There are games you just know are going to be fantastic even when you only try the early access version. One of those is Divinity: Original Sin 2, whose full release expected tomorrow, but players can already buy the game and test it. You might be familiar with the Divinity franchise, which had a reboot in 2014 when Original Sin was launched. It achieved incredible success, so it didn’t come as a surprise when Belgian team Larian Studios published that we can expect a sequel later this year.
Return the Reputation to Sorcerers
Original Sin 2 takes place a couple of centuries after the previous instalment. The gods are dead, and the sorcerers are to blame, at least if you were to ask the head of the Prison Island – Bishop Alexandar the Innocent. You take the role of one of the wizards which are now in danger of being systematically destroyed. The plot is much darker than the original Divinity, considering that you assume the role of people who are criminated and treated with utter hostility. Aside from being on the lookout for Bishop’s forces, regular people are also not fond of you, which will make things much harder. That’s pretty much everything we know about the plot, but we expect that the final goal is to defeat the Bishop and return the reputation to the sorcerers around the world.
The game should offer a broad range of options when it comes to in-game choices. The dialogues depend on many factors, such as race, class, weapons, background, and even cooking skills. The world inside the Original Sin 2 is huge, and all that should be enough for the game to offer incredible diversity and hold your attention for days.
XCOM at Its Best
I never fail to mention that XCOM is the series that implemented some fundamentals you can find in today’s RPGs. Divinity: Original Sin 2 follows the exquisite formula of combining the development of characters with turn-based battles, delivering fantastic gameplay and incredible addictiveness to the game. Each of the classes available has a significant role to play in the setup, and each has a separate set of abilities to influence the events on the battlefield.
Character development is deep and complex, allowing you to build your style just the way you want. Strategy plays an important part in the combat, and you will need to think about a couple of moves in advance. However, the moves made by your opponent might make you rethink everything and adjust your tactics by the battle flow.
A neat addition you can notice in the early access version of the game is the fact that environment can affect your plans. For example, if there is a storm and the wind is strong, toxic gas will be far less useful than if there is no wind.
As for the races available, Larian Studios announced that you can play with five different races (only 4 in the early access). These are:
- Humans – they are the dominant race, known as superstitious, expansionist and adaptable
- Dwarf – they blindly follow their Empress. Clan-based and proud of their beliefs, they are your typical RPG dwarves
- Elf – sorcerers with envious skills, such as the ability to absorb someone’s memories by eating their flesh
- Lizard – the elitist part of the society that sees itself more valuable than all the others. They look cool, but they are your typical aristocrats
- Undead – they are the race that the developers will implement in the full version
It Also Looks Great
Divinity: Original Sin 2 uses a completely updated divinity engine that makes the game look fascinating. The environment is incredibly detailed no matter where you are – the beach features sharp and clear sand while the dessert is so bright that it will be hard to look for a long time. The settings completely fit and truly add to the atmosphere of the location, whether you are on a ship or in a cave. Shadows also play a significant role and can reveal or hide a lot from you.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Promises A Lot More
If you are a fan of a good old-fashioned RPG with turn-based combat, giving a try to Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an absolute must. Although it is in early access now, it already offers a lot of content to play, while the full version in September will probably secure hundreds of hours of contents. Add to that the fact that the developers are listening to the feedback and adding stuff the fans ask, which means that the full release will truly be astounding.