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  • Summary: Pillars of Eternity: The White March - Part I is a sprawling expansion pack with hours of gameplay integrated into the main adventure. Along with the new quests and area content, the add-on includes additions of Player Party AI and Enhanced Enemy AI.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Aug 28, 2015
    92
    One might feel a bit "bummed out" by the episodic nature of the expansion (with Part II expected to come out in the winter, no less), but the fact remains that The White March - Part I is an excellent addition all-in-all, providing us with quality content that expands on what we already loved about the core game.
  2. Aug 25, 2015
    88
    The White March - Part 1 is a great first expansion for Pillars of Eternity fans that have been in need of new content. A lengthy main quest, varied side tasks, and an enthralling narrative combine to make a worthwhile expansion for veteran players.
  3. Aug 30, 2015
    86
    The White March improves the game in some areas and offers an interesting story, but it may disappoint veteran players.
  4. Aug 31, 2015
    79
    More of what you loved, but no earth-shattering experiences.
  5. Sep 2, 2015
    75
    It’s not essential, and not close to the best that Obsidian is capable of, but it’s another perfectly enjoyable few hours of looting and adventuring.
  6. Sep 1, 2015
    70
    The White March is an expansion of gorgeous new landscapes, new companions, and new challenges. It should push players out of their combat comfort zones, and is a fine excuse for some familiar PoE questing, but doesn’t yet feel essential.
  7. Sep 10, 2015
    60
    Even though it gives you a chance to revisit one of the best RPGs in years, The White March Part 1 ultimately feels like a missed opportunity to expand that greatness into new territory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Mar 4, 2016
    10
    The encounters have been stepped up in this DLC and require even more tactical planning to succeed. A real step up and since the 3.0 updateThe encounters have been stepped up in this DLC and require even more tactical planning to succeed. A real step up and since the 3.0 update this game is a masterpiece of design, depth, and accessibility.

    You'll see a small handful of bad reviews, these are from a few die hards who preferred the cheesable builds of Baldur's Gate, who preferred reloading because the web trap wasn't detected, reload because their fighter got nuked by a spell, pre-buff, pre-buff, pre-buff, and oh, you can rest as much as you like, which means resting all the time. These people are wrong, Baldur's Gate series was great, but Pillars is so much better, there is no contest.

    If you have any inclination towards this kind of CRPG then buy it and the expansion content, you will not regret it. It is 100% worth full price.
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  2. Feb 16, 2016
    10
    -Beautiful new locations
    -Great atmosphere and graphics
    -Two new interesting companions -More combat, less story (combined with main game
    -Beautiful new locations
    -Great atmosphere and graphics
    -Two new interesting companions
    -More combat, less story (combined with main game is not bad)
    -Old school cRPG, and more...10/10 !!!
    -Up the Obsidian......
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  3. Apr 10, 2016
    9
    Summary: The White March is worth buying. Expect tougher, more varied encounters with better enemy positioning and AI that makes use of itsSummary: The White March is worth buying. Expect tougher, more varied encounters with better enemy positioning and AI that makes use of its abilities and switches targets in during battle, more imaginative and intricate dungeon areas, a more lively and convincing base settlement (the village of Stalwart), and two new companions, which I utterly disliked, but that's just me. Both the new areas and new enemies clearly benefit from the experience the PoE team at Obsidian has amassed while working on the base game.

    First off, I should say that I was on the whole disappointed by Pillars of Eternity, whenever I've considered its 26 March 2015 release build as the complete game, which I am now convinced it was not meant to be. Patch 2.0 which comes at the same date as The White March, but for free of course, makes some much-needed improvements to enemy and party AI, the user interface, and Class and Base Attributes balance.

    The "2.0" version of PoE contains one major change to base attributes and that is the changing of the Perception bonus from boosting Deflection to boosting Accuracy. While I believe this to be a needed step in the right direction, I think it's too little to make a difference for me.

    The addition of enemies with immunities to certain damage types and afflictions will force the player to adapt weapons and tactics to the particular encounter, something which was rarely needed in the base Pillars of Eternity.

    I started the expansion on Hard difficulty and Expert mode, with a level 9 party. I found it a nice surprise that Eder no longer felt invincible during combat, and that enemies would go for my weaker characters. Although I haven't felt a need to change the party's equipped items, or respec my character to reflect changes to the attribute system or AI, my impression is that combat difficulty has received a much needed boost.

