You can pick up the updated version of the classic role-playing game right now; early user reviews claim that this is Beamdog’s best work yet.

Planescape Torment is widely recognized as one of the best RPGs of the Infinity Engine era, and one of the best-written games ever made. It’s been 18 years since the release of the original, and now we have an updated version adapted for modern machines. The development was carried out by Beamdog, the studio responsible for the enhanced editions of Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and Icewind Dale. For this release, Beamdog enlisted the help of Chris Avellone, who served as the lead designer on the original game.

Those previous Beamdog releases didn’t exactly light the world on fire, but it seems that this is Beamdog’s best work yet – at least according to early Steam user reviews. Right now, the release only has 37 user reviews with an overall “positive” rating (89%). Steam user El Oshcuro wrote: “I play flawlessly at 3440×1440 and the game has never run better or looked sharper. Some of the EE graphical options you could take or leave – but quality of life changes to the UI and things like being able to [Tab] to view interactive items and auto-looting are absolute game changers.”

The official Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition website details all the improvements made for this version: “A new interface rebuilt for 4K, better compatibility with modern hardware, no loading times between areas, a remastered musical score, and great Enhanced Edition features like quickloot, zooming, floating combat log, widescreen support, and more. And, of course, less hassle because you don’t need to mod your game to get it running properly.”

Planescape Torment is available on GOG in its original form, and there is a relatively vibrant modding community around it dedicated to make the game more pleasing in this day and age. However, this release is targeted towards people who would like to avoid messing around with mods and simply have all the modern bells and whistles ready to go out of the box, if you will.

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  1. Eugene Makarov

    I never actually managed to complete the original back in the day. I think this will be a perfect opportunity the right that wrong!

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