Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Plane Scape : Torment Review (Role Playing / 1999)

A refreshing game with a lot of bugs

Graphics - 8
Sound - 8

Gameplay - 8
Difficulty - 5

The first thing that comes to my mind when writing this review is the amount of bugs i encountered when playing this game. Torment is a fantastic RPG game with a captivating storyline but the bugs in the game just made it a hell of a less more enjoyable. For a hard core gamer with a lot of gaming experience on these type of games i found it extremely difficult to finish the game without the help of a walk through.

The Game is developed by Interplay and Black Isle studios, Two companies who have very good experience in developing quality games such as "Icewind Dale" and "Baldu's gate" hense it is no supprice that the game play of "Torment" takes on a similar role. Howerver with respect to graphics and sounds "Torment" is in a leage of its own. With these improvements battles in "Torment" look more realistic and the places you visit seem to be more alive. The storyline also deserves its own prase. As it is one of the most sopisticated and well written story lines you will encounter. However this may lead to a lot of confusion at the end of the day and you might have to pay very close attention to even the smallest detail in order get the complete story.

The Battles look much more realistic

You start of the game as a Dead guy in a morgue. And as you go on you can recruit more allies into you team and have them adventure along with you. The sad part however is that your character model is not customizable which was a big disappointment. Even with new amour and weapons your character will always resemble a Dead guy. This has a lot to do with the main story line of the game. And you will soon find out that the concept of death itself is handled a bit differently in the game.

But even with all these new innovations "Torment" still has its downsides in the sheer number of bugs it has. There were more than one occasion in which i had to think and stare at the screen for hours at a time just to figure out how to get to the next place. The games difficulty increases exponentially because of the game designers inability to mark locations more clearly. On more than one occasion i had to sweep my mouse multiple times across the screen just to find out where the exit was.

Uhhh....Does any one know where the exit is ?

But if you are willing to ignore this major flaw "Torment" will surely be a game that can satisfy you for many many hours.


The Bottom line
If you want to play a smooth game without frying your brains then this is definitely not for you. On the other hand if you are the type that enjoy extremely challenging situations then Torment will satisfy your needs to the fullest.

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