Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition

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David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Challenging, mature philosophical tale gets tons of updates.

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Positive Messages

Lots of room for, weight given to, moral gray areas, unsurprising given game's literary leanings. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No true heroes. You can play as a manipulative, openly mocking jerk or can try to be more kind, sympathetic. Neither are "right," since they yield different results, paths in story.

Ease of Play

Skewed more towards veteran, picky RPG players, there's a lot of strategy, skills, items to master, expansive set of abilities you can unlock but still be in dark about how to use. Even with updated interface, there's still a considerable learning curve.

Violence

Combat tends to be cartoonish, with enemies disappearing in a puff of smoke, leaving treasure behind. There can be occasional bits of gore, though environments are frequently grislier in text description.

Sex

Some female characters appear scantily clad, suggestive discussions of prostitution.

Language

Occasional rough adult language meant to convey a gritty world, though not much profanity used.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition is a downloadable role-playing game (RPG). It's a considerably overhauled and remastered version of the 1999 role-playing video game of the same name. Players will face combat, but it's cartoonish with enemies disappearing in clouds of smoke, leaving loot behind. Descriptions of environments are more gruesome than battle. There's also some frank discussions of prostitution, and female characters can be seen scantily clad throughout the game. While language is coarse and strays towards adult themes, profanity is rarely used. Aside from all of this, the complex nature of the game tends to leave this as a title for serious fans of the genre.

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Adult Written bySam Marrick June 20, 2017

Classic

More interactive novel than game, but it works and reads great. The EE also ir9ns out the clunky combat and visual bumps. If you enjoy Pillars of Eternity or Ty... Continue reading

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What's it about?

PLANESCAPE: TORMENT: ENHANCED EDITION takes place in and around the city of Sigil, a massive hub with portals to other planes of existence. You play as The Nameless One, an amnesiac man who awakens in a Sigil morgue and tries to piece together who he is and what happened to him -- and also why he can't seem to die, for good. The tone of the game doesn't shy away from disturbing, existential themes. As you progress through your journey, you'll meet other characters and people who join your party similarly grappling with their immortality as the game by and large asks you to consider what can change the nature of a person.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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  • Where do you feel your innate instincts, curiosities, and knowledge about things come from? In other words, when you come across things that are new to you, how you do start to understand them and why do you think you understand them?

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