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81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  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. Feb 4, 2020
    90
    Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire brings a world full of challenges, dangers, and risks in which you are about to make your history. Thanks to its incredible quest design, your adventure in the world of Deadfire has nothing less than the main storyline of the game. It’s a huge, detailed, and living game that deserves to be played over and over.
  3. 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.
  4. Jan 28, 2020
    88
    This is a fantastic adaptation to consoles. The quality of this title is outstanding, and if you prefer to enjoy this epic adventure with a controller, it is a great choice.
  5. Feb 7, 2020
    85
    Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is an exceptional RPG, which respects its classic origins, without being afraid to adapt modern mechanisms. With a fresh combat system and a story worthy of the most famous D&D games, it is highly addictive for the fans of the genre, while being a friendly companion to those who prepare to embark on their first quest. If the issue with the way too long and frequent loading times will be fixed, it will be a must-play game.
  6. Feb 16, 2020
    80
    While not being able to romantically replace the sleepless nights with friends, sitting around a table or on the floor and armed with paper, pens,dice, snacks and carbonated drinks harmful to health, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is one of the modern videogame experiences more akin a paper role-playing campaign, hands down.
  7. Feb 6, 2020
    80
    A decent effort from Obsidian to transfer a complicated gameplay system to the consoles. Its not without flaws, some of which are new and some are ingrained in the game from the original version, but it still is a highly entertaining title, poised to offer dozens of hours of exciting swashbuckling adventures.
  8. 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.
  9. 80
    Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is an extremely authentic port of the PC experience that stays very close to the source material. It certainly doesn’t hurt matters much when you consider how legitimately stellar the writing is. If it weren’t for the unfriendly control scheme and obscene loading times, this could very well have been an early contender for best PS4 RPG of 2020. Regardless, it can still easily stand on its own as an extremely solid title that’s very much worth your attention.
  10. 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.
  11. 80
    If you don’t mind a game that requires you to work for the satisfaction of playing it, Deadfire’s Ultimate Edition is worth the investment for its lovely worldbuilding alone.
  12. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 9, 2020
    70
    Yes, it’s clunky at times, but get past that and you’ll find a deep, beautifully written RPG set in a massive world heaving with treasure, monsters, and moral dilemmas. [Issue#172, p.83]
  13. 70
    There is no doubt Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is a fantastic game, unfortunately the PS4 version is not the best way to play it. The load times along with other technical issues make it difficult to get into at times. It's not broken so you will get enjoyment out of the masses of content, but you'll have to have plenty of patience.
  14. Jan 28, 2020
    70
    Pillars of Eternity II is a 9/10 RPG tragically trapped inside a 7/10 game. The quality of the writing and the world-building is second to none, and the tried and tested combat mechanics are meticulously tuned, but the outrageous loading times and other technical issues are too upsetting to ignore. It's like sitting in a fine Italian restaurant, sipping a glass of wine and nibbling on breadsticks, enjoying your date, and then the waiter comes over and drops a dead dog on the table. Wrong table, mate. I ordered the carbonara. Now get that dead dog out of my sight.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 39
  2. Negative: 13 out of 39
  1. Feb 6, 2020
    0
    Game is unplayable in PS4. Need a patch ASAP. Loading times of 2 minutes in some areas. Its a shame cause its a very great game. I will waitGame is unplayable in PS4. Need a patch ASAP. Loading times of 2 minutes in some areas. Its a shame cause its a very great game. I will wait for a patch and i will give it another try. Full Review »
  2. Feb 3, 2020
    5
    The game is heavily bugged and crashes all the time. Once again Versus Evil has rushed out a port with limited testing and again theThe game is heavily bugged and crashes all the time. Once again Versus Evil has rushed out a port with limited testing and again the professional reviewers haven't played long enough for the bugs to be noticeable. It's good when it works but honestly you should wait for the patch which if PoE 1 is any indication will take 4 months. Full Review »
  3. Feb 7, 2020
    0
    In its actual state, the game is completely broken on PS4, it crashe frequently (PS4 blue screen) or worst it completely freeze the PS4 (hadIn its actual state, the game is completely broken on PS4, it crashe frequently (PS4 blue screen) or worst it completely freeze the PS4 (had to remove the power cable, nothing else is possible), there is frequent lag in the inventory or in the game...
    In two words don't buy it until they fix this mess, we (PS4 players) posted messages on Obsidian forum, but nobody answered us, i feel they will never fix it...
    So don't buy it unless you are prepared for hours of frustration.
    I enjoyed Pillars of Eternity (even if it had a lot of bugs) so i waited for Deadfire and got it Day 0, but now i am very frustrated, the game could be so good if only they fixed it, and if they speak to us about their future patch..
    No Don't buy it in the actual state, wait for a patch ...
    If one want to have an idea about the problems we have on the game, feel free to have a look on the forum : https://forums.obsidian.net/topic/113890-deadfire-ps4-bugs-and-known-problems-list-feel-free-to-add-yours/
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