Eternity is a long time
If you haven't played this superb successor to classic RPGs like Baldur's Gate
and Icewind Dale
, then this Champion Edition is the perfect introduction. It packs the base game with some nice extras, including the soundtrack, an extensive almanac collecting the lore, a digital map, wallpapers and a couple of other bits and bobs. The game itself is very much in the vein of classic old-school RPGs, and sees you venturing through a superbly well crafted fantasy world, following an epic storyline, exploring strange lands and completing quests. There's all the usual customization options, with six races to choose from, several core skills, and an extensive class system. The gameplay is open ended, allowing you to play as you like, with one of the interesting mechanics being the reputation system, which allows you to side with differing factions and with your decisions have far reaching consequences on the story. Pillars of Eternity really is a cracking game that deserves to be played by anyone with fond memories of things like Planescape: Torment
. It's perhaps not quite as complex as some of these older titles, but this isn't a bad thing and certainly makes the game highly accessible. What sets this one apart from other modern takes on the genre is the superb writing, which really sucks you into the story and makes it all the more enthralling. The gameplay too is a lot of fun, with plenty of options to tweak, enjoyable combat and a real sense of adventure. Throw in the nice visuals, top notch voice acting and you have an all-round great game.