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Divinity Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition

Darth Canoli

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I think the armor system was an attempt to encourage diverse parties and also serve as a nerf to CC compared to DOS. I felt like it was pretty inelegant. And it failed completely on the "encourage diverse parties" front.

DOS 2 armor system is what happens when an incompetent dev/dev team tries to steal a weird feature which never worked to patch a barely functionning system of their own which only worked for the first half of their previous game.

When you're incompetent, just go with a faithful adaptation of D&D and don't try anything funny with the rules.

That's the golden rule.
 

RunningWolf

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I never minded the armor system. I feel like it didn't achieve anything it was supposed to anyway. If you properly stack damage and use active skills that have good scaling its almost irrelevant since you will be depleting it in a turn.

Worst part about DOS2 combat is the braindead choice of strategies you have at your disposal, despite hundred active skills in the game, half of which are sadly complete trash. There's no other strategy than doing more damage. Because its TB, the fights take so long for an average player, the damage you dish out has to be high, otherwise they will take way too much time and people get bored. The quicker you kill an enemy the more efficient is your play, because that way you steal their actions(turn), thus dealing more damage becomes the best form of tanking and the best cc. This leads to all characters feeling the same unless you're memeing with your build. You're either a damage dealer or gimped trash.
And another thing that there's little to no difference in gameplay between melee and casters, except melee plays up close. What is the gameplay difference between whirlwind and corpse explosion, except distance from which you click an icon and AOE kill every mob you stacked with teleport? Special effects i guess.
I probably enjoyed my unstable build the most because killing yourself is the only truly unique way to play. Every other build just a a different coat of special effects on the same exact gameplay.
 

Roguey

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"I swear however anyone who claims it us 'easy' are either lying or are people who really work at finding exploits and cheese."

On release, this thread was full of people who chose tactician off the bat and were utterly seething. Meanwhile the people playing on normal or below had a good time. :M
 

Darth Canoli

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"I swear however anyone who claims it us 'easy' are either lying or are people who really work at finding exploits and cheese."

On release, this thread was full of people who chose tactician off the bat and were utterly seething. Meanwhile the people playing on normal or below had a good time. :M

So it's a game for wimps and storyfags...
QED.
 

BruceVC

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"I swear however anyone who claims it us 'easy' are either lying or are people who really work at finding exploits and cheese."

On release, this thread was full of people who chose tactician off the bat and were utterly seething. Meanwhile the people playing on normal or below had a good time. :M
I played this game on normal and I loved it, I play all my games on normal

Very rarely I lower this but thats only for specific battles and then I put it back on normal
 

Roguey

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I played this game on normal and I loved it, I play all my games on normal

Very rarely I lower this but thats only for specific battles and then I put it back on normal
I try to go for whichever mode the game was balanced for before scaling was applied. For D:OS 2 that was definitely Classic. For a few, it's actually Hard (and then they scale down). I played the original D:OS on Hard even though Normal was the base, because I had something to prove and was wary about people saying it got too easy after the first area (not so in my case, but that was also because I kept hoarding attribute points).
 
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Shrimp

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So it's a game for wimps and storyfags...
QED.
Nah, the game is challenging enough on classic. Tactician is stat-bloated nonsense.
tactician AI is different, encounters are designed differently
How many encounters does this actually apply to though? One of the things I liked about DOS1's tactician mode was that the stat changes were fairly insignificant (I think it was something along the lines of 25% extra health) but almost every encounter were noticeably different - usually either additional enemies or giving some of the enemies immunities towards certain damage types.
From what I recall the amount of these Tactician-exclusive changes in DOS2's opening act could be counted on a single hand and I think they got even less common as you got further into the game.
Instead most of the difficulty came through stat boosts (+50% health and damage) as well as further increasing armour to accommodate for the player's exponentially scaling stats and damage output which is an entirely different issue.
I kind of wish there was a comprehensive list of all DOS2's tactician exclusive features, but unfortunately I wasn't able to find one. I think the original DOS1:EE patch notes had a list of them.
 

whydoibother

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"I swear however anyone who claims it us 'easy' are either lying or are people who really work at finding exploits and cheese."

On release, this thread was full of people who chose tactician off the bat and were utterly seething. Meanwhile the people playing on normal or below had a good time. :M
Same with Pathfinder. All the le epic hardcore 420 grognards were seething at 99 armor class kobolds, while everyone else was enjoying the game on the intended difficulty.

I played the original D:OS on Hard even though Normal was the base, because I had something to prove
Me too, and after a 30 minute battle of me creating a barricade of furniture and throwing scroll summons at the enemy, I decided enough is enough.
 
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"I swear however anyone who claims it us 'easy' are either lying or are people who really work at finding exploits and cheese."

On release, this thread was full of people who chose tactician off the bat and were utterly seething. Meanwhile the people playing on normal or below had a good time. :M
Same with Pathfinder. All the le epic hardcore 420 grognards were seething at 99 armor class kobolds, while everyone else was enjoying the game on the intended difficulty.
they had to wait for people to make them incredibly broken cookie cutter builds to follow
buildfag games are gay
 

Roguey

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tactician AI is different, encounters are designed differently
Earlier in the thread someone claimed that playing on tactician with a de-bloat mod had no discernible difference from classic.
 
