PREVIEWSPillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
We've all been there. Everyone remembers that mission. You and your partner are climbing up the mountains in the snow, striving to pull some slick clandestine operation about getting some intel on a bad guy, or something similar (because let's face...
There are fighting games, and then, there is this. True, its gimmicky, true, its kind of weird looking, and true, everyone hates Jigglypuff, but without a shadow of a doubt, everyone who owns a cube, or at least knows someone who has a cube, has played this fun, multiplayer romp at least once, and knows how fun it can be!
Graphics- Considering this was one of the first gamecube games, the graphics were pretty impressive at the time. Nice and smooth, able to deal with a ton of action going on in the arena at once. Also very vibrant colors, as each fighter is nicely drawn and animated, most with their own special moves (although some of them are clones of other characters, but it's ok because the strength and speed of each character is different). Not only that, but the enviorments are beautiful, making a retro look back into Nintendos history, from Super Mario 2 to F-Zero to the Great Bay Shrine, as well as this, everything runs smoothly. True, its in a 2-D format with 3-D fighting, but it works perfectly.
Final Score- A-
Gameplay- Almost every button can be used on the gamecube controller for all 25 characters (yes, there are hidden ones, which adds to the replay). Each have their own moves, although some as I said are copies of other characters, like Mario, Luigi, and Dr. Mario are pretty much the same, with each different strengths. We have the single player mode, which in all honesty, serves little purpose in this game. It is a nice distraction, but it is not really needed unless you want to collect the hundreds ot trophies in the game. The multiplayer is where it shines, and shine's it does so much, that it easily surpasses the flaws of the single player game. Ever do a 64 man tournament? If not, try it, it is awesome!
Final Score- A-
Sound- Without a doubt, the game has one of the most impressive tracks of music ever. Pretty much every character has a theme song from their respected game. As well as that, we have a few hidden gems, extra tracks for mario, pokemon, zelda, and fire emblem are thrown in the mix. It is definitly an impressive soundtrack.
Final Score- A-
Satisfaction- It is hard to hate this game honestly. I mean, true, alone it is not fun, but when with a group of friends, it is extremely enjoyable and serves the purpose. With tons of unlockables, from characters like Marth and Mr. Game and Watch to new levels, trophies which outline nintendos history, to different modes of play, the game has a lot going for it, and even a lot more for those who keep playing. Still amongst the top selling Gamecube games, and this came out at the launch almost 5 years ago. Bravo Nintendo and HAL, you guys did an excellent job. I can't wait to see the next gen-melee.