Pentiment Reviews

Pentiment is ranked in the 96th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10
Feb 26, 2024

We were largely enthralled during our dozen or so hours with Pentiment. The mystery at the heart of the narrative remains compelling throughout, but it was the smaller moments that warmed our hearts; breaking bread with friends, sharing in their joy and heartbreak, watching lives play out, and generations pass, in a world on the cusp of dramatic change.

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10 / 10
Feb 27, 2024

Pentiment is a fantastic adventure RPG that revels in a studious approach to history and immaculate recreations of the styles and traditions of 16th-century Bavaria. There's a super smart, funny, and engaging murder mystery to investigate here, but it's how that mystery is so fully rooted in the world that's been lovingly crafted around it that really elevates this experience. It's one of the best games of the past decade, hands down, and to have that experience running and performing perfectly on Switch is a joyous thing - it feels like it was made for Nintendo's console. This is about as essential as games get.

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IGN
Top Critic
10 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2022

Pentiment is a clever Medieval detective story with a gorgeously-realized world that I can hardly recommend highly enough.

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88 / 100
Nov 14, 2022

A beautiful and beautifully-written narrative game that makes masterful use of its early modern setting. One of Obsidian's finest.

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Recommended
Nov 14, 2022

A brilliant narrative adventure that is filled with intelligence and heart.

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8 / 10
Nov 14, 2022

A Dark Ages mystery whose gameplay and dialogue are as unique as it's daringly unconventional premise and visuals.

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Nov 14, 2022

"Many developments are outside of your control, yet rarely in games does the passage of time feel so intimately significant."

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2022

Despite some issues with the audio and the slowness of the third act, Pentiment is a wonderfully unique storytelling experience overflowing with respect for the historical era it strives to recreate. Much like the game’s themes of stories persisting over time, I’ll be thinking about Andreas Maler and the town of Tassing for years to come.

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Polygon
Top Critic
Unscored
Nov 14, 2022

Because even though Pentiment is set in the past, it demonstrates how history is never static, and how it influences places, communities, and individuals. That’s something that’s easily lost when we look back through time, but Pentiment’s living characters and spiraling mystery won’t let you forget it.

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6 / 10
Nov 14, 2022

Pentiment too often limits its most enjoyable pieces to reach an ending that makes sense but is still unfulfilling.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2022

A hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2022

Pentiment is, despite its scarce and more than simple gameplay and its few hours more, a game that shines with its own light in a year with great releases. The new Obsidian manages to hook by its history and all its turns, but without forgetting its social, political and religious context; rich in nuances and depth. A must for fans of both RPG's and narrative adventures, a jewel that you can not miss.

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73 / 100
Nov 14, 2022

Pentiment is a different graphic adventure, based on dialogues and with a great story. We love its medieval setting, but it has a slow pace that won't catch all players.

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TheSixthAxis
Steve C
Top Critic
8 / 10
Nov 14, 2022

Pentiment is an excellent dialogue adventure that takes all the best aspects of Obsidian's previous titles and marries them to a distinguished aesthetic. The whole game feels like a medieval manuscript brought to life and there is very little out there like it. While an interest in the historical setting would obviously add to the experience, the writing alone is good enough to draw any fans of adventure games in and there are so many superb details that really show the depth of the developer's engagement with their influences. If the past is a foreign country, then grab your passports and get ready to be illuminated.

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8 / 10
Nov 14, 2022

A game like Pentiment doesn’t come around often. Top developers like Obsidian Entertainment usually leave smaller productions like this on the editing floor. The vast majority of games with fantastic stories usually ask players to kill something, solve puzzles, or have some other gimmick to it so that they remain engaged. Pentiment dares instead to rely on its craftsmanship, authenticity, and choice-based dialogue, trusting that the murder mystery is enough of a draw to pull players in. And despite some minor quibbles, Pentiment succeeds in its pursuit, creating a fantastic generational period drama with a wonderfully original vision.

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8.8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2022

A brilliant take on narrative adventure games by Obsidian. Pentiment is an awesome portrait of XVI century Europe and a compelling game about the sense of history, religion, tradition and personal beliefs. Sometimes the narrative structure is constraining, but overall the writing is amazing, the style is great, and the bibliography become part of the game in a clever way.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2022

Pentiment manages to bring a unique experience to a catalog increasingly focused on big blockbusters.

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VG247
Top Critic
Nov 14, 2022

Pentiment is about that phenomenon, and also a manifestation of it. It's one of the most engaging and accessible works of living history ever commissioned, and the fact that it exists at all - let alone as a major platform holder's first-party RPG heading into the Christmas season - is a miracle worthy of the saints.

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Nov 14, 2022

Pentiment goes all in as a dialogue-heavy historical murder mystery that you won't want to stop playing. You will question your actions throughout the game because your choices truly matter. No two endings will be the same, which makes you want to replay the game to delve deeper into the mystery. How will your story end?

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9 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2022

Pentiment is a stunning piece of work, with a rich story, gorgeous artwork, and fleshed out characters that keep you hungry to learn more.

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