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Planescape: Torment

6 years ago

Feature: Not At All Plain

One Of Dragon Age’s Big Influences? Planescape Torment

Like our fair, occasionally fire-breathing John, I also recently saw Dragon Age: Inquisition in action, and - against all odds - I came away very impressed. Dragon Age: Origins was a very important game to me for a number of reasons, and the crazy thing is that BioWare actually seems to *get* why its return to fantasy's pointy eared realms made people like me chant(ry)…

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7 years ago

Feature: What can change the nature of a sequel?

Post-Planescape: Fargo Reveals The Future Of Torment

Rumours have been swirling for years about a possible sequel to Black Isle's legendary and powerful roleplaying game Planescape: Torment, but the closure of the original studio and the jealous guarding of the Planescape rights by owners Wizards of the Coast seemed to have put paid to any comeback. But with original Interplay boss Brian Fargo very much back in the RPG business with current…

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8 years ago

Obsidian Want To Know What You Want Them To Make

Looks like Obsidian headbrain Chris Avellone's earlier talk about getting 'Kickstarter fever' based upon Double Fine's happy day (they've now passed $1.3 million in funding by the way - which, as Tim Schafer notes, is more than the budget for Day of the Tentacle and almost that of Full Throttle) wasn't idle chatter. Obsidian have just posted a forum thread asking for community suggestions as…

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Planescape Dev Gets ‘Kickstarter Fever’

Eek. We might be about to find out if Tim Schafer’s crowd-funding of a game is one-off lightning in a bottle, or a viable alternative for developers to work outside of publishers. Chris Avellone, the lead developer of isometric RPG classic Planescape Torment and current creative director of Obsidian Entertainment, responded to Michael Antonelli’s suggestion on Twitter that “I'd kickstart $500 for an old school…

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9 years ago

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 4/5

Young people. Good grief. Your ignorance is as plain as those spots on your greasy face. Don't you know anything? Can't you be bothered to learn anything? Did you even read the words of esteemed colleagues Rossignol, Walker and Smith detailing the first three parts of this Olympian list of The Most Important PC Games Of All Time? I am quite sure that I, Deacon…

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Alive Again! Planescape: Torment On GoG

They said it couldn't be done. We're still not sure how it was done, but we called it. One of the most infamously impossible to release games of all time is now available to play on modern PCs. Good Old Games are probably forgiven all their recent naughty doings by securing one of the finest RPGs of all time, Planescape: Torment. It's $9.95, and just…

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Re-Retrospective: Planescape: Torment

This retrospective post was originally published on RPS in 2007, and we repost it here to celebrate the arrival of Planescape: Torment on Good Old Games. It was first written by Kieron for PC Gamer. Some spoilers follow, but nothing absolutely critical. Ignored by the gaming press upon release, only receiving warmish reviews that stopped well short of open adulation and the victim of one…

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10 years ago

Qualified Yays: Planescape Re-Release?

Just picked up from Richard Cobbett's twitter, it appears that Interplay are re-releasing Planescape Torment. Its release date is listed as the 30th October and the price is a - not-much-change-from-the-nature-of-twenty-quid - 17.99 of your Earth pounds. In fact, it appears to be a whole load of Interplay other material too. It's a surprise to see a decade-old game released at a mid-range price... but…

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12 years ago

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Planescape Landscapes

Click the pics to embiggen "What can change the nature of a classic RPG?" Answer - a resolution-tweaking mod. A couple of you have previously pointed out The Gibberlings Three's marvellous Infinity Engine res hack in our comments, but though I cooed with interest and immediately saved it to my bookmarks (three times, it appears), I've not had a chance to take a look until…

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What can change a nature of a man… quickly?

I was passing through RPGCodex and noticed something you can file under either "Huh?" or "Blimey!" depending on how you're wired. It's a Speed run. Of Planescape Torment. That's the first of seven parts. Total time? 1:01:06 and he didn't even skip the final movie. If only the resolution was a little better, then you could actually pause to read the text and have a…

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Word Play

[A version of this feature was originally printed in UK videogames bible Edge. It's about the use of Text in videogames, both in the mainstream and over in the world of Interactive fiction. It features material from Chris Avellone (Planescape Torment), Sheldon Pacotti (Deus Ex), Adam Cadre (Photopia, Shrapnel) and Emily Short (Galatea, Floatpoint). I've expanded it to fit in in some of the quotes…

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Last Rites, she said…

It's always fun when a story generates another story. Regular readers will recall the Planescape retrospective I posted recently. The ever-lovely Slashdot picked up on it, and one of their commentators pointed everyone in the direction of the game's actual Vision Statement over at RPGWatch, from when it was called "Last Rites" rather than "Planescape: Torment" and they weretrying to persuade management to greenlight the…

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Retrospective: Planescape Torment

[I originally wrote this for the relaunch issue of PC Gamer, when they were introducing their extra-life section. The Long Play features are basically a critical essay, looking at a game a few years on and noting why it still matters. Anyway, this is my look over Black Isle's genuinely seminal RPG. A few years old, every word then remains true now - and I…

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