Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition Review – The Name Says It All

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition is a rather interesting port from PC to console. Normally I hate ports from PC titles, as they usually lack quality or have significant issues. Pillars of Eternity shines through, doing an excellent job mapping controls and optimizing the game for the Playstation 4, but there is more!

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Platform: Playstation 4 and Xbox One
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Players: 1
Price: $49.99 

If you want the complete review for the game, I highly suggest you read our lengthy but well detailed review of the original by contributor Carl Batchelor.

I found my points align with his on the game for the most part, but there are a couple of things that should be noted about the Complete Edition that makes it, in my eyes, a better overall experience.

First is the ease of access to the content, and I don’t mean the simplicity of consoles vs PC. The game genuinely feels as if it’s smoother and easier to get into, compared to before when I tested the PC version before the review.

Overall it feels more competent than before, which is hard to imagine and this opens the game up to a much larger audience. So those who might have been intimidated by the game before will most likely find that they will have a full grasp of the game within 20 minutes of play.

The second point is the fact that Complete Edition is just that, complete.

You will find all the additional content, including DLC and expansions, at your fingertips. This is a massive game. Many players will find themselves putting in 200 at least hours into this game, without even really thinking about it. Yes you read me right: 200 hours.

With the added polish that comes with the console experience and the multitude of things you can see and do within the story, you will easily find yourself staring at the sunrise, wondering whatever time it is. With that said, many of the issues Carl did have with the original have been almost completely fixed/reworked into not existing. So not only is it a more perfect game, it has loads of new content to boot.

The game is a solid home run when it comes to story, style, and substance. If you have been putting off picking this title up, now is the time. I could not think of a better way of spending 200 hours of my gaming time, and after you play Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition, nether will you.

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition was reviewed on Playstation 4 using a review copy received from Obsidian. You can find additional information about Niche Gamer’s review/ethics policy here.

The Verdict: 10

To quote Carl’s review:

While it may have been plagued by glitches upon its release and frequently gets compared to industry giants that no game studio will ever manage to slay, it’s a fantastic game in its own right and deserves a place in every RPG’ers collection.

With its well fleshed-out world and clever twist on classic Dungeons & Dragons-style rules, Pillars of Eternity could be the next big RPG series that people have been wanting from the genre for the past decade.

Pros:

  • Deep character creation
  • Excellent faction/reputation system
  • Highly non-linear
  • Addictively challenging combat
  • Excessive lore and well-written storyline

Cons:

  • They no longer exist, go buy the game already!
  • Taiho

    Worthy of a 10? Noooo. Unless you forget, Obsidian caved in to a deranged twitter user who found a certain backer message “Trans-misogyny.” They subsequently changed it at the backer request but luckily you can mod the original message back in on PC, if only to spite that person.
    The other is that the game is just plain boring. You’re told you are the special one in the world. You are told that you get this keep. You are told a vast majority of the lore, instead of figuring it out yourself. And the combat, especially early on when you’ve just gotten a full team the game is almost unforgiving in throwing higher level bands at you and it turns out, you don’t have the proper equipment to take them on.

    And this continued into Obsidian’s next game, Tyranny. It feels like you’re just going through the motions of the world and not directly interacting with it.

  • totenglocke

    At this point, I’m pretty sure that Michael “Go fuck yourself” Jordan is just trolling us with his reviews. When he put out his laughably bad review for Breath of the Wild, he said that a 7 wasn’t bad since a game would have to have literally no flaws to get a 10. Since then, he’s been handing out 10s like candy on Halloween.

  • DrearierSpider

    “The game genuinely feels as if it’s smoother and easier to get into, compared to before when I tested the PC version before the review.”

    I don’t get it, what does this even mean?

  • Riosine

    Is the game still so easily abusable to the point you could just parapet behind a doorway with a weaponless tank + shield engaging a tiny spider, while everyone else was shooting at the bigger more menacing mobs in the queue waiting for the tiny spider to die before attack?

