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  • Summary: Pillars of Eternity, the ultimate role-playing experience on PC, comes to Xbox One! Created by and for role-playing fans by Obsidian Entertainment, masters of the RPG genre, Pillars started as a Kickstarter project, where it shattered all funding goals and pulled in more than 75,000 backers.Pillars of Eternity, the ultimate role-playing experience on PC, comes to Xbox One! Created by and for role-playing fans by Obsidian Entertainment, masters of the RPG genre, Pillars started as a Kickstarter project, where it shattered all funding goals and pulled in more than 75,000 backers. From there, it released to broad critical acclaim, won dozens of awards, and has been a fan favorite on the PC. Now, Paradox Arctic has adapted this unmissable RPG for an entirely new audience on major consoles -- bringing Pillars' fantastical world, tactical combat, and unforgettable story to fans on a whole new platform. Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition includes all previously released additional content from the PC version, including all DLC and expansions in a single package.

    But Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition goes beyond just offering everything together. Paradox Arctic has thoroughly updated the Xbox One version of the award-winning RPG for play with a controller, and have entirely redesigned the UI for easy viewing on televisions. Players will be able to easily navigate the game's detailed character creation, real-time-with-pause combat, and party management from their couches thanks to new TV-friendly menus and controls.

    Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition features:
    Award-winning writing, story and artwork of Pillars of Eternity, along with the expanded world and content of The White March: Parts I & II
    Countless character creation options, from races and classes to character backgrounds which drive your personal story
    An epic universe to explore, filled with intriguing party members and companions, a variety of in-game factions, and a lovingly rendered world to traverse
    All major updates from the original PC version, including a raised level cap, expanded party AI options, and new difficulty levels
    New UI and controls designed from the ground up, presenting the Pillars of Eternity experience like never before
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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  1. Sep 1, 2017
    90
    Comprised of the base game and both parts of the White March expansion, Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition surely offers more than 100 hours of gameplay for those who succumb to its charms. That’s exceptional value for money, and with the writing and gameplay being so interesting and entertaining, it’s easy to get sucked in.
  2. Sep 4, 2017
    90
    The story, design and writing styles are brilliant with some excellent moments and lots of hours to delve into.
  3. Sep 26, 2017
    90
    Pillars of Eternity responds so good on PS4 and Xbox One. It's a great port with a good controller adaption and a fine optimization. So you need a new life if you buy the game: you get started hours and hours without sleep.
  4. Sep 17, 2017
    87
    An intriguing old-school RPG, with a great story and content for tens of hours of play. Obsidian could have polished it more in the technical side, but it's definitely an advised buy for any true RPG lover.
  5. Sep 29, 2017
    85
    Pillars of Eternity Complete Edition is a big surprise on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Somehow the developer succeeds in the way the game is played on a controller. And that is a huge compliment.
  6. Sep 5, 2017
    85
    The outstanding classic-style RPG Pillars of Eternity makes a surprisingly virtuosic transition to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with the Complete Edition, bringing both systems all of the content that's been released on the PC version so far.
  7. 79
    An old skool RPG if ever there was one, Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition should be on your shopping list if you’re a strategy and RPG junkie. It’s as close as we’re going to get to a new Baldur’s Gate, and while it has its quirks and suffers from agonising load times on consoles, it’s still a joy to play.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Sep 15, 2017
    9
    Really excited to have this finally come to XBOX One after years of speculation. Not as polished graphically as Divinity Original Sin but aReally excited to have this finally come to XBOX One after years of speculation. Not as polished graphically as Divinity Original Sin but a lot more fun and addictive. Love the old school D&D games like Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale and this honors them well. Had to get use to the pause and give commands to my party feature versus the turn based combat of D.O.S. but the atmosphere and story is far more gripping than the one in D.O.S. Spell management is a little tricky and rest is not possible to heal or to study your spell book without the campfire equipment found at shops and other merchants. Character creation is fairly diverse.

    Its great you can have a party of six adventurers instead of just the two you have in D.O.S and when a party member is not being used you can always find them back at the Black Hound Inn. I have about 15 hours in so far and can't wait to get back to playing it. It can be challenging and you have to go back and keep trying different tactics to defeat different enemies but its not enough to make you rage quit like say Dark Souls caused many, not myself, to do. Party management and character action commands have been made very easy with the XBOX One controls.

    I will be finishing this and then going back to finish D.O.S
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  2. Apr 2, 2019
    8
    Let me be frank: As someone who generally prefers games that are far more action-oriented than the CRPGs of the days of yore, Pillars ofLet me be frank: As someone who generally prefers games that are far more action-oriented than the CRPGs of the days of yore, Pillars of Eternity is incredibly special - it took someone who played about 5 minutes of Icewind Dale and hated it, and allowed them to see the light.

    Pillars of Eternity is a fantasy game that is immersive in a way I have never seen before. My character feels as though he is a projection of myself within a fantasy world, and acts similarly to how I would. Despite the somewhat limited models for character creation, the overwhelming number of choices in other areas provide so much opportunity to create a character that tells a story. Additionally, there are no baseless restrictions as to which race can play as which class - finally, unlike in a game like Icewind Dale, I could have a dual-wielding elven Paladin! This freedom is probably this game's greatest strength.

    The combat is not something that I found overly engaging - I did appreciate that everything happened in real time, rather than in turns. However, this is a game that requires solely strategy in combat (as opposed to quick reflexes), and that is simply not something that appeals to me. Thankfully, Story Time mode allows me to keep combat simple, leave me feeling powerful despite the low level of difficulty, and let me prioritize role-playing over min/maxing. However, I did find that even on Story TIme mode, I did run into some challenges with characters I wasn't focused on building correctly - this isn't necessarily a fault, however. I imagine it was hard to balance challenge and roleplaying in that regard, and I give credit to the developers for balancing difficulty and role-playing as much as possible.

