“If it waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, then you can probably surmise it’s an imp in disguise.”
Divine Divinity represents a classic and very enjoyable action role-playing game, with a lot of charm and great love for detail. Each level offers a unique atmosphere, creative quests, humorous dialogues and vast amounts of different (and sometimes pretty though) enemies. The exploration of the various dungeons with all the loot, treasure chests and secrets will definitely keep you motivated to check every corner.
Another strength of this game is the character development, which offers plenty of flexibility and freedom in terms of skill selection. Once you have reached a certain level, you can basically pick and increase any kind of ability. For example, a warrior swinging a two handed hammer while casting a freeze spell and throwing deadly scorpion traps is just one of many possible (and very effective) builds.
The limited voice acting and repetitive (sometimes uninspiring) music should be mentioned as the disadvantages of this classic RPG.
Overall Divine Divinity can be considered as a diamond within the role-playing game genre, although there are some rough edges that would have needed more attention, in order to give it the finishing touch.
Fun fact: Do not attack a cat! Otherwise every other cat will try to tear out your eyes! Must be some kind of telepathic link of demonic nature between them.
My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:
- Combat & Controls
- Tactical gameplay
Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:
- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior
If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
Combat & Controls: A-Rank
(You have a near invulnerability to lightning-based attacks. You can wear a copper helmet and stand in a vat of water on top of a church steeple during a storm, shouting “All gods are bloody ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s!” with impunity.)
Tactical gameplay: A-Rank
While there are no achievements to conquer, two very useful guides can be found on the links below.http://www.locusinn.com/games/divinity/guides/DivinityQuestGuideV2.pdfhttp://www.gamebanshee.com/divinedivinity/locations/drelrathshouse.php
Achievement difficulty: none
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