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Pillars Of Eternity Review | You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth!

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Jonathan Lester
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Pillars Of Eternity Review | You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth!

Pillars Of Eternity is exquisite. Magnificent. It's like crack and catnip to me: bona fide roleplaying cracknip. Then again, I was always going to love it.

You need to be aware that I adore Black Isle's Infinity Engine RPGs, and Pillars Of Eternity is a true return to form by many of the original masters. Though I didn't back the Kickstarter, I've reviewed this game through a thick lens of nostalgia and affection that I simply can't do anything about.

Bear this in mind, but thankfully it doesn't really matter here. Pillars Of Eternity is a truly exceptional isometric cRPG that's worth playing if you're a fan of the genre, but it's specifically designed to cater to those who still carry a torch for those grand old Infinity Engine days. After all, they're who funded it in the first place!

Pillars Of Eternity Review | You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth!

Take its setting, for example. Eora is a marvel, a world where souls are mutable and complex interesting people live complex interesting lives. The huge tract of it that exists in-game is gorgeous, moody and exciting, from dense forests and crumbling ancient ruins to its massive bustling cities, while evocative naming conventions and beautifully-written lore fleshes out what doesn't. There are gods and wars, big events, real history. We'll enter this setting as a wildcard, a Watcher, who goes from refugee to destined hero. It's fabulous and provides plenty of scope for new modules or sequels like any quality campaign setting.

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Pillars Of Eternity Hero Edition now £19.99

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Pillars Of Eternity, RPG

Pillars Of Eternity Hero Edition now £19.99

Pillars Of Eternity releases this week after its Kickstarter campaign and months of anticipation. Obsidian's RPG goes back to old-school roots, showing their experience with the Infinity Engine games, giving us in-depth character creation, exploration, tactical combat and all the dialogue we'd expect.

I'm working on our full review ahead of the Thursday embargo, so naturally I can't confirm or deny whether PILLARS OF ETERNITY IS AMAZING or not. If you want to get in early, you can now pre-order the Pillars Of Eternity Hero edition for just £19.99.

Use the CDKeys Facebook voucher code for the £1 discount, which you can get by clicking the widget at the top of the store page. Thanks Turkey!

 

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Collector's Edition now £19.78, contains much swag

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls, PC games, RPG

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Collector's Edition now £19.78, contains much swag

The standard edition too standard for you? Why not treat yourself to the Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Collector's Edition for just £29.78?

You'll receive the following:

  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls PC/Mac Game
  • Behind the Scenes Blu-ray/DVD Two-Disc Set
  • Reaper of Souls Soundtrack
  • The Art of Reaper of Souls (hardback)
  • Malthael Mouse Pad

Alongside some in-game items too. Note that you'll need the base game to play this, and also that it's awesome. Many thanks to Arcturas @ HUKD!

Pillars Of Eternity launches next week, pre-order the Champion Edition for just £35.99

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Pillars Of Eternity, RPG

Pillars Of Eternity launches next week, pre-order the Champion Edition for just £35.99

Pillars Of Eternity releases next week after its Kickstarter campaign and months of anticipation. Obsidian's RPG goes back to old-school roots, showing their experience with the Infinity Engine games, giving us in-depth character creation, exploration, tactical combat and all the dialogue we'd expect.

I'm working on a full review, but it's bloody enormous! If you want to get in early, why not consider pre-ordering the Pillars Of Eternity Champion edition for £35.99?

It's a 20% saving and provides the following bonus content:

  • Digital Original Soundtrack: This soundtrack contains many of the game's music tracks performed by a live orchestra. Contains at least 17 tracks in MP3 and FLAC formats.
  • Digital Campaign Almanac: The Campaign Almanac contains everything related to the lore, history, and world of Eora as originally told by Hylsman Horag and revised by the Hand Occult. The 35 page almanac has commentary provided by a variety of authors and is an engrossing read for anyone keen to delve deeper into the world of the Pillars of Eternity.
  • Making of Documentary: A video documentary of the entire Pillars of Eternity development process - from beginning to end. Includes commentary from the developers and behind the scenes footage of game shows and events.
  • Digital Hi-res Game Map: A high resolution map of Eora's Eastern Reach. Details include locations that players will be traveling to and locations that they may be seen in future Pillars of Eternity products.
  • Wallpapers: High resolution and multi-monitor wallpapers of cool concept art and in-game artwork.
  • Ringtones: Short clips of sounds and music from Pillars of Eternity. Perfect as mobile ringtones.
  • Giant Miniature Space Piglet: What? No, really, though.