    The only fault this game absolutely deserves is the outrageously long load times, which worsen as the game progresses. They are some of the worst I have ever seen in any game, and are somewhat frequent. While these loading times seem to be exclusive to the console, I am rating the console version. And let me tell you, these load times are so egregious that they keep me from revisiting the game. I could complain about there only being 5 races in the game, but that does feel like I'm scraping the barrel when it comes to complaints.

    Overall, this is a roleplayer's dream. If you have ever had a passing interest in Dungeons and Dragons, or ever daydreamt about roleplaying a fantasy character, do yourself a favour and play this game.
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  3. Sep 11, 2017
    5
    I was excited for this game to come to console. I am a huge old-school D&D/ RPG fan and with the comparisons of this game to D:OS, whichI was excited for this game to come to console. I am a huge old-school D&D/ RPG fan and with the comparisons of this game to D:OS, which launched at the same time on PC, I couldn't wait for this to port. D:OS was in my top 4 favorite games of 2015 with Fallout, Witcher and Tomb Raider.....have more than 500 hours in it. Based on my score you can tell I was sadly disappointed.....D:OS is a vastly better game.

    In its defense I note that it does offer a reasonably large world with many NPCs, stories, quests, etc. That said, the only true positive to me was this is an actual RPG...you have significant/ meaningful ability to customize your character.....

    ....it all goes down hill from there....firstly, as with all games that are made for PC, it is done on a shoestring budget....there is no such thing as even a AA pc game....there is no polish here.....but games like D:OS that have depth and charm easily make up for it.

    While you can pick sex, race, class, background, ect, all of it has very little meaning as....
    ....almost all weapons/ armor are virtually identical bland copies....you may literally be playing with the same weapon/ armor in hour 50 you were using in hour 5....massive fail
    ...worse, the other gear (ring, helmet, neck, gloves, etc.) all come with buffs, but none stack, so you wind up buffing stats you never use.....and there is a plethora of some items, and a dearth f others, so you pray to the rng gods that you get a different buff in a different piece or its meaningless...
    ....being a wizard/ monk/ cypher, etc would be great..except all the spells are terribly bland....you can pick 2 spells each level and I truly struggled to pick one each time...
    ....combat is beyond boring...because the weapons and spells hardly improve throughout the game, combat takes forever...pew pew.....you can either try to micromanage 6 characters in real time or just sit back and wait 10 minutes for the fight t resolve and then do it all over again...
    ...while there are tons of questlines, I found none interesting....no joke, I fell asleep playing this game more times than almost all other games in the last few years combined....have energy drinks ready!

    Sigh, horribly sad; going to play D:OS again just to wash the taste of this game from my mind...and wait for D:OS2 to some out :(
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  4. Jun 16, 2019
    4
    Un jeu de rôle kickstarté certes mais développé par le vétéran Obsidian qui a souvent soufflé le chaud et le froid en la matière : on pouvaitUn jeu de rôle kickstarté certes mais développé par le vétéran Obsidian qui a souvent soufflé le chaud et le froid en la matière : on pouvait donc s'attendre à tout ou... à rien, car il s'agit tout de même d'un jeu de rôle à "l'ancienne" en vue de loin comme au temps des premiers Fallout ou Arcanum ou bien... Torment !

    Peu de moyens donc que l'on a comblés avec beaucoup de bavardages... mais je vais y revenir. Le moteur Unity utilisé est tout pourri (ça ne date pas d'hier tous les jeux nazes -indépendants- boulottés avec ce machin à deux balles) et pas le choix, il faudra faire avec. Avec les temps de chargement par exemple, très nombreux et longuets, qui mettent bien les nerfs en pelote (un "jeu" de patience sans doute... en fait !).

    Notons néanmoins que les environnements en 2D sont en partie sauvés par une jolie patte artistique et que globalement l'interface sur la console est bien pensée. Si ce n'est l'inventaire qui n'est pas commun au groupe (à part la réserve) et s'avère rapidement un joyeux bordel... assez déprimant. Et bordélique. Les combats en temps pausé sont tout aussi bordéliques et inintéressants mais heureusement en réduisant au maximum la difficulté, on laisse le boxon en pilotage automatique, ce qui n'est pas plus mal ma foi !

    Il reste alors l'histoire et beaucoup de bavardages... notons d'ailleurs une excellente traduction française, irréprochable à cet égard. Une aventure et un monde assez intrigants en tout cas pour susciter la curiosité et l'envie d'en savoir plus, jusqu'à la fin. Mais d'une part on regrette un manque de clarté dans l'intrigue et d'autre part, un bourrinage assez récurrent qui oblige à bousiller tout ce qui passe ou dépasse : plutôt dommage pour un jeu aussi bavard.

    Bref, on est loin d'un Tides of Numénéra (le nouveau Torment) qui a su mettre à profit le dépaysement de son histoire (et ses bavardages encore plus nombreux !) au profit des choix et des décisions impliquant vraiment le joueur et lui permettant d'éviter les combats autant que faire se peut.

    Sur la version Xbox, on a droit aux deux extensions de la Marche Blanche dont la première est plutôt satisfaisante mais dont la seconde devient un peu fouillis et encore sujette à de grands "nettoyages" de monstres.

    Finalement, force est de constater que tout cela est un peu raté... mais que ça passe le temps quand même. De façon décidément trop médiocre pour se sustenter, hélas.
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