Percentile Rank

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is ranked in the 48th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

38%

Critics Recommend

Based on 32 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameOctane
A or higher
A or higher
Oct 18, 2018

Pathfinder Kingmaker blends the experiences of a traditional tabletop RPG and an isometric dungeon crawler into a solid experience clearly inspired by some of the greats of the genre. With a little more polish on certain gameplay aspects this could be perfect, but it's still a deep and rewarding RPG with enough customizability for you to play it how you want.

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Scored Reviews

GamePitt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2018

Keep your schedule open, Pathfinder: Kingmaker will be taking up a lot of your time. Fantastic customisation, a well-crafted story and overall wonderful interaction will make you yearn for those years of tabletop gaming, yet keep you firmly glued to your computer. Even if you’re a bit rusty, a few playthroughs with different character builds will satisfy your visual tabletop needs.

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Cultured Vultures
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2018

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is an excellent game that successfully marries the best aspects of pen and paper RPGs with great exploration and a surprisingly good kingdom management game.

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Game Debate
8.5 / 10.0
Game Debate
Felix Nova

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2018

Pathfinder Kingmaker on PC is incredibly fun and rightfully nominated in our Global Game Awards 2018 for Best RPG. Today Owlcat have already made Pathfinder Kingmaker into a beautiful looking, rich CRPG, that delivers a great place to adventure, an interesting land to rule and the tools to carve out a realm that you can call home.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2018

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is exactly what the roleplaying genre needed; an excellent evolution to one of the most respected and beloved genres in gaming. Though there are plenty of little technical oddities, the level of detail put into every single aspect of Kingmaker is something many other studios should take note of; if you are looking to create a rich world that is utterly encompassing, then look to OwlCat's Pathfinder: Kingmaker. With a world full of consequence, for good or worse, with tactical combat, extremely deep character customization and growth, and some of the best micro-stories I have seen since The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Pathfinder: Kingmaker is here to stay. Watch out Larian Studios, the Divinity franchise is no longer alone in its excellence. In fact with a little optimization, Pathfinder: Kingmaker can, and will, give you a run for its money …

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2018

PC gamers looking for the old time cRPG feeling can't go wrong with Pathfinder: Kingmaker. The presentation is beautiful, the writing is excellent, and the world offers just enough life to engage the player's imagination to fill in the gaps. Still, at the time of this writing, balancing issues and bugs keep the game from being a definite recommend – at least for the time being.

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Screen Rant
Sep 28, 2018

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is the next in a long line of modern isometric RPG successes.

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GameSkinny
Oct 2, 2018

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a breath of fresh air in a fairly stale RPG landscape. It takes some seriously bold risks, and they pay off for the right audience. If you're a fan of tabletop RPG games, or you're looking for an unexpected challenge in the form of something truly different, you won't be disappointed.

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Invision Community
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 9, 2018

If you are a fan of Pathfinder, then Kingmaker may scratch your itch while you look for a PnP group to join. Though, due to the number of characters you need to control, reading text, character optimisation and player-input it may feel off-putting to players who don’t normally play D&D or PF.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2018

I've only really scratched the surface of things which are going on in this game and trust me I haven't covered everything by far. This game has a ton to offer to both new CRPG players and players who have been around the genre for a while.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 8, 2018

In the smaller moments, Kingmaker captures the tabletop experience better than any single player game I've ever played.

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Electric Bento
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2018

While not perfect, Pathfinder: Kingmaker does a great job of providing a complex and true to its origin isometric RPG. Newer players to the genre should definitely be wary though as it is so intricate a system with a limited tutorial.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
76 / 100
76 / 100
Sep 29, 2018

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is similar to the role playing games like Baldur's Gate and Fallout 1-2. If you like old school RPG games you shouldn't miss Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

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Wccftech
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a huge game. The depths of its mechanics seem to have no limit while the time spent playing it is equally eternal. With complex rules and stripped back tutorials, though, it is not an easy game to jump into to say the least.

