RPG developer of note Obsidian has always had to make its games under the watchful eye of publishers – but thanks to the magic of Kickstarter, they’re now able to make the sort of games they really want to – and those games look a heck of a lot like Baldur’s Gate. Pillars of Eternity from Obsidian is an old school cRPG, an isometric one like the sort you used to play decades ago. And it’s really, really, good.
Here’s what critics have to say, even though many aren’t ready to pin a score on the game.
PC Gamer – 92/100
A deep, rich, and wonderfully written RPG that lives up to the towering legacy of the games that inspired it.
Gamewatcher – 9.0/10.0
All you really need to know though, is this; Pillars of Eternity is a triumph. If you’re a backer and a fan of those classic Infinity Engine games, you’re in for a real treat, a smart and complex adventure that will keep you entertained and absorbed for possibly the rest of your life, and certainly until the already announced expansion pack comes out. Even those who never got on with those classic games should give it a go, because there’s a tonne of smart design choices in here that smooth out the rough edges that might have kept you away before. A superb introduction to a fascinating new fantasy world. Can’t wait to see where in the world of Eora we get to go next.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun – No Score
It’s a triumph. A wonderful, enormous and spellbinding RPG, gloriously created in the image of BioWare’s Infinity classics, but distinctly its own. A classic in every sense.
PCWorld – No Score
What I’m saying in way-too-many words is this: Obsidian has a reputation for crafting fantastic RPGs, and deservedly so. Pillars of Eternity is, as far as I’m concerned, Obsidian at its best ever.
Videogamer – No Score
The game Obsidian always wanted to make, and the result is its finest work.
Eurogamer – No Score
Pillars of Eternity is the Baldur’s Gate 3 we never got, returning to the Infinity Engine style of role-playing with flair.
Our review will take some time too; our reviewer’s just started playing it, and needs quite a bit of time to formulate the sort of opinion that an be put down in to a words enough to call a review. It;s out on Steam today, and if you loved games like Baldur’s Gate or Planescape Torment, you most definitely want it.
Here’s Matt Lees telling you why it’s good.
Last Updated: March 26, 2015