Pillars of Eternity

With the RPG genre being on the rise in the recent years, it stands to reason that the developers are trying to outdo each other with new and improved graphics, interesting gameplay and engaging stories. And they’re all doing a wonderful job. But, the oldest of us will never forget the classics that made gamers of all of us. And for those of us who wish to reminisce, Obsidian Entertainment presents Pillars of Eternity.

When Old Meets the New

And, indeed, playing Pillars of eternity feels almost exactly like you’ve gone 20 years into the past and fired up Diablo for the first time. Back then, RPGs were very close adaptations of D&D and other pen-and-paper RPG games that got us all hooked. The focus was on the narrative and your character was a soulless puppet that becomes filled with your own soul as you play. The character is a digitalized version of you and shares the same moral and ethical code as you. This is exactly what Pillars of Eternity try to capture.

Pillars is an extremely well-written game. It’s amazing on all accounts, with an amazing and highly personal story, and perfectly developed characters. The game borrows a great deal from Dragon Age games too, as combat is focused on teamwork between 6 characters and features the tactical pause. The narrative is mainly told through walls of text, but the dialogue is so amazing, that you’ll have no issue with its length. Also, the NPCs are voice-acted, so you don’t have to read all of it. There are cutscenes too, but they don’t quite reach the beauty and the theatricality of Dragon Age cutscenes.

Pillars of Eternity also features random encounters that can be solved entirely via choosing the lines of text to control the actions of, say, your ship. If this doesn’t speak D&D, then nothing does. One of the downsides of the game is that the graphics look dated. This is especially true if you’re playing on low resolutions – the game then feels literally like it’s from 1998. However, this is largely intentional on the part of the developers, allowing older gamers to experience the days of yore, but coupled with smooth gameplay and clear visuals.

One of the good things about the game is that it has a lot of standard classes and races, but also features some new classes. Not only that, but the player can combine classes to make great and powerful combinations, allowing you to carve through the enemies easier. And believe us, that’s no easy feat.

One of the game’s core traits is that it’s not easy in the slightest. Even on easy difficulty, the game will pose quite a challenge to the player. On normal difficulty, you will have to pause often and strategize which skills to use and when, or your party will end up dead very soon.  Hard mode is, of course, left to players very familiar with the genre, as only they stand a chance of surviving.

Conclusion

In the end, Pillars of Eternity is something old school player will enjoy. Be wary if you’re a new player though, as the game is not so forgiving toward players unfamiliar with this kind of gameplay, as the game is very much inclined toward the veterans.