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  • Summary: Step into a living illustrated world inspired by illuminated manuscripts and printed woodcuts in a time when Europe is at a crossroads of great religious and political change. Walk in the footsteps of Andreas Maler, a master artist who finds himself in the middle of murders, scandals, andStep into a living illustrated world inspired by illuminated manuscripts and printed woodcuts in a time when Europe is at a crossroads of great religious and political change. Walk in the footsteps of Andreas Maler, a master artist who finds himself in the middle of murders, scandals, and intrigue in the Bavarian Alps. Choose your backgrounds, impact a changing world, and see the consequences of your decisions in this narrative adventure. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Nov 28, 2022
    100
    Pentiment is a superb game that marks an important step forward for its genre. Quiet, contemplative and intelligent, it is a shining example of what happens when a team is allowed to expand their horizons and take risks.
  2. Nov 14, 2022
    100
    Pentiment is the kind of masterwork that Andreas chases early in the game, and it's equally as flawed, biased, subjective, and captivating as the pieces he's inspired by. Play it and decide for yourself whether it's worthy of that kind of comparison. That's the point.
  3. Nov 14, 2022
    95
    Pentiment is a narrative gem and artistic beauty, but it could be perceived very differently. Give it a try and it will surprise you.
  4. Nov 14, 2022
    87
    Pentiment is not going to be popular. I do think however that it will become a cult classic… It’s a unique, dazzling work of art that will stand the test of time for as long as we remember it.
  5. Nov 14, 2022
    83
    A truly innovative murder mystery that really makes you consider the consequences of not only your actions, but the actions of those that came before you. The narrative is at times a little too bogged down in complex lore, but it's a story to be remembered.
  6. Nov 14, 2022
    80
    Pentiment is an incredibly enchanting adventure game that really is like no other. It doesn’t quite have the same depth and ingenuity that Disco Elysium has, but what it lacks in depth, it more than makes up for in charm. After a slow start, this murder mystery really becomes the talk of the town.
  7. Nov 14, 2022
    60
    Pentiment strives to exist somewhere between a history book and historical fiction, not quite committing to a detailed look at history or fulfilling a narrative arc. This is a detriment to the game's conclusion, dampening my memories of the game save for the stories of individual characters. I retain a soft spot for the wise Illuminata and her conversations with Andreas about literature and religion, and I have a parental fondness for a young peasant girl who I watched grow from a gurgling toddler to a young woman. Witnessing their lives play out is a narrative delight, only enhanced by the creative use of Pentiment's different fonts to better convey a person's societal station or education. But limiting how much time the player actually has to engage in the game's best parts hurts the overall experience too much.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 190
  1. Nov 16, 2022
    10
    One of the most unique games I have ever played. So thorough and deliberate and nuanced. Very big fan.
  2. Nov 17, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Un juego que destaca demasíado por lo único que es ,algo totalmente nuevo e innovador la ambientación y sonido espectacular Expand
  3. Nov 21, 2022
    10
    An absolute triumph. Gorgeous historical art, incredibly rich and detailed setting, and a lot of obvious love put into the work. This is aAn absolute triumph. Gorgeous historical art, incredibly rich and detailed setting, and a lot of obvious love put into the work. This is a unique game that I am so glad exists. Loved every minute of it and was genuinely moved in addition to sending me down a rabbithole in which I am now a much bigger fan and student of history. Brilliant! Expand
  4. Nov 18, 2022
    10
    An amazing experience that can keep you focusing on the story until the end.
  5. Jan 11, 2023
    9
    Very interesting game. A narrative detective story with gameplay similar to Disco Elysium, albeit with a very different style and setting.Very interesting game. A narrative detective story with gameplay similar to Disco Elysium, albeit with a very different style and setting.

    The game was obviously a labour of love from Obsidian. Every conversation shows a huge amount of historical research behind it, and a lot of care in development of the characters over multiple time periods. Each character has their own background and narrative style which is demonstrated through the different "writing" styles used in conversations. The story is deep, well-written, and novel. And finally special mention for the ASMR experience of quill scratching on parchment whenever you speak to someone!

    Only one thing I disliked - throughout the game your investigation seems very free-form and open to the player's own thoughts. By the end you'll understand that this was a bit of an illusion. Can't say more here without spoilers.

    Overall it was a great game.
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  6. Jan 28, 2023
    8
    El Nombre de la Rosa, **** juego, con permiso del juego la Abadia del Crimen. Gran juego, diferente tiene un poco de todo, misterio,El Nombre de la Rosa, **** juego, con permiso del juego la Abadia del Crimen. Gran juego, diferente tiene un poco de todo, misterio, historia, personajes, religión,... Juego pausado y muy disfrutable. Menos shooters y más pentiments. Expand
  7. Nov 21, 2022
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. increíble que obsidian en vez de dedicarse a hacer un juego en condiciones de la mano de Xbox, opten por entregar este “librojuego” honestamente aburrido Expand

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