Pyre is an action role-playing sports game that blends well-written characters and a moving narrative with a unique 3v3 arena that enhances the game's high stakes.
Pro Detailed artwork
Pyre's art is beautiful and well-crafted, with bright colors, great attention to detail, and character designs that reflect the exiles' roles on the playing field. Characters like Volfred Sandalwood have smart designs, with Volfred in particular designed as a commanding man who carries importance, with his bulk mirroring his role as a defensive player in the Rites.
Pro Memorable story that blends with gameplay
Pyre is a mix of a fantasy visual novel with sports gameplay that links back to the plot. The story tells the tale of the game's many exiles, characters who were sent to Pyre's version of purgatory. These exiles can only return home by conquering the Rites alongside you, the game's 3v3 sport. As the story progresses, you grow close to the characters while learning about their backstories and motivation. Once they achieve their freedom, it will be time to say goodbye. There's a sense of accomplishment from growing attached to each of your team members while helping them return back home.
Pro Excellent music
Pyre's music is a breath of fresh air filled with rustic, down-to-earth tunes. With warm acoustic guitar melodies for story scenes and high-energy, rock-influenced tracks for the Rites, the soundtrack features a blend of different sounds that all come together nicely.
Pro Compelling characters
The characters you meet across the game who join your team as exiles all have their own backgrounds, quirks and motivations, making them feel real and full of life. Jodariel, the imposing, horned blonde woman featured in many of Pyre's promotional material, is a fan-favorite with an intriguing yet tragic backstory that belies her appearance. Every character throughout the story is just as compelling and memorable, making you want to help them through the Rites and for them to return back home.