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tactician AI is different, encounters are designed differently
Earlier in the thread someone claimed that playing on tactician with a de-bloat mod had no discernible difference from classic.
and they're wrong
you can verify this just by checking the AI scripts that come with the toolkit
 

Volourn

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Tactician is hilarious. I just did that ch2 graveyard quest to get the relic. Fighting all those statues was hilarious. Even with their shifty defenses, the battle is cheesy. They can kill your tank in one round just with one. Even spells like fireball et all can't wipe them out. I had to cheese the encounter by hiding behind the dsmn treasure. LMAO And you get o xp gor killing them. Lol

Lmao Too many if the Uber abilities suck ad well and seem to be highly needed. Arrow Sprsy is such literal garbage, I don't bother with it now. Trying Chain Lightning but it looks to be garbage as well.

It is amazing I have been able yo progress as far as I have. LOL

That said I probably don't have the perfect party, but it is what is.

FYI, The magic arrow suck outside of knockdown and probably charm ones. Lolz

Again, it should not be called Tactitian. It should be called Cheesy.
 

RunningWolf

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It was understandable on release because people had no clue which skills are good, which ones are OP and which ones are worthless trash. There are a lot of trap skills and skills that have very bad damage scaling for bizarre reason, or even skills that actually don't do anything useful or have better lower ap alternative. If you insist on using them, then yeah the game will be difficult, because you're basically memeing.

In general 3 ap skills are almost never worth it, unless you have nothing else. They're mostly to be used as a fight opener. Same for the source skills. They're mostly trash with a few busted exceptions like Pyroclastic Eruption which oneshots entire final boss room.
Setting aside Lone Wolf and Glass Cannon and Skin Graft all of which completely remove any challenge from Tactician - once you understand the power of adrenalin and chameleon cloak, torturer, teleport and "jump" skills, barely anything in the game can even touch you.

If you interested in depth which skills are good and why i recommend you to watch Grey NunSei on YT that did runs with different classes where he always explains what skills/traits are worth using for a particular build before starting fort joy.
 

Volourn

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Nah. I'll figure out which cheese to use on my own. I'll stick to hiding behind piles of fake gold and treasure chests. Lmao

I use teleport but they use teleport. It is all good. Cheese Competition mode has its moments. Lmao
 
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It was understandable on release because people had no clue which skills are good, which ones are OP and which ones are worthless trash. There are a lot of trap skills and skills that have very bad damage scaling for bizarre reason, or even skills that actually don't do anything useful or have better lower ap alternative. If you insist on using them, then yeah the game will be difficult, because you're basically memeing.

In general 3 ap skills are almost never worth it, unless you have nothing else. They're mostly to be used as a fight opener. Same for the source skills. They're mostly trash with a few busted exceptions like Pyroclastic Eruption which oneshots entire final boss room.
Setting aside Lone Wolf and Glass Cannon and Skin Graft all of which completely remove any challenge from Tactician - once you understand the power of adrenalin and chameleon cloak, torturer, teleport and "jump" skills, barely anything in the game can even touch you.

If you interested in depth which skills are good and why i recommend you to watch Grey NunSei on YT that did runs with different classes where he always explains what skills/traits are worth using for a particular build before starting fort joy.
why even play a game if you're just going to have someone else tell you how to play it
 

RunningWolf

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why even play a game if you're just going to have someone else tell you how to play it
You absolutely don't have to listen, read or watch anyone. Its for those who still doubt that the game is piss easy on Tactician, assuming you actually know what you're doing.
 

017

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The absolute level of filtering DOS2 is doing over the Codexers is incredible. It's quite beautiful, really.

Based on the above I would recommend the following games:
- My Talking Tom 2 (or My Talking Angela 2 if you are a girl)
- Candy Crush
- Angry Birds
- ASMR Slicing
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Baldur's Gate 2 if you're feeling adventurous and would like to relive the only bright side of your childhood
 

Volourn

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Just finished RePers coast. The game's cheesy Mode us still hilariously cheesy and lacks actual legit tactics most of the time. Beating Flaming Cross Girl and Genie at level 16 is hilarious. People who defend it are pro cheese. Every single tip shown on line is cheesy has hell or involves someone literally breaking the system. The game cheats so it is fine if the player cheats. Contrary to what casinos think. Lmao
 

Volourn

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Made to it Arx. Things went smoother on Nameless Isle. Almost level 19. Not as many ridic battles where insta death is likely in 1st round without cheese. That said, the archer with their charm/knockdown arrows are often the difference maker. My favorite battle is the Alexander one. He us one of the most unique main baddies in anyvgame since his focus is mostly defense and buffing his allies. Normally, I teleport the hard hitters away, but this time I focused on sending him away. Still, another chapter in Cheese Challenge 2022 awards. R00fles!
 

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