The older I was, the more I felt I had become. Playing as an adult means finding time in the spaces between work, meals, gym, ball rolling and crying and other responsibilities. You have to cram into the couch during a game, get under the cupboards, sometimes take it from colleagues. Time is of the essence, and that's why until last week, I didn't really invest in fantasy old school RPGs like Pillars of eternity.
Gate of Baldur is, a friend was begging me to play, and in truth, he was sitting at my computer for a good year untouched. (I'm a Steam Good Drink.) But I've never had the time or desire to open it and start a new journey. I know that the moment I strive, I will be drawn to a 50+ hour commitment and probably never see the sun again.
But I am an absolute drinker for fantasy games. I have sunk 200+ hours The Witcher III. I own Skirim on four consoles (PS3, PS4, PC and Switch). Older scrolls on the Internet is one of my happy places. But I've never touched on traditional games from the fantasy RPG genre.
Gate of Baldur, Nightly evenings, Planetscape: Maki and Ice World Dale are just a few of the iconic titles considered to be the grandchildren of the D & D-inspired RPG fantasy genre. They are some of the features of games. They're also on my long long list of games that I probably won't have time to play, but still desperately want to love.
After diving in Pillars of eternity on Switch this week, they all got a little higher in the ranks of my ever-growing roster.
Taking inspiration from all of the above games, Pillars was released in 2015 with strong applause. It was one of the most successful Kickstarter-funded games at around $ 5.9 million (not inflation-adjusted).
Pillars of eternity is by design, and a lot like it Dungeons and Dungeons. You choose your character, their background, class and fidelity – even what armor they wear (which is obviously the most important part of any game). When the game opens, your character is part of a group of travelers to Durwood, a fantastic country where everything goes at night. Things go upside down almost immediately.
After getting to know each member of your caravan and encouraging you to form bonds with your companions, they all die a horrible death. Surprisingly, even after a short 20-minute trip, the impact … hurts. And that's thanks to Pillars"A difficult story and a brilliant choice-based dialogue.
As someone who is also deeply numb at the moment Assassin's Creed: Odyssey side quests and exploration, where elections rarely mean anything, suddenly playing with an intense layered plot where I took an active role in making choices, dialogue and character journeys was a blessing. It was especially refreshing when a whole bunch of new research options opened up, simply because I chose to steal carcass on carcass and discovered the means to knock down a cracked wall.
Selection is the defining feature of Pillars of eternity, and it's equal parts fulfilling and frustrating to discover that you've locked up a whole bunch of story options because you can't bother cutting into a cave and killing a bear. You just have to blame it, and that's great.
Again, I compare Pillars to Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – not to play the game because I enjoyed it – but just to emphasize the value of the agency. Allowing relative autonomy in a rigidly structured game is difficult, however Pillars it works because out of the battle of a particular story, I was never cut off from research, or forced to work on a deadline. It's not entirely free, but it feels like enough to make research honestly rewarding and mostly stress free.
It comes with the slightest caution that researching every choice takes time, and as we all know, time is the enemy of adults. Playing Pillars I thought I wanted to investigate any choice. I wanted to know every single piece of love about the game. I wanted to hear every story and plunder every body (sorry, rest in peace, hand me the wallet).
I just want more time with the game.
Pillars it's fantastic and it was the first game in a long time that really sucked me in and made me feel something, anything for my unfortunate team of characters. While playing it, I realized that I was going to cut through the whole genre because I assumed it wasn't worth the time. But it was a mistake and it is one that I hope will be rectified soon. 50 hours is a big commitment, but now, I'm ready to do it.
Chewing through a series of RPG fantasies I miss will take, I know a lot, but Pillars of eternity made me see exactly what I was missing. All I'm thinking now is how much I want to dive right away.
After I finish, I have one goal in mind. Gate of Baldur … come to me.