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Planescape: Torment released on GOG

Planescape: Torment released on GOG

PlaneScape: Torment is often ranked as one of the best PC RPGs ever. By us.

Good Old Games has finally bought Planescape: Torment to its digital catalogue, charging $10 for a DRM-free, updated and super-compatible version copy of what we think is unarguably one of the best RPGs of recent years.

Based in the Dungeons and Dragons Planescape setting, Torment casts players as an immortal character who wakes up in the city morgue with no memory of who he is and only a talking, floating skull for company.

Setting out to piece together your identity, you gradually attract a team of similarly disturbed heroes and the further you progress into the game the more the focus is put on solving the personal and philosophical troubles of your team than on combat. Especially since you can't die.

Release back in 1999 by Black Isle Studios, PS:T was published by Atari an built on the same Infinity Engine that Bioware used for the Baldur's Gate games - the first of which was also added to GOG.

Good Old Games, which recently relaunched after a fake-closure, has packaged a bunch of goodies with the game, including the little-known tie-in novel and the soundtrack.

In case we hadn't made it clear, we absolutely love Planescape: Torment and, while the early levels aren't easy to like, if definitely ranks up there with the likes of Deus Ex as a PC classic. We've previously included it in our Best Games You've Never Played list.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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nuttsan 29th September 2010, 11:17 Quote
Got it! Lost my original CD's so had to get a copy on GOG, is pretty much what I signed up for.

However not played it yet as spent most of last night updating with all the community patches and widescreen mods, etc..:
http://www.bootstrike.com/Torment/files.html
RedFlames 29th September 2010, 11:19 Quote
WANT!

One of my all-time favourite games... it really deserved/deserves a sequel...
mrbens 29th September 2010, 11:44 Quote
I loved this game first time round. Still got the original discs.
Venares 29th September 2010, 11:46 Quote
Still have my original 4 CD version.

BEST RPG E V E R !!!!
Zurechial 29th September 2010, 12:01 Quote
Yes! - GET IT. Support GOG!

If this doesn't cure people of their butthurtness about GOG's publicity stunt then they're just whiny bitches. Planescape: Torment released DRM-free with support for XP, Vista and 7 in 32 & 64-bit - Who ever expected that before GOG showed up?
Coltch 29th September 2010, 12:10 Quote
Still have mine in its original box, one of the best RPG's ever released.

Haven't tried to install on Win7 x64 yet, although I have it on Vista 32 bit
Gunsmith 29th September 2010, 12:36 Quote
now all they ned to do is somehow get a hold of SS2 and gog will rule the world.
Deadpunkdave 29th September 2010, 13:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zurechial
Yes! - GET IT. Support GOG!

If this doesn't cure people of their butthurtness about GOG's publicity stunt then they're just whiny bitches. Planescape: Torment released DRM-free with support for XP, Vista and 7 in 32 & 64-bit - Who ever expected that before GOG showed up?

Tbh, I think most people's problem has been the very few good games on the site, it seemed as if they were just releasing anything they could get a licence for. They have got some real classics recently though and timed their publicity stunt to cash in on that, and well played to them. Baldur's Gate, Planescape and Fallout are all required reading in my eyes, and I hope they do well. As an added bonus, maybe the big boys will take note of an anti-DRM company making money.
Blademrk 29th September 2010, 13:20 Quote
Got the novel with the original game. It was a good story too, well worth a read.
Roll on Pay-day so I can pick this up again.
Yemerich 29th September 2010, 13:25 Quote
That gives me shivers!
Don't play it thinking about the the battles. Even the magic spells being one of the most interesting animations ever.

Focus on the history itself. Pay attention on "Deionarra's" history. Prolly the most touching history in a game EVER.

Again, the best history EVER! More than 1 million words in the plot as one of those magazines said back in the day...
SMIFFYDUDE 29th September 2010, 13:29 Quote
One of my top 5 games
WildThing 29th September 2010, 14:05 Quote
This is something I'd like to try, but I fear I'd have trouble adjusting to its "age".
Mattmc91 29th September 2010, 14:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by WildThing
This is something I'd like to try, but I fear I'd have trouble adjusting to its "age".

