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  • Summary: Eternity aims to recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of classic RPG's that Obsidian enjoyed making - and playing. Eternity takes the central hero, memorable companions and the epic exploration of Baldur’s Gate, adds in the fun, intense combat and dungeon diving of IcewindEternity aims to recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of classic RPG's that Obsidian enjoyed making - and playing. Eternity takes the central hero, memorable companions and the epic exploration of Baldur’s Gate, adds in the fun, intense combat and dungeon diving of Icewind Dale, and ties it all together with the emotional writing and mature thematic exploration of Planescape: Torment. Choose to play as one of the six playable races: Human, Aumaua, Dwarf, Elf, Godlike, and Orlan. Whether you're playing a stout Dwarf, a towering Aumaua, or one of the otherworldly Godlike, Eternity's plethora of playable races scratch every role-playing itch you may have and allow for deep character customization. [Obsidian] Expand
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  1. 100
    Is it even possible to return to the roots of isometric RPG, and not only find them healthy but create such a wonderful game from them? Obsidian has proved they could do miracles when their hands are not tied. [Issue#252]
  2. May 1, 2015
    95
    Renaming the game to "Baldur’s Torment" may be the easiest way to describe the triumph of spirit, design and scope of this masterpiece made lovingly by Obsidian.
  3. Mar 27, 2015
    93
    It has so many moving parts that work so incredibly well together with an unbelievably rich history and mythology.
  4. Mar 30, 2015
    90
    Beautiful and complete, Pillars of Eternity is a captivating game mastered throughout. Despite a lot of text to read and lengthy load times, it stands out as one of the best RPGs of our time.
  5. Apr 7, 2015
    90
    Pillars of Eternity is an outstanding game. It can be criticized with number of individual issues, but as a whole it works great, almost perfect. I know that all veterans of isometric RPGs will enjoy this game, and I firmly believe that not only them will do so.
  6. Apr 2, 2015
    86
    Pillars of Eternity is indeed great fun for RPG players young and old, and you don’t need a $2000 beast to play it on either.
  7. Mar 26, 2015
    80
    With it its isometric perspective, real time combat system, great focus on roleplaying and a decent chunk of side content, Pillars of Eternity is a giant ball of playable nostalgia. You don't have to have played Baldur's Gate or Icewind Dale to get the most out of this gem of a game. It fits just as well for new players as it does for old veterans.

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  1. Negative: 46 out of 366
  1. Mar 26, 2015
    10
    You can say it this way or the other: Baldur´s Gate is back! From the look of the game, the feeling when playing, the customization of yourYou can say it this way or the other: Baldur´s Gate is back! From the look of the game, the feeling when playing, the customization of your characters, the interaction withe them and the environment - everythinfg feeld like Baldur´s Gate - and plays like it. It´s the great old-school RPG all bakers - and not only them - waited a decade for. Fantastic, deep gameplay, tactical pausable combat and many many loot to ind.
    I can just say: love it. And recommend it everyone who only slightly loves deep and richt group RpGs, where tactical combat is more important than fast clicking in 1st person view!
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  2. Mar 27, 2015
    10
    This game has brought back all of my nostalgic memories back to me, of when I was a 13 year old getting Baldur's Gate II for my birthday.This game has brought back all of my nostalgic memories back to me, of when I was a 13 year old getting Baldur's Gate II for my birthday. Before, I considered BGII to be the best PC RPG of all time... Pillars of Eternity is shaping up to take that title.
    The role playing elements is far superior to any game I have ever played. Your dialogue choices are catered to what your background is, and how you shape it in the early game. No more of this "bad or good" nonsense, with dialogue being the exact same. Obsidian went through great lengths to bring us a true role playing experience, I honestly feel like I am sitting at a table playing dnd with my friends, only it is an interactive video game.
    The only issues so far is that it is slightly buggy (one instance where my mouse just stopped working so I had to reboot game).
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  3. Mar 31, 2015
    10
    A great game. So far I played for about 10 hours and loved every minute of it. Don't listen to the malcontents! This is how crpg supposed toA great game. So far I played for about 10 hours and loved every minute of it. Don't listen to the malcontents! This is how crpg supposed to look like: clever mechanics, deep and interesting lore, mysterious plot, many ways of resolving problems (especially in conversations), great music, graphics and atmosphere. The only flaw is that fights tend to be a bit to chaotic. Anyway the game is fantastic and it's worth every penny! Stop reading reviews - buy it! Expand
  4. Mar 26, 2015
    10
    If your a tactical rpg fan looking for a game to fill the void in your gaming schedule left by the shockingly disappointing dragon age 3, thisIf your a tactical rpg fan looking for a game to fill the void in your gaming schedule left by the shockingly disappointing dragon age 3, this game is for you. After a long day spent exploring the world of Eora i can happily report that pillars of eternity delivers. wonderfully original world with copious amounts of lore and solid writing are to me, a must in the rpg genera and i think pillars of eternity hits on all points. The world is the most interesting and original since the first dragon age. The gamplay is smoothed out old school tactical pause combat with enough new elemnts to keep it fresh and entertaining. A welcome and needed addition to the world of pc rpgs. Expand
  5. Mar 27, 2015
    9
    This is the type of game I enjoy playing. With all the hyped crap being released lately POE is a breeze of fresh air. I hope publishers andThis is the type of game I enjoy playing. With all the hyped crap being released lately POE is a breeze of fresh air. I hope publishers and game studios realize that story-rich and complex games can still sell lots of copies and there's no reason to dumb down everything.

    Now let me say something about the game. It is brilliant. The story is way above average, the writing is quite qualitative while the combat is very tactical and fun. The game is has a lot of mechanics and careful planning is advised if you don't want to die very often. Did I say the music is great ?

    Now, don't get me wrong POE has some flaws. For example there are no cut-scenes (probably budget issues), there is no voice acting for all the in game dialog. Also I've felt that companions were not well developed and there's no real party interaction (like in Dragon Age).

    All in all, if you are nostalgic about titles like Baldur's Gate and Fallout 2, and you enjoyed the most recent Divinity Original Sin, please buy this game. You will not be dissapointed.

    I am giving it a 9/10.
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  6. Apr 29, 2015
    8
    It's ok, but not great. For me it's a lot less inspiring than Wasteland 2. Certainly not on par with Baldur's Gate 1 & 2. Still an enjoyableIt's ok, but not great. For me it's a lot less inspiring than Wasteland 2. Certainly not on par with Baldur's Gate 1 & 2. Still an enjoyable crpg. Some of the new classes like the chanter are actually fun to play with and give a fresh taste to the game. Story and setting didn't grasp me so much. It seemed like an uninspired crossover between Planescape torment and dark souls. 7,5/10. Expand
  7. May 19, 2015
    0
    Not ready for release. Everything about this game is great except for the astonishing number of bugs. I get an average of 2-4 CTDs (Crash toNot ready for release. Everything about this game is great except for the astonishing number of bugs. I get an average of 2-4 CTDs (Crash to Desktop) per hour. Also there are a lot of minor bugs in the UI and regular gameplay, but the result of seeing all of these little things (and a few rather large things) go wrong really hamstrings what would otherwise be a spectacular gaming experience. Art direction, writing, sound design, combat mechanics, overall mood and story coherence are unprecedentedly good. Better than Dragon Age, TES, etc. I came to this game from Arcanum, and playing PoE (when it isn't crashing/freezing/bugging out) is like a perfect realization of everything that Arcanum wanted to be. Obsidian, call me when you've put reasonable effort into making it stable. Expand

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