Torment: Tides of Numenera artwork showcasing a massive shrouded city

Torment: Tides of Numenera, the spiritual successor to the brilliant Planescape: Torment, was supposed to release later next month - a fact that worried me a great deal given the amount of bugs still present in the game. Thankfully, according to the most recent physical edition trailer, the release date appears to have been delayed until February 28th, giving the developers plenty of time to correct what was broken.

And if you're wondering what exactly still needs work, the answer is performance and combat. Even though Torment: Tides of Numenera is a fairly simple isometric RPG it still manages to stutter and drop frames on my rather powerful machine, which means its most likely a nightmare for someone that's playing at around the minimum recommended settings. As for the combat, you can find the details by heading over to my review, but long story short, it sucks! However, you might be glad to hear that the developers are well aware of how much it sucks, and have announced shortly after that review that they are working on completely revamping the combat - an update that hasn't arrived just yet.

Given how many problems I just listed out you're probably thinking I hate Torment: Tides of Numenera, but the truth actually lies in the opposite direction. Even though Torment may be flawed in more ways than one, its most important aspects (the storytelling and RPG mechanics) are rock solid. I would even go as far as to say that its a worthy successor to Planescape: Torment, and that is a sentence I don't say lightly given that Planescape was the RPG that got me so hooked onto the genre.

With all of that said, I would still recommend waiting until Torment: Tides of Numenera officially releases in order see if all of the bugs get fixed. If they do, and especially if the combat gets a much needed rework, then by all means - dive in! On the other hand, even if it launches buggy and with broken combat Torment is still worth a playthrough, but only if you're willing to sacrifice nearly everything for an excellent story. And here's to hoping we don't end up with this kind of a choice in front of us, because Torment really has a ton of potential for greatness.

If you would like to learn more, or just watch a couple of lore and gameplay videos, head on over to Steam.

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