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Old 01 August 2009, 19:44   #1
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Cool New Matt Chat on Planescape: Torment

Hi, guys. I've posted the latest episode to YouTube, this time on Planescape: Torment. It's one of my favorite CRPGs, but let me know what you think!

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You really have to admire Black Isle for willing to try so many different things with their CRPGs. Fallout and Planescape: Torment really stand out to me as radical departures from the elves and dragons of most CRPGs.
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Old 01 August 2009, 19:57   #2
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It's one of my favorite CRGP games too. I think storywise it's much better than Baldur's Gate. Especially the flying skull sidekick "Morte" is very funny. Time to play this classic again.
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When it came out I only knew that (being a AD&D pen & paper DM) I needed to see how they would put Planescape in a computer RPG. Bought it, got home. installed it and from the very first moment of the intro it got me Like you said in the video, this game goes where very little other games have gone yet (The Nomad Soul is another example). The fact that you (almost) can't die and that it's far from the simple 'kill the baddies, get the girl and save the entire planet' kinda stories together with the unique atmosphere and NPCs makes it one outstanding RPG
Very nice choice there Matt and another great review

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So true TBH I find BG to be quite boring and tedious to play.
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Wow, thanks Matt.

I remember laughing off the P&P version as TSRs latest cash cow, when it came out. Oh boy, was I mistaken.

But then, Torment didn't strike me from the beginning. Escaping the mortuary was interesting but not that special. Wandering cluelessly around in Sigil nearly turned me off.
But the evolving story, the weird companions and the dense paranoid atmosphere really got me. I love this game now.

Trivia: The guy on the cover programmed 'Realms of Arkania'.
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Planescape: Torment is one of the best games I have ever played, and possibly my favourite game of all time. What an experience.
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Thanks for the comments, guys. While I played and enjoyed BG and the Icewind Dale series, I think Planescape really stands out. It's just not like any other CRPG I've played. Have you ever played Sanitarium?

http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/sanitarium

It's the only other game that really strikes a similar chord with me. Unfortunately, it's a devil of a game to find or get working on Vista.
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Sanitarium is great! I'll have to allocate sometime for Planescape: Torment. I remember the TSR intro, but not the zombification one. I believe I just started the game play and moved on to something else.
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... it's a devil of a game to find or get working on Vista.
I think I've read somewhere the XS 2002 re-release version works fine. (you may find it on underground-gamer )
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Sanitarium is great!
Agreed You need to play through it to actually discover how great it is

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I'll have to allocate sometime for Planescape: Torment. I remember the TSR intro, but not the zombification one. I believe I just started the game play and moved on to something else.
Big mistake You should definitely have another go. It's worth it!
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I just managed to complete it yesterday. Every other time something happened with my saved games or disks and I wasn't able to see the ending. Come to find out, there are lots of endings, but apparently you really need to be a mage to see the best ones. I may try to redo the last level after stocking up on cranium rats just to see what the sphere does.

In retrospect, it's probably best to play as a mage or at least a fighter with a very high int.
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The most important attributes are Int, Wis and Cha, not just Int.
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True, though apparently you need a 21 int to absorb the practical incarnation in the endgame. Or does it also hinge on wis or cha?
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Probably not that option, but...
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