Risen 3: Titan Lords Steam code falls to £18.99

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Risen 3: Titan Lords, RPG

Risen 3: Titan Lords Steam code falls to £18.99

You can now get a Risen 3: Titan Lords Steam code for £18.99.

Should you, though? The jury's out. Reviews are mixed, from terrible to decent, with some critics praising the scope of the game while others rail against its combat and dialogue. I haven't played it, so you're on your own here!

Pay what you want for Boot Hill Heroes: the Spaghetti Western RPG

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Boot Hill Heroes, PC games, RPG

Pay what you want for Boot Hill Heroes: the Spaghetti Western RPG

How did I not know that there was a Spaghetti Western JRPG? HOW?! Boot Hill Heroes cements two of my favourite things together and wraps it up in a 16-bit aesthetic to boot.

Better yet, it's also IndieGameStand's latest pay what you want deal.

Pay what you can and what you think it's worth - and beat £0.64 for Steam code. You can also beat the average to get the DLC, which adds an extra 3 hours onto the campaign!

Massive Atlus JRPG sale now live on US PSN Store

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Atlus, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, RPG

Massive Atlus JRPG sale now live on US PSN Store

Atlus have launched an utterly enormous sale on the US PSN Store, including a host of fantastic RPGs at bargain prices.

£3.35 will get you anything from Odin Sphere to Persona 4, Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga and curiously brilliant pinball RPG Rollers Of The Realm. £6.71 will net you Citizens Of Earth, Persona 3 Portable or Abyss Odyssey.

Even the mighty Persona 4: Golden is down to £10.07. Links below.

"But Jon, us Brits can't buy games on the US PSN," I hear you cry. Well, that's where you're wrong, chum, at least when it comes to PS4 games. It takes a few minutes to set up, but read our new guide to find out How To Buy & Play US PSN Games In The UK, meaning that it's a great way of getting your hands on Citizens Of Earth or Rollers Of The Realm.

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Tales Of Maj'Eyal slashed down to £1.24 on Steam, and it's high time you played it (save 75%)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Roguelike, RPG, Tales Of Maj'Eyal

Tales Of Maj'Eyal slashed down to £1.24 on Steam, and it's high time you played it (save 75%)

Tales Of Maj'Eyal is one of the best Roguelike RPGs on the market, yet it's a game that many people haven't even heard of. Today we wrote a gushing retrospective about this incredible one-man effort, praising how deep lore, quests, numerous races and a massive overworld conspire to create a game that feels truly epic in scope rather than a boring dungeon crawl.

Now you can find out for yourself, because Tales Of Maj'Eyal is now just £1.24 on Steam!

Convenient timing, huh? It's open-source and you can try the basics for free, but the Steam version includes all the extra donation content as well as the brand new v.1.3 update, which improves the visuals, quality of life and adds a loads of content to an already enormous experience.

Tales Of Maj'Eyal is Steam's best-kept secret... and the best Roguelike RPG you've never played

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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DarkGod, PC games, Roguelike, RPG, Tales Of Maj'Eyal

Tales Of Maj'Eyal is Steam's best-kept secret... and the best Roguelike RPG you've never played

Tales Of Maj'Eyal is utterly magnificent, but I'm ashamed to admit that I hadn't even heard of it until a few days ago.