    I think the encounter design and difficulty deserve a few words of commendation. I've had my party wiped out multiple times by the same encounter, which hasn't happened to me in the base game, save for just a few fights, and I consider this to be good progress in the right direction. In the base game it felt as if the designers were too shy to make encounters hard. I was practically glad when my party got wiped out in the last battle in Stalwart Village - I had made it a house rule that I won't rest spam through the saving of the village.

    It's no longer the same boring battle over and over, so there is improvement, thanks to the upgraded enemy AI and the addition of programmable behavior for party NPCs.

    As a side effect of the change to the Perception bonus, your party's tanks are now more vulnerable. What this translates to, especially in combination with an updated AI which tends to disengage and pursue targets in your back lines, is that you actually need to manage your party's movement... somewhat. The amount of party micro needed is still far from the BG/IWD levels, but I'm happy with what little has been achieved. This comes in addition to the nerfing of the fighter "Wary Defender" talent.

    Encounters seem more "hand-made" and less often look copy-pasted compared to those in the base game. I've been tracking this carefully as I played, and I can say there were enough (although not each and all) combat encounters where the following factors were present, which gave them character:
    1. There was context to the creatures' group as it was composed - for example, a group of ogres gathered around the dead bodies of Lagufaeth.
    2. There was conversation, either between the enemies, or between my party and the enemies.
    3. The encounter was placed on terrain which offered some kind of tactical opportunities for both sides - a narrow pass, obstacles on the terrain which provided choke points or kept a character's back safe, a staircase with multiple turns which disallowed the party from deploying in an optimal combat order, etc.

    In general, I could tell these were things that had been tested in advance, and encounters weren't just arbitrarily placed on flat ground. I welcome this effort on the developers' part.

    As for the areas - the developers have kicked into full gear, and the areas are both bigger - on par with the IE games, and just as beautiful, or more so than, in the base game, with multiple entry points and hence multiple paths through dungeons, and varied combat environments which in the odd lucky case necessitate some tactical thought on the player's part. I'd even go far enough to claim that in most TWM dungeons the dungeon design is superior to what's usually seen throughout the IE games.

    Unfortunately, the old tactic of blocking doorways with your tank is still easy to pull of in some areas, especially in Durgan's Battery.

    Overall, I'd say the expansion is worth it, both in terms of size and in terms of improvements to gameplay.
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  4. Sep 8, 2015
    9
    Awesome addition to an even more awesome game. Pillars of Eternity is 10/10 in my book, but since we are talking about The White March - PartAwesome addition to an even more awesome game. Pillars of Eternity is 10/10 in my book, but since we are talking about The White March - Part 1, I have a few things I would like to point out.
    I love new companions and new territory and the storyline itself is fine, my biggest problem is that it takes place in a middle of the game and I myself do not often play games twice coz when I play the game, especially rpg game I like to connect with my character and complete 100% of the game if possible, but this expansion suggests that we should start a new game... and its supposed to have 3 parts. I myself just loaded a save which I had just b4 the last dungeon. The second thing that I dislike is that it comes in multiple parts, coz imagine a guy starting a new game for the 1st time, now he has to w8 till all 3 parts go out b4 he can complete his game.

    Still this PoE is one of the best RPG games which came out in last few years.
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  5. Jul 2, 2016
    7
    Not bad, but it's really short and not very challenging even if you enable high level encounters. Also, I'm not a fan of the "let's releaseNot bad, but it's really short and not very challenging even if you enable high level encounters. Also, I'm not a fan of the "let's release half an expansion now and half later" thing.

    The addition of soulbound weapons is a fantastic feature, though.
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  6. Nov 12, 2016
    7
    Don't get me wrong, this is very good expansion, but considering that developers splited it up in 2 parts and sold both at full price I haveDon't get me wrong, this is very good expansion, but considering that developers splited it up in 2 parts and sold both at full price I have to give it a lower score. Expand
  7. Oct 12, 2016
    3
    The game itself was fine, and is the second best of it's ilk to come along since all those old Infinity Engine games. Visually I liked it,The game itself was fine, and is the second best of it's ilk to come along since all those old Infinity Engine games. Visually I liked it, sound was fine and the party system was fine. Quests and story? Fine. What's wrong with it?

    Minus a few points for very poor encounter design & planning in certain locations.
    Minus a zillion points for there *still* being serious bugs (e.g. entire character inventory disappears).
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