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Divinity: Original Sin II (Series) Review

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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

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 rendevous 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 Sourcerer 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

Content Rating: PEGI 18

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @LarianStudios

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: 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.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. 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.

CostsCosts

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

Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced Edition

PS4 £34.99

Divinity: Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition

Xbox One £41.50
PS4 £49.99
Switch £44.99

Divinity: Original Sin: Enhanced Edition

Xbox One £34.99

Divinity: Original Sin: The Source Saga

Xbox One £49.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to subscribe, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to subscribe, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood and Gore, Language, Sexual Themes, Violence. Players engage in turn-based combat against human enemies and fantastical creatures (e.g., demons, skeletons, giant insects). Characters use weapon strikes and magic attacks to defeat enemies in combat; battles are accompanied by blood-splatter effects that stain the surrounding environment. Some areas depict large pools of blood amid human corpses and dismembered limbs. The game contains some sexual material: the central character can employ the services of a prostitute at a pub—no sexual activity is depicted, though the dialogue/text makes sexual references (e.g., “Your hand slides all the way up until you reach her, and you make a soft circling motion with your thumb”; “Slowly she undresses you then takes you to bed"; "Your world explodes in bliss."). The word “sh*t” is heard in dialogue.


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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can specify whether to see Peace, Combat, Tactical and Arean 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.
 
Our Divinity: Original Sin II Accessibility Report details 24 accessibility features:


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