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Torment: Tides of Numenera is free to play this weekend

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Screenshot from Torment Tides of Numenera depicting a futuristic ship
Torment: Tides of Numenera

Often overlooked, Torment: Tides of Numenera is a hidden, rough gem. The game is free to play over the weekend, and there is a 60 per cent off sale in case players decide they liked it during the "weekend demo" as I like to call it.

Torment: Tides of Numenera had a high bar to reach, that was set by Planescape: Torment and inXile Entertainment eventually failed to bring Tides of Numenera to those heights. That said, the game is by no means a bad one, it just that pales in comparison to Planescape: Torment in players' nostalgic eyes.

Considering this is 2018, chances are high you will be a gamer that hasn't even played Planescape: Torment which is a trait that might help you ignore the part where Tides of Numenera is unsucessfully competing with it predecessor.

Either way, the game will be free until midnight UTC on Sunday, 20 May 2018; 02:00 CET on Monday 21 May 2018 or 17:00 PDT on Sunday, 20 May 2018. Accompanying the free weekend is a 60 per cent sale that ends on 21 May 2018, which brings the price down to $18, £14 or €18. 

The game has Mixed rating on Steam, with about 69 per cent users leaving positive reviews. This division between players is mostly caused by the problems I mentioned above, with most of the negative reviews mentioning the game was too ambitious for its own good, leaving the game under a heap of detached parts that are amusing on their own.

Backers were also dissatisfied because many of the promises that were on Kickstarter didn't come to life in the final product. All of these issues are a result of running out of time with development. The final result was that some players enjoyed Torment: Tide of Numenera's extensive storyline, while the others couldn't see past the game's many flaws.

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All reviewers agree on one thing though, and that's the fact that the game feels a lot like a good book that explores interaction between people, with even negative reviews praising the story. Meanwhile, the combat system is not loved as much, but lack of its depth was to be expected as the game was advertised as one that puts focus on storytelling instead of combat situations.

If you're looking to decide for yourself, or read more reviews before deciding whether to give it a shot, you can head to Torment: Tides of Numenera's Steam page. Downloading the game  in order to try it out shouldn't be much of a hassle as the file size is just 4.3GB.