Yea I think it does enhance gameplay. Straight turn-based, while in general I have no problem with it, once you know how everything works combat generally ceases to be a challenge. You know how to deal with each unit and make your moves accordingly. In a real-time with pause situation it is a lot more dynamic and things can happen that aren't necessarily predictable.
Except in real-time with pause, you can always just pause the game if something unpredictable happens. Real-time also means you have ample opportunity to recover from mistakes whereas turn-based means you have to live with the consequences. As such, every decision you make in turn-based combat is far more meaningful than the decisions you make in RT combat.
Also, why would combat even be a factor in you backing Torment? Combat was easily the worst part of PST and any changes they could make to it would be for the better.