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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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  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Genre(s): PC-style RPG, Third-Person, PC-style RPG, Role-Playing, Western-Style
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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Pillars of Eternity: The Road to Eternity - Part 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 71
  2. Negative: 0 out of 71
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 12, 2015
    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. Jul 7, 2015
    70
    Pillars is a title that should make old-schoolers happy while still offering a solid core game, story, and a rich setting for new-schoolers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 484
  1. Mar 29, 2015
    10
    This is a phenomenal game. The setting is rich and detailed, the writing is, for the most part, eloquent without being overly purple, theThis is a phenomenal game. The setting is rich and detailed, the writing is, for the most part, eloquent without being overly purple, the design is solid, and it is all presented in exquisite visual and aural style. Moreover, it's a vindication of Obsidian as a development studio, as well as of the crowdfunding business model for niche gaming.

    A complete and well deserved business, technical, and artistic triumph for Obsidian. Bravo.
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  2. Mar 27, 2015
    10
    Truly a successor of old school cRPGs. Incredibly beautiful locations, nice and stylish characters models and animations, captivating storyTruly a successor of old school cRPGs. Incredibly beautiful locations, nice and stylish characters models and animations, captivating story with unexpected turns. All details in the game are done excactly as they should be done in a classic cRPG. By all means classic reborn and it's one of few true cRPGs in the recent times. Expand
  3. 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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  4. Mar 29, 2015
    9
    An epic RPG in the Baldur's Gate style, by the folks who brought us Baldur's gate! This is a deep, immersive, stat-driven, party-based RPG.An epic RPG in the Baldur's Gate style, by the folks who brought us Baldur's gate! This is a deep, immersive, stat-driven, party-based RPG. RPGs have mostly been abandoned by developers in favor of hyped up, overpriced, unfinished, micro-transaction and DLC based crap. Pillars of Eternity is the opposite of that. It is a full game at a fair price. These developers are fantastic, and clearly care about the artistic nature of game-making. If Baldur's Gate was a Picasso, then this game (so far...I'm not even near the end yet) is at least a Rembrandt. The real-time/pause combat system isn't my favorite (I prefer the turn-based methods of games like Wasteland 2), and combat frequently devolves into a bunch of exploding colors on the screen that makes it difficult to know what is happening. Still, combat is functional, and not the focus of the game. The focus here is on the detailed world, its broken-willed inhabitants, and a terrible curse that steals the souls from babies. Pillars of Eternity is an awesome RPG that, hopefully, is the start of a great series. Expand
  5. Aug 9, 2015
    8
    I previously reviewed this game low, I think because I was frustrated that the rules and mechanics differed from baldurs gate 2 lol. HavingI previously reviewed this game low, I think because I was frustrated that the rules and mechanics differed from baldurs gate 2 lol. Having replayed this game and after getting used to the rules and mechanics I am loving it. I would have rated this game a 9 or even a 10 but I didn't because you can tell it has been made on a reduced budget; script cards instead of cinematics, reduced audio and voiceovers, relatively few areas to explore, lore no where near the level as bg2 and they could have added more hidden areas, items ect...

    I can only prey they make POE2 with a big proper budget. Well done obsidian.
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  6. May 21, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If you think Baldurs Gate is today a 10/10 stop reading because Pillars of Eternity is a 10/10 for you too.If you think Baldrus Gate is still a great Game but you think in 2015 that formula needs improvements read my review.I compare Pillars to Baldurs Gate 1 and2 , its really close and that game is the spritual predecessor.Before i go into detail i think i should mention that i think a game in 2015 need more then just what Pillars delivers.

    Visuals:Its ok.Visuals are not that important to me.The backrounds are hand-drawn as far as i know, you can see that.Some backrounds are really nice, others not so much.Its a mixed bag.What i miss is more variety.Most maps are pretty generic i think.I miss lightning effects that impresses me, but thats because of the engine they use.Its an enhanced version of the old engine that runs Baldurs Gate.And its ok, the game is not bad looking.The artdesign is something that i dont like.The armors for example, even the "special" ones dont look that impressive.There is nothing special.

    Sound:I miss great music.There is SOME music but its not really special.Thats a little moodkiller for me.The voiceacting is for the most part ok.Not everything is great, some characters are not that good.
    What i really dislike is that sometimes one part of a discussion is voiced, others not.That happens often in the conversations with your partymembers.That is distracting and disrupts the flow of the conversation.
    What i miss too are sounds when you fight.Music is playing, fine, but what about some weapon-sounds?
    Like in KOTOR?In KOTOR you have sounds when weapons are used, you even see little flashes.Here?Nothing!

    Gameplay:I think the gamplay is a mixed bag too.There are some great ideas.For example that the game explanis in a text what happens and you can choose with a click what you want to do.That is really fun and you need to pay attention and sometimes you need to know the abilitys of your partymemebers.Unfortunately this feature is rarely used and sometimes the best choice is so bluntly presented that its is boring.A giant letdown is the combatengine.In combat the pathfining AI is terrbile.In houses and dungeons you will get stuck.Even when there is enough space to go your companions will just stand there and watch.This can kill off your entire party.That is something the game inherritted from BG and that in 2015!!!For that, ill substract 1 point from the endscore.What is a letdown too is the character development.Its to simple.You can choose some paths but i tried different stuff with the adventureers you can hire.Most skills are too weak.I chose my rogue so that she crits nearly with EVERY strike, 2 weaponstyle with sabers.At the end of the game, she was maxed out and 85% of her hits were crits while she killed more enemys then the entire party without her together.I think i broke the combatsystem with my build because even on higher dificulty the game was far too easy.When i read some reviews and hear about "challenging combats" i can just laugh, im sorry.Its unbalanced as hell and if you understand how the engine works that can be work in your favour.A problem i see is the selection of possible companions.The cast is uninteresting at best, there is no real dynamic in the group.They wont leave you, they wont turn against you.No love interest, i miss that when i think back to BG2!There are other not so great points, ill not go into detail, most of them are just minor points.

    Summary:I played BG1 weeks prior to the release, so i can compare pretty good.Pillars is on par with BG1.Weak points and strong points are nearly the same.In the end, BG1 is a better game for me.The cast of possible companions is more interesting, the mainstory is more interesting and there is even some dynamic when you are good and some members of your group are evil for example.Where is all that in Pillars??Baldurs Gate 2 is a 10/10 for me, even today.BG1 is a 8/10 for me, cause that game is missing some of the great parts from BG2.Pillars is weaker when it comes to story, even the sound is weaker, so its a 7/10 for me.That makes it a good to great game.Something for comparison:The highest score i ever gave was a 8/10 for last years surprise "This war of mine".Maybe Pillars 2 will be better.....
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  7. Feb 23, 2020
    0
    Its not Baldurs Gate. Its utter **** Vague story, shallow characters. Thx god Larian make BG3, not this morons

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