Its genesis is as deep and incredible as its lore and universe. Starting life as an open source ASCII game created by just one developer, Nicolas Casalini AKA 'DarkGod,' Tales Of Maj'Eyal went through numerous iterations and versions over the course of several years, eventually evolving into an utterly enormous roguelike that's entirely free to download and play. Naturally players can donate to support DarkGod's painstaking work, unlocking extra content in the process, or go all-in on the cheap yet feature-packed Steam version.

That's amazing in and of itself, but Tales Of Maj'Eyal cements itself as quite possibly the best Roguelike on the market because it challenges what the genre is capable of while staying true to its roots. Though the game is definitively a Roguelike with a capital 'R,' down to the turn-based dungeon crawling, strong strategic mechanics and stern difficulty, Casalini has managed to turn what is often a fairly limited genre into an entire world just itching to be explored, and a sprawling RPG epic that's utterly mind-boggling in scope.

Tales Of Maj'Eyal is Steam's best-kept secret... and the best Roguelike RPG you've never played

Now that a massive free update is just hours away from releasing on Steam, allow me to explain why I've been getting so little work done of late. And why Tales Of Maj'Eyal ought to be on your radar if, like me, it had completely passed you by.

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Get a physical copy of South Park: The Stick Of Truth for a tenner on PS3

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Jonathan Lester
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Get a physical copy of South Park: The Stick Of Truth for a tenner on PS3

South Park: The Stick of Truth is currently less than £4 on the US PSN, but if you want a physical copy or don't want to set up a US PSN account, Amazon will flog you the physical version for just £10. Get it here!

It's still a bargain for an excellent, crass and deeply hilarious game that proves licensed tie-ins don't have to suck. Thanks to ReflexReact @ HUKD!

Fable: Anniversary gets 66% discount on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Fable: Anniversary gets 66% discount on Steam

Want to go back to where it all began? Fable: Anniversary is just £9.17 on Steam, a 66% saving.

It's a blast to go back to the original Xbox days and play Molyneux' 'classic' with updated visuals, though personally I don't feel that the franchise found its feet until Fable 2, and then lost its footing immediately after. Still, this is well worth a revisit for fans and those who love to kick chickens, especially since Fable: Legends comes out this year.

South Park: The Stick Of Truth is now £3.39 on the US PlayStation Store

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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South Park: The Stick Of Truth is now £3.39 on the US PlayStation Store

South Park: The Stick Of Truth is now £3.39 ($5) on the US PSN.

It's an exceptionally cheap price for a hilarious and solid RPG, but remember that you'll need a US PSN account. Click here to read our handy guide: How To Buy & Play US PSN Games In The UK.

Many thanks to LSB123 @ HUKD!

Get 8 Steam RPGs for £1.68 in the Indie Gala Every Monday Bundle!

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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game keys, PC games, RPG

Get 8 Steam RPGs for £1.68 in the Indie Gala Every Monday Bundle!

Get 8 Steam RPGs for £1.68 in the Indie Gala Every Monday Bundle.

It's a decent haul that includes Labyrinthine Dreams, Tomb Of Tyrants, Aveyond, Deadly Sin 2, Darkstone, Quest Of Dungeons (trading cards!), Legend Of Candlewind and Cold Contract.

Valkyria Chronicles is just £5.10 on PC for 24 hours - don't miss out

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, RPG, Strategy games, Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles is just £5.10 on PC for 24 hours - don't miss out

Valkyria Chronicles now just £5.10 on PC.

This is the best price we've ever seen for SEGA's cult classic strategy RPG that finally made its way to PC after years of demand. It's an utterly sensational game, both in terms of storyline, strategy, characters, mechanics and art style, and a steal for just over a fiver. You'll have to get your skates on, though, because the price will reset in less than 24 hours. A great find by ferreirm @ HUKD, many thanks!

 

Snag demonic swag in the Diablo III: Collector's Edition for £25.71

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls, PC games, RPG

Snag demonic swag in the Diablo III: Collector's Edition for £25.71

The standard edition too standard for you? Why not treat yourself to the Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Collector's Edition for just £25.71?

