Planescape: Torment – Enhanced Edition wasn’t the only throwback to good old computer RPG times, as inXile Entertainment‘s Kickstarter project Torment: Tides of Numenera continues its legacy many many years after.
Modern role-playing games with an isometric perspective and loads of texts aren’t for everyone, especially not those who don’t have a lot of time, but they’re the pinnacle of immersion, and this game seems to be no different. Set in the table-top role-playing world Numenera, the story is about an individual who jumped from one body to the next in order to extend his life, in the process leaving behind shells called castoffs, one of which being the player. Now it’s up to this character (male or female) to save the world, as The Sorrow comes to bring down destruction on everyone and everything.
Choices and consequences aren’t new, as they have been established in the original Baldur’s Gate games with Tyranny being a recent example that stories and characters can change, depending on the player’s input. However, Torment: Tides of Numenera takes one step further and makes use of the Crisis system which allows planning battles with environmental puzzles, social interaction, and stealth segments. It doesn’t stop there, because one can interact with reflections of one’s companions and other characters, learning secrets from these figments. Uncovering Lacunae, figments of one’s mind to find out more about oneself, is another interesting gameplay element, while finding Meres, connections to the consciousnesses of other castoffs, further highlights the philosophical themes of the game. As you can see, there are many things differentiating the title from other games, and even if some people seem to have been disappointed, expecting a second Planescape: Torment, this still looks to be a very sophisticated storytelling experience.
The game was already released in February and is available for PC and consoles in various digital as well as physical forms. The Legacy Edition includes the soundtrack, world map, 2 novellas, ringtones, and forum avatars. The Immortal Edition has all the extras from the Legacy Edition plus 3 more novellas, a strategy guide, concept art book, and high-res wallpapers. The retail version comes in the standard Day One edition with the official soundtrack on CD, a 100-page digital travel guide, a printed map, and exclusive in-game armor. The Collector’s Edition (if still available) has an 80-pages hardcover artbook and a 20 cm figurine of the first castoff in addition to the Day One goodies.
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