What can change the nature of a game? It’ll take more than high-res support and a scalable UI to change Planescape: Torment, but why would you want to muck with its guts? Black Isle’s RPG is still a fine thing, and the Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition [official site] simply makes running it on modern systems less of a faff. A worthy re-release! Our Alec told us all Wot He Thought of the Enhanced Edition back in March but it actually only launched last night. Break out your gel pens and start updating your journal.
Planescape: Torment, to refresh your memory, is a 1999 RPG from Fallout creators Black Isle Studios. It’s the fantasy adventures of a chap who wakes up on a mortuary slab with no memory of who he is, then sets out to discover what happened to him, who he was, and the answer to one question: what can change the nature of a man? The game is technically tied into Dungeons & Dragons worlds but isn’t typical fantasy guff, set in a weird city where many dimensions cross converge. It’s big on words, light on (rubbish) combat, and often funny, interesting, and touching.
Here, Kieron had a good retrospective look at Torment years ago.
The Enhanced Edition whipped up by Beamdog is basically just Torment wrapped up to play nicely with modern systems. Mods have tackled some of the same issues before but this brings a few nice extra touches and no faffing with mods. As Alec said:
“Not played PST before? PSTEE is all the invitation you need. Native high-res support, scalable UI, a few helping hands and most of all it just works. Played PST before? Well, like me, the last time round you probably did it modded, and as such PSTEE, though a smoother ride, won’t feel particularly revelatory. If it’s your first time back since 1999, however, rest assured that it treats your memories well.”