You'll receive the following:

  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls PC/Mac Game
  • Behind the Scenes Blu-ray/DVD Two-Disc Set
  • Reaper of Souls Soundtrack
  • The Art of Reaper of Souls (hardback)
  • Malthael Mouse Pad

Alongside some in-game items too. Many thanks to moonspook @ HUKD for a great spot!

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls only £14.25 on PC/Mac

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls, Expansion Pack, game keys, PC games, RPG

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls only £14.25 on PC/Mac

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls is now just £14.25.

Diablo III was broken, but Reaper Of Souls fixed it. Not only did the gameplay tweaks and free patches made grinding fun and rewarding, but the expansion adds some great meaningful content (including the best act in the game and brilliant new class), alongside a new way to experience the game in Adventure Mode. It's more than worthwhile if you're not considering the Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 or Xbox One.

£14.25 is spectacularly cheap (we've rarely seen it for less), but remember to like CD Keys on Facebook to get your 5% discount code via the widget at the top of the store page. UPDATE: I think it's only fair to give some credit to Turkey @ HUKD, who posted this simultaneously. Thanks!

Click here to read our Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls review!

Knights Of Pen & Paper: +1 Edition now just £3.20

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Knights Of Pen & Paper: +1 Edition, PC games, RPG

Knights Of Pen & Paper: +1 Edition now just £3.20

Knights Of Pen & Paper: +1 Edition only £3.20 at Green Man Gaming.

Use Green Man Gaming voucher code B1CYB0-CLSSD1-ARAAGM.

Set out on a grand adventure in this turn-based, retro style, pixel-art RPG, inspired by the great titles of the 90's. Take on the roles of in-game players taking on the roles of their characters in a traditional pen and paper RPG session in the ultimate meta roleplaying experience. What makes Knights Of Pen & Paper unique is that you can also choose the role of the Dungeon Master for a different perspective.

A great game, but one that was much cheaper in the Bundle Stars Abstract Bundle. Check your backlog!

Etrian Odyssey Untold is beautiful, under-appreciated and only £24.43 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Etrian Odyssey Untold, RPG

Etrian Odyssey Untold is beautiful, under-appreciated and only £24.43 on 3DS

Etrian Oddyssey Untold is one of the best remakes I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. A class act through and through, it brings the original Etrian Odyssey up-to-date with subtlety and restraint, adding some sensational new characters that delight without ever jarring and a story that's compelling yet never gets in the way. With some great new classes that force you to think carefully about class options, plus plenty of new content, it really is one of the most under-appreciated games of the last few years.

You can find out more in our full Etrian Odyssey Untold review.

Interested? You can now buy Etrian Odyssey Untold for just £24.43 using Rakuten voucher code MARGIFT5.

Price drop! Child Of Light Complete Edition now £9.85 on PS Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Child Of Light, PS Vita games, RPG

Price drop! Child Of Light Complete Edition now £9.85 on PS Vita

Child Of Light Complete Edition now only £9.85 on PS Vita.

Child Of Light is a thing of beauty -- a poetic blend of gorgeous visuals, exploration and hardcore JRPG combat that's best enjoyed on higher difficulties - and even more beautiful on the Vita's luscious screen. Though the standard digital edition has been cheaper, ShopTo ran a smart deal for the complete version earlier this week, which contained "all additional game contents, including a bonus quest, a new character and a pack of collectibles" for £11.86.

Now they've knocked another two quid off the price tag, making this the best way of getting the physical version. Cheers Turkey!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt only £21.85 on PC for 24 hours

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt only £21.85 on PC for 24 hours

Pre-order The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for only £21.85 on PC

Grab the latest Facebook voucher code for a 5% extra saving, using the widget at the top of the store page.

The Witcher 3 is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and I daresay that even the most stoic amongst you might be considering a pre-order. If so, you can currently pre-order it on PC for just £21.85, which is a serious bargain. You've only got 24 hours, so move fast!

UPDATE: Slightly grudging but no less genuine thanks to FantasyDeals, who found this seconds before I did!