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  • Summary: Torment: Tides of Numenera is a single-player role-playing game which continues the thematic legacy of the critically acclaimed Planescape: Torment by having to face complex and nuanced morality decisions, carefully contemplating deep and reactive choices with consequences that echoTorment: Tides of Numenera is a single-player role-playing game which continues the thematic legacy of the critically acclaimed Planescape: Torment by having to face complex and nuanced morality decisions, carefully contemplating deep and reactive choices with consequences that echo throughout the game all the while immersed into a new and strange vision taken from by renowned designer and writer Monte Cook's new tabletop role-playing game, Numenera. In Torment: Tides of Numenera, players must decide for themselves the answer to the eternal question, what does one life matter? Numenera's Ninth World is a fantastic vision of a world in which massive civilizations continue to rise and fall with only cities, monuments, and artifacts left behind to serve as reminders of their past existence. These reminders have become part of the accumulated detritus of eons and now this assortment of ancient power, called the numenera, is there for the taking. One of these humans has discovered a way to harness the numenera to grow strong, to cheat death, to skip across the face of centuries in a succession of bodies. But he discovers an unexpected side effect: You. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 72
  2. Negative: 1 out of 72
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 18, 2017
    100
    Great RPG depends mainly on the conversations and colorful bizarre world into which it takes you …while it is not focused on combat and other traditional elements. [Issue#273]
  2. Feb 28, 2017
    90
    The '90s have nothing on this. Torment: Tides of Numenera might have been fuelled by nostalgia but outstrips its contemporary peers in reactivity, writing and invention.
  3. Mar 6, 2017
    90
    Torment: Tides of Numenera is all about choices. You can finish the game five times with five completely different scenarios; and that’s because its writing is one of the best ever. Every single thing you want from a solid and classic RPG is on offer here.
  4. Feb 28, 2017
    83
    Even though it probably won't be remembered in 20 years, Tides of Numenera is a great game for those who love tabletop, pen-and-paper RPGs.
  5. Mar 1, 2017
    80
    Torment: Tides of Numenera impresses where it truly matters. The intriguing premise and a world filled with eccentric characters begs to be thoroughly explored from top to bottom. If not for the technical issues with the combat and the rather abrupt ending, this could have easily ranked with the best of what’s turning out to be one of the best years for gaming. While the issue of whether or not it lives up to the lofty standards set by Planescape is a question I’m not qualified to answer, I can say without any hesitation that Numenera deserves your attention either way.
  6. Feb 28, 2017
    80
    Torment: Tides of Numenera is more than a nostalgic homage to Planescape: Torment – its own innovations will mark the genre as much as its spiritual predecessor did.
  7. Mar 6, 2017
    40
    With frustrating tech, unappealing appearance and a lack of quality of life streamlining, Torment: Tides of Numenera might actually be my biggest gaming-related disappointment since I bought an Atari Jaguar.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 96
  2. Negative: 27 out of 96
  1. Feb 28, 2017
    10
    When I first saw that Planescape: Torment, a game that shaped my outlook and expectation of games to come, was getting a spiritual successor IWhen I first saw that Planescape: Torment, a game that shaped my outlook and expectation of games to come, was getting a spiritual successor I was worried. TToN has surpassed expectations and left me completely satisfied. This is a game that rewards and encourages the curious. This is a cool, sweet drink in a desert of games where story is only barely there because it is required. This is art.

    --Garth Holden
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  2. Dec 5, 2019
    10
    Very good game. I really liked it. Thanks. But please do Russian voice translation
  3. Jun 5, 2017
    9
    This game has been unjustly rated lowly two groups of people:
    - People who have let their elitism get to their head and consider Planescape
    This game has been unjustly rated lowly two groups of people:
    - People who have let their elitism get to their head and consider Planescape Torment to be absolutely perfect and that any comparison is sacrilege.
    - People are those that rightfully blast the developers for failing to deliver on promises. But failure to deliver on promises should not factor into an analysis on whether a game is actually good or not and rating it lower based on that is outright _childish_. While I don't claim to be objective, these people have abandoned any attempt at objectivity to air their frustrations. Giving a game like this 0 is absolutely disgraceful and downright moronic, even with all its flaws.

