Pillars of Eternity

Both Baldur’s Gate games are childhood favorites of mine, so when this spiritual successor released in 2015, it was far from a tough sell. It adapts the Real-Time with Pause combat from those classic Infinity Engine games admirably, while replacing the D&D mechanics with an impenetrably convoluted system all its own. The combat is frequently a touch too hectic and disjointed, rendering an intriguing character development system somewhat less rewarding. The real draw of PoE comes from its extremely detailed worldbuilding and rich character development, and it’s in this area that it equals or sometimes even surpasses the classics.

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