Good evening, humans! How are…ugh, honestly, I’m too tired to care. I’m a little…busy…at work and consequently have been too exhausted to do much of anything. Even if you were on fire right in front of me, I couldn’t summon the effort to enjoy it (Editor’s Note: Uh, you mean to put it out) sure, whatever – regardless, no fucks to give. So there is only one thing to do when your body is breaking down and your mind is shattering from too much stress (Editor’s Note: Rest? Eat better? Eat at all?) nope, spend some precious evening hours replaying the Steam backlog that got erased! (Editor’s Note: …we’re going to die, aren’t we?) Probably. Though we did some focus groups on reaction to our death and the results were…less than stellar…
Regardless, before total collapse, a random stab into the backlog brings us to (drumroll) Pillars of Eternity. No, not the more recent sequel – the original Kickstarter-backed love letter to classic CRPGs like Baldur’s Gate. So far the early game is as strong as I remember it, with a fairly robust character creation system that mixes together some standard fantasy tropes and classes along with some more original and alien options, such as the Godlike race and the Cypher class, which focuses on soul manipulation as explained in the background lore. And boy – so much lore. Obsidian did an amazing job crafting this fantasy world and leaving it for you to explore and find bits and pieces of, letting you have as deep an understanding of the background of the world as you are willing to invest effort in seeking out.
The early scenario for the game does a great job of introducing the classic real-time with pause party based RPG combat, although by the end of the starting dungeon, you’re going to find yourself in some need for, uh, new companions.
These early hours are pretty dark too – what with your caravan party being slaughtered and you stumbling into the starting town only to be openly threatened with death by the town guardsmen basically because the Mayor is in a pissy mood. But then again, so am I, so that leads to the big question: will I complete Act I just by setting the Mayor of Shitholetown on fire? Tune in next time to find out, fleshbags! – EWE