Top 15 Games Like Pillars of Eternity

Games Like Pillars of Eternity 2
Classic cRPG Goodness

Finishing a game you love is such a bittersweet experience. You did it! You achieved your goal of beating that final boss, or discovering that final piece of the story! But then… that’s it; it’s over. Time to mod it (if you can), or pick up something new. And finding that something new can be challenging if you’re looking for more of that pure RPG experience that Pillars of Eternity or the recently released Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire offers. If you’ve already mastered those two amazing games, well you've come to the right place.

If you haven’t played either PoE titles, but you’re looking for a game that’ll harken back to the top-down RPG glory days--with a sprawling open world, complex party dynamics, and a deep story--well then you, dear reader, have also come to the right place! (And you should probably check out Pillars of Eternity, I think you’d like it!)

Here are 15 games that RPG veterans will love: 15 games that make modern Bioware titles seem more like dating sims than RPGs.

SIDE NOTE: Maybe you’ve seen it before, but I’ll use the term cRPG in this article and you might be wondering what it means. Well you probably already know the RPG part (Role Playing Game), and the “c” technically stands for “computer” RPG, but it more accurately means “complex” or “classic”, as it refers to the style of old-school RPGs of yesteryear (late 90s) that are closer to actual table-top pen and paper RPGs than modern RPG titles like Skyrim or Mass Effect.

15. Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2 gameplay (single-player)

Divinity: Original Sin 2 was PC Gamer’s “Game of the Year” for 2017, and that should be all I need to say to get you to try it out…. Oh, and it has a score of 93 on Metacritic. More? Really?

Well, Divinity: Original Sin 2 truly captures the essence of table-top RPG gaming. The game’s story is rich and deep, and there is absolute freedom to define the exact role that you want to play. Playing as a Human, Lizard (think: Argonian), Dwarf, Elf, or Undead, you can kill every NPC without bugging-out the game, and interact with every single creature you encounter--not many games can boast that! Every single choice does have a consequence though…

You don’t have to quest alone either. Gather your pen-and-paper D&D playmates (who you’re inevitably going to abandon after picking this game up) and gear up for some online or even split screen multiplayer instead!

Right from the start, Divinity: Original Sin 2 has so much depth and detail.

Manage your team and manage your cooldowns to make it through a fight like this.

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I spent some time living in Morrowind, the Capital Wasteland, and had a brief stint in the Anomalous Materials department at Black Mesa. Now I write features and critical pieces about my experiences,
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