Do you really wish you could play complex, computer RPG Pillars of Eternity on your telly, with a controller? No, us neither, but here we are.
There are a few genres of games that don’t translate particularly well from PC to console, including but not limited to:
- Strategy games
- Management/simulation games
- Dungeons & Dragons-style RPGs
Keep that last point in mind for the following announcement from Paradox Interactive:
“Pillars of Eternity, originally the result of a crowdfunding campaign by over 75,000 backers, first released for PC platforms to broad critical acclaim, winning several awards for its rich story and deep, original world. Now, the original game, alongside the expansions The White March – Parts I & II, will be released as Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition for the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One consoles on August 29, 2017.”
This isn’t snobbery on our part, by the way. Thumbsticks doesn’t subscribe to the ‘PC master race’ bullshit, and if you want to play a first-person shooter with a controller and not a keyboard and mouse? That’s absolutely fine.
So we’re all in favour of Paradox bringing their games to as wide a variety of players as possible, but on this specific example, we have our doubts.
Given that I tried playing Pillars of Eternity on a high-end tablet PC, both with the touchscreen interface (using a very expensive and precise pen, not my sausage fingers) and an Xbox 360 controller, I can categorically say the only way I found it worked was with a keyboard and mouse.
Apparently, Pillars of Eternity has been redesigned with a new, big-screen compatible UI and gamepad-friendly controls, but the idea that it will actually work, and work well enough? We’ll believe that when we see it.
How did we do?
We hope you found this article useful, or informative, or thought provoking, or maybe even a little entertaining. Perhaps it was a guide that helped you through a tricky bit, or we even saved you some money? Lovely stuff! If you'd like to say "thanks" you could always buy the team a cup of coffee.
Recommended for you
Latest from Thumbsticks
Marvel’s Avengers is now free on PS4, PS5, PC, and Stadia
Square Enix opens up Marvel's Avengers to PlayStation, Steam, and Stadia players for the next three days.
Ori: The Collection bundles both games on one Nintendo Switch cartridge
Iam8bit, the specialist publisher of collector's editions, is bringing Ori: The Collection to Nintendo Switch later this year.
PlayStation Plus gets three games in August 2021
Sony reveals the free video games available to PlayStation Plus subscribers in August 2021.
The Xbox Games with Gold for August 2021 are pretty good
The Xbox Games with Gold lineup for August 2021 includes an underrated sequel and a flawed but fun homage to...
Krispy Kreme developing Nexus Level Doughnut in partnership with Xbox
This Krispy Kreme / Xbox mashup doughnut looks delicious, sure, but why is it called the "Nexus Level" doughnut?
Is Valve’s Steam Deck the perfect gateway to PC gaming?
With a simple and approachable device like the Steam Deck, will PC gaming finally get its hooks into console gamers?
The next Monster Hunter Rise event adds Okami’s Amaterasu
Capcom has announced that the next collaboration event for Monster Hunter Rise will feature Amaterasu from Okami.
This tech demo from Gears of War developer The Coalition is unreal
Unreal Engine 5 running on the Xbox Series X, that is.