There’s a lot of angst and (understandable) frustration from the console community these days as bugs threaten the gaming experience. That being said I feel like relaying some positive thoughts on what the game does really well and is worth highlighting.
- Robust character creation with diverse class and race options.
- Interesting story with a solid assortment of NPC characters.
- Ambitious, if somewhat opaque, kingdom management system. While the lack of significant tutorial is rough what I love about the game is the use of the kingdom/throne room dynamic to create interesting story points and conflicts
- I enjoy the travel and map system. I think having new areas pop up on a map you thought you knew is a clever way of expanding the map. I also like that they cleverly re-use maps for additional story beats. Makes the area feel more like your kingdom. That being said, there is a solid argument that it’s an easy way to avoid creating new map assets. But for the most part I don’t mind.
5). I love that they don’t generally overcrowd a map with objectives. There’s a few giant “dungeon” maps. But I like the single monster mini maps. It’s feels like a more true adventure experience. Just a lone monster near a cave. The simplicity is kinda of refreshing.
- I love the camping system. It discourages rest scumming. I’m more thoughtful about resting and When to use my spells. It also incentivizes scroll and wand use a bit more. I also really love the amount of party conversations that occurs during camping.
7). The spell effects are quite good in my opinion. Lots of cool lighting and particle effects.
- Monster variety is pretty good for the most part. The monster models look good. AI is fairly simple but I’m ok with that. I’m playing on normal difficulty and it’s fun. I mostly steamroll most enemies now so I’m hoping enemies ramp up soon.
- The alignment system, and the options it presents in dialogue, is very well thought out. It’s quite enjoyable to see all the different options. The fact that the options you choose can mold and change your alignment over time is pretty neat. I could see people wanting to replay as a pure evil or pure good character to explore how the story changes.
These are a few of the things about the game I really like. I’m a big crpg fan with the baldurs gate series, pillars of eternity, and divinity original sin series under my belt. And I think pathfinder is another great game in that pantheon with a lot of great ideas and features.