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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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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Mar 8, 2017
    90
    Torment is far more than just a phenomenal role-playing game. It’s a challenge to restore the depth and nuance for which the genre was once known.
  2. Mar 2, 2017
    90
    There are many hours of gameplay to be had here and if you’re after an old fashioned, but fresh RPG, which takes its role playing roots seriously, then this is a must buy for you. If you love story and narrative, rather than action and shooting, then you should be grabbing it right now.
  3. Feb 28, 2017
    88
    Despite a few issues with the gameplay, loading times, and some random crashes, Torment Tides of Numenera provides one of the deepest and most entertaining RPG experiences you will find on the Xbox One.
  4. Mar 1, 2017
    80
    I absolutely adore the game, and I feel that modern roleplaying fans who also enjoy narrative-heavy games like Life is Strange will find a lot to love about Torment: Tides of Numenera. Modern RPGs from blockbuster-budget studios could learn a lot from InXile with regards to "choice and consequence," and the true value of a branching narrative. If you're looking for a story-focused game where your choices truly matter, set in a rich, nuanced world absolutely crammed with sci-fi obscurities, fantastical beasts, and mind-warping trans-dimensional phenomena, you will adore Torment: Tides of Numenera.
  5. Mar 7, 2017
    80
    Torment is a game for anyone who's a fan of a good book, an epic tale, or that simply wants a fresh take on RPGs that consoles have never seen. It may not be a great novel, but it's certainly a very good one.
  6. Feb 28, 2017
    76
    If you are one of those players that enjoy with classic RPG, Torment: Tides of Numenera may offer you what you are looking for thanks to its huge complexity and a fascinating story line that makes this a game to be kept in mind. It’s a shame that its disastrous performance stains the final result.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Apr 2, 2017
    50
    A fascinating break from the RPG norm let down by terrible performance problems. [April 2017, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    If you a bit tired of modern games, and in the same time regret that you dont read books enough- this game is the answer! I enjoy reading allIf you a bit tired of modern games, and in the same time regret that you dont read books enough- this game is the answer! I enjoy reading all the stories, asking twice for each line to know some more!
    But its better to play on your native language- i usually enjoy and fully understand games on english, but this game i enjoy only in my native language (russian) - since you read a lot here and dont want to stop if new word met.
    Great game, totally different from others, so its a big room of fresh air!
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  2. Mar 11, 2017
    10
    A worthy sequel to the original Planescape: Torment. Intriguing, entirely nonobvious world, with a masterful writing and choices that have anA worthy sequel to the original Planescape: Torment. Intriguing, entirely nonobvious world, with a masterful writing and choices that have an impact on the environment. A lot of reading involved, as in the original and as expected. Don't wine if that's not your cup of tea. Expand
  3. Jan 28, 2018
    9
    Tourment : les Vagues de Numérata ou Numérama, Numérana... Numénara... est aussi intrigant et bizarre que le nom qu'il porte. Il s'agit du jeuTourment : les Vagues de Numérata ou Numérama, Numérana... Numénara... est aussi intrigant et bizarre que le nom qu'il porte. Il s'agit du jeu de rôle le plus dépaysant et le plus étrange qu'on puisse trouver...

    Pourtant, ce n'est à l'origine qu'un projet kickstarté du petit développeur Inxile Entertainment et la suite du non moins bizarre Planescape Torment qui remonte au Moyen Age du jeu vidéo. Il reprend la technique de Pillars of Eternity (un autre kickstarter) avec sa vue aérienne et ses personnages en 3D insérés dans des décors entièrement en 2D. Sauf que contrairement à Pillars, il s'avère bien plus agréable à l'oeil, principalement grâce à sa patte artistique résolument originale.

    Son interface est aussi plus belle tout en restant fort pratique et l'adaptation à la console de ce jeu PC s'est faite sans heurts à un ou deux détails près. Ce petit budget privilégie le texte, tout comme son ancêtre, des tonnes de textes, de descriptions et de dialogues : il s'agit qu'une qualité qui peut devenir un défaut et vice-versa... pas de cinématiques, uniquement de la lecture dans ce roman, que dis-je, ce "pavé" interactif dont vous êtes le héros (ou l'héroïne). A ce sujet, chapeau aux traducteurs (on remarque de temps à autre des coquilles et des mots oubliés dûs à la fatigue...) pour le boulot abattu.

