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Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition

Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition

Beamdog has given us a second chance to experience Planescape Torment.

  • Text: Jorge García
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That said, Planescape Torment manages to make you feel completely in charge of a credible story, and that we have full control of what's going on. Every character, situation, and mission turns into something seemingly unique for your playthrough. Each milestone feels important and leaves a mark, choices must be calculated, and different elements combine to deliver a great adventure where all possibilities and outcomes have apparently been considered beforehand.

Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition respects all of this. It improves screen resolution, which at the same times widens the player's field of vision, but it also lets you play with the old camera, with those huge, well-animated characters. To some degree, we lose out on the closeness that brought a more intimate atmosphere to every scene, but we're talking about a game that was released with 640x480 resolution. Thus, given the quality of modern screens, it looks a lot worse when the camera is zoomed in on the action.

Apart from the visuals, this is the exact same adventure that we played back in 1999, an adventure that plays out in one of the most incredible Dungeons & Dragons settings, complete with fantasy and gothic horror elements, along with thought-provoking storylines that make you reflect on philosophical and religious issues. You won't find any of the usual clichés here. Side characters you'll run into along the way have their own deep stories that unfold. Wanting to know more about them is something that feels natural, without the need to lead you forward via the promise of sexual relations.

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Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition is a text-heavy video game. Really text-heavy. You should, therefore, take your time to explore and talk to every single character before making any decisions. Only seldom do you have to fight if you choose the diplomatic path which, at the same time, feels much more rewarding. Make sure you enjoy the brilliant writing, the jokes and comments. Admire how it elegantly it avoids convention, adding a twist to every situation in order to surprise the player.

At the end of the day, Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition is just like the original, which means we're dealing with a masterpiece. Its script, its characters and its atmosphere, the three core elements that took it to new heights, have been left intact, so it's still an amazing game that feels like it hasn't aged at all and that promises many hours of fun, fascination, and exploration of the unknown. This is the perfect excuse for veterans to relive, or newcomers to discover for the first time, one of the best role-playing games of all time.

09 Gamereactor UK
9 / 10
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Beamdog has had total respect for the original: intact story and characters on the one hand, and some bug fixing and visual enhancements in the other.
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No new translations mean a missed opportunity, particularly for a complex text-driven game.
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