- Publisher: Supergiant Games
- Release Date: Jul 25, 2017
- Also On: PlayStation 4
- 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.
- Developer: Supergiant Games
- Genre(s): Role-Playing, General
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Pyre - Versus Mode PSX 2016 Trailer
Positive: 23 out of 27
Mixed: 4 out of 27
Negative: 0 out of 27
Jul 24, 2017From 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.
Jul 25, 2017Pyre 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.
Aug 14, 2017Gamers 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.
Jul 31, 2017Pyre 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.
Sep 8, 2017A beautiful, melancholy, emotional sports RPG visual novel thing. [Issue#265, p.51]
Aug 2, 2017I find the illustrations of Pyre to be beautiful and do not need photo-realistic graphics to put me in a setting.
Jul 28, 2017It 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.
Positive: 25 out of 36
Mixed: 8 out of 36
Negative: 3 out of 36
Jul 26, 2017Is 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… Expand
Mar 24, 2019The Art, music and story are among the best I've ever experienced. Especially the music.
I loved the fact that you have opposition, notThe 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!… Expand
Dec 11, 2017This game is so innovative, yet brings out all the things we've come to love from Supergiant Games.
The entry hurdle for players will beThis game is so innovative, yet brings out all the things we've come to love from Supergiant Games.
The entry hurdle for players will be the unusual combination of genres. Visual novel and action-oriented fantasy sports game are neither the most popular on their own nor would one think of them to blend easily. For those willing to look behind genre terms and to enjoy the experience however, it turns into an amazing experience.
Those who played Bastion and Transistor will already expect the beautifully stylised graphics, award-worthy soundtrack, and lovely narration. But Pyre comes with a bigger scope than its predecessors, dealing with a much larger cast. Nonetheless, no quality is lost. As unique as the many characters are, they still receive all the detail they deserve.
The visual novel style part of the game is entertaining enough on its own, but most of all perfectly embedded into the whole experience. It combines effortlessly with the lightning fast sports portion of the game called the "rites", which turns out to be immaculately balanced with a great variety of choices and strategies, which comes as a positive surprise for its unique format.
Finally one of the most impressive feats of the game is to seamlessly adapt the story progression whether you win or lose the rites. Together with the increasing number and importance of choices as the game progresses, this allows for a myriad of possibilities, reflected in the pacing and outcome of the game.
Supergiant Games did not rest on the laurels of their first hits. They took a great risk straying this far from the established paths, but the result gives them right in every way.… Expand
Apr 24, 2018Pretty cool as a game, very cool as a story.
Could do with more variety game-wise and I agree with "Complex strategies are counter-productivePretty 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!"… Expand
Aug 18, 2020Freedom 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.
Jul 29, 2017This 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.… Expand
Jul 28, 2017Pyre 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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