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    Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous review

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    What is it? An old-fashioned RPG so dense it’s got gravitational pull.
    Expect to pay $50/£43
    Developer Owlcat Games
    Publisher Meta Publishing
    Reviewed on Windows 10, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1060
    Multiplayer? None
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    The first boss fight in old-school RPG Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is the character creation menu. It’s as daunting as any multi-limbed demon you’ll face.

    There are 25 classes to choose from, some subdivided into half a dozen archetypes. There are prestige classes you can’t choose until you’ve leveled up and fulfilled certain requirements, which show up during character creation anyway in case you want to plan your build around one. You also choose a race, racial heritage, background, religion, skills, feats, and maybe an animal companion, which gets its own class, skills, and feats. 

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    After some more patching though, Wrath of the Righteous will be well worth your time. This is a huge game, easily 100+ hours, in which you take a meticulously crafted hero, throw them into a meatgrinder of war, politics, and interplanar travel, and see how they’re reshaped by it. After the most complicated character creation system I can think of, it tricks you into thinking you’re done when in fact the entire game is about making a character. That size is both its strength and weakness, because it’s got room for half-baked areas of story and systems that feel like you’ve wandered off into unmapped wilderness. But when you find the right path and are solving the world’s problems while jogging across fields with your gang of colorful pals, it’s like Baldur’s Gate 2 never ended.

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