    … I ask cause you make it sound like its way simplier and easier than the original was…

  • First, only fan boys are butt hurt about the 7 at this point. The video review and follow ups have all been positive and we have the metrics to prove it. You need to cuting through the hype bullshit of the game and series. Secound, and this is coming from a republican, when you are acting just like the SJWs about a topic/game because you dont like what a company changed, to save face mind you because no one wants to deal with the SJW media, you look retarded and only hurt your point. Third I never encountered the problem stated about the encounters or the lore, and from what I can tell you might be an outlier. I stand by Carl’s originaly review, and I stand by the improvements made by the developer to make a better product on the console.

  • It means, the game in general, runs better and is more accessable then it’s PC counterpart, from when I ran a comparative test. Capito?

  • AA_Hill

    Obsidian “caving in” to some twitter user angry about a certain backer message is irrelevant to the game’s quality. I can’t believe someone would even think to judge a game by something like that. Lol. Fucking stupid.

  • AnarKreig

    It’s not worth a ten, on the fact alone that all of the ‘souls’ you can read is just glorified fanfiction written by crowdfunders, and not a single one of them actually fleshes out the world. It’s also not worth a 9, because it’s mad pretentious to have a graveyard thanking their backers in the game itself.

    It is however, a damn good game.

  • Max

    Just install the mod that gets rid of all that shit. It’s literally a drag and drop install too. Couldn’t be easier.

  • Mysterious Friend X

    The game’s quality is irrelevant if the developers are SJWs. Nobody should buy or promote SJW games.

  • totenglocke

    And your mental instability remains. I point out your hypocrisy in regards to how games are scored and you start ranting about politics. I’m being 100% serious when I say this: GET PROFESSIONAL HELP. Seriously, you’re going to end up on the news if you don’t get treatment for your mental problems.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    It’s not that serious, dude.

  • Thoon Thoon

    Jesus. The guy is right, get help. He didn’t say a single thing and here you’re typing a paragraph about his political philosophy and motivations. He could hate zelda with a burning passion and identify as a demiqueer acis monofluid genderkin and none of it would have bearing on thinking your reviews were shit, and since you react like this (and fuck up typing so much doing it,) I’d be inclined to agree with him and suggest rethinking a career involving writing opinions on the internet…

  • totenglocke

    This post? No, but Michael has a long history of unhinged behavior, such as claiming that people posting “I disagree with your review” were “literally” going to hunt him down and kill him. The guy I batshit crazy and needs professional help.

  • AnarKreig

    Wish I had known about the mod before I played the game.

  • Riosine

    I really Don’t know what is so great about these kind of rpg. mechanically They just Feel like playing a clunky 4 units RTS, gasp, a MOBA!. with silly IA and a single player campaign composed 97% of Inconsequential, out of place, Filler text. and 3% fantasy cringe,

    But somehow everyone seem to like these Obsidian games for a reason unfathomable to me

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Well, if that’s true and he was being serious when he said it, that is pretty weird to make that kind of leap of logic.

  • ReaperX30

    Great review! I was a backer for the PC game and got this one for Xbox One since my PS4 is full (need an external drive) at the moment and it’s great. The controls are efficient and it’s true that it’s more easy to get into.

  • totenglocke

    He made an entire YouTube video on the nichegamer.com channel ranting about it and how much he hates the readers here. The guy has serious problems.

  • You are fucking cancer X, you are just as bad as SJWs.

  • O fuck off with your nonsense hystatia.

  • totenglocke

    Thank you for providing further evidence in support of my claim.

  • Thank you sir. Hope you enjoy the many hours of game to be had ahead.

  • calling you out on your bullshit proves your point? O Ok.

  • Feel the same way about sports games that are not racing. I think its the style and elements of high fantasy that draws people in, and Pillars has some really unique elements to it. But I can totally understand where you are coming from on this.

  • Max

    It sounds like you just don’t like entire bloody point of the games mate.

  • RockstarRepublic

    The game wasnt all that good… not if you experienced the classics like Baldur’s Gate. The world they crafted was simply boring… and the junk npcs they put in there just to have backer stuff inside was only a distraction.

