[ Pillars of Eternity ]

I had forgotten this game was coming out. I only re-discovered it today and I have been playing the past couple of hours.
I am extremely amazed. It feels like a mix between Baldur’s Gate games and Planescape:Torment.

I remember some years ago, my video game life was almost exclusive multiplayer games.
Now, I find myself enjoying the somber, more cerebral single-player experiences more. Headphones, wine and a nice video game with a well told story are a wonderful evening.

Paradox has been on a roll lately. Cities:Skylines filling the void left by the lackluster Simcity 2013, now this. Well done Paradox. I have friends who have been fans of paradox for many many years, but I always found their games to be hard to get into. This has changed lately.

Anyway, back to the game!


Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity



[ Pillars of Eternity ] — 2 Comments

  1. As one of said friends, I was positively hoping for this post. :D As you know, similar to how you’re finding Paradox’s grand strategy games hard to get into, games like Baldur’s Gate and Planescape: Torment are treacherous, uncharted waters for me. “Hear be dragons” they’re charted on my map, pun not 100% intended, with all the excitement and dread this little indication foretells.

    To be precise, I only ever played Planescape: Torment once, and at the time it felt great, in the way reading a difficult book feels great, in the sense that you take your mind through a new and memorable adventure. I can tell you though that I, for one, have to force myself to continue a difficult book, even if I did previously enjoy it, because as well as it being an enjoyable activity, it is also a very taxing one. Perhaps therein lies the enjoyment. Anyway, you can’t read hard books all the time. That’s why they’re called hard. You can’t do it unless you discipline yourself; same as exercising your body, really. If you get better at reading hard books by working out that noggin, by default they will no longer pose a challenge. It will be some other activity you can do either with your body or your mind that will beckon to you.

    I suppose that both CRPGs of the late ’90s and grand strategy games require much more time than gamers at their mid-twenties are generally ready to commit to any one activity, especially if they’re not their go-to genre in the first place and in addition they have to struggle with the extra brain power needed for making it through the exceptionally high entry level.

    I read somewhere a few days ago that crosswords and puzzles are, as Dr, Kawashima rightly said, beneficial for your brain’s health (weird how sometimes we refer to our brains as separate from us and other times not… anyway), but only if they pose a challenge in new ways. It probably goes the same for games, as well as for any novel, demanding task: you will avoid playing a taxing game, unless you’re fully determined to discipline your brain to take in the load this new hobby of yours will burden it with.

    TL&DR: forget Brain Training: playing genres you’re not familiar with is as good a mental workout as anything your self-improvement site of choice will throw at you. Here’s some extra motivation for all y’all (including me) if you needed it!

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