Pillars of Eternity 2 PS4 Review

When the first Pillars of Eternity released on console back in 2017, it was rightfully heralded by many ( including yours truly ) as one of the finest RPGs on console. With its epic, high stakes narrative, beautifully written characters and stories, compelling quests and superb combat and progression […]

With the bar set intimidatingly high then, it perhaps seems improbable that developer Obsidian Entertainment would not only be able to equal its previous outing much less surpass it. Yet, that’s exactly what they’ve done with Pillars of Eternity 2, fashioning one of the best RPGs of the decade and the first must-have game of 2020 in the process.

Though Pillars of Eternity 2 is very much a sequel (as if you couldn’t tell) to the previous game in the series, little or no knowledge of its predecessor is required to get stuck in as a handy digest of previous events is provided early on. Indeed, as part of the character creation process, in which you’ll pick out a race, class, appearance and other demographics (or just pick one of the premade characters), you can also customize your own Pillars of Eternity 1 heritage too – either through granular, painstaking fashion or simply by choosing one of six scenarios that best matches the history that you would like to have.

Once things get underway after a character and history has been created, with its ethereal and existential opening, you wouldn’t be blamed for confusing Pillars of Eternity 2 with the likes of Planescape: Torment or its pseudo-sequel Tides of Numenera. And certainly, Pillars of Eternity 2 does take a little longer to get going than its illustrious predecessor but when it does, when it does, an RPG epic of almost unparalleled quality and scope soon unfurls.

In terms of overall game design, Pillars of Eternity 2 sticks reassuringly close to the best in class template lain by the first Pillars of Eternity. Viewed from the same slanted isometric perspective with a party of companions under your control, Pillars of Eternity 2 takes place fairly quickly after the events of the previous game and has you sailing around the Deadfire Archipelago in pursuit of a renegade god (and at the risk of spoiling the first game any further, I’ll stop there on the plot synopsis).

Like its 2017 predecessor, Pillars of Eternity 2 very much places an explicit premium on great writing and arguably nowhere is this better showcased than in the numerous companions that you’ll meet and take along with you on your epic journey. From the canny and cheeky Wood Elf mage Aloth, through to the youthful and often overly excited Dawnstar priest Xoti, every single one of these long-time acquaintances that you’ll make in Pillars of Eternity 2 are a joy to converse with as you uncover their deepest desires, fears and hopes for the future. Likewise, the banter that often spontaneously erupts within your party is highly entertaining too (and often amusing)…

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