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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Upcoming adventure pits heroes against supernatural threats.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is an upcoming role-playing game for Windows PCs. The game's a sequel to 2018's Pathfinder: Kingmaker, and is based on a long-running and popular tabletop role-playing game. Players adventure through a fantasy realm called Golarion, while also getting the chance to run their own kingdom. Wrath of the Righteous deals with a portion of the world under constant demonic assault, as monsters and other spiritual horrors attempt to pour into the land from the plane of the Abyss. Thanks to the unholy taint of these creatures, this part of the world has become twisted, and it's up to you and your party of adventurers to seek out why the demons are invading and put an end to them. There will be a large emphasis on building and expanding your characters with a new mythic path progression system, which will provide you with six options to acquire powerful skills to overcome the supernatural opponents that you'll face. For example, a character can choose to become a trickster, which will give the option to instantly turn critical failures into critical successes. They can also choose to become angels or liches, allowing them to perform healing or unholy spells in the midst of battle. Along with party battles against hordes of opponents, players will need to balance political intrigue and schemes by different characters, potentially affecting how story elements play out. The game even includes siege warfare, where players will attempt to liberate castles from demonic control. During these maps, players will have multiple options available to them, such as direct assaults, stealthy approaches, and flanking strikes on enemy positions. Depending on the number of enemies they destroy and non-player characters that are saved, parties will receive health bonuses in camps and additional aid during these war campaigns. Combat's a significant focus of gameplay, and players will face off against demons, monsters, and other enemies with melee and ranged weapons, as well as magical abilities. While blood and gore is shown, particularly from powerful strikes that cause enemies to explode, the top down perspective limits some of its impact.  

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Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $39.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Deep Silver
  • Release date: July 31, 2021
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: May 24, 2020

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