Planescape: Torment is one of the best Infinity Engine games and, by consensus, one of the best RPGs ever made. It’s a game/philosophical treatise/bizarre meditation on life and death that deserves to be played at least once by everyone.
And up until this week that took some doing. I should know—I just replayed Planescape in January, using a copy I bought in some D&D anthology a few years ago. Oh, plus about a half-dozen mods. This is the guide I followed, which recommended a widescreen mod, a UI mod to fix the widescreen mod, an unofficial fan patch to fix the remaining bugs, the “Unfinished Business” patch to finish a bunch of half-finished quest lines, and the tweak pack which includes everything from a “Banter Accelerator” to modern conveniences like “Stackable Rings.”
The point is it was a pain. Not impossible, nor do I wish to discredit the work done by these modders. They kept Planescape alive, almost 20 years after its release. But a stack of five (or more) mods was a definite barrier when introducing the game to newcomers.
That in mind, Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition is a blessing. I’ve lauded plenty of praise on Beamdog’s Infinity Engine revivals in the past—Baldur’s Gate and its sequel plus Icewind Dale are all excellent restorations. Planescape is no different in that respect.
The game looks good. More important, it looks polished in a way the mods didn’t accomplish. Mods made Planescape playable, but the Enhanced Edition looks like a game built for modern PCs. There’s a difference, I promise.
Planescape deserves to be played, even today. It’s still one of the weirdest RPGs ever made, testament to the fact that video games don’t need to exist within the tiny box of mass-marketability. There’s an audience for the strange and macabre, for games that are fiercely personal and meditative and thought-provoking. Games that are creative. Planescape’s not the only game to accomplish this, but it does it with a grace and charm most others lack.
You’ll find it on Steam and GOG. There’s bound to be people frustrated Planescape’s price went up from $10 to $20 in the process of being Enhanced, but these games tend to go on sale fairly often. I’d expect to see that price drop during the summer sale season, at the very least.