Pentiment review: “It’s like scampering around inside a 16th century comic book”

Pentiment is a novel that is captivating at the level of the social and personal alike, examining a past that doesn’t simply recreate the past objects and customs it is a dynamic process that is shaped by people in circumstances that are beyond their control. An amalgamation of characters and ideas adds an element of complexity to the tightly plotted murder investigations, and the scripting style and art that is influenced by the 16th century Scribes of the 16th century. It can be slow at moments, but with all the emphasis on the dialogue options, Pentiment is anything but just a talk show.


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    The choices of dialogues are loaded with meaning

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    Incredible historical detail and a nuanced approach to the events

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    The murders are well-planned and clever, as are the investigative


  • The plot is slow to get going sometimes

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The Gertner’s guest room at Pentiment isn’t an extravagant lifestyle however it’s adequate and comfortable. But only for the feeling of guilt. It’s not until you return to the farm in the evening that you understand the implications of renting the upper floors with five Gertners are squeezed in a couple of single beds in the downstairs area with the massive Big Jorg, and the elderly sixth huddled in a wooden chair near the fireplace. You’re indeed paying rent and they’re not complaining regarding the situation, yet you’re unable to think of it as an unwelcome burden.

FAST Facts:

Date of release 15 November 2022
Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
Designer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios

There’s no way to avoid this awkwardness, but. If you’re Andreas Maler, an educated artist is always higher than the Gertners literally and metaphorically regardless of whether you’d like this or don’t. It’s the 16th century in Bavaria and, while there is changes in the social landscape, due to the emergence of the printing press as well as the rumblings of reforming the church the majority of people’s position in life is decided at birth. This doesn’t mean that everybody is content with their current situation in all likelihood, even in an isolated alpine town like Tassing however it’s true the game is mostly about choices for dialogue, each conversation is filled with expectations of superiority and status.


and Pentiment The game is that’s primarily about the choices you make in your dialogue – similar to the game of an RPG in which you are in a brand new city, speak to the people living there and look through their belongings, only the game is expanded and zoomed to the point where every NPC is a human. It even has a bit of customisation of your character that’s reminiscent of an RPG to kick things off. You decide the subjects Andreas has studied at the university, what interests are important to him and the various different languages and traditions he’s learned during his travels.

If you are aware that Andreas will be implicated in a murder investigation maybe you decide that it’s a good idea to study Latin or in medical science. Maybe you’d like to have an Andreas who grew up reading books, or perhaps you’d like an animal that was able to be found in the glass of wine. Every character is valuable in their own ways and can be a great way to add additional dialog options that impact the way you interact with individuals and clues.

After letting those decisions go taken care of it’s time to settle into the routine of your day, and Pentiment’s experience is like a romp through an old comic book which was illustrated with great care by the most talented artists of the time. It’s also similar to being part of a stage performance due to the set that is fixed and includes the town and the nearby abbey, and the vivid animations of the cast that are flat-sketched when they perform their roles in a dazzling script. But, most importantly when you dive into the underlying story Pentiment is akin to the kind of Umberto Eco novel drawn to life and with the same historical details as well as the myth and mystery that you’d expect to find in novels like ‘The Name the Rose or the novel ‘Baudolino’.

Similar to those works, Pentiment entwines its murder plot with discussions on the current philosophy and the clash between the church’s doctrine and theories of ‘heretical as well as the importance of literature, art, and folklore in understanding the present and past. In a tale that is based on three major events over 25 years the dawning of a new era is evident and the fight to comprehend the new world rages on in every chapter the story, from monks writing their notes in painstaking detail, older villagers clinging to pagan practices as well as wives who are desperate to alter succession laws or rebels who have been taught to read and challenge authority. Murder is just one of the ingredients in a pot of rib-sticking ideas that enliven every question, doubt, and decision.

It’s not just what people say that is important in this story, however it’s also the way in which it’s written. Pentiment has different fonts assigned to various characters with great impact and speech bubbles tell the reader something of Andreas the impression of a person when they speak. People speak in rough , joined-up writing and the monks’ writings are written in exquisite calligraphy (there’s the option of using normal text should you require it) while the town printer employs an elegant typeface. Every form is clearly the mark of language and education However, you’ll also notice that some individuals have spelling errors as their words are scribbled on the screen or leave the page stained with ink spots during particular emotional conversations. These imperfections ensure that reading itself is a an integral part of the narrative.

CONSIDER Your Language

In this manner, Pentiment demands that you read into the conversations in order to consider the intent of the speaker as well as the social conditions from which the speaker emerges which, in turn, complicates your role as the protagonist. Being an artist hired by an abbey in order to create illustrations to their novels, Andreas is an outsider and has an amount of freedom which neither the monks or the locals enjoy. In certain of the top mysteries such as Paradise Killer or Return of the Obra Dinn the freedom he enjoys grants Andreas the freedom to investigate and more access to locations and people than the majority people, it could also cause anger for people who are witnesses or suspects.

