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Planescape Torment

A classical isometric cRPG based on the rules of the 2nd edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. It was developed by Black Isle Studios, the creators of the Fallout series. The action of Planescape: Torment starts in the Mortuary in the city of Sigil, known also as the City of Doors due to countless portals present therein. There, we meet the protagonist, the Nameless One, an immortal man who will be trying to regain his identity and memories throughout the game. The title is powered by the game engine employed in a bestselling RPG, Baldur’s Gate, and features similar gameplay mechanics. In the game, we control a party of very original characters and the gameplay focuses on performing subsequent quests connected to the past of the protagonist. The game heavily emphasizes the plot, while real-time combat, although present and featuring active pause mechanics, is of second importance.

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PC / Windows
Game Planescape Torment (PC) cover
Planescape Torment

Planescape Torment | PC

RPG, Isometric view, Dungeons & Dragons, classic RPG

Companies responsible for Planescape Torment

Black Isle Studios | game developer

Interplay Entertainment | publisher  

Planescape Torment release date for PC:

game language:

10 December 1999 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player , size: 4 CD
Game score 8.955 / 10 calculated out of 14269 players' votes.  

Planescape: Torment for PC / Windows is powered by Baldur’s Gate’s engine and at first glance resembles it very much, but this impression is misleading. Technically, both productions utilize Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules, but the worlds in which the action takes place are completely different. In Baldur’s Gate, it is the universe of Forgotten Realms, very well-known to cRPG players, with its honorable paladins, agile elves and evil orcs. Planescape, however, is something else entirely, and its rules are so complex that before the release of Torment, people thought that it would be impossible to make a video game adaptation of this system.

Generally speaking, one could say that there are no absolute rules in this world, because they are breakable or avoidable if one knows how to do it. Planescape is a multiverse of parallel worlds (Forgotten Realms being one of them) connected through portals, most of which lead to Sigil, the City of Doors. This is where the story of Planescape: Torment starts; to be more precise - in the Mortuary. This is also where the first surprise awaits us, as our protagonist is no handsome warrior or old mage to which we are used. He rather resembles something in between Dr. Frankenstein's monster and a zombie. To make matters worse, he is amnesiac.

This isn't the last surprise waiting for us. It turns out that the protagonist is immortal. That which ends other people’s lives can be a way to make progress in the story of our hero. His class is not predetermined either, as he can become a warrior, mage or a thief; later it is also possible to switch between classes at will. The companions are unusual too, to say the least. For example, a talking skull fighting with its teeth and a charming thief with a rather long tail. Planescape: Torment for PC / Windows is a must-have for all fans of RPGs and brilliant stories in general.

System requirements

Recommended: Processor Pentium 266 MHz (or compatible), 64 MB RAM, 4MB graphic card compatible with DirectX, Windows 95/98