Review: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Steam)

Pursue a rogue god over land and sea in the sequel to the multi-award-winning RPG Pillars of Eternity. Captain your ship on a dangerous voyage of discovery across the vast unexplored archipelago region of the Deadfire.


  • Crisp highly detailed graphics.
  • 40319MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Graphics options-Window mode, Resolution, Quality presets, MSAA, V-Sync, Glows, Lights, High-quality ocean, Font scale and frame rate slider.
  • Can rebind keys.
  • Auto pause- Set the conditions for when this kicks in.
  • Five difficulties- Story, Relaxed, Classic, Veteran and path of the damned.
  • Level scaling- Set if enemies scale in difficulty for you. Options available to you are- All, none or critical path only.
  • Gameplay modifiers. Make it harder like limited saves or stronger enemies.
  • RPG gameplay.
  • Strong soundtrack.
  • Free DLC packs.
  • Rewrite history- You can answer a few questions and transform your previous life. This is more in relation to players coming from the first game.
  • Scroll text speed as well as being able to fast forward in the game.
  • Adjust game speed on the fly in the game.
  • Powerful voice work.
  • The story is narrated to you in a way that feels like a DM from DandD is reading to you, It is very impactful.
  • Six default races- Aumaua, Dwarf, Elf, Godlike, Human, and Orlan.
  • Detailed character creator-Sex, Race, Subrace, Single or multiclass, 11 classes-Barbarian, Chanter, Cipher, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Priest, Ranger, Rogue, and wizard, Adjust your stats, Job, starting weapons, pick the first ability, colors of gear, Portrait.
  • Strong Dungeons and Dragons vibe throughout.
  • Every menu choice has a helpful description.
  • When creating a character you get a brief pop up on what stats get affected by your choices.
  • Tutorial/pop-ups happen as you encounter new things and can be re-read.
  • Multiple choices in conversations.
  • Save when you want.
  • Isometric view.
  • Jaw dropping locations.
  • Controls are simple enough to pick up.
  • Can respec your character.
  • Full group management.
  • Well paced story.
  • The menu has neat touches like when equipping items, The required slots will highlight.
  • Full crafting table.
  • Main mission as well as a huge variety of side missions.
  • You have a certain amount of freedom to play how you want.
  • Has a lot of replayability as every choice you make real changes to the outcome of events.


  • A lot of loading screens with long and short waiting times.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Slow pace.
  • Menus look daunting.
  • Takes a while to get used to the controls and mechanics.
  • Creates a lot of autosaves.
  • Few mission bugs.
  •  Built-up areas can slow the game down.
  • No controller support.
  • Single player only.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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