  • RockstarRepublic

    I was with ya until you called it a damn good game. It was mediocre. I think people tend to give it a bit more leeway due to be starved for that kind of genre, but on its own merit it wasnt all that well fleshed out.

  • Mysterious Friend X

    Hahahaha. Because I don’t want SJWs to destroy the game industry and therefore don’t want to support them, I’m just as bad as they are? You are definitely an SJW shill.

    Edit: wait, you’re NG staff. So that means NG is now SJW too. The cancer just keeps spreading.

  • Breath of the Wild IS a solid 7/10 though, the objectively poor design decisions make it impossible to give it a 10.

  • totenglocke

    No one complained about the numeric score, it was his laughably bad reasoning for the score (such as lying about the game crashing the system, which no one else ever had happen, blaming the game for the Switch left joy-con issue, etc).

    I’m curious what “poor design decisions” you think are in the game…besides the never ending goddamn rain.

  • The whole game felt like a battle of immersion vs practicality, but even then they cocked that up. The rain was at least atmospheric, but making it affect your climbing was one of many dumb decisions because it didn’t make climbing more challenging, it made it impossible; essentially meaning you just had to stop playing for five minutes.

    Okay, here goes, I apologise in advance for the TL;DR

    My biggest gripes would be:
    1) The cooking system. Making it so you can only cook a single dish at once and have to re-assemble the ingredients every time is just needless busywork and could have easily been streamlined to ‘make 10 of X’.
    2) Weapon degradation. I’ve heard people justify this by saying it was part of the realistic world Nintendo wanted to create, but if that’s the case then why don’t your clothes get destroyed too? Why can you only carry a few weapons, but literally hundreds of crafting ingredients and meals? Inconsistent, and it creates no challenge, just more needless busywork as you pause a fight to swap out weapons, which leads me to…
    3) The inventory system. This is probably the biggest one for me, because I was playing on WiiU and it was painfully obvious Nintendo deliberately removed the tablet inventory management that had been present in Wind Waker and Twilight Princess just so the WiiU version wouldn’t have an advantage over the Switch, which they naturally wanted to push as superior. So what you’re left with is a clunky, awkward inventory system where you’re constantly pausing to switch stuff about, completely breaking the flow of the game.
    4) The god damn inventory system. Having a limited number of weapon slots I am okay with, but what BotW really needed was a way to store really good weapons or situational weapons somewhere I could access later, freeing up space for common weapons to use on the enemies you’ll encounter through 99% of the game. And no, the house where you can mount half a dozen weapons doesn’t count because it’s easy to miss the quest and you can store so little there it’s hardly worth the effort.
    5) The Master Sword. This was the point I actually laughed out loud at the game. The Master Sword, the blade that banishes evil’s bane, has a god damn battery life. Again, like the rain, this adds no challenge to the game, it just means you need to sit around twiddling your thumbs waiting out the arbitrary recharge time. It would have been far better, given how late in the game you’re likely to get it due to the amount of hearts required, to just make the Master Sword indestructible and OP and have it as a reward for players who’ve made it that far, kind of like when you get the Soul Reaver in Legacy of Kain.

    That’s all I can think of right now, it’s been months since I played it, but if you made it this far I feel it’s important to point out I still think BotW is a great game with some really fantastic features, (it’s probably the most truly organic open-world I’ve ever experienced,) and as a fan of the series I’d give it an 8/10, but viewing it objectively as I would any other game, the blatant design flaws that only pile up as you play more of it make it impossible to give it more than a 7/10 and I don’t think anyone would challenge that if the game didn’t have the Zelda franchise attached.

  • Mysterious Friend X

    You call me a moron while using a blatant strawman and claiming I said something I didn’t. That just makes you a moron.

  • Rob

    Okay, enjoy the kool aid.

  • Mysterious Friend X

    I’m not drinking any, but you clearly are.

  • Ruzinus

    Horrible review. The one thing I wanted to know was how handling multiple party members in combat works with a controller. This game genre was designed around M+KB and so I’m hesitant to get a console port of it.

    It’s also so vague. Why is it smoother and easier? I don’t think I actually learned a single thing about this port from this review.