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GRYOnline.pl
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2018

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a product with some issues, some flaws, some grit. But the developers use it to channel their love for classic RPGs. This game is pure nostalgia trip, and a very graceful one at that. The devs clearly adore this genre and so may you, if you give Pathfinder a chance.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2018

Classic, intense, fun but also a little "oldie", that the way Pathfinder: Kingmaker works. A great option for RPG fans that focuses on the fans of the old style.

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Gamers Heroes
7 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

7 / 10
Oct 11, 2018

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a solid, but flawed, pen-and-paper RPG in video game form. If you are a fan of isometric RPGs or Pathfinder, you will find a lot to like here.

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Niche Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2018

What's so sad about Pathfinder: Kingmaker is that the combat, spells, classes, and actual gameplay are all so solid, but everything else is mired in poor planning and design.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2018

A lack of balanced difficulty and explanation of core concepts set alongside too many time consuming, anachronistic design choices distract from Pathfinder: Kingmaker's nuanced story telling, moral dilemmas and enjoyable decision making.

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Bazimag
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2018

All in all Pathfinder: Kingmaker can be introduced as an average game for fans of Pathfinder tabletop games. a title that suffers strongly from bugs and technical issues and because of unbalanced abilities of playable characters, poor environment design, repetitive strategic aspect of the gameplay and it's undue difficulty, has turned into a disappointing game that can only be good for those who tolerate its first 10 hours.

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PC Gamer
69 / 100
69 / 100
Sep 30, 2018

A good RPG with some unique ideas, but one that ultimately plays it too safe to really stand out from the crowd.

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IGN
6.8 / 10.0
IGN
DM Schmeyer

Top Critic

6.8 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2018

The sword of authenticity cuts both ways for Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

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Gaming Nexus
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

Although inspired in its kingdom management system, Pathfinder: Kingmaker ultimately fails to innovate in any of its presented gameplay functions. Lacking in writing,combat, and even fun, a game that had potential to change things up just becomes a disappointment.

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GamingTrend
65 / 100
65 / 100
Nov 23, 2018

Pathfinder: Kingmaker sets up an epic story, expansive world, difficult combat, and lively characters, but all these elements eventually become tiresome. Its unforgiving difficulty and strict adherence to Pathfinder tabletop rules will likely turn away more players than it attracts, and while its kingdom management sim sets it apart from similar RPGs, no part of the game ever feels wholly original. Despite boldly putting players in the role of a king or queen, it never engages enough with the consequences of your decisions, or whether you have the right to make them at all.

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Goomba Stomp
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2018

A new contender into the ring of cRPGs, Pathfinder fails to make as much of a dent as other recent titles have, and feels constricted by it's tabletop ruleset.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 4, 2018

By committing to the systems it draws its name from, Kingmaker creates a deeply comprehensive and satisfying CRPG that is also incredibly lonely and masochistic when it wants to be.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 8, 2018

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a classical RPG brought to PC with some exceptional moments, though it's dragged down by a brutal difficulty curve.

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RPG Site
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 8, 2018

A huge, imaginative CRPG that could have stood toe to toe with the genre's best, but instead finds itself crudely stapled together, clearly not ready to be released.

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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Oct 9, 2018

The case in favor of Pathfinder: Kingmaker comes with an overwhelming series of excuses. Epic quest lines exist, but a boring second act hampers them.

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BaziCenter
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 5, 2018

In Pathfinder: Kingmaker, you can see the footprints of many great names in the video games industry, but it seems that the main development team was neither able nor experienced enough to execute the game's ideas and potentials in a right way, and even if you don't take its many technical issues into consideration, Pathfinder: Kingmaker is still far from a proper CRPG.

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Nerdsocket
5 / 10
5 / 10
Sep 30, 2018

So many times the dialogue made me cringe because it felt like something being said by a man who was punctuating each sentence by licking Dorito dust off his fingers.

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GameLuster
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2019

There was a lot of potential in Kingmaker, but also a lot of wasted potential. The developers might still be able to salvage this potential if they listen to criticism and are willing to overhaul the game in every possible way.

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