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Myrthos April 13th, 2011 13:58

Planescape: Torment - Retrospective @ Thunderbolt
Thunderbold looks back at Planescape:Torment and brings back memories of it flaws and greatness.

Somehow, despite its flaws, Planescape feels more endearing than most every big budget title made today. While almost every modern game feels so focus-tested they never leave players any doubt as to how to progress, and feature perfectly crafted difficulty curves to climb, they are also so slick, shallow, and risk-free as to risk losing all sense of emotional connection. By not challenging us to do anything other than sit and follow a straight line of breadcrumbs from opening tutorial to three-stage last boss, so many games have lost their sense of adventure, of risk, of discovery and accomplishment. And while Planescape is not, by any means, perfect, it is something more interesting than almost every game found today. In not doing all of our thinking for us, by not rushing ahead, by not laying its entire story out in front of us from the opening scenes, Planescape feels less like an interactive movie, as most games of today are trying to be, and instead creates the feeling of wading through a dense, dusty, 1,000 page fantasy novel. It meanders and sprawls and hints at two dozen paths before finally working its way back, brilliantly, to an answer thatís been staring us in the face the entire time.
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joxer April 13th, 2011 13:58

I'll say just one thing. What some see as a flaw, I see as a brilliant thing.
No flaws in PST for me.

kalniel April 13th, 2011 17:02

40+ hours? Wow, was he reloading and replaying scenes again and again?

JDR13 April 13th, 2011 18:10

It did have some flaws imo, though they were minor. Combat was somewhat boring compared to the other Infinity Engine games, and it didn't have the large variety of weapons, armor, etc, that we had come to expect.

Alrik Fassbauer April 13th, 2011 18:29

I don't think the game was about combat at all.

What disturbed me were some of the spells …

JDR13 April 13th, 2011 18:37


Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer (Post 1061063232)
I don't think the game was about combat at all

It wasn't. That's why I said those flaws were minor.

Alrik Fassbauer April 13th, 2011 19:14

Okay, understood.

Thiraury April 13th, 2011 19:26

I wish I had a "men in black memory eraser" so I could experience it again withouth knowing the story!

JDR13 April 13th, 2011 20:01


Originally Posted by Thiraury (Post 1061063257)
I wish I had a "men in black memory eraser" so I could experience it again withouth knowing the story!

That's the only other flaw really. Since it's so heavily balanced towards story over gameplay, it hurts replayability, imo.

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