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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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  1. Positive: 68 out of 71
  2. Negative: 0 out of 71
  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: 99 out of 157
  2. Negative: 25 out of 157
  1. May 24, 2018
    10
    I'm a big fan of rpgs. Played Bg1&2, Icewind Dale, Dragon Age, the Witcher series, Planescape torment, Fallout 1&2, and so on. Wasn't a bigI'm a big fan of rpgs. Played Bg1&2, Icewind Dale, Dragon Age, the Witcher series, Planescape torment, Fallout 1&2, and so on. Wasn't a big fan of the first Pillars. Dont know if its because I didnt invest enough time in it. This game, I've played like 30 hours in one week. Was a long time ago since a game really captivated me like this. Some of the characters are lacklusting, and the optimization is quite poor. That being said, its a really fun game. The combat mechanics are rewarding, the skill and leveling systems are also rewarding, the story is good, you just have to invest time into it. As a guy said who gave it a low score "its about chasing a big blue dude, just talk everywhere, there is no story". Dont listen to this guy. He's gotta have ADHD (i have a adhd diagnosis, but these game really keeps my interest). The story is in the fine details, all the amazing dialogues, and options. The number of different ways to play this games dialogue and options is quite breathtaking. All in all
    Pros: Good graphics. Good gameplay mechanic. Fun quests (most of them) and story.
    Cons: Bad optimization, some bugs, some lackluster characters (just a few)
    All in all, i give it 10/10 Bhaals.
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  2. May 14, 2018
    10
    Great game but currently broken unplayable because it is far to easy and nearly impossible to get killed.

    In urgent need of patch to make
    Great game but currently broken unplayable because it is far to easy and nearly impossible to get killed.

    In urgent need of patch to make the POTD difficulty more harder
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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. Dec 27, 2019
    9
    A great classical role playing game - of course, only if you like dialogue-heavy CRPGs.

    If you are more the action-loving guy who isn't
    A great classical role playing game - of course, only if you like dialogue-heavy CRPGs.

    If you are more the action-loving guy who isn't willing to read tons of text to understand a very different fantasy world - well, then PoE II might not be your game at all.

    Most negative reviews of this game make clear that it is about taste in genres, after all. You can't review a CRPG negatively because it has "to much text", that's like rating an shooter badly because it has to many firefights...

    After finishing the game i give it 9 / 10 points, simply because it wasn't perfect. There are some minor performance issues, there are some minor bugs and there are some minor design flaws. But all in all, it is a very good game.

    If you like games like Pathfinder: Kingmaker or Divinity: Original Sin II, you will most likely like this game as well, unless you make the mistake to dislike it for not being exactly the same as the aforementioned games ;-) Seriously, try to embrace minor differences instead of disliking them!
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  5. Oct 31, 2020
    8
    Great game! Too bad I'm not a fan of real-time pause fights. It is playable in turn-based mode, however it is not as polished and doesn't feelGreat game! Too bad I'm not a fan of real-time pause fights. It is playable in turn-based mode, however it is not as polished and doesn't feel as good as something like Divinity Original Sin. You can feel that the game was not planned as turn-based, still alright though. Art and classic setting are superb, dialogs and text quests are pretty well done too. Love the text quests, too bad there were not very variative and pretty short. My biggest issue, besides the non-native turn-based mode that just lacks some zest, is the myriad little items and abilities, each with miniscule bonuses that just hard to manage and remember. I'd rather have twice or three times less abilities and item effects, but making them more impactful. Just tired of managing all those buttons and tired of keeping so many numbers in my head. and soooo many stats...
    Still, wonderful game, I'm just nitpicking.
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  6. Jun 29, 2018
    6
    Although im a huge fan of old school rpg POF 2 is weak in a lot of points, controls are overcomplicated if played manually and boring ifAlthough im a huge fan of old school rpg POF 2 is weak in a lot of points, controls are overcomplicated if played manually and boring if automated (micromanage is garbage) and the game is eaaaasy as soon as you get good skills, UI is horrible with a lot of unnecesary things that can't be removed or changed, can't set simple shortcuts such as 12345, you need to set them skill by skill manually in every different character.

    On the positive side the game has decent story and excellent writing, but some characters and dialogues... are completely out of the fantasy context, for example they emphasize in a lot of current moral conducts like women being equally strong or superior to man and equall rights, instead of focusing in the game itself, wich totally breaks the 3rd wall and pulls you out of the fantasy immersion... like they want to educate their players with some extreme moral mindset and I just want to play the game to be honest...
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  7. Jul 29, 2020
    0
    "Do not make further Pillars of Eternity game anymore, you'll only screw things further"

    The statement above is the bottom line I would
    "Do not make further Pillars of Eternity game anymore, you'll only screw things further"

    The statement above is the bottom line I would like to give to this game. Don't get me wrong, I WAS a big fan. I love the writing, 10/10, the story and dialogues, 10/10, I have no problem with bird view 3D character, but the game design, about how you managed it, really put everything into the trash can.

    First of all, I am a "hardcore" gamer, which means, I always do the craziest difficulty any game ever has, which includes PotD. I love it, I love the concept, what really infuriated me though was, "What did you smoke when you put that save mechanism". Honestly, if you want to remove auto-save for the sake of "you get what you play", not gonna lie, I will agree with you. But how can you expect us to forgive you, for punishing us because of one of your GAMEBREAKING BUG? Not to mention how annoying it is to manual save because of your bizarre manual save system. And now you wonder why nobody cares to buy your game.

    This isn't just some "bug issue", this is some "mind concept" issue. You want to punish the player as hard as possible but you don't want to compensate or anything of your own failure. That is a selfish paradigm.

    As a verdict, put your thought about making PoE III to the grave. The franchise is done. You are done. Don't screw things any further than it has.

    For new-players: forget PoTD. Not because it was too hard, but because this game got too many game-breaking bugs that would make you wasted a couple of hours.
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