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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

Game review by
David Chapman, 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 a sequel to 2018's fantasy role-playing game, Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Based on the pen and paper Pathfinder franchise, Wrath of the Righteous introduces gamers to a new corner in the realm of the Pathfinder universe: The Worldwound. The Worldwound exists as a rip in the fabric of reality, a rift through which the unspeakable evils of the Abyss have begun to flow. For more than a century, the people have fought back against the encroaching darkness to no avail. But now the fates have chosen you as a Mythic Hero, a warrior gifted with the ability to tap into forces normally reserved for the gods. Though you've been given the power the change the world, which path will you take? Will you follow the divine light, doling out both judgement and mercy? Or will you tap into your own dark forces, risking corruption to fend off the Abyss?  Maybe you will take a stand for justice, balancing the scales of humanity's fate. Or maybe you'll carve out your own path somewhere between Order and Chaos. The choice is yours. 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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For kids who love fantasy adventures with freedom of choice

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