After sinking a couple hundred hours into and enjoying the hell out of Deadfire, I feel like I should share a few of my impressions.
For me Deadfire is a huge step-up to an already amazing first installment. I still like the Dyrwood's setting and story-line more, but the combat in Deadfire is just so goddamn engaging and fun. Multiclassing is a also dream come true. And the companions are overall a bit more rounded I think.
However, instead of focusing on praise (which i could do all day), I instead want to offer a bit of criticism about two systems that - in my opinion - do not work well:
Meaning, party members outside your group get less xp. I do not see it adding anything to immersion, while being a rather large restriction for the majority of the game (right up until your last character hits the cap). I discourages trying different setups and swapping companions. I would love to see this feature simply removed.
2: Economy (& Buying/Enchanting)
First off, I like the idea of enchanting items - even adding different tiers. In practice it barely works however, because:
- At the start of the game you have no money and no way to generate significant amounts
- After some point you have so much money that is becomes rather meaningless
I believe one of the main reasons for ths is the steep increase in value of items (normal buckler: 7c, fine: 207). I suggest dialing this down a bit (a lot actually), maybe adjusting it to fit the increasing expenses for enchanting (though I would love to see them toned down as well).
Also, I suggest reintroducing level requirements for entchantments, like in the original PoE. Let me give you and example: You just hit level 7 and are finally able to advance to the next tier of enchanting. You have some cash saved (which you can now do, since fine equipment is not worth 30x the normal one) and can enchant some of your stuff immediately, but you have to prioritize still.
Is your party now strong enough to push into higher level territory, maybe find more/superior unique items? Or should you better explore a bit more and do some bounties to get more upgrades first?
Well, thats what I would love to see anyway. If you have any thoughts on this, please share them. Thank you for reading!