After months of testing and developing, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is staring down it’s September 14, 2017 departure from Early Access and into full-blown release. If you are an RPG fan even remotely you will not want to miss out on this game! Let’s take a look at some of the things D:OS II does that makes it so anticipated.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Gameplay and RPG Style
When you see Divinity: Original Sin 2, it’s hard not to think about the RPG classics from previous decades, like Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale or even Fallout. In these sorts of games, what you need to defeat a prominent enemy is not your reflexes or eye–hand coordination, but your careful planning and brilliant strategies. Divinity: Original Sin 2 from Larian Studios is the sequel to one of the games responsible for the resurgence of the CRPG genre: Divinity: Original Sin, and is another perfect successor to that style of RPG.
Every battle feels like playing a chess match. In order to win, you need to carefully calculate your moves and enemies’ counter actions, deeply understand all Skills and their combinations, and optimize Environmental Effects for maximum carnage. This is challenging, but also makes the victory that much more rewarding. You also need to build your character and your Companions wisely by selecting from dozens of Classes, Abilities, and Talents. After all, a well-built team can make a nearly impossible encounter (of which there are many), down a few notches into just a difficult encounter.
Aside from the complicated yet fun to play skill systems and Character Creation, Divinity: Original Sin 2 also allows you to craft your own weapons, potions and more. This not only further extends the freedom of character customization, but also adds a new dimension to combat. Players will need to choose their weapons wisely to ensure they even have a chance of survival when facing the enemy, or to interact with certain environment objects/complete quests.
In terms of choices and consequences, Divinity: Original Sin 2 also does a magnificent job here. From the Early Access, we learned that there are hardly any quests that have less than three different ways to solve. And, depending on your choice in a quest, your experience and playthrough can be quite different from another’s, making you feel that your decisions really matters, and want to replay the game to see the differences.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Art Design and Audio Effects
Like many RPG classics from previous decades, Divinity: Original Sin 2 uses an isometric viewpoint for the bulk of its gameplay. And although that may not look as impressive as some other modern AAA games, it’s surely sufficient enough to show the awesome (literally) fantasy and beauty of the world that Larian has painstakingly designed. The background music is what really shines in D:OS II, and at times you may want to just pause the game so you can enjoy the amazing chanting and relaxing melodies.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Multiplayer and Online Challenge
While it’s certainly fun to play Divinity: Original Sin 2, it’s even more fun to play it with friends and Larian has expanded their efforts from their previous title in this regard. D:OS II allows you to join the adventure with up to 3 of your friends, or even to play in split-screen mode (when’s the last time that happened on PC?). Feeling confident about the character you created? There’s arena mode where you can challenge other players worldwide to PvP combat and see what you’re really made of. And who knows…you might learn a trick or two in multiplayer that makes your solo or co op campaign that much easier to complete.
Because of it’s style and gameplay rooted deeply in the CRPGs of days gone by, players who have experienced the glory of infinite engine games will fall in love with D:SO II. Many of us are waiting “patiently” until Sept 14th to begin a new epic adventure to ascend Divinity. What are your thoughts on the game? What are you playing to scratch that CRPG itch until September?
Check out our playthrough of Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition on console to give you an idea what you’re getting with D:OS II.
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