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  • Summary: Pursue a rogue god over land and sea in the sequel to the multi-award-winning RPG Pillars of eternity. Captain your ship on a dangerous voyage of discovery across the vast unexplored archipelago region of the dead Fire. Bend the world to your will, as you explore the depths of InfinitePursue a rogue god over land and sea in the sequel to the multi-award-winning RPG Pillars of eternity. Captain your ship on a dangerous voyage of discovery across the vast unexplored archipelago region of the dead Fire. Bend the world to your will, as you explore the depths of Infinite possibilities, including detailed character customization, total freedom of exploration, and more meaningful choices at every turn. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. May 9, 2018
    100
    Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is as close to the perfect RPG as one can get. The fantastic setting, grand story, exceptional writing and voice acting, engaging combat all coalesce into an exemplar of its kind. This is the game that sets the bar. This is the game that needs to be aspired to.
  2. May 9, 2018
    95
    Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is one of the best modern RPGs on PC. Obsidian's new video game is an amazing adventure with a brilliant writing, deep combat and amazing atmosphere.
  3. May 8, 2018
    92
    Pillars of Eternity 2 is a role-playing masterpiece that improves and dares a lot compared to Part 1 without losing the old-school charm.
  4. May 8, 2018
    90
    The original Pillars of Eternity is a tough act to follow, but Obsidian has knocked it out of the park once again. In addition to a layer of polish that permeates across the entire experience, the new naval aspect, larger world, advanced custom combat AI, and fully voiced dialog make this a must-have sequel.
  5. May 30, 2018
    89
    An excellent conclusion to an already excellent game. Ship navigation and above all ship combat are lackluster, but the general experience is fun and engrossing. Overall one of the best RPGs out there.
  6. May 18, 2018
    85
    Pillars of Eternity II Deadfire plays it safe just like its predecessor, and it has a worse main storyline, but it compensates with a greater and richer world to explore, better friendly AI, a refined combat system and much better side quests. In short, a must buy for fans of cRPGs.
  7. Jun 6, 2018
    70
    If one was to ignore the technical issues and consider it in isolation, Pillars of Eternity 2 could be deemed a solid game. Whilst on the surface it appears to offer depth and choice, effectively the content is relatively simple and linear. Nevertheless, there are some great side quests and locations to engage with, and a large number of stories and peoples to encounter. However, given the optimisation woes and the illusory depth offered by the main story, I lost interest in what I was doing fairly early on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 107
  2. Negative: 20 out of 107
  1. May 11, 2018
    10
    I am a big fan of CRPG such as Baldur's Gate and this game delivers on all fronts. I am glad that there are still making games like thisI am a big fan of CRPG such as Baldur's Gate and this game delivers on all fronts. I am glad that there are still making games like this because we all know that these are nowhere as profitable as multiplayer games with in-game monetization. Expand
  2. May 17, 2018
    10
    In my opinion, PoE2 is a huge step up from PoE1 (which was also a great game). It improved on many areas, and from what I've noticed hasn'tIn my opinion, PoE2 is a huge step up from PoE1 (which was also a great game). It improved on many areas, and from what I've noticed hasn't worsened in any aspect that was in PoE 1.

    Damn near everything is voice acted, the writing is vastly improved & the combat is much better. The music is better, the sound is better, the voice acting is better. The graphics look amazing for an isometric (not that it matters), the character models are improved, and the animations are MUCH more fluid. The story is great, the dialogue is so much better (way less pretentious and far more human - More 'pulp fiction' less 'lesbian film festival' ), and the story is engaging. The characters have much more personality, the companion system is vastly improved, and dialogue choice feels even more weighty.

    I could keep going on positives but here are the negatives I can think of: I heard there are bugs (haven't encountered any), the difficulty could be turned up a few notches - it works for a first time, but replays are going to need it to be the first games PoD difficulty, and loading screens (saw a review give it a 2 strictly on loading screens - its inconvenient sure, but really not THAT bad jesus.)

    Anyways, I'd recommend this game to anyone who likes RPGs - especially anyone who likes isometric RPGs. People who don't like RPGs will likely just say its boring because they're talking and not shooting but w/e. Recommended! Go buy now!
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  3. May 8, 2018
    10
    An amazing sequel and a great RPG to explore!
    The best thing is the story-telling and the characters.
  4. May 26, 2018
    9
    I just finished playing this game. It was a great ride. Loved it more then POE 1. But there is room for improvement. Especial difficulty levelI just finished playing this game. It was a great ride. Loved it more then POE 1. But there is room for improvement. Especial difficulty level is way to easy for experienced players. Main storyline is a bit simple and short but there is enough content in the game to help you forget that. Loved the multiclass system and after a while i even started to like the ship combat system. I think this last also has some room to improve.

