Parents' Guide to

Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Challenging, mature philosophical tale gets tons of updates.

Game Mac , Windows 2017
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Masterpiece with mature content

This is one of the best role-playing games ever made, with an intriguing, original fantasy setting and fairly complex characters and themes. It's not really for kids though. Gameplay is quite complex; in terms of content, there is a lot of mature, potentially disturbing stuff. Although the game subtly encourages a benevolent run with emphasis on wisdom and talking your way out of things, the player himself can perform some really nasty deeds, like betraying his companions in very cruel ways. Recommended age: 14+.
age 14+

Classic

More interactive novel than game, but it works and reads great. The EE also irons out the clunky combat and visual bumps. If you enjoy Pillars of Eternity or Tyranny you should check this out if you havent already. Some environments contain gruesome imagery such as tables with mutilated bodies on them, but the worst is text descriptions (quite vividly ) detailing acts of self mutilation, torture, and other violent material. Primitive graphics and zoomed out view (that can be zoomed in) reduces impact.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

If you're looking for an RPG experience that doesn't coddle you, this updated classic adventure is well worth your time. Although no game is perfect, this 2017 update of the 1999 game packs a ton of enhancements that help to get it a lot closer. Chances are if you've played an action-RPG in the last 20 years, you've played something that takes cues from or flat-out tries to imitate Planescape: Torment. The enhanced edition boasts countless gameplay updates and bug fixes to help better realize the creators' original vision for the game, with a few strictly modern concessions like a far better inventory management screen and nice frills like remastered music. These are benefits you'll enjoy whether you played the original game or not.

Still, there's no hiding the fact that is a 20-year-old game under the hood. Newcomers will likely be turned off or take a while to come around on the sheer amount of dialog and text that's in the game. The combat, similarly, is about as simple as it can get: you just click and wait. Twitchier players or those who have become accustomed to slashing, bashing, and running all around during fights in RPGs will likely only be frustrated or confused by the simpler, arguably clunkier approach. While there's no denying the game's influence on other more modern games, taken at face value, it's a refreshing and just so markedly different adventure with meaningful choices where you can forge your own path and discover so much. Other games brag about doing the same, but Planescape really does it.

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