RPGWatch reviews Divinity 2
Review - posted by VentilatorOfDoom
on Tue 23 February 2010, 13:41:12
Tags: Divinity II
; Larian Studios
Larian Studios Action RPG gets reviewed over at the Watch.
One of the most interesting and useful skills you learn is Mindreading. While using this skill will cost you experience points, it is frequently worth the cost. Often it will open up new quests or areas, it might get you better prices from merchants and it will sometimes give you extra skill points. The more experience it costs to use, the greater the eventual reward.
While some quests had a few alternative options; using mindreading to discover a more diplomatic route as opposed to straight combat for example, the depth of choice comes nowhere near to that offered by Dragon Age, for example. As the final solutions tend to be roughly the same, other than trying different character builds there was little incentive to replay the game.
Conclusion: Divinity fails to achieve the depth of choice Dragon Age set as a new standard.
I very much enjoyed Divinity 2, but I also have to say it didn't meet my hopes and expectations. After a few hours I truly loved the game, but after a few more the weaknesses started showing through. It is a solid story-driven action-RPG that is a worthy addition to any genre fan's library, but in a year that saw Drakensang, Dragon Age: Origins, Risen and the Mac release of Avernum 6, not to mention King's Bounty: Armored Princess, it is hard to push Divinity 2 above any of those games as a necessary purchase. For ardent fans of Divine Divinity, the return to the setting and characters along with the brilliant music might be enough to justify paying full price to play immediately, but for most folks I would recommend waiting for a good sale or a lull in the RPG onslaught to give this a shot.
They rate it 3/5.
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