Parents' Guide to

Pillars of Eternity

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Captivating adventure rich with details, lore, action.

Game Linux, Mac, Windows 2015
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age 13+

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age 13+

This is a book.

"You see a pennant waving tall and sluggish in the wind, a rising sun embroidered on the banner, the vanguard of a small troop of paladins. The atmosphere is buoyant, if restrained, and their armour has not yet been tarnished by the elements - this expedition is fresh, young, filled with zest and zeal." This is a fantasy novel wrapped in a game. The novel is dark, complex, and dense. Most teens (and most adults) would not have the patience to wade through the prose. If they do have that much patience, then this game would be good for them. There's a bunch of swearing, some gore, and a bit of sexual innuendo, but not a lot. And for that you get something a whole lot richer than your average YA novel, and certainly a lot better than your average video-game experience.

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Pillars of Eternity is a near-perfect homage to classic computer role-playing games, avoiding things such as cinematic cut scenes and celebrity voice-overs in favor of an engaging story that unfolds in a carefully crafted world. Nearly every character, creature, and item is described down to the smallest detail via text, allowing the player to discover nuances such as body language, motivation, and lore. Although reading does take up a good portion of the game's more than 70 hours, it always adds to the overall experience.

If there's one drawback to Pillars of Eternity, it's that there sometimes feels like too much is crammed into the game. Add together the various races, classes, subclasses, weapons, and skills, with multiple gameplay paths, recruitable dialogue options, branching quest lines, and even a personal stronghold to manage and upgrade, and the game's reliance on micromanagement can feel overwhelming to those new to the genre. Still, Pillars of Eternity manages to raise the bar and sets a new benchmark for what a role-playing game should be.

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