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User reviews: Very Positive (569 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 29, 2012

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"Larian's attempt at making a third person action RPG has mediocre combat, but great exploration, atmosphere, and humor. Oh, and you get to be a dragon."
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This is an excellent game, defnitely one of the best single player action RPGs out there. There is SO MUCH content, too! It's not an open world/sandbox game, but rather sets the player on a specific path with the option of doing many side quests. It's old school in that it often requires intution, guessing and puzzle solving on the part of the player. It doesn't hold your hand like some games do, but does point you in the right direction and leave you to find the secrets for yourself.
What I like most about this game is that you have a completely open character build - you can put points in any tree at any time and create a hybrid class, though I find that picking a class and sticking with it is a highly effective playstyle.
What sets Divinity II apart from many other games of its ilk is that you gain the ability to transform into a Dragon and fly through the game world. It is great fun to fly around the valley battling airborne foes and destroying enemy structures, then turning back into a human to enjoy the fast paced action/rpg combat.
The game does have a handful of bugs and glitches that were never worked out. A handful of side quests are not possible to complete and others can accidentally be restarted, but it is not game-breaking. Given how good the rest of the game is, it is a minor issue at best.
This is defintely an underappreciated gem and I strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys RPGs like Dragon Age, Mass Effect or Neverwinter Nights.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I was a little sceptical at first when looking at the reviews for this game but I can honestly say after 40 hours of gameplay and completing the vast majority of the quests that it is well worth playing. Bought it when it was on sale but it's worth full price, definitely recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a typical RPG game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I had fun with this game dispite it's flaws, so it's worth a try if you can spare some cash. Playing as a dragon and fighting on the ground both present a decent challenge, it is impossible to fight enemies on the ground from the sky or vise versa. this does make sense from a balance perpective but it can be rather frustrating to morph into a large group of foes.

The scenery is nice enough during gameplay, it is mostly boring and forgetable. The only location that stuck with me after I stopped playing was the battle tower, your personal fortress and base of operations.

The dificulty was another problem I had with this game. It is possible that i am just bad at the game, but as any class other than archer I was frequently being killed by basic enemies.


Dispite those problems the game was still fun to play so it gets a recomendation from me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Criminally underrated. Generic as RPGs get but that's not a bad thing here. I can't think of one thing this game does wrong that isn't a complaint against games of this time period in this genre in general. Give it a shot.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Really Great RPG game, i wish the other divinity games had this kind of playstyle
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
i am really injoying the game, but i wish i c ould fi nd a good walkthru! if anyone has any beter hints, it sure would be great. thiw from a seventy seven year old thats not to good at this,
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
40.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Excellent Game, The Developer's console make's it much more enjoyable.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
If you are looking for anything like Divine Divinity, you can turn around now. Action games fans might find something for them here though.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
If you are going to offer a game for sale it ought to run on modern hardware without requiring downgrading Physx etc. I give this game a zero.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This is pretty good. It's like, the poor mans Skyrim. But more stable and less glitches.
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
The first half of the game is very enjoyable. Then you move on to having to kill a bunch of bosses in their lair, surrounded by a crapton of guys, none of whom are particularly difficult. It can take several hours to reach one of these bosses in their "flying fortresses", and what do you get after beating one? Almost nothing.

Right up to the Battle Tower, the game plays great. Afterwards, it's just not worth continuing on.
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1 of 16 people (6%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Meh.
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Roundhoused a hen, picked locks in front of owners, stole keys, took their stuff, made sassy remarks and no one cared, helped a blacksmith steal another man's wife then he gave me discounts.
10/10- will continue roundhousing hens
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70 of 76 people (92%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Great underappreciated RPG. Big world, multiple ways to approach most quests, tons and tons of content. My favourite thing about the game is that you can read people's minds for a fee, leading to all sorts of cool situations.

Very recommended, give it a try if you have the time.
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47 of 47 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I can very much recommend this game to action RPG fans, and it is worth even its regular price tag; even better with a sale.

+Graphics are excellent for the most part
+Writing and voice acting both very well done, story lengthy and in-depth
+Fully voiced dialogue
+Dragon powers like mind reading and transforming into a dragon
+Controls are fluid and intuitive
+Several skill trees and attributes to advance along as you choose
+Variety of regular and magic/rare equipment and weapons
+Choose your own rewards after quests such as XP, gold, or items
+Playstyles suited for melee, ranged, or magic combat

-Some limitations on dragon powers (mind reading costs XP, dragon can't fight ground enemies)
-Some battles feel overly difficult and will frustrate some players away
-Quest tracker is of minimal use
-Aiming/highlighting can be off at times
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
74.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
You ever wanted to play an awesome RPG that spans over 60+ hours with loads of Customization and cool characters with secrets galore? Do you not mind that some parts are a buggy mess as long as it's a fulfilling and satisfying game? HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE A DRAGON?!

