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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: 4 out of 42
  2. Negative: 34 out of 42
  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. Apr 15, 2020
    5
    While my impressions of this game were quite favourable at launch, my love for the game has soured as I've had time to watch it fall apart atWhile my impressions of this game were quite favourable at launch, my love for the game has soured as I've had time to watch it fall apart at the seams in comparison to other similar games in the genre. To provide an example: While recently playing Greedfall, I experienced infrequent, average load times of about 10 seconds when travelling large distances between areas, and not between individual areas within the same region. Whenever they were longer (i.e. between regions), I was greeted with an area where I could buy and sell gear, and speak with my companions. This was a fantastic breath of fresh air after what I had experienced with Deadfire.

    Deadfire has so much to enjoy - the incredible amount of power one has to create the fantasy-themed character(s) of their dreams, and to form and develop their characters however they wish. Unfortunately, what is worthy of high praise demands that you sit through loading screen after loading screen, and pray that your game doesn't crash at any given moment. While many of the patches have been ironed out, the lengthy load times have not been mitigated to my knowledge, and are unbearably frequent. They also feature a banal, uninteresting, prototypical screen featuring one of three backgrounds and several game tips.

    The most disappointing thing about this game is that it possesses immense replay value, solid and challenging gameplay, and a wonderful story - all reduced to mediocrity by the absurd amount of loading this game does. At this point, I may have spent a comparable amount of time waiting for the game to load than I have actually playing the game. Considering the semi-open world and isometric nature of the game, this feels worse than archaic - it is shameful. I have heard that the load times on PC are also rather rough, but I might be mistaken.

    If you are not an incredibly patient player who adores CRPGs, I'd give this a pass unless the price drops under $20. Otherwise, I feel the absurd amount of waiting cannot justify the wonderful game that you would likely enjoy past all that loading.
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  3. Feb 21, 2020
    4
    I love the game, really. But the game keeps on crashing. Moreover, there are various bugs that make the game nearly unplayable. The game needsI love the game, really. But the game keeps on crashing. Moreover, there are various bugs that make the game nearly unplayable. The game needs to be patched. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2020
    1
    Obsidian and VE have proven that they couldn’t care less about their console ports. The game is unplayable due to game breaking bugs that theyObsidian and VE have proven that they couldn’t care less about their console ports. The game is unplayable due to game breaking bugs that they have shown absolutely no initiative on fixing.
    The game is terribly optimized for controllers, and as many have mentioned, the load times are abysmal. Load times lasting upwards of 5 minutes per room. God for it you have a fetch quest, where they force you to pop through 12+ load zones in a single area. You can get trapped in an Interact State completely removing your ability to fight, making it impossible to progress in the game. Do not buy this game, your money would be better spent as fireplace kindling.
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  5. Dec 12, 2020
    0
    Errors and bugs. Game doesnt work even 5 minutes. No patches. Playstation store does not make a refund after playing game.
  6. Mar 13, 2020
    0
    Just unplayable "PC port".

    Through my 20 years of videogame expirience - it is first time i see such broken game on PS4. 1) Huge,
    Just unplayable "PC port".

    Through my 20 years of videogame expirience - it is first time i see such broken game on PS4.

    1) Huge, enourmous time of loading areas. You are playing 1 hour - and 3 hours waiting untill area will load.
    2) Bugs which didnt let you end quests
    3) Awful controller usability.
    4) Many game mechanics is broken.
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  7. Feb 12, 2020
    0
    I love this game but it's unplayable on the PS4. Load times are ridiculous and makes it unplayable. Hopefully they can patch it because II love this game but it's unplayable on the PS4. Load times are ridiculous and makes it unplayable. Hopefully they can patch it because I really regret spending $60 on this. Expand

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