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Planescape Torment - Patch & Modding Information

by: Dabe ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

It's been eleven plus years since the release of Planescape: Torment. Perhaps known as one of the classic Black Isle RPG's of the nineties, it still retains some fan appreciation and community. This is evidenced by the iterative development of community mods for the game still practiced today.

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    Planescape: Torment Patch & Mods Information

    Planescape BOX   Planescape: Torment was originally released in 1999, at a time when PC gaming was perhaps entering a golden age of development & releases. Games like Diablo, Deus Ex, Counter-Strike, Unreal Tournament, Neverwinter Nights, Homeworld and many more were showcasing the PC platform’s supremacy over its console compatriots. Skip to the present day and some eleven plus years after it hit store shelves -- to critical acclaim -- Planescape still has an active and industrious community, creating Planescape: Torment mods to improve the aging classic.

    This article looks into some of the best Planescape: Torment mods available and also provides information on the version 1.1 Planescape: Torment patch. There are four main mods that require some description, as they enhance the game immeasurably, in comparison to minor tweaks or mods with little to no substance -- costume packs for example. Read on for links to these Planescape: Torment mods, that are still iterated upon and regularly updated.

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    Important Planescape: Torment Mods

    Planescape 001   The first major Planescape: Torment mod is the almost all-inclusive PS:T Fixpack. Made by community member Qwinn, in addition to two more of the mods in this article, the PS:T Fixpack aims to correct thousands of misspelt words or typos found in the game while also solving hundreds of bugs or glitches tested in the eleven years since the game’s initial release.

    Secondly, another Planescape: Torment mod by Qwinn, Unfinished Business does something similar to what the KoTOR II restoration pack attempts. Taking files on the disc -- that Black Isle worked on but never implemented into the game -- and integrating them into the experience. Basically Unfinished Business reimburses the cut content that was still left on the disk, creating a richer and perhaps better game all round. Furthermore it creates a closer representation of what Black Isle initially wanted the game to be.

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    Iterative Planescape: Torment Mods

    Planescape 002   The last of the Qwinn made Planescape: Torment mods, his Tweak Pack adds a variety of different easy-to-use or improved modifications to the game. For example, the ability to quick load or save is added, as is the ability to stack rings, bracelets etcetera. The removal of battle music is also included while a perilous and not recommended “rest anywhere" mode can be activated. When installed in tandem with the previously described mods, this makes PS:T a remarkably different and easier to play game.

    Lastly, a word on the fourth important Planescape: Torment mod. The PS:T UI Mod -- created by community member Ghostdog -- works with a widescreen mod and allows users to have any resolution in their game without unreadable or poorly positioned user interface elements. This mod is especially useful for people with newer monitors, computers & operating systems.

    It is worth mentioning that further Planescape: Torment mods also exist, with mainly cosmetic or minor tweaks being their target. Some of them are found at the following link coupled with a link to the latest Planescape: Torment patch (version 1.1) underneath it. The latest Planescape: Torment patch is a vital and necessary part of the modding process and you will require the update to effectively run all of these mods.

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