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Pathfinder: Kingmaker

Developer: Owlcat Games Publishers: Deep SilverPrime Matter
25 September 2018
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Pathfinder: Kingmaker Enhanced Plus Edition
2018 Owlcat Deep Silver  
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2020 Owlcat Deep Silver  
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This game suffer from being too ambitious. In theory combination of classic RPG in style of "Baldur's Gate" or "Pillars Eternity" combined with kingdom building sounds awesome and interesting, right? Definitely, but the problem lies with execution.

I think that the world this game takes place in is interesting, also the story, although not the most original is quite captivating. I also have to praise number of classes and races you can choose from. This is all awesome. Also the quests variety is also pretty impressive. So far, so good.

Unfortunately there are two big problems with Pathfinder: Kingmaker. First is Kingdom management. It isn't mandatory, but if you put mechanic into your game, it should be good (besides without it you won't get the best weapons and armors). And in this case it's not even that execution of this specific idea is bad, but that it totally falls apart in context of the whole game, it just doesn't work, it isn't properly integrated in the whole game. Also it isn't properly explained and can lead to an unexpected game over (and to remedy the situation it's not enough to just load last save game, because there is a big chance that it wouldn't make any difference, you could be forced to go at least few hours back) which is troubling, because it is relatively new mechanic and you have to learn it "on the job".

I also have complaints about design of dungeons, because some of them are pretty unbalanced. You are going through them without much trouble until you meet the enemy that is almost impossible to beat. And if you manage to do it you fight boss which is usually relatively easy opponent. That's not how things should work, of course the player should meet obstacles that give him trouble, but he shouldn't be stuck, because designers thought that it would be cool to put in randomly much stronger enemy. The game is also too long and the ending sequence feels unnecessary bloated.. It doesn't offer much challenge but it is long.

I'm complaining but I have to admit that the game was interesting enough to finish it. It took me some time, but I don't feel like I have wasted it. But during playing I couldn't shake the feeling that this game could be much better with a little bit more polish and an improved mechanic. But as the things are I can't give this game a higher rating.
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Bubu66 Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-05-12T05:04:02Z
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4.0
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banshee12 Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-05-11T23:30:41Z
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snow415 Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-05-10T21:54:00Z
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3.5
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eighteensecond Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-05-07T15:49:06Z
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4.0
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Silly_Clown Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-05-07T07:35:57Z
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bpoap Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-05-06T05:36:30Z
2024-05-06T05:36:30Z
4.0
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EVlL_TWlN Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-05-05T08:57:33Z
2024-05-05T08:57:33Z
3.5
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geekman94 Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-04-25T00:30:37Z
2024-04-25T00:30:37Z
3.5
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DarK_RaideR Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-04-17T13:46:57Z
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4.5
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Gololedz Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-03-28T16:44:08Z
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3.5
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Maksym_Svyda Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-03-25T16:30:28Z
2024-03-25T16:30:28Z
4.5
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droppod40 Pathfinder: Kingmaker 2024-03-18T22:40:05Z
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  • ... 2021-12-16 19:00:49.506679+00
    This is so underrated here. Lovely crafted, deep game just like Baldur's Gate.
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  • daskull 2023-02-03 18:19:57.039472+00
    this game is very long
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    • AaronnotAaron 2023-04-13 11:32:32.474088+00
      77.5 hours for the average player!
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  • altertide0 2023-08-24 20:53:02.308737+00
    Very difficult to get into, so much to read but the writing is mediocre
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  • Zaltys 2023-12-03 06:04:22.415364+00
    Was a complete trainwreck on release, full of game-breaking bugs. Now, it's actually playable. So the score's a bit lower than what the current version deserves.
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  • Namfoodle 2023-12-09 08:35:17.442191+00
    Really promising, but it's so long and has some annoyances with a mediocre story.
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  • Flight_Sensations 2024-04-16 12:39:34.762353+00
    One of the best CRPG out there!!
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