many lives he lived through but can’t remember. Now he tries to escape Sigil, a metropolis for souls and demons, trying to figure out who he really is. With an illustrious cast of party members, it’s not all talk, but fighting, casting spells can also be part of the job if one decides to do so. A chaste succubus who can kill with a kiss, a confused crossbow-wielding cube, and Morte, a floating skull are only a few of the memorable characters who accompany the Nameless One on his quest for identity.
The Enhanced Edition provides remastered music, a 4K interface, tab highlighting, area zooming, combat log, quickloot, and more. While some people seem to take this as just a revamped mod, it’s clear that there is much more going on behind the scenes, and with so many bugfixes and the involvement of original lead designer Chris Avellone, this is the definitive version. For those who don’t like the new features: they can still be turned off, but who would want that? The original is also included in the GOG version, while the soundtrack can be bought separately as well.
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