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  • Summary: Pyre is a party-based RPG in which you lead a band of exiles to freedom through an ancient competition spread across a vast, mystical purgatory.

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  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Jul 24, 2017
    97
    From the art to the music to the story to the tactical gameplay, and even to how they’re all woven together so artfully, Pyre is an adventure that excels in every area of its design other than limiting its multiplayer to local only.
  2. Jul 25, 2017
    90
    Pyre teaches you to fight tirelessly for your freedom, but to question the definition of that freedom as well. I like the sports-combat a little more each time I play. And Pyre fetishizes the tools of the writer's trade, but more importantly focuses on the art and dialogue of good storytelling.
  3. 90
    Gamers will talk about Pyre for a good while. Vivid visuals pair well with energizing audio, and both complement the subtle, mechanical gameplay; Pyre, a stunning package, provides with aplomb a depth of strategy not found in some AAA titles, and couches the experience in an engrossing narrative. Supergiant Games’ strongest showing to date, Pyre is a must play, a delight that can’t be recommended highly enough.
  4. Jul 31, 2017
    80
    Pyre is not a game for everyone, and maybe in a way it does not want to be, and yet we feel good to recommend it.
  5. Sep 8, 2017
    80
    A beautiful, melancholy, emotional sports RPG visual novel thing. [Issue#265, p.51]
  6. Aug 2, 2017
    76
    I find the illustrations of Pyre to be beautiful and do not need photo-realistic graphics to put me in a setting.
  7. Jul 28, 2017
    60
    It just never hooked me. I’m not sure why Pyre feels padded while so many other games can use a similar structure and get away with it. Maybe—to add to the litany of reasons I mentioned earlier—maybe it’s the curse of being avant garde. Maybe we’re conditioned to accept the monotony of shooting hordes of faceless enemies, of swinging our sword at the same ten creatures for days on end. Maybe familiarity breeds contempt, but over-familiarity breeds acceptance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Jul 26, 2017
    10
    Is a incredible game and is to much funny, And the matches (on PC, at least) control a lot like Diablo or a MOBA, where you point-and-clickIs a incredible game and is to much funny, And the matches (on PC, at least) control a lot like Diablo or a MOBA, where you point-and-click your way into the goal, passing and dodging your way across the arena.

    It shouldn't really work, but it does. And in traditional Supergiant fashion, it's all wrapped up in superlative… Expand
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  2. Mar 24, 2019
    10
    The Art, music and story are among the best I've ever experienced. Especially the music.
    I loved the fact that you have opposition, not
    The Art, music and story are among the best I've ever experienced. Especially the music.
    I loved the fact that you have opposition, not enemies. You resolve conflict through sports, though that sport does leave the losers in a state many of them would consider damnation (some of them actually like the Downside!).

    I don't connect to characters on an emotional level often. Baldur's gate 2 and to an extent Witcher 3 ring out as exceptions. Pyre was incredible in that regard, I even cared about what happened to a few of the opposing teams and had considered purposefully losing to them.

    I find that in most RPG of late I can't wait for them to stop talking, they are just not interesting characters because you go through conversation loops that don't feel genuine.
    Witcher 3 and Pyre are great exceptions!
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  3. Aug 16, 2020
    10
    amazing game, if you hate reading youre dumb this game offers truly an amazing story and the gameplay is fine
  4. Apr 24, 2018
    8
    Pretty cool as a game, very cool as a story.
    Could do with more variety game-wise and I agree with "Complex strategies are counter-productive
    Pretty cool as a game, very cool as a story.
    Could do with more variety game-wise and I agree with "Complex strategies are counter-productive and hard to pull off!"
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  5. Aug 18, 2020
    8
    Freedom is an ability to make choices without fear, bearing the whole responsibility for its consequences.

    Pyre is third SuperGiant’s game,
    Freedom is an ability to make choices without fear, bearing the whole responsibility for its consequences.

    Pyre is third SuperGiant’s game, which itself is a graphic novella and sports simulator with RPG elements. During the game you must take a lot of choices, small and big ones, but the most important is to choose who is going to get freedom next. And believe me, it is awfully hard, because characters in you team are all quite charismatic and you start to treat them like friends, which makes final goodbyes even harder.

    But to give your team ability to gain freedom you must take part in the rites. During them you choose 3 members of your team and fight against the enemy’s 3 team members. There are around 8 other teams that will challenge you in the rites and which want to gain freedom just as you. Each rite time needed to gain freedom decreases. To prevail in the rite, you need to extinguish enemy’s pyre by throwing ball into it. You can specially give up letting your foes gain freedom, and this is one of the best Pyre’s moments. Most of them, just like you, have been sent to endless desert for some minor crimes like, em, ability to read( yea, it is restricted to be able to read in Pyre’ s world), and sometimes you may want to let your enemy become free. By the way, you are Reader, one of the few people, who can read and who can gaze into stars to control rites and that is why you are so important for teammates, yet, it is not the main reason they need you. Every rite is followed by fascinated soundtrack, making you feel more immersive in the process. There is also an ability to upgrade your team either by amulets or by learning the skills wasting the xp points.

    Your team consist of different races. And no, there are no elfs and dwarfes, there are talking dogs, walking trees and other miracles of the local fauna. Of course, they all have different abilities: while humans can run, trees do short blink and harpies can fly and so on. They all bring a lot of strategy into rites. To temporary banish enemy from the playground, you need to touch them with your aura, either by coming close to him or by throwing it into enemy. Sounds interesting, yet due to game’s length( it took me 11 hours to complete it) battles become monotonous, Also, rites feel a little bit unfair because it is really hard to control all 3 members during the rites, while AI does it without any difficulties. This makes battle system a little bit confusing, yet it brings a lot of pleasure, at least for the first hours.

    Graphics are good. It is not realistic, mostly hand drawn and does not have lots of animations (Vanomas disapproves). Yet it is incredibly good optimized, and I think you should be able to run it on notebook.

    Overall, Pyre is good project. It is very sincere project, made with whole lotta love. If you search for a game with emotional plot, that is both relaxing and tensive, Pyre is your choice. I recommend it to anyone who is searching for a good game. Also, I would like Fifa or Madden fans to try it, so they can see that good sports games are not all about football, hockey and others.

    8/10
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  6. Jul 29, 2017
    7
    This game is more of an interactive visual novel, and less based on gameplay. There's a lot of reading going on in this game. It's beautiful,This game is more of an interactive visual novel, and less based on gameplay. There's a lot of reading going on in this game. It's beautiful, and the characters are intriguing. There's a lot of story here, and the world is very interesting. I think the music is well-done, though it doesn't fit as well with gameplay compared to previous Supergiant Games titles.

    Overall though, the gameplay quickly becomes repetitive. As a game that demands multiple play-throughs to really experience the full effect, I can't bring myself to suffer the repetition.

    On its own, this game is well-made, and is unique (albeit repetitive). As the third title from Supergiant Games, it is lacking in the luster and the awe that came after playing Bastion and Transistor.
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  7. Jul 28, 2017
    0
    Pyre is NOT an RPG. It is some sort of basketball game played by cartoon characters that look like villains in a Samurai Jack episode. ThePyre is NOT an RPG. It is some sort of basketball game played by cartoon characters that look like villains in a Samurai Jack episode. The story is presented in a visual novel format that is linear, and again has nothing to do with an RPG. If this is an RPG, so is Ninja Gaiden and Doom. Shame on the developers for misrepresenting this product. Expand

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