    If you judge this game based solely on its own merit, beyond the drama, you will find a rare game with a very well thought out story, a unique and enchanting universe unlike almost any you've ever seen. The combat system, while not the best, is still rather smooth. Unlike most RPGs it manages to not wear out its welcome and become annoying and repetitive, which has been my experience with numerous RPGs. RPGs where only specific enthusiasts manage to actually stay engaged in the combat system while everyone else rolls their eyes and sighs at having to kill yet another group of mooks, wasting more of your time. The combat system by itself is mediocre, but the devs carefully balanced a wide variety of encounters, environments, types of enemies and consumables to keep things interesting.

    The game's plot is subtle and if you're more into heroic tales played straight you will not enjoy this game. If you don't like reading dialogue and descriptions, you will not enjoy this game. While the game has enough content, if you're expecting a game with lots of sidequests and a huge world to explore, then you will be disappointed.

    If you expect an indie RPG with a unique, enchanting plot that brings a breath of fresh air in the RPG scene, with tiny little secrets for you to discover as the universe opens itself up to you then you will enjoy this game. For all the complaints about its story, the story is similar in style to Planescape: Torment, it's just unique in its own right. A spiritual successor of Planescape could never be a sequel or an imitator, that goes against the very essence of Planescape.

    The game is flawed. It could use more follower development and interaction. It could use more development of your RPG character. It could be a bit longer and meatier. But it is still fundamentally good.
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  4. Mar 4, 2017
    7
    story, lore etc etc are on an amazing level. very interesting and creative. im compelety okay with reading things but i have to agree that itsstory, lore etc etc are on an amazing level. very interesting and creative. im compelety okay with reading things but i have to agree that its a little bit too much. its indeed TELLING too much but not SHOWING enough. its like a book but not a game.

    low fps, wierd color contrast, pixel problems are also bad. it puzzles me why game has such problems after millions and millions of dolars backed to the game.

    oh also, combats are one of the worst kindi ve ever seen to this day, and im a veteran CRPG player.

    i was expecting much more.
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  5. Oct 25, 2017
    6
    This is not RPG, it's more like an illustrated book with bad quality story-line. I'm quite disappointed that i payed a full price for the gameThis is not RPG, it's more like an illustrated book with bad quality story-line. I'm quite disappointed that i payed a full price for the game which doesn't worth it.

    Better buy POE, dos, dos 2, Tyranny.
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  6. Mar 9, 2017
    4
    grew up a high fan of all the infinitiy engine games. I backed Pillars. I backed Torment. I thought the new golden age of cRPGs was upon us.grew up a high fan of all the infinitiy engine games. I backed Pillars. I backed Torment. I thought the new golden age of cRPGs was upon us. It had to be, these games had record funding.

    And they were incredibly poorly planned and managed. We saw some of these issues with Pillars but it's even worse with Torment.

    Much of the base game that was planned was cut. Entire stretch goals that we earned were cut. These cuts, while not only making the game significantly more shallow with significantly less replayability, are the antithesis of this RPG system. Go on, count how many companions shipped at launch, the laughable amount of focuses, literally no factions as we were promises, no crafting system.

    Kickstarter is allowing developers to deliver whatever they want. And that is something I'm never going to support again. If there would be a platform that binds the developers with a contract to fulfilll their promises and design targets, I would reconsider it but Tides, along with so many incredibly successful kickstarted games simply aren't delivering what they're promsing. What we paid for.

    InExile has had zero transparency about the entire thing, and will only acknowledge it after the fans make it into a scandal. Zero accountability. I am sorry I backed Bards Tale 2 and now I understand why they kickstarted the next Wasteland before this launched and blew up in their faces. Who knows how many dollars from this sinking ship they put into those more marketable games?
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  7. Dec 26, 2019
    0
    This is a joke, the rating is too high for this thing, the new "torment" is the most boring rpg that was created in this decade, the story isThis is a joke, the rating is too high for this thing, the new "torment" is the most boring rpg that was created in this decade, the story is about anything already overrated and boring pillars were better Expand

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