Seriously, get this game. It's been on the Humble Bundle for $1.00 twice now. There's no reason for you to have not at least tried it by now.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
78.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
tl;dr If you somewhat enjoyed Witcher games, Risen and Kingdom of Amalur, then you will appreciate this gem.

===== Review =====
Enchanting menu music promises an eventful and compelling journey. The game does not fail in that regard.

= Audio 9/10 =
Have I mentioned the intro music? Because you will find yourself sitting in the menu, not having the courage to stop the flow of mesmerizing chorus. While other in-game music is engaging as well, it is not always introduced seamlessly. Voice over is quite colourful and I'm yet to notice any repetitiveness. You will be yearning for the soothing sounds of nature and waterfalls however, but only your footsteps and void are around.

= Story 9/10 =
You better listen. Because it is very thorough, multisided and there will be a quiz... literally. This is my first divinity game, and the lore is astonishing and comparable to giants like Elder Scrolls and Witcher. The beginning does feel like continuation of a story, but you can get the whole picture from books and dialogues. Speaking of ...

= Dialogues 10/10 =
This needs to be an example for the nowadays writers. Mischievous, profound, logical and surprising. I have not enjoyed English like that since white man was a President (i.e long time ago).

= Gameplay 8/10 =
On insanity, you will hide behind trees and stones because someone will break your bones, you will run away like teenager from his first date, wriggle like a snake, jump as a cheetah. Most games get repetitive after couple weeks of playing, however in here, new game modes will be available, skill reset allows you to try out everything without having to start from beginning. Eventually you will get a teleport stone to access trainers and other NPCs.

= Interface 9/10 =
A game that was built for the PC. No silly checkpoints, radial menus, unnecessary limitations or vague descriptions.

= Graphics 7/10 =
It does look like another Asian online MMOsomethingsomethingRPG. But there is a reason for that, you will have a chance to checkout everything from the birds view. Com'on, tis from year 2009.

===== Tips =====

Skills. Don't worry too much. You will have the ability to reset em. I do recommend invest in Lockpicking. Simply can't stand the sight of an unopened chest. Do not waste anything on backpack room.

Experience. Mobs do not respawn, but you get drastically more/less depending on enemy level.

Skill books. First couple locations - first map has one, the first tavern, hanging on a chain separately from other hanging weapons.

Save/reload ho. Before you kill an enemy, or before you come near to a chest, you can save/reload the game to get different loot. Cheap but oddly satisfying. Not sure if otherwise I would have been able to finish the first half on Insanity.

Choices. Careful what you reap. If you agree to kill or raid someone, you could loose other potential quests from that person/area.

Items. Sell all non-quest or skill books after you read em. Keep a rope for one quest. Keep only items that you are going to use, or disenchant. Sell useless potions. The only resource/gem worth saving is the malachite gem, because it will be easy to get unlimited amount later on.

===== Final thoughts =====

Despite its shortcomings, the game is very engaging and quite refreshing. Be warned however, it is very long.
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
81.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This game is a hoot...

'Divinity II: Developer's Cut' is a great game. It is a fantastically fun game. It's a wonderful romp of a game. It is not, however, a roleplaying game. 'Planescape: Torment', this is not. Sure, it wears the moniker of "roleplaying game", but it's a lie. This is the sum of what you'd get if you mixed 'The Legend of Zelda' with 'Diablo': an action / adventure game with some roleplaying elements. It's a singleplayer 'World of Warcraft'. By roleplaying elements I mean, of course, quests, stats and loot. "But it has character customization and skill specialization. I can even choose how my voice sounds..." you say. Nope. Sorry. Roleplaying involves playing the role of a character as though you were that character and making choices that distinguish your playing of the game from, say, your neighbor's. The game simply doesn't do that. In an actual roleplaying game you'd be able to express in the dialogue your distaste for Thieves and Bandits, because you're a Goody Two-Shoes Paladin. You'd be able to grumble at Elves, because you're a racist Dwarf. Or you'd receive a clever dialogue option due to a high Intelligence stat. What you get here in dialogue, generally, is a "normal" response and a "funny response". Unless you're looking to roleplay as a Comedian, I don't think this cuts it. Intelligence has no effect on dialogue options. In fact, outside of the status of quest objectives, nothing does. It's all very static.

Divinity II is really good at what it does. Deep storytelling it surely isn't. Sure, it has a backstory, in-game readables and a bit of a thin (and I mean thin), plot. The game world itself is large enough, beautiful, and whimsical, but it rarely makes sense. There's quite a bit of video game logic where the game world layout is concerned, particularly regarding layout and enemy encounters. It is, sort of, free roam. You have to be able to defeat the enemies in a given area to proceed, and if you can't, then you need to explore somewhere else for awhile. In that sense, it's not entirely free roam - you have to have the goods to venture into new territory. That said, due to enemy scaling, fighting higher level enemies yeilds considerably more experience.

