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  • Summary: Pyre is a party-based RPG from the creators of Bastion and Transistor. Lead your band of exiles to freedom through a series of mystical competitions in the Campaign, or challenge a friend to a fast-paced ritual showdown in the head-to-head Versus Mode.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Jul 27, 2017
    100
    I would highly suggest picking up Pyre at your earliest convenience. I absolutely believe it will be one of the best games you play all year, and quite frankly I can’t think of another game that easily compares to it. The story, mechanics, and world featured absolutely stand-out compared to other releases this year, and it’s well worth experiencing. And even if you’ve felt lukewarm on Bastion or Transistor, Pyre is such a different experience that I’d still say it’s worth checking out whether you are a fan of Supergiant or not. But if you are, then there is no reason to miss Pyre.
  2. 90
    It feels disingenuous to even try and write words about Pyre, another Supergiant masterpiece.
  3. Jul 31, 2017
    90
    Pyre is a wonderfully made game, with simplistically beautiful graphics, and an engaging soundtrack. The gameplay can get a bit repetitive, but that doesn’t stop it from being an enjoyable journey. The characters and challenges were more than enough to make up for it.
  4. Aug 7, 2017
    85
    Pyre is SuperGiant Games' best game to date. It is a compelling, original formula, winch combines RPG and tactical sports where the spell is cast through its character's charisma, the overwhelming options you always have at your grasp, the instant fun of the matches, and through deep, strong storytelling.
  5. Sep 14, 2017
    80
    A quirky fusion of genres which challenges as much as it charms.
  6. Jul 31, 2017
    80
    Pyre offers a unique blend of storytelling and thrilling arena combat. The ability to duel against friends adds incentive to keep playing even after the game is finished but it’s the cast of characters that steal the show. They are unquestionably worth investing in due in part to the sprawling history and noble journey they embark upon which you won’t soon forget.
  7. Jul 24, 2017
    70
    Pyre's strengths lie in a lot of things: it's beautiful visuals, amazing score, multi-branching tale, gameplay that somehow marries the best of sports games and tactical RPGs. But it's wrapped in an expansive story that doesn't quite earn its keep over its many hours, and fails to flesh out the endearing characters you meet and spend time with all along the way. In the end though, Pyre's a quest worth taking if ou're up for the challenge and the inevitble dread you'll feel when you lose sometimes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Jul 26, 2017
    10
    First off, if you can't stomach visual novels you'll want to avoid this. During the first four hours, the gameplay has far more RPG-styleFirst off, if you can't stomach visual novels you'll want to avoid this. During the first four hours, the gameplay has far more RPG-style management and dialogue than gameplay. After that, it starts to even out.

    Speaking of gameplay, this game is a unique experience in that it's a high-fantasy tackle-basketball game with RPG elements and a graphic novel structure. I won't spoil the story twist - which is great - but there's also an element of campaign management (think Banner Saga) thrown in partway through. It's strange, but well done and engaging.

    While the gameplay is solid, this game focuses more heavily on presentation. There's a huge cast of fantastically designed and (mostly) interesting characters that bounce off of each other wonderfully, and the art and music are outstanding. If you're looking for a unique experience or enjoy either visual novels or sports management games, you should definitely give this a shot.

    PROS:
    -Excellent art and scoring
    -Great setting and characters
    -Unique and interesting gameplay once it gets going

    CONS:
    -Slow start
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  2. Mar 10, 2018
    9
    Another one from Supergiant, and another piece of art. I know "sports visual novel rpg" sounds super weird, but that's what makes this gameAnother one from Supergiant, and another piece of art. I know "sports visual novel rpg" sounds super weird, but that's what makes this game such an enjoyable and unique experience. The art and soundtrack are on point as usual, and the story is fascinating. Unlike the last two games, you get to talk and know a large roster of characters, and they're all likeable and different in their own ways.

    If you're still stuck at "sports visual novel rpg" and scratching your head, watch some gameplay first, see if any of it appeals to you, and seriously consider giving it a shot.
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  3. Jul 26, 2017
    9
    Another amazing game by Supergiant.

