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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 Deadfire. 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 Deadfire. 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.

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    * Immerse yourself in a deeper single player RPG game experience -- enriched with cutting edge technology and features, Deadfire builds on the foundation of classic D&D gameplay with vastly improved graphics, deeper game mechanics and a whole new hand-crafted adventure where choices truly matter.

    * Discover the new region of the Deadfire -- plot your own course by ship and explore the rich and exotic islands of the archipelago region, discovering new places interacting with their inhabitants and engaging in a variety of quests at every port.

    * Build your party and customize your companions -- choose from 7 different companions to join you on your quest and assign multiple classes and deeper abilities for each. Witness their personal relationships and interactions unfold with the addition of the new companion system.

    * Captain your ship across the seas -- as your stronghold on the seas, your ship is much more than simply a vessel for exploring. Upgrade your ship and crew and choose what skills you improve in order to survive dangerous encounters along the way.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 95
    A soaring achievement in the genre, very minor technical issues aren't enough to detract from the fact that Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire: Ultimate Edition is the first must-have game of 2020 and the finest RPG in an age. Adventures don't come much more essential than this.
  2. Jan 28, 2020
    90
    The branching storylines and miles-deep character and world customization are soul food for players yearning for experiences similar to 90’s cRPGs like Baldur’s Gate or Icewind Dale. Obsidian Entertainment is a master of this craft, knowing that the best way to draw in players are vivid worlds unlike any other and unforgettable stories. Console players shouldn’t be intimidated by a game with its roots in anything but a controller. Menus, combat, and controls are surprisingly easy to navigate and the game runs incredibly well. Having all the updated content only further adds to the value of an already valuable package. If you’re willing to wade in these salty waters, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Ultimate Edition is worth its weight in gold.
  3. Apr 8, 2020
    85
    Pillars of Eternity II arrives on consoles in it’s the best edition with all additional content, completely bringing all of it’s best aspects to console gaming. With its rich non-linear narrative, astonishing world and lore and interesting characters and both real-time and turn-based gameplay, it still is a great game, even with its bad optimisation and confusing control scheme for controllers.
  4. Feb 3, 2020
    80
    It's the amazing RPG of 2018 with all the systems and mechanics well adapted to console controls, with a superb writing and translation. But, all that great things get muddier because of the long and habitual loading times: 60-90 seconds for every single time we cross a door, change area... Until a patch fixes it, it's a pain in the ass.
  5. Feb 4, 2020
    80
    It's advised that people play this gem of a game on PC in order to experience the best version of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, but the drawbacks of the console version can be overlooked by people who are really patient or don't mind messing around on their phone every couple of minutes when going back to a town to restock on times.
  6. Mar 2, 2020
    70
    The story's definitely worth experiencing, as is the unique artistic vision conveyed within the game. However, glitches, framedrops and an overabundance of loading screens unfortunately kill the joy a bit.
  7. Mar 10, 2020
    50
    It is mired by a litany of hurdles, that perhaps a more patient player can deal with, but many will really wrestle with this - for them it is advised to seek out PoEII on a platform that it's design is more inherent. At very least, wait until a patch can fix some glitches, and the egregious loading times, in particular. Someone that can get beyond those inconveniences will discover there is a deep novel-esque adventure to be had. This adventure is full of loot, bounties, ship battles, and engaging fetch quests; all of the usual RPG fare that would keep aficionados happy. The island setting is memorable and full of lyrical, witty writing to be discovered which is great. When it works, it can be immersive and no doubt extensively replayable. It's just a shame that it didn't quite nail the port execution.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 40
  2. Negative: 33 out of 40
  1. Jan 28, 2020
    10
    This and Divinity Original Sin 2 are the best isometric RPG there are. As a big fan there is only one rating i can give this and that is fullThis and Divinity Original Sin 2 are the best isometric RPG there are. As a big fan there is only one rating i can give this and that is full 10/10 with high recommendation to any RPG fan out there.

    Much better than first one. Fully voice acted, nice graphics and functional gameplay.
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  2. Dec 14, 2020
    5
    The game itself is great! Great story, voice acting, characters, gives a lot of options - really a great RPG game! But compared to the PCThe game itself is great! Great story, voice acting, characters, gives a lot of options - really a great RPG game! But compared to the PC version, it has painfully slow loading times, that can very from 30 sec, if you're entering a new room to 2 minuts visiting a new city. And this really takes a lot out of the game, because you don't wanna explore certain places because of the long loading - there's also a lot of crashes, atleast every 2 hours, the whole game will crash, and you'll have to open it up again. I would recommond the game if you have the patiences for it - played it in 2020 june, so a patch might have come since then. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2020
    3
    The loading ruins this game. You can have infrequent long loads or frequent short loads but frequent long loads is inexcusable. Every door,The loading ruins this game. You can have infrequent long loads or frequent short loads but frequent long loads is inexcusable. Every door, new area or even a new floor in the same damn building has a long loading screen. I went into an inn, then to the second floor then to the first floor then outside. The actual gameplay took me about 25 seconds but I had to sit through 4 minutes of loading just for that. This is on a Ps4 pro btw lol absolutely unacceptable. I’ve quit playing but am stuck with losing $60.

    If I didn’t spend most of the time playing loading simulator this game would be a 9/10 for me. Right now however it is ridiculous and unplayable. Do not purchase on console unless they fix the atrocious loading problem.
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  4. Sep 11, 2020
    1
    I can't believe this garbage in this age!
    Paid 60 dollar for a price of full game, got headache peace of crap
    Pros: -in the time of lacking
    I can't believe this garbage in this age!
    Paid 60 dollar for a price of full game, got headache peace of crap

    Pros: -in the time of lacking decent RPG game!
    -lore. Cons :
    -Ps3 graphics. - loading screen for 5 minute every door you enter! Cant believe a development can ve this much bad. - bad UX. -bad combat. - lots of useless complexity in builds. - lag in every moment the memory tries to calculate some code. And I'm playing it at ps4 pro. My advice to you dear friend dont waste your poor money.
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  5. Feb 3, 2020
    0
    This game has been out for months and is still un-f*****g-playable and what's worse is that every so called patch introduces even more bugs.This game has been out for months and is still un-f*****g-playable and what's worse is that every so called patch introduces even more bugs. The game is great when it works but unfortunately Versus Evil can't be trusted to put out a quality game

    An edit several months later. The game is still broken and Versus Evil seems to have no interest in communicating with the player base anymore. Do not buy this under any circumstances
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  6. Jun 10, 2020
    0
    Do not blame Obsidian it is their publisher for this mess of a port, my animation friend at Obsidian says they have nothing to do with it
  7. Feb 1, 2020
    0
    This game has a game-breaking bug. When you try to load a save you get kicked back to the main menu and receive a message saying "there was anThis game has a game-breaking bug. When you try to load a save you get kicked back to the main menu and receive a message saying "there was an error loading the next map". Apparently, this bug existed when the game was released for pc in 2018 and wasn't fixed for the PS4 release in 2020. I'm 30 hours into the game and now, none of my saves work. I won't be purchasing any games from Obsidian in the future. Expand

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