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Name: Pillars of Eternity
Release date: March 26, 2015
Platforms: PC, XONE, PS4
Genre: RPG

Description

Pillars of Eternity is an RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment and is the predecessor to Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. The game is set in the forests of Dyrwood, where a group of fanatical scientists is using people’s souls for nefarious means. You are the Watcher, a being able to read people’s memories, and you will be tasked with getting to the root of the truth in Dyrwood and resolve the matter for better or worse.

The game is played from an isometric perspective. You create a character and are put into the story, told mostly by many dialogues, which allows for a lot of story and worldbuilding. Your dialogue choices do have an impact on the story. The combat can be paused at any time, where you choose your follower's abilities and engage in combat once again. Your character can be specialized in many different classes, many of these usual and some unusual.

Recommendation

If you like worldbuilding, dialogue, and story, and don't mind the older graphics or the slow, deliberate pace of the game, you're going to love Pillars of Eternity. Its world is big, richly detailed and believable, and many of the characters you meet in the game have interesting stories to tell. It is not a game with a to-do list, the focus is very much on exploring the world and finding the many stories lurking there.

Metacritics Rating: 89 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: 35-100 h

Our recommendation

If you like old isometric RPGs like Baldur's Gate, you're going to love Pillars of Eternity.

Description

Pillars of Eternity is an RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment and is the predecessor to Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. The game is set in the forests of Dyrwood, where a group of fanatical scientists is using people’s souls for nefarious means. You are the Watcher, a being able to read people’s memories, and you will be tasked with getting to the root of the truth in Dyrwood and resolve the matter for better or worse.

The game is played from an isometric perspective. You create a character and are put into the story, told mostly by many dialogues, which allows for a lot of story and worldbuilding. Your dialogue choices do have an impact on the story. The combat can be paused at any time, where you choose your follower's abilities and engage in combat once again. Your character can be specialized in many different classes, many of these usual and some unusual.

Recommendation

If you like worldbuilding, dialogue, and story, and don't mind the older graphics or the slow, deliberate pace of the game, you're going to love Pillars of Eternity. Its world is big, richly detailed and believable, and many of the characters you meet in the game have interesting stories to tell. It is not a game with a to-do list, the focus is very much on exploring the world and finding the many stories lurking there.

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Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

Story Expansions

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What does it add?

The White March Part I is a story expansion that will take you roughly about 10 hours to finish. It centers around the region of The White March, where dwarven holds need to awaken the forges to protect themselves from an old foe. It also raises the level cap, adds new areas to explore, new companions, multi-class talents and more.

Buy this if:

  • You want a story expansion to the base game
  • You like the snowy, mountainous environments
  • You want to help the dwarves defend their kingdom

Key store price: 7.01 $
Traditional store price: 14.99 $
Release date: Mar 26, 2015
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

The White March Part II is a continuation of Part I, with about the same length of the story. It is set after the player awakens the White Forge, and drags the player into the intrigues of the gods, on a hunt to destroy the Eyeless. It also raises the level cap, improves the strongholds, adds a new barbarian companion, and many quality-of-life changes.

Buy this if:

  • You want to see the story from Part I reach its conclusion
  • You want to meddle in the affairs of gods
  • You want to have closure for the game's story

Key store price: 6.71 $
Traditional store price: 14.99 $
Release date: Feb 16, 2016
Trailer: YouTube

Miscellaneous

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What does it add?

The Royal Edition Upgrade Pack includes the full soundtrack, a digital campaign walkthrough, a digital hi-res map of the game world, a "Making of" documentary, a set of wallpapers, a novella, Collector's book pdf, and a digital strategy guide.

Buy this if:

  • You want all the goodies available for the game
  • You want to read through the strategy guide as you play the game
  • You want to see how the developers made the game

Traditional store price: 44.99 $
Release date: Mar 26, 2015
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Platforms: Classic store price: Key store price:
Hero Edition PC, XONE, PS4 29.99 $ 4.47 $
Definitive Edition PC, XONE, PS4 29.99 $ 13.19 $
Expansion Pass PC, XONE, PS4 24.99 $ 12.25 $

Edition Chart

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