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#1 Posted by cfisher2833 (1500 posts) -

This looks almost exactly like an infinity engine game, just slightly modernized and with better character models. I finished the 2 Icewind dales recently and this looks like it'll be a great successor.

It'll be nice to have that same look but in true 1080p. Games like Fallout 2 simply zoom out to an insane degree when in 1080p.

#2 Posted by cfisher2833 (1500 posts) -

IGN coverage

When Obsidian developers Josh Sawyer and Brandon Adler ask to drop by the IGN office, you make time to see what they’re up to. The creators of such classics RPGs as Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale (and more recently, South Park: The Stick of Truth) have a resumé littered with memorable role-playing games that all feature impressive depth, breadth, and overall variety. Their latest is Pillars of Eternity, and if it fulfills its promises, it’s sure to keep me in the world of Eora for a long time to come.

Creation and Customization

I immediately get a feel for how immersive Pillars is when Sawyer (the game’s project director) introduces me to the Character Creation system. This part of an RPG has always been a bit of an obsession of mine; I’ve been known to spend an hour or more fussing with the way my avatar looks and sounds, so I’m excited to see the myriad options available to players at the very start of their adventure. And there are a lot of choices: players can pick between six core races, seven cultures, 11 classes, various ethnicities (the number varies amongst races), ten social backgrounds, and can distribute six attribute points as they see fit. For my demo, we decide on a highly intelligent human Barbarian slave from the meadows of Aedyr.

Once we’ve created our character, we see our Barbarian slave riding in a caravan. Sawyer explains that the caravan has just arrived in the Eastern Reach, a land full of mysterious ancient ruins. The caravan leader decides to call a halt near one of the ruins. It’s a good thing we’ve stopped for the night, because as it turns out our protagonist has come down with Rumbling Rot. He’ll need to forage for special berries that will cure him, but since the locals are hostile to colonists, the caravan leader suggests taking Calisca with us, a no-nonsense fighter who can help if we get into trouble. At this point I ask Josh about romance options, and he explains that romance just wasn’t something Obsidian could fit into the game, as there were so many other variables to juggle. I’m a bit disappointed by this (romance always adds an interesting dynamic to the story in my opinion), but Josh assures me I’ll have plenty of opportunities to shape my relationships with NPCs, even if these relationships are just platonic.

A Whole New World

As we transverse the surrounding countryside searching for fruit, I’m awed by the lush foliage and sparkling, crystal clear waters of the Eastern Reach. The world of Eora is incredibly beautiful and dynamic, with a day-to-night cycle, weather effects like fog and lightning, and rivers and lakes that rise and fall. The beauty of our surroundings belies its dangers, however, and soon we run into a pack of wolves looking for a human-size snack.

Here we engage in pausable real-time combat, an enjoyable (if oxymoronic-sounding) mix of old school turn-based role-playing and action-orientated battle. For this particular encounter we have Calisca draw the wolves forward for close quarters engagement, while our Barbarian uses Frenzy (a berserk attack that does heavy damage for a short time). Enemies have their own set of tactics, however, and one of the wolves manages to knock Calisca down and take a bite out of her. Luckily she’s a Fighter and can heal over time, and soon our heroes are able to take down the vicious beasts.

Our victory is short-lived however, as now the local Glanfathan appear, and they’re not happy with our being so close to the their sacred ruins. For this battle, Sawyer suggests using Wild Sprint to have our Barbarian knock down a Glanfathan archer before he can loose an arrow at us. This ability is almost impossible to stop once it starts, and I’m impressed when the Barbarian bulrushes the archer with his pike and skewers him through. Meanwhile, our Fighter uses her own set of skills to take out the other Glanfathan, and we’re finally able to gather berries in peace.

Watch Your Tongue

As cool as battles are in Pillars of Eternity, the most impressive gameplay feature lies in the dizzying amount of choices players can make throughout their campaign. Every action causes a reaction in Pillars of Eternity, and every choice results in consequences that could affect party members long into the game.

For example, no sooner does our party return to the caravan then we find ourselves in a hostage situation. Now we must decide what to do via a number of dialogue options, each of which is influenced by a specific personality type. Answers can range anywhere from honest to passionate to diplomatic, and how our Barbarian answers will determine the fate of the poor hostage.

Given our choice of class, our hero has a high “mighty” option, though Sawyer warns me that the answer with the highest number of points doesn’t mean it’s the ideal choice. We choose it anyway, and sure enough, by trying to strong-arm our way out of the hostage negotiation we end up picking a fight. (Interestingly enough, one dialogue option is locked out, as our Barbarian doesn’t have the right attributes to unlock it. Sawyer explains that if we were to create a new character with the right attributes, the option would unlock and we could see events play out differently.)

Battle ensues, and yet another decision needs to be made: do we throw a weapon to help the hostage escape an enemy, or do we leave him to his own devices? Both decisions will have an impact going forward, but in the end we decide to throw our Barbarian’s pike to free the victim. The result is that we’ve gained a new party member, but have lost one of our Barbarian’s two weapons. This is a great example of choices having long-term consequences, because until we find another weapon to replace the pike, our Barbarian is at a disadvantage.

Mind Over Matter

We finally manage to defeat the enemy and save the hostage, but now a bulwic (a strange phenomenon that can tear souls from living bodies) swoops down on our party, forcing us to take shelter in the nearby ruins. It’s a dangerous predicament, and Josh and I will have to use our brains if we want our heroes to make it out alive.

After cautiously navigating a series of dark corridors within the ruins, we come across a room with the Pillars’ first puzzle in it: a floor with glyphs etched into the stone. Stepping on the glyphs will spring a fire trap, so our party will need to find a way to neutralize the glyphs before crossing the floor, otherwise we’ll be roasted alive.