You shouldn’t use your intellect or knowledge to make your point. It’s not always a good decision to show your knowledge in Latin and the laws, for example as you could seem like a knowledgeable or an arrogant showman. It isn’t necessary to express compassion for the poor in case you appear to be apathetic or reckless. Particularly in Pentiment’s second act in which the peasants contemplate rebellion against the abbot’s oppressive taxes. While it might be morally acceptable to encourage the peasants to revolt however, your life is not at stake. According to one monk, “It’s easy enough for you to go and leave. There’s no need to live and suffer the consequences.” In part due to your privilege and education Sometimes, it’s better to keep quiet and be patient.

It is important to be aware of the words you speak is highlighted when you respond to a question that causes a message to be displayed on the screen”This will be retained.’ It’s impossible to know whether this will happen , but it’s an extremely safe bet when someone is asking directly for advice. Sometimes, the conversation may be taken seriously, so don’t lose your cool. The decisions you’ve made in the past occur at some point, maybe in the event that you need help from a person or a person, and they express their delight or displeasure over your words or, in certain cases, with access to crucial information .

This information could be the difference between life and death when you are making a case against the suspect in a murder. In the first two parts (I’ll remain silent about the third) You don’t just search for linear clues to identify the identity of the suspect. Instead, you uncover evidence that points the finger at four or three individuals with no smoking gun evidence and then you present a case that effectively puts the person to death. In the initial scene your mentor and friend, a monk who is an old calligrapher is found with a bloody knife on his hands. Despite his innocence, you must wait until the archdeacon comes into town to identify an alternative suspect. However, the time limit means that you’re not able to follow every clue and have to make an educated guess or in the case of a more formal investigation, charge any of the suspects you believe deserves to be sacked.

The way you take the situation, you’ll find many things to think about with the classic whodunnit plot that puts an ax at the religious and the unwashed alike. In the first scene of the first act, prior to the crime takes place you meet an old nun who prophecies of death as well as a local thief who flees the village following an attack. There’s also a shrewd prior and one of the widows who is stricken by the baron’s coming and a stonemason who has an axe. This is not your typical Poirot crime However, your efforts to be a detective could be a bit egocentric and naive. In the end, you’re jumping to make judgments on those who aren’t equipped to defend themselves. Moreover, your decision could affect the lives of entire families or even the abbey as a whole.


The most important decisions will only get more difficult in the second act, as Andreas comes back to Tassing for a reunion with friends and dives deeper into local cultural scene. When you learn what happened to the people whom you have met previously, Pentiment lingers on the small details of their lives and you are more entangled to their stories. A lot of events are out of your control and are influenced by the plot’s larger arc but rarely is the time passing seem so significant.

It’s no doubt that the amount of historical research this show as well as the quality of the writing are major factors in your emotional investment however, equally Pentiment is successful in this regard since it’s a deliberately slow experience, adjusting its pace to the rhythms of life that dictate to farmers the needs that the season brings, mails require several weeks to arrive and monks suffering from arthritis can spend years copying books manually. The day-to-night sequence – split into sections to work, eating and sleeping – goes on in a steady, ponderous manner as if contrary to the fast-paced speed of the Persona Game Calendar.

It is important to have meal times for this reason – they are an opportunity to gather with your family of choice and maybe discuss the latest the latest developments that affect you or the daily routine of your host. There are homes that offer nothing more than cheese and bread while others offer roast beef and salmon, or even medieval meals like “frumenty,” which sends you to Google. However, regardless of the food you choose to just eat to fill up your stomach. You use it to get meet people and perhaps pick up a few things. While you may otherwise scurry from one goal to the next and back, this is the perfect opportunity to reflect and give the situation of the town the attention it deserves.

“Many things happen that are not under your control, however, rarely does the passing of time feel this important.”

There are moments where Pentiment is a bit slow, especially in the third act, which escheats the short timeframe of the previous two acts. However, there are some interesting new themes that are being developed there are celebrations and traditions to be enjoyed, and conspiracy theories that remain to be discovered (leading to a conclusion close to that of Eco his character). The task of deciding what the story that the community has been documented particularly after a devastating incident that’s left a mark on the town and left a mark on the community, you are now responsible to consider the truth and the reconciliation, think about the implications of the future, and whether or not it could lead to better lives over the long haul.

Now, you’ve got the people of the town better than most of the characters from games. There are love-ins loss, disputes and friendships, as well as gossip redemptions, and the repercussions of it all. It is a joy to witness a tender courtship grow into a blissful affair and then it hurts to find out that there’s no food at the Gertners in these days. Then, you might think about your part in this story, fueled by the strength of the spoken and written word. If so, you might conclude that Pentiment isn’t just an historical tale, but rather an ode to the age of instant responses that language should be chewed, digested and controlled with careful. Being aware of what to say, when to talk and what you should say never has been so important as significantly.

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