Planescape Torment - White Label Range (PC CD)
- Character creation is just the beginning
- The Planescape universe is a setting you've never eperienced
- Ecounter inventory items with personalities
- Built with the Bioware Infinity Engine, the same as Baldur's Gate
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In Planescape: Torment, you play a nameless, scarred, immortal on a quest to discover his past, his identity, and his role in the conflict over the nature of reality. The brilliant role-playing and adventure game focuses on the "Planescape" campaign setting of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game, and combines the best elements of Interplay's phenomenally successful Baldur's Gate with an enthralling storyline, well-written dialogue, and beautiful artwork and graphics.
In an inspired choice, Black Isle Studios, the developer of Planescape: Torment (and also the Baldurs Gate series), has chosen to provide the player, at least initially, with as little details about the story as possible. After viewing a mysterious introductory movie, players guide The Nameless One on a journey through the bleak city of Sigil and its underground catacombs.
The story leads from there to the bizarre realities of alternative planes of existence, where belief and thought determine the laws of physics. Through dialogue with hundreds of non-player characters, puzzle-solving, and point-and-click combat, The Nameless One discovers clues about his identity and the circumstances surrounding his condition.
Gamers overwhelmed by detailed role-playing games will find Planescape: Torment easier to grasp; players can freely switch between three different character classes (Fighter, Mage, Thief) for The Nameless One as the game progresses, and learning the combat and magic system--with a simple point-and-click interface--takes only a few minutes. Literally hundreds of weapons, items, spells, and "tattoos" can be collected and affixed to The Nameless One or any of the several party members acquired during the course of the game. If you're a fan of role-playing or adventure games, Planescape: Torment's engrossing world creates a must-have gaming experience.--Doug Radcliffe Amazon.com
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After the inital grouchy "Why isn't <this> feature in it?" shenanigans which I always go through with a new game interface, I got to settle down into it. It took a little while for me to lose the Armour/Weapon/Helmet mentality I'd gained from BG, but I came to appreciate the Tattoo and 'charm' approach. A big kid in some ways - I loved the sick, kid's glee of swapping my different eyeballs in and out, and tearing off an arm and bashing someone to death with it >:-)
The graphics are excellent - more than passable even two years after it came out. Better graphics than some recently released games, too. Shame it's only 640x480 but hey, it adds to the atmosphere anyway. Animations are great, even funny in places and the spell effects are wonderful, occasionally mesmerising and beautiful in a jewel-box kind of way.
There are a couple of buggy bits, but with the included patch installed they don't make too much of an impact. I found a glitch with the non-linearity of the story in one place (the Clerk's Ward) but with so much else going on I wasn't overly upset with it and it didn't affect the main storyline.
The character growth is great, even better than the standard BD/IWD style growth.Read more ›
Impossibly deep compared to Baldurs Gate and Icewind Dale, and, in my opinion, easily as good as Baldur's Gate 2 (and, what's more, it can happily coexist with them - it is different enough), Torment is a game that every gamer who likes to think about more than just the game should own.
The character interaction is unsurpassed, think of Deus Ex levels of involvement and interaction but here rather than following basicaly 2 paths you can follow at least half a dozen (found to date) and probably more. Think of how in BG your character grows and how its limited (oh why I can't just practice a bit at being a theif or a mage but stay mainly a fighter and level up) now put aside that bitterness as PT lets you do that, it will also affect how people around you deal with you. Ever wonder why you both spending character points on charisma or wisdom (apart from to get extra cleric spells or cheaper goods in the shops when you know that before long you will have enough gold to buy the entire world) well this game makes use of those stats brilliantly. Oh and if you want to be thick and unpleasant with BO thats fine, its just another way to play the game.
Well what more can I say.... if you haven't already played this game, or eagerly waiting for the postie to deliever your copy then I pity you as you are gonna miss one of the greatest unsung moments of PC gaming. Put it this way I have yet to see a bad review of this game anywhere.... not even some prat saying its pants because pants is the biggest word they can spell. Even magazine reviewers who usualy slate anything RPG have admitted to loving this game.
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A true classic. Played this when I was much younger and wanted a trip down memory lane, a brilliant game with an engrossing story. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lukey Boy
This game is different to any other you have played before, or will play. Multiple approaches mean you can play it again and again and discover new things. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2010 by HeecheeRendezvous
I have played many RPGs, console and PC and none come close to the brilliance of this game. It really is art. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2008 by Will
This was released by Black Isle in the interim period between the much more commercially successful Baldur's Gate series, and it passed many people by, me included. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2007 by Chef!
Words fail to describe the perfect symphony of brilliant ideas, emerging story-line and detailed coding that makes this game an unsurpassable classic! Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2007 by NeuroSplicer
I'm amazed to see that there are still a couple of people who don't rate this game, although if you're after twee, brightly coloured but ultimately rather shallow cliches like... Read morePublished on 31 July 2007 by B. Gilman
This game WAS amazing. At the time every game i'd played or heard about was very linear so this game was a breath of fresh air. Read morePublished on 20 July 2007 by Carl Markwick
It doesnt have the varied classes or sheer amount of quests as Baldurs Gate 2.
What it does have is character. Read more
I had huge hopes for this game. I think it is quite severely overhyped -- it was probably revolutionary back at the time when it came out, but hasn't aged very well at all... Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2006 by Mr. N. Korpelainen