|What's this contraption? Mechanical-magic structures|
play an important part in this game world.
Seeing this opening, Obsidian kickstarted Pillars of Eternity, a Baldur's Gate-style isometric game designed for modern PC's. The interface, graphics style, etc, were all built directly upon the principles of the Infinity Engine games, and the story was designed for a mature audience. While they did not have a DnD license, the style of the mechanics are largely inspired by DnD. And the result? It's a really good game.
|Lots of great times exploring large wilderness maps,|
just like in Baldur's Gate.
|Some towns, like this one, are struggling just to survive|
The combat engine felt familiar, but was definitely its own animal. Like DnD, there's an attack roll and a damage roll. Unlike DnD, there are a number of things that can happen on a hit. Miss the target's defense by even a decent amount and you can "graze" them, inflicting a small amount of damage. Hit them easily and you crit. Furthermore, again unlike DnD, damage resistance (i.e. soaking damage) plays a big role in this game. By the end of the game, even decent 1-handed melee weapons inflicted only a pittance of damage; most damage output occurred via the slow, heavy-damage ranged weapons like arbalests and rifles, as well as spells. This actually got pretty annoying, as some characters became almost useless when monsters had damage reduction against certain damage types. Thankfully, I opted to play a cipher, which consistently manages superb damage throughout the game with both spells and his ranged weapon.
|It's a drake, not a dragon. But there are dragons.|
In any case, despite the nitpicks, this is a really fun game with a neat story. It's a long game that can be very engrossing. I enjoyed the strategy in the combat (despite the grindy nature of it at times), and really enjoyed the emphasis on quests that require the player to make hard, imperfect choices. It felt like a game targeted at adults, which is exactly the target audience of a title like this. I give it a solid and warm 4 out of 5.