Hints for Playing Torment
Posted by Adam Heine - Black Isle Studios on Dec 03, 1999 at 10:19:21:
I finally beat the game legitimately last night (it's taken me a while cuz I keep getting distracted with these horrible bugs, but I squished 'em all), and I got some more tips for you when you all get into the game.
(1) Like Chris said before, ALWAYS go back to the Tattoo Parlor whenever you get a chance. He gets new tattoos for even the most minor quests you do and some of them are really cool!
(2) The guy who teaches you to be a fighter will most likely be the first of the tutors you run across. Even if you want to be a mage or a thief, it's a good idea to train with him once so you can get some good weapon proficiencies.
(3) Don't underestimate Morte.
(4) Again, like Chris said, it's a really good idea to save before major dialogues. If you're trying to play an evil character you need to be especially careful - some characters don't take too kindly to the typical evil responses and you may have to act good for a second if you're not strong enough to back up your threats.
(5) If you have an aligment in mind, play it to the hilt as much as possible. But don't be afraid to stray from the alignment every once in a while if it'll get you something good. By the end of my game, I had done enough Chaotic Evil acts to become that alignment three times over. If it would've benefited my game, I could've easily done some Lawful or some Good things and it wouldn't have changed my alignment one bit.
On a side note (relating to the Chaotic Evil thing), I know a lot of people are wondering just how evil you can be - especially concering the psychopathic slaying of innocents. If you do it right, you don't have to kill anybody. My character became Chaotic Evil relatively easily and rather early on in the game, and there was not a single point in the game where I killed someone simply because it amused me. Sure, I killed a few people who got mad at me (through no fault of my own of course ;), but I never went around and slaughtered a whole town or anything. It's quite possible to be evil without being an out and out murderer.