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Prepare to be immersed in a realm besieged by demons in this epic RPG adventure from the masterminds behind the critically acclaimed Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, an isometric role-playing game developed by Owlcat Games and published by META Publishing, transports players into the heart of a gripping narrative where the lines between good and evil blur. At Player Opinion, we explored the depths of morality, uncovered the true price of power, and emerged as Mythic Heroes, surpassing mortal limitations like a swarm of insects breaking free from their cocoon.

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Game Review

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Gameplay Experience: 19/25

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, like its predecessor, immerses players in a captivating experience where their choices wield significant influence over the narrative and the vast game world. Unlike its predecessor, however, the repercussions of these decisions are less severe, offering a more satisfying journey while ensuring that player actions remain impactful. Nevertheless, the game encounters stumbling blocks reminiscent of its forerunner. Despite the intuitive point-and-click controls, its core mechanics are deeply intricate, strictly following rules of the Pathfinder universe, catering predominantly to seasoned RPG enthusiasts. This balance between accessibility and depth, while providing a captivating challenge for tabletop veterans, may potentially limit its appeal to a broader audience seeking a more straightforward gaming experience—perhaps not necessarily a bad thing.

Presentation & Immersion: 18/25

The combination of classic CRPG element and the overworld system with its turn-based tactical battle mechanics creates an enjoyable experience where strategic decisions often lead to successful outcomes. Employing a focused strategy of consolidating our forces proved effective, allowing us to confidently overcome enemy armies while safeguarding our outposts and enabling our player characters to explore freely. The HUD maintains its familiar and intuitive design, seamlessly integrating with the gameplay experience. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous ‘s nostalgic visual style, reminiscent of classic isometric party-based CRPGs, is executed with polish and attention to detail, infusing each area with a sense of freshness and discovery. Complemented by captivating audio, compelling voice acting, and wonderfully crafted storytelling, the game’s atmosphere remains engaging and immersive, drawing players deeper into its world.

Design & Technical: 22/25

Mechanically, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous operates with impressive efficiency, although it sacrifices some of the intricate complexity characteristic of the Pathfinder system. The abundance of class choices and character utilization options can still be overwhelming for players. However, the game’s expansive and diverse content compensates for this, offering a rich and varied experience without encountering any technical issues during our playthrough. Despite the linear structure of each map and predetermined loot, the game’s internal mechanics ensure a diverse player experience. The robust AI presents challenging encounters, sometimes bordering on the extremely brutal, particularly on harder difficulty settings. Additionally, the game possesses a tone of customizable settings, allowing players to tailor their experience to their preferences—a feature that enhances accessibility despite the game’s complexity.

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Final Considerations: 23/25

Owlcat Games once again delivers an exceptional gaming experience with Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (Steam Link), offering multiple extensive playthroughs without resorting to microtransactions, thus providing genuine value for players. The game strikes a balance between accessibility and complexity, maintaining the depth rooted in the Pathfinder rulebook while being more approachable than its predecessor. While it may not have the broad appeal of more recent CRPGs, it undeniably offers a compelling experience, worthy of one or even multiple playthroughs. Our journey through the depths of hell was immensely enjoyable, challenging us at every turn. Whether you’re a fan of isometric CRPGs or a tabletop enthusiast, this game is sure to captivate and satisfy. With its immersive gameplay and richly detailed world,  it is a must-play for anyone seeking adventure and excitement.

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