The Divinity franchise has been around for 16 years, believe it or not. In fairness, it hasn’t reached what many would call mainstream success (though Divinity: Original Sin came close). Regardless, mainstream success doesn’t always mean a game is brilliant. Sales may be what keeps developers and studios in business, but just because you sell millions of copies doesn’t mean it’s a masterpiece. Call of Duty has produced many mediocre entries in its history, but still sells like hotcakes. What I’m getting at here is that Divinity hasn’t sold through the roof, but it is a quality RPG franchise, and Divinity: Original Sin 2, especially this Definitive Edition, is a classic that every RPG fan should play.
OK so the story isn’t all that interesting when you begin. Certain users of magic are being persecuted, and of course you’re one of those. Why are you persecuted? Well your branch of magic can, at times, unfortunately summon demonic creatures. Ain’t nobody got time for that, right? As the story progresses, it gets a lot more interesting, draws you in, and makes you want to progress. Later, your powers can create moral dilemmas on how you go about resolving the story.
It’s the morality of the game that’s one of its greatest attributes. You see, unlike many games where there is a clear good and bad side, there are few characters that truly fall on either side of the scales. Most live in a grey area, where you can’t help but contemplate the morality of your decisions and the consequences that are sure to follow. Rarely are there tidy solutions to the problems you’re presented with, and that moral uncertainty can be amplified severely when you kill someone who you later discover that they weren’t as bad as they seemed.
Not that I did that or anything.
Where many modern RPG’s go for that third person over the shoulder presentation, Divinity sticks to that classic angled 3D style. Think Baldur’s Gate, but prettier. The presentation looks amazing on console, but going for that old-school approach is probably going to be the most polarising aspect of the game. Personally I prefer that Witcheresque third person perspective that puts me right up in the action. I just feel that it draws me into the world more, but I have little doubt that the hardcore RPG purists aren’t going to have a problem with the classic presentation style of Divinity.
If you are an RPG purist, then you’ll be pleased to know that the character creation tools at your disposal abound with customisation options. Combat, magic, classes, and even social skills are all customisable, although Divinity goes a step further by allowing players to create their very own character and class types.
Getting into that core gameplay experience, many will be pleased to know that combat does not have to be the be-all and end-all, unlike so many modern RPG’s. Making use of stealth and even how you handle social situations all create unique ways in which to play Original Sin 2. A smooth-talker isn’t going to be the best in combat situations, and a combat specialist isn’t going to have the best tact when it comes to trying to talk their way out of a situation. The best way to progress is to make your style your own.
For those familiar with the Divinity: Original Sin 2 story, you’re going to be in for a treat with the Definitive Edition. The name isn’t just a marketing spin to eke a few more bucks out of gamers. There are new additions to the story, new narratives, and even tweaks to the inventory screens to provide you with a bit more help. This Definitive Edition is a genuine attempt at adding more content to the game and creating the best version of Divinity: Original Sin 2 there can be, something that Larian Studios have done perfectly.
Like any RPG, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is no quick tap and gap gaming experience. This is a game that you need to devote hours upon hour to in order to get the most out of it. There is a wealth of finely crafted content in there; it will draw you in and make you want to continue on. You just need to have the time to be able to do that.
If RPG’s are your genre of choice then do yourself a favour and play Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition.