I love RPG's and this looked great and my experience so far is a good one.
Looking into this game before I picked it up for the XBox ONE I was warned that it was hard... at times unforgiving and complex.
So, on the advice of the difficulty prompts, new at Real Time RPGs, I opted for Easy and am noticing the following issues.
1. It's easy.
It's also early. Is the game lulling me into a false sense of security? I've heard people say "the game started pretty easy and then the diffculty suddenly spiked".
2. My party do stuff without me telling them.
To be fair, this is a handy feature. Upon entering combat the game will pause and I can direct everyone's initial actions at any time. If I'm caught out of formation I'll sort that first and then get to the business of attacking.
Unfortunately the A.I. are handling their roles so well that combat usually consists of my party kicking the crap out of an enemy, said enemy dying... and then my Wizard casting "Slicken" on the corpse.
So I'm after the Community's advice on the following:
1. Do I up the difficulty? I'm new to this game but I have been gaming since Pencil, Paper and 20 sided Dice.
My builds are competent. I am not obsessed with "L33T Stats" as like every decent RPG parties of reasonable builds should be able to complete the game. So should I pop it up a notch or is Pillars slyly luring me into a false sense of security before I'm mauled by a flock of giant pandas or worse?
2. Do I just need to keep hitting that pause button and micro-managing my entire party?
It's handy that they get to work with a sense of purpose but by letting the A.I. manage its self I feel I am missing out on experiencing how these different character types play.
Maybe I've pretty much answered my own question there so how do I gain complete control of my characters? i.e. Someone wants to throw their Level 2 spell as their first act of combat... but I want them to throw something different. How do I usurp the A.I.'s control of actions completely so I'm controlling them for my entire party. Is it a case that I have to watch all of them and pause after each action has completed or are there Game Settings I am able to adjust to give me that full control?
This might seem a bit of a long post for a couple of simple questions but let's face it... if you didn't like reading reams of Text you wouldn't be playing "Pillars Of Eternity"!