I’ve agreed with this, historically. And still do! I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. Most people dislike the CRPG part of Torment or are at least underwhelmed by it. I think the texty bits are what interest players nowadays.
By the way, since this thread started, some fans did an unofficial English translation of Sacred and Terrible Air, the novel that outlined the DE world.
It’s a peculiar read. As you might expect. It mostly takes place after DE – I think – and it’s rather darker.
thanks for that! I’ll check it out.