    En dépit ou grâce à cette aventure textuelle, le développeur a pu laisser libre cours à son imagination pour nous entraîner dans un monde souvent cinglé (et toujours bizarre), mélange curieux de fantasy et science-fiction à nul autre pareil. L'histoire excellente, peu avare en rebondissements et révélations, complète cet univers avec rigueur, car s'il est étrange et dingue, ce Torment reste toujours accessible et très bien expliqué.

    Tous ces dialogues et ces choix (qui sont nombreux) permettent d'éviter bien des combats, a fortiori quand on a développé ses compétences de beau parleur : c'est vraiment très appréciable. Les combats eux-mêmes ne sont pas désagréables puisqu'ils sont dans un tour par tour assez bien fichu ma foi. On regrette juste que les décors en 2D ne permettent évidemment pas la moindre rotation (Le zoom est autorisé tout de même).

    Au chapitre des doléances, on regrette les temps de chargement trop longs entre chaque zone... et surtout des plantages ! j'en ai eu 7 ou 8 en 42h... ça commence à faire beaucoup. Heureusement qu'en dehors de la sauvegarde manuelle, on a la sauvegarde rapide...

    Je me rends compte que je n'ai pas parlé des mécaniques de jeu inédites et très bien trouvées dans le mode exploration (ce qu'on fait le plus) faites d'avantages et de réserves de puissance, de célérité et d'intellect... sans compter l'influence des flux eux-mêmes !

    Un jeu décidément fascinant qui montre que le jeu de rôle n'a pas besoin d'être ouvert et immense pour forcément convaincre : l'écriture et l'inventivité, les idées elles-mêmes, c'est bien mieux que le pétrole !
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  4. Dec 15, 2017
    5
    Tides of Numenera isn't a "bad" game per se, but it's an incredibly boring one. It is literally 1% combat, and 99% walking and readingTides of Numenera isn't a "bad" game per se, but it's an incredibly boring one. It is literally 1% combat, and 99% walking and reading never-ending lines of text. Take what you will from that sentence. If that's your thing, then knock yourself out. I just prefer something that doesn't put me to sleep. Expand
  5. Mar 10, 2017
    0
    no. no. no. no. NO!
    i'm a fan of the original torment. i was excited for this. THANK GOD i didn't back it up.
    too much dialogues. every
    no. no. no. no. NO!
    i'm a fan of the original torment. i was excited for this. THANK GOD i didn't back it up.
    too much dialogues. every character you meet as TONS of lines of dialogues. if someone told me this, i would have thought of it as a good thing... EXCEPT IT'S NOT. it's too much. you talk to a guy, you need to read a novel. You make 2 steps, talk to another guy: another nove. too much. too boring. And they're all SUPER SPECIAL!
    and there are almost no animations for things that happen in the game. say, for example, the game writes "the characters makes a polite bow when you approach him"... BUT IT'S ONLY WRITTEN, NOT SHOWN. that character doesn't actually bow, it's only in the description. all the game is like that. it's a damn text adventure with backgrounds.
    "tell don't show"
    or when the game tells you that a character is "incredibly fat" but its sprite is just slightly larger than the others.
    there also are NO portraits of the characters that you're talking to. not even the most important ones.
    the game want to feel special at all times. the skill system is weird and overly complicated. cyphers are a stupid idea. all the vocabulary of the game just DOESN'T WANT SO BADLY to be like the rest, and you have different terms for things you already know. also the way you solve stuff by investing point... yeah, go on, keep trying to be original AT ALL COST: you're also being NOT FUN.
    combat is super boring and buggy.
    you can lose a VERY important skill and a companion in the city if you actually HELP HER by giving her money. and there is no warning for this, and no second tries. It's infuriating.
    this is a complete slander of the name "torment"
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