Fancy a trip back down classic RPG memory lane? Then Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive present the finished Kickstarter project Pillars of Eternity to you.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve played Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II. The former I finished, the latter I didn’t. The same happened with the much-praised Divinity: Original Sin. The reason? Lack of time and probably motivation as well. Maybe it’s just the sheer number of texts to read or slow levelling up that makes other genres more rewarding to play. Still, Pillars of Eternity has me intrigued to a certain extent.
Although the trailer is filled with exaggerated voice acting (which was also in the original Baldur’s Gate games, come to think of it), there’s still something about the story that makes it appealing. Backgrounds and character/enemy designs hark back to the aforementioned titles, but also offer new lighting effects, better animations and more fluid gameplay, from the first look of it.
It remains to be seen if characters and plot development are also good. Bioware has made some great games and the Witcher series in addition to other genre examples have improved on storytelling and presentation as well as game mechanics, but they’re obviously more focused on real-time action. So this game should satisfy SRPG fans more.
Pillars of Eternity is out now for PC on GOG and Steam, but can also be purchased as a retail version in Germany with a “map of Eora” poster, the digital OST and the German manual in book form. The digital versions come in different versions as well. There’s the standard Hero Edition and the Champion Edition with the digital original soundtrack, campaign almanac, making-of documentary, and a hi-res game map. Finally, the Royal Edition adds a digital novella by Chris Avellone, a collector’s book PDF, hi-res concept art pieces, a digital strategy guide, wallpapers, and ringtones to the existing goodies. These extras can of course be upgraded to the standard edition as well.
What are your thoughts on the game? Have you already played it, have you even backed and anticipated it? Any comments on the classic RPG games of old and new? What do you like or maybe dislike about them?
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