The floor trap definitely seems tricky, but luckily our new party member Heodan is a Rogue who can use his skills to disarm part of it. Further investigation of the ruins not only reveals a way to make the rest of the glyphs disappear, but uncovers hidden loot as well. Strategy and exploration have always been key components in classic table-top gaming, and I’m glad to see that these features are a big part of Pillars of Eternity.

Once we’ve neutralized all the glyphs, we safely walk across the floor and reach glorious daylight. Even then, though, our group can’t catch a break. Once outside we run staight into a group of mysterious beings summoning some sort of massive (and ominous) spell. Things look bad, and Sawyer slyly informs me that I’ll have to play the rest of the game to find out what happens. My demo is over.

Old Meets New

After spending some time with Pillars of Eternity, I love how it manages to tap into the nostalgia of old-school CRPGs with its numerous options and deep customization, while also bringing the genre into the 21st century with more dynamic environments, beautiful graphics, and faster combat. Pillars of Eternity promises to have something for everyone, and so far I’m confident Obsidian can deliver on that promise.

#3 Posted by cfisher2833 (1500 posts) -

@nini200 said:

Hopefully it wont suffer the fate as Yogventures

I really doubt it will; it hasn't even had to go into Early Access to net additional funding. The game is pretty far into development without any issues, and you actually have a professional games studio with a proven track record developing this, so....yeah.

#4 Edited by cfisher2833 (1500 posts) -

OMG OMG OMG OMG

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#5 Posted by cfisher2833 (1500 posts) -

That's pretty stupid. The game could easily run on the XB1; lower it from MSAA4X to a high quality SMAA solution and lower the resolution, and boom, it'd be up and running on the XB1. The differences between the two consoles are not that vast, and this dev is just trying to cheerlead for team Sony. Instead of involving himself in petty fanboyishness, maybe he should work on making the Order not be a total shitfest of lame third person shooting galleries and crappy quick time events.

#6 Edited by cfisher2833 (1500 posts) -

@princeofshapeir said:

I agree with Lulu: having greater control over how my character progresses in power and skill is just useless. It unnecessarily complicates the experience. I really wish mediocre RPGs like Dark Souls and Divinity could learn from true masterpieces like Skyrim and automate the entire role-playing aspect.

Did this guy just call Dark Souls mediocre...............

....pretty sure that was intended as sarcasm.

#7 Posted by cfisher2833 (1500 posts) -

@Maroxad

Then what do you need the stats for ?

Anyway...Its very unlikely I'm ever going to play Original Sin, anyway, its not as bad as Dark Souls and its true to its own Identity.... I'l shut up now.... :)

Jesus, you console guys really aren't doing yourselves any favors. First it's complaints about having to read, and now we have people complaining about numbers/stats. No wonder you guys like simplistic third person cinematic shooters--anything else is just a bit too complicated apparently.

#8 Posted by cfisher2833 (1500 posts) -

@Maroxad said:

@texasgoldrush said:

Then you only played the first one, because Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 vastly improve in this area.

And text based dialogue cannot capture human movements as well as cutscenes do or a well voiced voice actor.

And yet, the most immersive medium is literature. Despite the lack of voice overs and any communication outside of written text.

@texasgoldrush said:

Bioware already can do it...one option on the wheel can lead to a second wheel of options, usually the "investigate" option. So excluding "Investigate" and the "Return" options, you can fit 10 dialogue options on the wheel. Nevermind in later Bioware games, it isn't written like an interrogation.

So yes, hide half the dialogue options having to go through an alternate menu to access them. Such a wonderful interface.

Not to mention all the other problems with the dialogue wheel, such as the paraphrasing which was hilariously inaccurate in Mass Effect 1. Payers are left guessing what their characters will say which is TERRIBLE design in RPGs. It downright kills immersion. In divninity's dialogue system, players know what their characters will say which leads to better roleplaying and immersion.

I could also bring up other fundamental problems with BioWare's dialogue system such as that no matter what you say, you have no influence on how the conversation goes, sometimes multiple dialogue options even lead to the same response >.> Not to mention they also pretty much encourage you to click every dialogue option, unlike Divinity where some questions are better off left unasked.

I think a really good quest to contrast this to in Divinity is the quest you get from the wife of a miner who died from Tenebrium poisoning in the Silverglen Mines. Once you get the evidence necessary to turn in the quest to her, I'd recommend saving so that you can see all the various endings that particular quest can have based on your dialogue choices. It's pretty crazy.

#9 Edited by cfisher2833 (1500 posts) -

@chikenfriedrice said:

PC has the best exclusives....but somehow I think this game will only score a 6.9

Do you really think that? PC exclusives are the best? better than Halo? Crackdown? Gears? Forza? Uncharted? TLOU?

Halo: I can't stand Halo. I'd much rather play something like Tribes Ascend. Not to mention, Halo 1 and 2 are on the PC. Even though I really can't stand any Halo game, from what I hear, those are the two best ones anyway.

Crackdown: I played Crackdown at the time. Didn't really think much of it.

Gears/Uncharted/TLOU: I really could give a shit less about 10 hour cinematic TPSs. They're fucking boring. I'd much rather play something like Total War, where I can easily spend 400hrs (just Empire Total War alone has given me 431 hours, and I think I played Medieval 2 and its expansions far more than that).

Forza: the only racer I am interested in are Mario Kart games and the FZERO series, and both of those can be played at 1080p/60fps via Dolphin.

#10 Posted by cfisher2833 (1500 posts) -

2h warrior are fucking OP near the end.

Tell me about it. Rage+Oath of Desecration+Power Stance+Flurry can pretty much one hit a lot of bosses.