At this point I should mention a factor in the game: mindreading. You can read the minds of NPCs in the game during dialogue. The benefits are sometimes great, sometimes mediocre, and sometimes there is no benefit beyond a bit of expositional text. This is the one part of the game I absolutely hated, because mind-reading is confusing, in my opinion, and creates an experience debt. So, say you have 3000 exp, for arguments sake, your next level up is at 6000 exp, and you just mindread someone for an experience debt of 1000 exp; you have to fulfill that experience debt of 1000 exp before you can proceed to gain experience towards the next level. With that said, it's pretty vital to completing the game that you DO mindreads. In fact, progress in some parts of the game can't be gained without it. I've read of people who have mindread everyone in the game and been selective in other playthroughs and the comparative ends were negligible. Take that for what you will. In my own playthrough, I referred to a walkthrough/faq online whenever I encountered someone in the game. I used the walkthrough only for the mindreads, because, as I said, I found the whole concept confusing and I didn't wanna fudge my game.

Every character in this game is voiced. Every dialogue in the game is spoken. In fact, many parts of it includes narration, like when you're looking at objects or reading readables. I think this is, not only uncommon, but also extremely well done here. You will never hear dialogue spoken in the game and think, "oh, that sounds awful, or cheesy, like they couldn't afford real actors". The voice-acting here is top-notch and there is so much dialogue in the game that it makes it all the more impressive, in my opinion.

The game is hilarious. It truly has a sense of humor. Sure, it's facade is of this epic adventure, but there is so much humor in this game it's almost unbelievable. There are parts that are just laugh-out-loud funny. The humor is easily one of the motivators for my own determination to play it through to the end.

The graphics are beautiful. I had no complaints in the visual department. They obviously built the world very carefully and put alot of thought into it's design. I only found a handful or so of geographical errors, which is pretty impressive given the scope of the game world. Running around and exploring the game's world was always fun and rewarding. The enemies are varied and plentiful. The items to be found are also varied and plentiful.

Here I should mention how much this game follows the Diablo vein of item-finding. Most items found in most chest/barrels/whatever.... are randomized. You can save/reload for a different find. The same holds true for the quest and boss fight rewards. It's to a very large degree randomized. Always saving and reloading looking for better loot would certainly make for a considerably longer game though. There are certain specific chests and rewards that are always going to yeild the same result, but it's mostly a dice roll.

Like Diablo II the game has prefixed items and it also has set items. On top of that some items come with enchantments and can also have charms placed on them. So items will have varying numbers of enchantments and charms (between 0-3 of either) as well as static statistics. So you might get a bow that does 21-43 damage, 2-5 magic damage and health regeneration of .023, as static statistics, but have an empty charm slot and two enchantments (say, additional 100 damage, +5 spirit). Charm slots can only be filled once. Item enchantment slots can be disenchanted and re-enchanted as often as is possible or needed.

The game has no sense of morality. You can rob good people blind. There's even a chapter in the game where you get to choose who out of 4 of 8 people will live and serve you. The other 4 die. Why do they have to die? Excellent question! The game doesn't provide an answer. In one of the more extreme examples there is a quest given to execute a man being held. There is evidence to suggest he's innocent, but freeing him and aiding his escape yeilds no reward whatsoever, but executing him provides considerable reward. In another, more comical situation, you come across vegetables that talk. They were all people polymorphed by a witch. You can restore them to their proper selves, or.... you can eat them. Remember, you're supposed to be the "hero".

The game has mucky controls. It's clearly a game better suited for a gamepad, which isn't supported on PC. The game is so much an action-oriented console-style "rpg" that it even has platforming tropes. I kid you not. There are several instances in the game where you have to be on your "A" game in order to succeed in a platforming task. To make matters worse, the keyboard controls are not the most responsive. So, prepare to be frustrated.

At the end of the day, this is a great game that will definitely entertain. It will also frustrate on occasion. You might encounter a few bugs, as I did, that will test your patience and resolve (just try again or come back to it later), but I can definitely say this game is worth the time and the money. It's not a game I'd be much interested in playing a second time through, but that's just me (I'm more of an RPG purist) and it's so worth playing at least once.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
189.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
For the price point this game is very enjoyable,closer to a hack n slash than a true rpg, but the graphics are nice ,controls are intuitive and combat is fun. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Just started playing this game after buying it in the sale. i must say that its very refreshing to play an RPG where the characters are actually speaking with English accents, it adds to the authentic feel of the game, American voices give the feel of playing knights in a movie of some kind, none of that here. on max settings the game is very beautiful, combat is great and there is plenty of interesting stuff to do. For a change, reading books ingame is actually interesting.

This game is a steal at £3.24, buy it, you wont be dissapointed.
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