    I love the moral conflicts i sometimes experience with quest lines. Loved the side quests. And this is the only game where i read every aspect of quest line. The fact that actors did a great job in the quest dialogue draw me in every questline.

    All with a a worthy sequel to POE but it has room to improve in its current state ( v 1.02) .
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  5. May 9, 2018
    8
    Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire est une superbe suite qui offre exactement ce que l'on attend d'elle: plus et mieux, sans oublierPillars of Eternity II: Deadfire est une superbe suite qui offre exactement ce que l'on attend d'elle: plus et mieux, sans oublier d'introduire de nouvelles fonctionnalités intéressantes pour ne pas perdre sa fraîcheur . Une aventure gigantesque, bien écrite, stimulante, profonde et pleine de possibilités qui vous prendra plus de 50 heures à compléter, beaucoup plus si vous voulez tout explorer. Si vous avez aimé la première partie ou tout simplement profiter du côté classique du rôle occidental, voici un achat très recommandable et appétissant. Expand
  6. Jun 19, 2018
    6
    So I just finished the game after about 80h of game play and the felling I got after finishing the game is somewhat ambivalent. Let meSo I just finished the game after about 80h of game play and the felling I got after finishing the game is somewhat ambivalent. Let me explain. POE2 is a good old BG2 style RPG with nice graphics, voice overs, combat system and generally seems like a type of game I would enjoy. However there are few problems for me that prevent me from giving it a higher score.

    The first problem in my opinion is the main story itself which is not very interesting because you don't really know what's going on until the very end where they dump all the exposition on you within an hour of the ending. Another problem with the main story is that it clashes with the "free open world RPG" nature of the gameplay instead of supporting it. The story introduces you to a great threat that needs to be dealt with immediately. Furthermore you learn very quickly exactly where you need to go to confront the threat. The problem is that you can't just go there - you need to level up first of course as in any other RPG. This process however takes about a year of in-game time but there is really no good in-game explanation of why you delay and do bounties and side quests first other than the knowledge of the game mechanic that you know as a player. Also the delay does not make sense within the logic of the story (without getting into spoilers). This is the reason why the story does not work very well in this game in my opinion. It could work with few tweaks, few more "in-between" things you'd need to do before you can go after the main threat and some exposition you'd learn along the way would make the story more interesting. Unfortunately they didn't do that. Ultimately the main story ends up not being very satisfying anyway and the game ends with a whimper rather than a bang.

    But "forget the main story, the meat of the game is the exploring and side questing anyway" I hear you say. Well, the problem with that is that the side quests are not terribly interesting neither. There are not many interesting locations, factions or characters. During the 2nd half of the game the exploring felt more like a chore I had to do to level up before I can get this over with. There are only few somewhat interesting places you can find but mostly it felt like a dime a dozen, especially if you've played other RPGs before. Also most of the side locations are quite small and there's usually not much to do other than a side quest or two. The bounty islands are usually completely generic. There were few nice quests/story book interactions, etc but they were too few and too far between. Also unfortunately the devs did not learn from POE1 and doubled down on unpronounceable names of everything so after I just literally finished the game I cannot remember a single NPC/island/creature name, excluding few main names like Nekataka where you spend half of the game, but what was the queen's name for example I have no idea and she's one of the main NPC characters in the game. Okinawa or something, wait that's not right. Anyway the NPC characters generally, including the main ones, have just few "tell me about yourself/this place" interactions and once you've read them that's it, there's nothing else to them. It does not help that the NPC characters are not very interesting or memorable but the weird names of everything on top of that makes it impossible to get invested in anything.

    It seems like I'm giving the game a hard time but it's not all terrible. The game play itself is enjoyable enough so that I finished the game but I have no interest in 2nd play through. As it is the game is average in my opinion. It's not terrible, you'll get your money's worth but in the end it does not really excel at anything in my opinion which makes it average. This game could have been great with better writing in my opinion, the basic game play is there and it is mostly solid, unfortunately the writing does not elevate it but rather brings it down which is unfortunate as a good story, quests and characters is what makes a good RPG in my opinion. POE2 lacks in all of these departments. Ultimately at the end the game feels unsatisfying and lacking the details that would make it really great. I applaud the devs, clearly fans of the genre, in their efforts to revive the good old BG2 style game where story and gameplay is more important than newest graphics, etc. Unfortunately they did not quite hit the mark for me.
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  7. Nov 27, 2018
    0
    Tried and tried to get into this game but yeah this game just didn't do it for me, don't really get why it's so highly scored?
    Is it because
    Tried and tried to get into this game but yeah this game just didn't do it for me, don't really get why it's so highly scored?
    Is it because it's and indie or something?
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