    I can see how this game would turn off some folks, even if you've liked other previous Supergiant
    Another amazing game by Supergiant.

    I can see how this game would turn off some folks, even if you've liked other previous Supergiant games. I myself was actually worried going into this one after watching some game play, but it has definitely exceeded my expectations. The first few battles start off slow, but after I got to the third battle or so, and realize what they're going for, I was insanely immersed.

    The ambiance that's presented for each new enemy is very well done. There's a different theme and music score for basically every new foe you face. The slow pan down and narration when introducing each fight is some of the best presentation I've seen in a game for quite some time. If you don't like visual novels, and a good amount of dialogue, this game might not be for you. However, these type of games aren't usually what I look for, either.

    The game is actually very challenging as well on hard mode. It always a good thing when you're getting worked up when the enemy completely crushes you. When I finally beat one of the fights I had been stuck on, there was a very awesome feeling of intense satisfaction... to me that's a sign of a great game. I don't know if i'll play this thing online against other players, but the ambiance presented in the story mode is EASILY worth the price tag. Also... the soundtrack, absolutely amazing.
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  4. Aug 15, 2017
    8
    I really loved the story of pyre and thought that the characters worked really well, both in story and gameplay. I would however have lovedI really loved the story of pyre and thought that the characters worked really well, both in story and gameplay. I would however have loved some more animation within the story sections and from time to time I found the story a bit overlong. All that said, it is still neck and shoulders above what most of the major studios are offering currently Expand
  5. Jul 29, 2019
    8
    Gameplay consists of a visual novel and a sports arena 3 v 3 (vs cpu) game where the goal is to get the ball into enemys "basket". DifferentGameplay consists of a visual novel and a sports arena 3 v 3 (vs cpu) game where the goal is to get the ball into enemys "basket". Different characters have different abilities to assist you in this goal.
    Pros: Interesting characters and endgoal, character abilities, light rpg elements.
    So-So: only one gameplay mode essentially.
    Cons: No cons, unlike you don't like visual novels or sports.
    Unique game, not for everyone, but it was a fun and interesting experience for me.
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  6. Jul 26, 2017
    5
    Probably better than the PC version because at least you will be able to enjoy multiplayer with friends. The campaign storytelling style wasProbably better than the PC version because at least you will be able to enjoy multiplayer with friends. The campaign storytelling style was just too slow and boring for me. Its just not what most people who play Supergiant Games' Action RPGs are used to.

    Great Fantasy Sports Game. Visual Novel way of telling the story really kills it. It just does not blend well and is too slow.

    As much as I love Supergiant Games. I cant finish this game. It was just boring to me.
    So repetitive. Too much talking. We used to like Supergiant Games because they always blended dialogue, narrative and story WITH the Gameplay. Now they are completely separate. To be honest im reading dialogue of these characters 90% of the Game. Then i get these abilities that don't do much. They are really shallow and unrewarding.

    Summary:-

    Posives:
    -Great Artwork as always
    -Great Soundtrack as always
    -Great Gameplay as always

    Negatives:
    -I personally did not care about the story. It didnt make me want to.
    -Gameplay does not blend well with the story. (SECOND MOST IMPORTANT POINT)
    -90% of the time im reading a story I don't care about. It gets too repetitive and mundane after a few hours. I really dont give a damn about the story. (MOST IMPORTANT POINT OF ALL)
    -SkillTree was boring and did not bring anything really interesting unlike their other games.
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  7. Mar 6, 2019
    2
    The core fantasy sports combat game is interesting. But everything else is a muddle. The psychedelic world map removes any sense of place thatThe core fantasy sports combat game is interesting. But everything else is a muddle. The psychedelic world map removes any sense of place that a world map should impart. The choices feel arbitrary and pointless. And the whole world and storyline is so disjointed and abstract, it's hard to really care about anything, so the droning dialog and navigation is just tedious filler between matches.

    Overall, the glowing reviews seem to reflect the biases of industry insiders thirsty and excited for anything novel and cleanly produced. If you're looking for a pretty, innovative gaming experience, this will probably delight. If you're looking for fun, move along.
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