Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition

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Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition is ranked in the 94th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 37 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

89%

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Based on 37 critic reviews

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Niche Gamer
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

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.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition on PlayStation 4 is, with no doubt in my mind, the best console port of a classic-style isometric RPG that has been seen in years. Brilliant use of the controller in place of a keyboard and mouse tie in together with the gorgeous effects, compelling storylines, incredible performance and challenging though oh-so-rewarding combat to deliver a masterpiece to the millions of console owners the world over. Originally released on PC in March 2015 after an incredibly successful Kickstarter the year prior, Pillars of Eternity final makes its triumphant entrance on consoles and it is glorious.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Aug 29, 2017

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition is a proper send off before Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is released next year.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 13, 2019

Obsidian has created a heartfelt tribute to the classic 'Infinity Engine' RPGs of old; one that takes the best of those games, delicately updates them and – in the process – becomes something of a classic itself. For RPG fans, this is a must-buy.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 29, 2017

Pillars of Eternity is a wonderful role-playing game, expertly weaving deep, tactical combat and captivating writing - a combination that will appeal to unabashedly old school gamers, but will also yield abundant rewards for players new to the genre. What Obsidian has crafted here, ostensibly as a love letter to the isometric computer role-playing games of the late '90s, is not merely an exercise in tickling the nostalgia itch of those pining for another Planescape: Torment or Baldur's Gate, but a contemporary to those classics, and one that will surely be held in as high regard in the years to come.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2017

An epic adventure in absolutely every sense, Pillars of Eternity arrives on PS4 in highly impressive form and confidently stakes its claim as one of the best RPGs of the year.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2017

Not for everyone but if you can see past its issues, herein lies a phenomenal old school RPG.

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GamePro
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 6, 2017

Pillars of Eternity can once again convince you with 100 hours full of gripping story, challenging battles and tough decisions.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Aug 29, 2017

The particle effects for the various spells look great, and heroes are easily identifiable amongst the maelstrom.

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MMORPG.com
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2019

Pillars of Eternity plays more like a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, and with the ability to take it with you on long commutes or boring events you have to attend, this makes it a great addition to any RPG lover’s catalog.

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Invision Community
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 7, 2017

I’ll keep it brief, Pillars of Eternity is a masterful love letter to old school RPGs, making it an absolute must buy for adventure connoisseurs.

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Wccftech
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2017

With Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition, Paradox Arctic managed to do make a computer RPG playable on consoles with little frustration, thanks to the cleverly redesigned UI and controls. For the rest, Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition is just as great as it is on PC, with excellent writing, world-building and characters, an involving and challenging battle system, and true roleplaying.

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RPG Site
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 29, 2017

Pillars of Eternity is worth looking into for any RPG fan. The game has a great plot and world to explore, and Obsidian has given players enough options to ensure that anyone can see the end of the story, regardless of skill level.

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GameSpew
90%
90%
Sep 1, 2017

It is, without a doubt, the best old-fashioned isometric RPG available on console, so if you have a hankering to get stuck into something you can really sink your teeth into, look no further.

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Digital Chumps
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2017

All that aside, PoE is an experience I am still working through at the time of this article. It's tough and long, but absolutely rewarding, and it makes it very clear why games in the lineage of the genre — Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and so on — are still held in such high regard today. Someday I hope to tackle those, but until then, PoE will keep me very busy.

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Generación Xbox
8.7 / 10.0
Generación Xbox
Gonzalo Blanco

Top Critic

8.7 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2017

Obsidian takes the legacy of Baldur's Gate with a role playing game that will keep us a entertaint for hours. After the release in PC, this console edition comes with a lot of content and a gorgeous graphic design.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2017

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition is without a doubt a brilliant game that nearly singlehandedly revived a genre that has been replaced in the hearts of many by World of Warcraft, The Witcher, or The Elder Scrolls series. And while those series (and their respective genres) are amazing in their own right, Obsidian's re-imagining of the poorly-aged genre is a must play for any fan of similar games and a great jumping off point for those interested in dabbling in something more complex.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2017

The excellent music and voice acting, the wonderful writing, and the multitude of ways quests can play out just add up to Pillars being a wonderful RPG to add to the collection. PC players have known this for a while, but console owners can now experience this for themselves.

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RPG Fan
85%
RPG Fan

Top Critic

85%
Oct 15, 2017

A fantastically grim fantasy experience slightly soured by porting issues.

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Sirus Gaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2017

The world is vast and there are a lot of things to do. It can be very overwhelming at the beginning but once you get the hang of it, the game can be very fun and fullfilling. It’s a full-blown old-school RPG so be prepared to do lots of questing and all that. It certainly didn’t get me interested at first but the more I play it, the more I uncovered its many wonders and delights. It’s a game worth taking a second look into so don’t be discouraged or dismiss it the first time you play it. It’s more than it leads on. It’s a great adventure if you invest your time in it.