This, looks like a fairly long game though, might get it for those late night sessions ;)
mastorofpuppetz 29th September 2010, 16:11 Quote
Single most overrated RPG by RPG gamers. Nostalgia is the great blinder it seems. Its a good game yes, not the pinnacle of RPG's hardcore gamers try and make it out as.
SMIFFYDUDE 29th September 2010, 16:37 Quote
Why do you think it is so overrated? I can't think of too many other RPGs that have as strong a story or writing, or characters you actually care about. It could be argued that it is short, but I'd take quality over quantity any day.
tad2008 29th September 2010, 17:19 Quote
I don't know if going back to any of the "good old games" is ever a good thing, they had their time and PS:T certainly kept me busy for a considerable time, though I never went on to complete it, I loved the Planescape setting and had the complete AD&D rule set for it back in the day.

Times have moved on and as much nostalgia as the game has held, I tried it on XP a number of years ago and just could not get past the low res graphics to make it truly enjoyable so uninstalled it, packed it up and tucked the box away.

If they ever released a sequel or even just an updated version with the same quality and extensive story as the original then I would be interested, otherwise, best just to leave it be and let the dust stay settled.
mrbens 29th September 2010, 17:56 Quote
Yeah, I'd love an updated version too like the new Monkey Islands :D
Yemerich 29th September 2010, 21:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by mastorofpuppetz
Single most overrated RPG by RPG gamers. Nostalgia is the great blinder it seems. Its a good game yes, not the pinnacle of RPG's hardcore gamers try and make it out as.
How dare you?
*Grabs a nearby chair to see it flying*

Now seriously, it IS the best history ever. I have to admit the playability isn´t great. It´s like playing the best book ever made.
Mentai 30th September 2010, 10:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
now all they ned to do is somehow get a hold of SS2 and gog will rule the world.

As if. SS2 is just Bioshock with crappy graphics

/runs
sear 30th September 2010, 14:07 Quote
One of the best games of all time. You should castrate yourself with a cinder block sooner than you should pass this up.
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Originally Posted by mastorofpuppetz
Single most overrated RPG by RPG gamers. Nostalgia is the great blinder it seems. Its a good game yes, not the pinnacle of RPG's hardcore gamers try and make it out as.
Do you mind justifying that opinion? While its combat is a bit mediocre next to other games (including Infinity Engine games), it gets its dialogue, characters, world-building and truly open-ended choices with real consequences all right. I guess you can criticise it in places for being more of a novel than a game, at times, but there's very little about it that it does poorly from an RPG perspective. I mean, unless your ideal "RPG" is Diablo. In which case your opinion is kind of invalid.
Zurechial 3rd October 2010, 16:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
In which case your opinion is kind of invalid.

Take a look at his posting history - Full of abusive replies and flamebait comments. Stinks of troll.
His opinion may or may not be valid (PST does have its share of flaws and isn't everyone's cup of tea, after all), but he does invalidate it with his behaviour in my view at least.

The 'nostalgia is a blinder' viewpoint has been discussed thoroughly on these forums in the past (hell, there was even an excellent article published on the topic by Joe), but I stand by the opinion that just because it's easy to be blinded by nostalgia doesn't mean that appreciation of classic games or veneration of them above modern games is always because of rose-tinted glasses or ignoring the flaws of old games.
Some of us regarded PST as a masterpiece when it was released and see little reason to change that opinion just because of the passage of time or changing technology.
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Originally Posted by Deadpunkdave
Tbh, I think most people's problem has been the very few good games on the site, it seemed as if they were just releasing anything they could get a licence for. They have got some real classics recently though and timed their publicity stunt to cash in on that, and well played to them. Baldur's Gate, Planescape and Fallout are all required reading in my eyes, and I hope they do well. As an added bonus, maybe the big boys will take note of an anti-DRM company making money.

I agree completely, and I've commented to that effect on other GOG-related threads here. There's just far too much bargain-bin crap that the publishers clearly handed to GOG as a "Well these never made money anyway, might as well try to get something out of them" move.

Thankfully though, as you say, they do have some great classics too and things have been picking up lately.
CardJoe 3rd October 2010, 20:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zurechial
sense

Agreed. I didn't hear anything about the game when I played it, picking it up for £1 along with a title called Soulsword on a whim. I hated it at first, as the opening levels are incredibly badly designed, but quickly realised it was a classic.
barney magru 8th October 2010, 02:09 Quote
Stunning game, one of those that really give you hope that this industry isn't just filled with corporate shills looking to franchise away any semblance of originality in their games..

Bought it again recently on amazon when re-released on dvd (something like £10.99). Well worth if for the journey you're taken on, the characters you meet and some of the most original and thigh-slappingly stupendous dialogue you will ever come across in a game..
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