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GAMES GALORE: Pillars of Eternity

As beloved as a certain style of game can become, there comes a point for many where they simply fade from view. Whether because their graphics or game play become outdated, or simply that it is no longer economically feasible to make them, some styles of games are abandoned by the big developers. It used to be that fans of these games were out of luck, or had to find old copies of games in order to enjoy them. Thanks to Kickstarter, however, that is starting to change.

Kickstarter gave a chance for fans of certain styles of games to directly fund them, often times by giving money

“Pillars of Eternity” is an RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, in the style of the “Infinity Engine” games, such as “Baldur’s Gate,” “Baldur’s Gate II” and “Icewind Dale.” Games that rendered the Dungeons and Dragons tabletop game rules into a computer game. The games are viewed from a top-down isometric perspective, and one of the hallmarks of these games is that, even though they were real-time, they allowed the player to pause at any point and assign new actions to the characters they control.

“Pillars of Eternity” follows this formula, without the Dungeons and Dragons ruleset. It’s a completely original setting and original story, as well, and this gives the developers at Obsidian freedom to develop their own world and game system. This means that, in addition to the standard fantasy role-playing staple classes, like fighters, rogues and mages, they also have chanters, who use different verses to make up a song that can aid their allies in battle.

With an expansion just having been released, which may be covered at a later point, this game will definitely please those who are hankering for a classic role-playing experience.

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