When rumours abound in the lead-up to the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase earlier this year that a new game from Obsidian Entertainment was about to be revealed, few would have expected Pentiment. With a unique art style that stands out from most other games out there, Pentiment see you playing as a young artist who finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery in n the small 16th-century town of Tassing in the south of Germany

While it’s not a role-playing game in the vein of their past titles, Obsidian appears to have infused all they’ve learnt about narrative choices into this game which is potentially going to feature on a lot of people’s games of the year lists. With the general consensus being that it is a game worth trying, even if it won’t be forever one, it is a great Xbox Gamepass title to give a go.

Here’s what Australian critics are saying about the game


AusGamers – 9.2/10 (Steve Farrelly)

You won’t play a game like it this year, or even from the past few years lest you dabble in the narrative adventure field, and even then Obsidian’s new opus is pretty distinct. Its writing is among the best I’ve experienced for this style of game, while the cadence of its unfurling mystery is such that the game draws you into its world ever so slightly, you’ll barely realise how deep you are into it before it snags you in its binding.

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Checkpoint Gaming – 9/10 (Pedro Cooray)

The game gracefully balances serious themes, soap operatic twists, and some very funny moments, revolving around a large cast of diverse, complex characters. Obsidian may have taken a risk making a game so unlike anything else they’ve made before, but the gamble has well and truly paid off. It’s not just a game for lit nerds.

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Game On Aus – No Score (Royce Wilson)

If you enjoyed books such as The Name Of The Rose or Ken Follett’s The Pillars Of The Earth (which, incidentally, was also made into a game a few years ago), I think you’ll particularly appreciate what Pentiment is offering. Pentiment isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you have patience for it and can appreciate what it’s trying to do (and I certainly did), it’s a rewarding and enlightening experience which I’m very glad I’ve had the ability to play and enjoy.

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GamesHub – 5/5 (David Wildgoose)

Through interactions with these people and many others – the insights into their lives gleaned from talking to them while they work, or the hopes and fears they reveal around the dinner table as you share pottage and bread – Tassing comes to feel like as real a place I’ve ever visited in a video game.

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