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Video GameDivinity: Original Sin II (Series) Review
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Posted: 20 months ago, last updated 11 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Divinity: Original Sin II is a role-play adventure series. You head out with up to three other characters, each with backstories and personalities.

You start by creating a character, specifying stats, race, gender, and origin story. The second game extends these options with undead characters. You then recruit up to three companions to adventure with. These are also fully playable and open up different interactions with the world and computer characters you meet.

Unlike other games where your party must stay together, individuals in your group can split up and go in different directions. So in multiplayer modes (including a split-screen option on iPad) you can adventure separately and then rendezvous at a later point. This not only lets you progress in more directions quicker but leads to complex battle tactics and role-playing opportunities.

The second game is set on the fantasy world of Rivellon, centuries after Divinity: Original Sin. You play a Sorcerer captured by the Divine Order and sent to an island prison known as Fort Joy. On the way there, a gigantic Kraken Voidwoken attacks and sinks the ship, but the player character is saved by a mysterious voice, who calls the player "Godwoken". As you progress you discover more of this story and its implications for the world. You can advance your characters through the skill crafting system that mixes and changes skills as required.

Other games in the series include:
  • Divine Divinity (2002) on PC
  • Beyond Divinity (2004) on PC and Mac
  • Divinity II (2009) on PC and Xbox 360
  • Divinity: Original Sin (2014) on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Divinity: Original Sin II (2017) on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, Nintendo Switch, iPad

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/09/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Players: 1-2 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Role-Play (Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Traversal)

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Larian Studios (@LarianStudios)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 60 hours and 100 hours to complete. The additional missions and collectables extend the play-time by a good 40 hours. Also, failed attempts to kill boss characters and creates can halt or delay progress.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. The game features both on-line and local multiplayer modes. The game also features a competitive multiplayer mode, where players are divided into two different teams and fight against each other in an arena map.

You can play split-screen with up to two players on iPad, Switch, Xbox and PlayStation. Multiplayer is online only for PC.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of torture. There is a scene in the game in which multiple characters are being crucified. The characters groan in pain and beg to be put out of their misery.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Divinity: Original Sin II usually costs £34.99 to £49.99.
 

Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £34.99

Divinity: Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £41.50
PlayStation Store PS4 £49.99
Switch Store Switch £44.99

Divinity: Original Sin: Enhanced Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £34.99

Divinity: Original Sin: The Source Saga

XBox Store Xbox One £49.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Divinity: Original Sin II Accessibility Report documents 23 accessibility features:
You can specify whether to see Peace, Combat, Tactical and Arena highlights as well as how they appear. You can specify Hotbar behaviour to easily access different functions: Add Arrows, Add Consumables, Add Potions and so on.

You can extensively adjust the levels of the game and the story narrator. This even allows you to adjust the volume of overheard voices.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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