The massive old school RPG Pillars of Eternity is a great example of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Obsidian has granted us a true gem that will be played by many gamers for years to come. For the newbies in this game genre here is some tips that can make your playthrough of the game a little bit less confusing and easier.
1. Use the pause button during the combat.
Yeah, the combat in this game is real time on the first look, but pausing the game and then issuing commands is much better. This way you will not be time limited and having the all the time in the world to think about your strategy in combat is essential in this game.
2. Position your characters wisely.
Because the AoE spells in this game affect your companions too, you must always watch where they are. So, pause the game, move the friendly characters beyond the effect of the spell, you will see the circle that presents AoE for the spell so you will need to move four friendly characters beyond that circle if you don’t want them to be affected by it. When starting a fight, position your mage behind melee fighters so that he will be protected while working his magic. When you have the opportunity to flank opponents do that. In that way, you will have increased damage in comparison to when you are attacking them head on.
3. Don’t afraid to experiment with character build.
This game is awesome because it allows you to combine stats that are not usually known to be effective. Wizard that has also high might stat? why not. A fighter who is also highly intelligent? Go for it! There are no limits in what combination of stats you can combine. So experiment and see what combinations are the best for your play style.
4. Sleeping is the key.
When you are resting in the game, all negative effects are removed and your health is fully restored. Some spells have a limited number of uses per rest so this is the only way to restore them. So make sure that you always have a couple of camping supplies with you. Yes, you can rest at the inns but more often than not you will find you and your party deep in the wild with no nearby inns to sleep, so having camping supplies in your inventory is one of the essential things in this game.
5. Make you party strong and diverse.
Combine different classes when choosing the party. That way you will have a higher chance to defeat enemies; more ways to approach combat, and some unique abilities that can be useful during some in-game encounters.
6. Explore, explore and oh, I don’t know, EXPLORE!
This is the key for finding better items, gaining more experience and unlocking additional quests. Always make sure that you’ve checked out every part of the every map because there can be some awesome things to find out if you are checking every nook and cranny of the map.
This is only a beginner’s guide to a wonderful world of Pillars of Eternity. There are many more things to find out there, so again, get in the game and go explore!
After you’ve mastered the basics, find out how to create the ideal character, as well as your party, in Pillars of Eternity.
Written by Goran Damnjanovic, follow him on Facebook.