Video Game Review – Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2 (D:OS2) is amazing and Larian Studio has earned my Kickstarter money! If you like RPGs with great writing and detail, you should be throwing your money at the developer. It’s not a perfect game, but it is very close. If you loved Baldur’s Gate and wish there were more games out there like it, this is your game. D:OS2 has earned the 95% Metacritic rating!

DOS2
I concur. It’s awesome!

D:OS2 is great because the writers really took the time to develop a story which is easy to follow, but has a depth and intricacy that I became immersed in. The character development, especially in the playable companions, is exceptional. I only played through once, so I only experienced four of the seven potential character stories. While I enjoyed each of them, I have to say that Lohse is a MUST HAVE as a companion! No spoilers, but her personal quest was exceptionally well done and rewarding at its conclusion. Thank you, Larian Studios!

In my playthrough, rather than go with a custom character and background I decided to use an established Origin Story for my main character. I didn’t regret it. Also, once you get to a certain point in the game, fairly early, you can freely respect and customize all your characters at nearly any time in the game. So, don’t stress too much at character creation.

Complementing the writing and characters is a complex and difficult turn-based tactical combat system that will often frustrate. Every battle on Classic mode felt like the characters were hopelessly outgunned and I had to reload many battles to develop alternative strategies to defeat the enemies. Use of the environment is critical to success and the enemy will always use the environment and complimentary status effects against you. I quickly realized also that I should never get comfortable in battles – many times when I thought I had the upper hand in battle (especially boss battles), another seemingly insurmountable challenge would appear.  “Oh, crap,” and other expletives were often used as I played the game and each was a compliment to the writers and developers.

Though I won the game, I feel like there are so many loose ends, missed opportunities, and different quest strings left to be explored. D:OS2 is definitely replayable on many levels if you have another 70+ hours to spend playing through it again.

If I had one gripe it would be inventory management. There is so much detail in this game that I still don’t know what half the stuff in my inventory does, but I didn’t want to get rid of it (just in case it was important). Also, every time I got a new random piece of gear it felt like I had to remove myself from the immersion to take quite a bit of time figuring out what gear was best for my current character build. It’s another layer of the strategy, but it felt cumbersome at times. The crafting system is complex, but helped along by the many recipe books found throughout the world. Some of the quest lines seem to be broken, but it could also be that my decisions may have prevented me from completing those quests.

I loved this game and I hope you will to! Well worth the $45 to buy and experience now rather than wait for a Steam sale.

5 thoughts on “Video Game Review – Divinity: Original Sin 2

  1. Divine Divinity was one of my favorite gaming experiences ever. I picked it up at random (intrigued by the horrendous name!) but lack the time to get into Original Sin like I did with the first one many years ago. Glad to hear they’re still killing it – the team behind the game is well seasoned in these types of games and it’s cool to see the genre isn’t dead for gamers with more time to jump in! 🙂

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    1. Chris Sievers

      I picked up Divine Divinity in 2014 as a bundle and played through it and loved it as well. Really great game! I hope you will sometime have more time to jump back into gaming!

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      1. Isn’t it a fun game? I had no idea what to expect as it looked sorta generic. I might have played it around 2010 or so. I’m still big into gaming but PC gaming took a backseat – most of my playing takes place on a bus so it’s all about the handhelds for me! If they released it on the Switch I’d be all over it!

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    2. I never knew there is a game called Divine Divinity and your comment got me curious about this game. It sounds like it’s incredibly fun and colorful game like the Game of Thrones but the reason why I didn’t know this game I guess it’s because it lacks the marketing campaign and heavy commercial presence. Anyhow, it’s just my thought. I’m looking at it now and I might try playing it. 🙂

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      1. Chris Sievers

        There is a whole list of games that are from the same “Divinity” world, but the latest from this review is (in my opinion) the best of the bunch and doesn’t require you to have played any of the previous games. Happy gaming!

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