After finally finishing this gem of a game I can only but recommend this game to any RPG lover out there. Beneath the now dated graphics lies a sound game with a complex world, rich lore and funny little gameplay gimmicks that made me smile a lot.
- Rich lore, decent story (if a bit cliché by now)
- Plenty of content (Took me appr. 70 hours to finish)
- Pretty extensive and flexible RPG elements (create whatever character you like as you go)
- Easy to get into, but challenges along the way
- Lot's of little tricks and secrets hidden in the world
- A couple of the dungeons look mostly the same
- Some rare and random game crashes
- No tutorial in the beginning (some actions in the game could use explanation)
- Rare side-quest breaking bugs (hint: keep a walkthrough at hand)
Divine Divinity is a RPG that is focussed around hack-and-slashing and that is something you do a lot.
The world is littered with all kinds of different enemies and dungeons and all have something special. That is mostly because of the lore and quests that even challenges you in small ways you could easily miss. For example: there are many books to find and read, some of them contain hints for quests and how to complete them.
In roleplaying terms the modern gamer will find various ways to develop his or her character. The game starts with the choice of three classes: Warrior (Fighter), Survivor (Rogue) and Mage (Wizard). But don't worry, once the game is underway, all skills are available for the choosing so you can create any character you wish. For example, I created a powerful mage with great bow skills because I like to keep my distance in combat.
In terms of loot and interactivity in the world this game surprised me. Pretty much every object that is not stuck to something can be picked up or interacted with. Haven't got lockpicks with you? Just drag the closed container to your inventory and open it later. Found a closed door you can't pick? There could be a switch hidden behind some stacked boxes. Looking for a hidden dungeon? Try under some barrels. Are you out of potions? Use your alchemy skills to create a potion from a plant, etc, etc. There is also plenty of loot. There are the usual magical weapons and armor, but also item-upgrade runes, may different potions, spellbooks, and countless miscellaneous items.
The game's difficulty level was okay. If you stick to the story, especially in the beginning, you get balanced combat situations and will have plenty of opportunity to find your own style. Enemies don't scale with your level, but have fixed levels and are found in fixed places in the world. If you stray from the path as a level 10 character, get ready to be insta-killed. But don't worry, as you develop your character you get to kick more and more ♥♥♥.
Note: most of the game you are a lone wolf. The only companions you get are the ones you magicaly spawn yourself. In many a situation I found that some tactical thinking is required to get through combat as a wave of 10 or more enemies at once is not that rare.
Lastly I would like to mention the technical aspects of this game. What surprised me is that I was able to play this game instantly after installing it. Believe me, older games often have trouble on a powerful 64bit machine.
I found the graphics to be charming and 'oldschool' and the sound decent for it's age. I also liked the voicework that was both fitting and refreshing at times (you have to read a lot).
I only had a few crashes but when you save often that is only a minor problem.
Warning: this game requires manual saving! No automatic checkpoint system that holds your hand as you play!
I hope you found this review helpful. Have fun with this awesome game!