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NEOsite
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition is a must-have for every fan of the genre, especially the oldschool kind. Developer delivered amazing atmosphere, engaging gameplay for dozens of hours and interesting story with many sideplots. Unfortunatly, all of this comes with long loading screens.

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IGN
8.5 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

The outstanding classic-style RPG Pillars of Eternity makes a surprisingly virtuosic transition to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with the Complete Edition, bringing both systems all of the content that's been released on the PC version so far. For an RPG of its complexity, it's surprising how pleasingly intuitive its gamepad control scheme is, and its easily legible text makes it feel just as good to play from the couch as from a desk. It's a memorable experience that suffers from only a few technical hiccups, most significantly its long and frequent loading times.

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Spaziogames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

One of the best RPGs of the recent years finally lands on consoles, with a new (and mostly good) UI and both of the expansions bundled in, and, even after more than two years, can still be a very good choice for all the role playing games aficionados on both Ps4 and Xbox One.

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VGProfessional
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2017

Whether you are a veteran RPG gamer or just someone trying it out for the first time, do not expect Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition to be that perfect experience for the genre. However rest assured that you will have a lot of fun exploring the beautiful world that is in front of you along with a beautifully written story. It is a great adventure rich with ideas.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 7, 2017

A surprisingly good port of a purposefully old school computer role-player, that proves even the most PC of games can work on consoles.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2017

Despite the long load screens, I enjoyed my time with Pillars of Eternity, and look forward to continuing my journey through Eora. The setting and characters are wonderful, and anyone looking for a meaty, densely plotted RPG will find a lot to like. Simply put, games like this rarely get made, and seeing one on a console is like finding a unicorn egg in your cornflakes. If you have any interest in a playing a game like Baldur's Gate or Planescape: Torment again, you'd be doing yourself a disservice not picking this one up.

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Victory Point
Sep 12, 2017

Pillars of Eternity is a great addition to the RPG genre while adding its own uniqueness. With the world looking gorgeous, and the story is top notch, with a wide cast of interesting characters it's hard to imagine this game as not being a classic but the console port does come with its flaws just like the PC version.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2017

Obsidian's modern masterpiece is less shiny on console, but still a sprawling RPG worth exploring

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Pardis Game
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition offers a massive and valuable content. thanks to its extraordinary writing and deep role-playing elements, everyone can enjoy the rich and detailed world of Eora. But unfortunately the long and numerous load times, low frame rate and weak companion AI, prevents the game to reach its full potential on consoles

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2017

Pillars of Eternity was certainly crafted with PC in mind, but it's no less an enjoyable experience on console.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 29, 2017

Ultimately, Pillars of Eternity is a stellar entry into its genre, but one that won't win over people who are not already fans. It is huge and richly detailed, with more history than some actual periods of real life, and a rare amount of care and attention. It's probably a better experience on a PC, but it's still definitely worth playing on console if it's your only option.

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TheXboxHub
Sep 3, 2017

The story, design and writing styles are brilliant with some excellent moments and lots of hours to delve into.

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Video Chums
Aug 8, 2019

If you're a casual RPG fan then you likely won't enjoy Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition but those who relish in complicated old-school RPG systems, immersive dark fantasy worlds, and challenging encounters will find a lot to love here.

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Xbox Achievements
79%
79%
Sep 2, 2017

An old skool RPG if ever there was one, Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition should be on your shopping list if you're a strategy and RPG junkie. It's as close as we're going to get to a new Baldur's Gate, and while it has its quirks and suffers from agonising load times on consoles, it's still a joy to play.

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NintendoWorldReport
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 12, 2019

Pillars of Eternity's reputation for quality is well deserved. It's definitely worth checking out, whether on other platforms or when the Switch version is fixed up. For now, the version on Nintendo's latest is an interesting curiosity with some pretty heavy issues. And it's not the first time I've seen that phrase used in relation to an Obsidian-developed game published by another company.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 29, 2017

When it comes to writing and storytelling, Pillars of Eternity is a class act. Obsidian had complete freedom to pursue their vision, and it shows in the impressively-constructed world and excellent characterization. Every side-quest, no matter how minor, has at least some significance in the development of the protagonist. Again, it takes time to adjust to the controls, but they work very well. Players can comfortably lean back, relax, and micromanage when necessary. However, the mediocre frame rate and long load times mar the experience. Still, fans of the genre will appreciate this fantastic game.

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Thumbsticks
Sep 20, 2017

Pillars of Eternity is an elegant, beautiful, well-written piece of craftsmanship; it's proof that if we really want to, we can go back, but what we see there can't deliver on our fantasy.

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