With the release of so many big budget AAA games nowadays, it’s easier to miss some of the smaller, less advertised games that hit the market, often becoming hidden gems for those that do stumble across them and give them a chance to play. If you are not a fan of old school games or didn’t play many PC games in the late 90s, you may have missed an entire period of isometric RPGs like the Baldur’s Gate series and Planescape: Torment.
Black Isle Studios, the developer behind Planescape: Torment are sadly no longer around, ceasing operations in 2003. Since then, developer inXile Entertainment, which was started in 2002 and consisted of people who worked on the games from Black Isle Studios, launched a Kickstarter campaign back in early 2013 to fund their new project, Torment: Tides of Numenera. Related to the old title by name only, Torment takes us back in time as a spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment.
It is a classic isometric RPG that will take you back down the memory lane, with turn based combat, extensive character customization through an old-school character sheet, and dozens of character dialogue options to choose from (as opposed to only a handful of choices in many modern RPGs). The entire package is wrapped in gorgeous hand painted graphics, creating a breathtaking atmosphere for players to immerse themselves in. The story trailer below gives us an insight of what we can expect from the game, and I must say it is a pretty awesome looking trailer indeed!
If you are an old school gamer looking for an old school game, or a new player looking for an experience different from majority of present day games, look for Torment: Tides of Numenera. It was available through Steam Early Access at the end of January, gaining it a score of 9/10 so far; this game is definitely worth checking out, and could very well be your hidden gem for 2017!
The game is due out tomorrow, February 28th, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux. Our review will follow this week.